Message From the Founders
Glenstone emerged from our passion for three fundamental elements: art, architecture, and landscape. At the core of the foundation is a collection of post-World War II art, a very personal project which, since 1990, has been driven by the pursuit of artworks of the highest quality—specifically those that impact the way we think about modern and contemporary art. Working with the late architect Charles Gwathmey sparked our love for modernist architecture, which we considered to work beautifully in concert with avant-garde art, while a collaboration with landscape architects Peter Walker and Partners allowed us to gently reshape, reconceive, and restore this 200-acre former foxhunting estate into an ideal setting for quiet aesthetic contemplation. Today, a dedication to organic landscape maintenance complements all of our efforts, making Glenstone a model for sustainable agriculture and environmental management.
The name "Glenstone" derives from two local sources: Glen Road, where the property line begins, and a type of carderock indigenous to the area, which is still extracted from several quarries nearby. That the name does not refer directly to its founders is a conscious decision. It is our hope that for future generations this name will evoke the same unique setting that we experience today. Miles away from the nearest museum, we hope that Glenstone will be a destination for all who seek meaningful encounters with art, architecture, and nature—for many years to come.
Mitchell and Emily Rales
Glenstone is a place that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment. Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone assembles post-World War II artworks of the highest quality that trace the greatest historical shifts in the way we experience and understand art of the 20th and 21st centuries. These works are presented in a series of refined indoor and outdoor spaces designed to facilitate meaningful encounters for our visitors.
The Glenstone collection comprises paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, installations, and multimedia works by artists who have come to international prominence since World War II. Selected by Glenstone's founders, Mitchell and Emily Rales, these works chart significant historical shifts in the perception and understanding of the art of our time. The collection concentrates on critical moments in an artist’s career. Artists represented include John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Mel Bochner, Alighiero e Boetti, Dan Flavin, Willem de Kooning, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hammons, Eva Hesse, Jasper Johns, On Kawara, Ellsworth Kelly, Barbara Kruger, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Jeff Wall. Glenstone sites large-scale sculptures from the collection in long-term outdoor installations and presents rotating selections of other works through temporary exhibitions in its galleries, focusing on a theme or an individual artist. Glenstone also makes works from its collection available on loan to public institutions throughout the United States and abroad. Glenstone sustains an active acquisitions program, with a commitment to the growth of a collection of modern and contemporary works of the highest order throughout the lifetimes of its founders.