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The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art
Publication Date: February 2012
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Richard Brown Baker (1912 2002) began collecting works by emerging artists in the 1940s, becoming one of the first collectors toembrace both Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art.He eventually amassed a collectionof more than 1,600 works from the postwar period, including works by such groundbreakingAmerican artistsas Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Morris, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist, as well as European and Asian artists such as Alberto Burri, Jean Dubuffet, Georges Mathieu, and Kurt Schwitters.
Baker bequeathed the majority of his collection to the Yale University Art Gallery, and the balance to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Highlighting 130 works, this is the first complete history of Baker's important collection. Essays by renowned art historianscontextualize each of the five decades of Baker's collecting efforts, while entries on individual artists illustrate the remarkable scope of Baker's holdings. Throughout the publication, firsthand accounts from Baker's extensive personal journals describe his collecting activities within the dynamic New York art scene of the day.
Formerly Robert Lehman Professor and Chair of the Department of History of Art at Yale University, Thomas Crow is now director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
Serge Guilbaut is a professor of art history at the University of British Columbia. He received his PhD in Art History from UCLA in 1979. His books include "How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art" (University of Chicago Press), "Voir, Ne pas Voir, Faut Voir" (Chambon, France), "Sobre la desaparici?n de ciertas obras de arte" (Curare/Fonca, Mexico), and "Los Espejismos de la imagen en los lindes del siglo XXI" (Akal Ediciones, Spain). He lives in Vancouver.