Remembering Wynn Kramarsky: Friends and Colleagues on the Storied Art Collector and Patron
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Remembering Wynn Kramarsky: Friends and Colleagues on the Storied Art Collector and Patron

Over the course of more than 50 years, the late Wynn Kramarsky assembled one of the great collections of postwar drawings and shared them widely, through loans and donations, while earning a reputation as a generous and independently minded connoisseur. But once people know you as a collector, he told the poet William Corbett , they start asking questions about collecting (how much you spend and so forth). Kramarsky did not care for that. “You know, that’s all unimportant; the work is important,” he once said. After a life spent in public service while supporting artists, serving on museum boards, and talking about art, Kramarsky died in August at the age of 83. Below, friends and colleagues share remembrances. —Andrew Russeth Mel Bochner, artist I was surprised to read in a Brooklyn Rail interview, that Wynn said he had learned a lot from me. The truth is, I learned more, much more, from him. From New York City mayoral politics to car racing. From how his father came to own Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Dr Gachet.” To how he came to buy the only drawing sold from jasper john’s first show. For $175. And then there was his unforgettable […]

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