“Listening to Clement Greenberg—for a while”

The Seattle Weekly runs a profile in this week’s edition on the Wright Collection, Seattle’s most influential collectors of art. The current exhibit up at their public Wright Exhibition Space is titled: “Color Field and Related Abstractions”, featuring many of their Greenbergian influenced pieces. Virginia Wright states they stopped taking Clement Greenberg’s advice though when he failed to embrace the likes of Pop art. She is also realistic on her collections place in time:

Virginia Wright readily acknowledges that they aren’t on the cutting edge anymore. They’ve never been particularly interested in conceptual or video art, for instance. “I think it’s partly generational,” she said. “People tend to be engaged in the art and culture of their own generation.” Wright indicated that she and her husband (who are now in their 70s and 80s, respectively) will continue to slow the pace of their acquisitions and enjoy what they have. “Besides,” she said, “I’m running out of space.”

One small piece of misinformation in the article, unless they rolled back their hours, they are open on Thursday AND Friday afternoons. I’ll have to find out about that.

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For aspiring Art Collectors in training, Microsoft is holding an upcoming panel discussion on that topic. Strangely, they never update their not-so-great-in-the-first-place website dedicated to their art collection, but here is the distribution list information:

This program is FREE; No registration required for members of the community.

Collecting Ceramics Today

Please join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear a panel of notable and distinguished visual artists discussing collecting, selling, making, and buying contemporary ceramics today. A reception will take place before and after the program.

Laura Matzer, Art Program Education and Outreach Manager, Microsoft Art Collection

Gene Brandzel, Collector, Seattle, WA
Frank Lloyd, Director and Owner, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Annabeth Rosen, Artist and Robert Arneson Endowed Chair, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Katherine Watkins, Vice President, Decorative Arts, Sotheby’s Beverly Hills, CA
Akio Takamori, Ceramic Artist and Professor, School of Art, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

This program is FREE to Microsoft employees, their guests, and the general public. (editorial note, exactly what does that mean?) Seating is first come, first served.

(PS No, I don’t work for Microsoft!)

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Footnote– oddly, the Pacific Northwest has become a depository for Greenberg Collections, Portland also boasts a large holding.