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Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection

Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection

Edited by Carlos Basualdo, with Anna Mecugni

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This beautiful volume documents a historic gift of contemporary art from the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The gift, comprising nearly 100 works, includes masterpieces by luminaries such as Ellsworth Kelly and Jasper Johns, exceptional pieces by major British and German artists, and important works of outdoor sculpture, large-scale photography, and video art. All of these works, plus some 70 more from Keith and Katherine Sachs’s personal collection, are discussed in detail and beautifully illustrated. In addition to catalogue entries on the objects, the book includes essays on artists represented in depth—Robert Gober, Richard Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Johns, Kelly, Brice Marden, Charles Ray, Richard Serra, and Joel Shapiro—written by distinguished scholars. Other texts, including an interview with Keith and Katherine Sachs and a statement authored by them, offer insight into their background as collectors and provide an intimate account of their extraordinary collecting endeavors marked by their lasting association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Contributing authors include Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Gary Garrels, the Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Joseph J. Rishel, Curator Emeritus of European Painting before 1900, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Mark Rosenthal, Adjunct Curator for Contemporary Art, Detroit Institute of Arts; Kaja Silverman, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Professor of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Hendel Teicher, art historian and independent curator; and Ann Temkin, the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

About the Editors
Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and Anna Mecugni is an exhibition assistant, both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Hardcover
280 pages
220 color illus.
10 x 12 inches
Yale University Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780300215236