One of the world’s foremost collectors of modern art shares the story of his remarkable life, times, and culture.
A dedicated collector and advocate of contemporary art since the late 1940s, Giuseppe Panza has played a fundamental role in the artistic culture of his time, introducing American phenomena such as Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art, Environmental Art, and Conceptualism to the museums of Europe. Now, in a brilliant response to everyone’s primary question about Modern Art—“What does it mean?”—Panza shares philosophical insights and personal reflections that bridge a half-century of discovering new artists and movements.
Panza was among the first to buy the works of Rothko, Kline, Lichtenstein, and many of the other major figures of post-WWII art, watching as their works skyrocketed in monetary value as well as historic importance. He pursued collecting with undiminished enthusiasm through the 1980s and 1990s, all the while searching for the best venues in which to display his latest acquisitions. Sections of his private collection were exhibited by and acquired into major collections, particularly the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim in New York. Among his signature innovations was the juxtaposition of contemporary art with historic settings—Baroque palaces, ancient European public buildings, his own eighteenth-century villa—in order to create unexpected and stimulating dialogs between the architectural context and the work of art.
Complete with 110 full-color illustrations, spanning decades of transformation in art and world culture, Giuseppe Panza: Memories of a Collector provides a unique glimpse into the movements and trends that have defined modern art. It is also the fascinating life story of a man who helped define the trends themselves, through passion, insight, and prophetic taste.
-- WINNER of the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, 2007
"An invaluable account of the development of this collection, as well as an inspired example of impassioned accumulation in an era before the international art market became a glorified commodities exchange..." -- Art & Auction
"Giuseppe Panza: Memories of a Collector recounts the evolution of [Panza’s] almost religious quest for the spiritual in art..." -- Vogue
"In a gorgeously illustrated memoir, Panza tells the quietly thrilling story of his life as a pioneering collector with philosophical candor... Reflective and visionary, Panza offers a unique perspective on late-twentieth-century art." -- Booklist
"For those who can’t afford to collect or wouldn’t know where to begin, Panza offers the vicarious pleasures of joining him in his discoveries and getting inside the minds of artists through the eyes of a wise and discerning enthusiast." -- ARTnews