Giuseppe Panza di Biumo

By the Archives

May 6, 2010

I just read Christopher Knight’s 78-page interview with Giuseppe Panza, who died April 24th, and it was well worth the trouble. Knight, who did the interview for the Archives of American Art in 1985, got the collector to really talk about art and much else beside, though not about shopping or parties or gallery openings. Most strikingly, Panza talked about why he collected, and he expressed himself with a modest seriousness that set off his ideas well. These were comprehensive—emotional, aesthetic, philosophical, technical—and leave a strong, and sympathetic, impression of authenticity and ardor.

Knight wrote his own appreciation in the Los Angeles Times blog, and a transcript of the original interview is here: Oral history interview with Giuseppe Panza, 1985 Apr. 2–1985 Apr. 4

Darcy Tell is editor of the Archives of American Art Journal.

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