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Archives of American Art Blog

Read the first-hand perspectives from the staff who preserve and document the history of the visual arts in America.

  • 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.
  • The WETA Around Town production crew and host, Peter Winant, recently filmed a segment on the Archives of American Art’s current exhibition, Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts and Other Artists’ Enumerations Here are some behind-the-scenes photographs of the taping. Spoiler alert: Peter Winant loves lists!
  • Curatorial assistant Mary Savig investigates the inevitable: art and taxes.


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