NEW YORK - Examining the late Richard Brown Baker’s fascination with the contemporary art of his day, and his expertise as a prominent collector of the 20th century, this publication is a fitting winner of the 2013 Sotheby’s Prize for a Distinguished Publication on the History of Collecting, in connection with the Frick’s Center for the History of Collecting.
Roy Lichtenstein’s Crying Girl, 1963. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.
Highlighting 130 eminent works from his collection of 1,600, this is the first complete history of Baker’s significant collection. Edited by Jennifer Farrell, five essays from art historians Thomas Crow, Serge Guilbaut and Robert Storr, as well as curators Jan Howard and Judith Tannenbaum, accompany Baker’s own childhood memories, contextualising the five decades of Baker’s collecting. These are joined by entries on individual artists, illustrating the remarkable scope of Baker’s holdings.
The goal of the award is to recognise works of scholarly excellence that demonstrate a significant contribution to the field of research, with the winner presented with $25,000. Baker bequeathed the majority of his collection to Yale University Art Gallery, and the balance to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. This publication emphasises how important his donations and bequests have been to both institutions.