Magazine article New Criterion

Institutional Memory

Magazine article New Criterion

Institutional Memory

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While there are hundreds of commercial art galleries in New York, only a handful of them really matter. Readers will be familiar with their names through our regular gallery chronicle. These galleries are more than retail outlets for art. They are cultural institutions, serving their artists and estates through museum-quality exhibitions and the development of serious collectors. The 163-year-old Knoedler & Company is one such institution. For nearly thirty-two of those years, this institution has benefited from the stewardship of Ann Freedman, who joined the gallery in 1977 from the Andre Emmerich Gallery and became Knoedler's president and director in 1994. Freedman cultivated the gallery's institutional memory by launching exhibitions such as "The Collector as Patron in the 20th Century" (2000). She also cultivated her artists and collectors through friendship and discussion--for one, often purchasing dozens of extra copies of The New Criterion for her own distribution. …

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