Establishment of a Center for the History of Collecting in America

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The Frick Collection announces plans to establish a Center for the History of Collecting in America, to be located at the Frick Art Reference Library in New York. Comments Director Anne L. Poulet, “Interest in the field of art collecting in general has experienced a great resurgence among scholars, students, and members of the public. Now, with a planning grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Frick Collection has an opportunity to create an institutional base for expanding and nurturing this burgeoning field, with particular emphasis on collecting in America.” Adds Patricia Barnett, Andrew W. Mellon Librarian of the Frick Art Reference Library, “The extraordinary, often unique, bibliographic, photographic, and archival material in the Frick Art Reference Library, combined with its technological and human resources, as well as its location in New York, will make this institution an important touchstone for all who seek a deeper understanding of how art collecting developed and changed in our country. We have every expectation that the Center will also encourage those working in other fields to follow lines of inquiry on the socio-economic ramifications of art collecting. With generous support from the Delmas Foundation, we are now poised to move forward with this exciting initiative.”