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Werner H. Kramarsky



Collector, curator and educator, Werner (Wynn) Kramarsky is chairman of the board of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, and also serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art In New York and the Hammer Museum at UCLA. In this conversation with Althea Viafora-Kress, he speaks of the formation of his sensibility and his concentration on postwar drawings of the reductive, abstract variety. Kramarsky says he dislikes the word patronage but he is certainly one of the world's most enthusiastic and generous collectors of drawings by contemporary artists. In the last six years, he has given the Museum of Modern Art nearly 200 separate pieces, 81 in 2004 alone. "You have a responsibility to challenge, to move the world along, to add insight to what beauty can be," he says.
 

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Althea Viafora-Kress interviews curators, artists, directors, collectors, patrons and more, getting the scoop on the commercial side of the art world. Viafora-Kress is an art advisor and private dealer who has specialized in both finding and working with emerging artists and advising young collectors. After creating her own art consulting firm, Viafora-Kress Fine Arts, Althea went on to join one of the worlds leading contemporary art galleries, Hauser & Wirth.
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