Ann Philbin at the Hammer Museum collects paper

According to Jori Finkel in the NY Times, “When Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin and Chief Curator Gary Garrels started building a collection, they chose to concentrate on drawings, photographs and works on paper, leaving the more expensive fields of painting and sculpture to play a supporting role…The goal is to be financially savvy ‘without sacrificing quality,’ said Ms. Philbin, who was previously head of the Drawing Center in New York. ‘Unless you have millions and millions of dollars at your disposal, the art market doesn’t allow an institution to put together a noteworthy paintings and sculpture collection.’” Read more.

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