Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dorothy Miller was my Grandmother

Dorothy Miller, who died in July and whose art collection is being auctioned by Christie’s next week, was MoMA’s first curator and director Alfred Barr’s most trusted collaborator, a Greenwich Village scenester for several decades, and the woman who did the most for postwar American art.

In July, Dorothy Miller quietly passed away in her Greenwich Village apartment, seven months shy of her 100th birthday. She was remembered at a MoMA memorial service last week, and an auction of her art collection at Christie’s in November will remind the latest generation of collectors, connoisseurs, dealers, and scholars of her role in the postwar ascension of American art. Auction experts predict the paintings, sculpture, folk art, and furniture that decorated her rent-controlled one-bedroom apartment on 8th Street (which had no doorman, no alarm, and no insurance) will sell for well over $12 million. See full article here.

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