PANZA, GIUSEPPE Giuseppe Panza. Memories of a Collector. Translated From the Italian by Michael Haggerty (ISBN: 9780789209436 / 978-0-7892-0943-6)
New York Abbeville Press 2007
First Edition - American. Inscribed by the author / art collector Giuseppe Panza and his wife Rosa in Italian, from the Albright-Knox Gallery and dated 2007. Quarto, 415 pages. Illustrated with 110 full-color photographs, representing a virtual tour of Mr. Panza's massive art collection and his life. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Giuseppe Panza (1923 - 2010) was one of the world's most prominent collectors of modern art. Born in Milan, Panza began collecting contemporary art in the late 1940s, and was amongst the first to acquire the works of Rothko, Kline, Lichtenstein, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Robert Mangold, Greg Colson, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, James Turrell, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth and many other major figures. Parts of his collection have been acquired or exhibited by the Guggenheim, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and others. From the book's rear jacket flap as to his remarkable eye for artistic genius: “He credited an interior ‘thermometer' that enabled him to spot up-and-coming movements, artists, and works or art, and over the course of fifty years, and hundreds of purchases he was rarely wrong.” Indeed.