Heavy Gifting

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’ board of directors are putting their art where their hearts are.

 

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis continues to have a bit of magic up its curatorial sleeve. Board members wanted to plan something special to help celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary, so they looked to their own walls for inspiration. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, CAM will host an event, dubbed From the Collection of…, featuring a silent auction of more than 30 artworks donated by CAM board members. “I don't think it's been done by any other local museums,” says board member Sandy Lehrer, who co-chairs the event with fellow board member Phyllis Langsdorf. “It’s a thank you from the board to the community.” Meet four of the generous collectors and the remarkable pieces they’re offering up in support of the museum's entré into the double digits.

From the Collection of… takes place at 6-9pm on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at CAM. $25 tickets include complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres and valet parking. $50 VIP tickets allow for early entry at 5pm and a preview with CAM curators. For more info and tickets, visit camstl.org.

 

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Education Admiration

Donald Suggs | Board Member; President & Publisher, St. Louis American

“Art is highly personal,” says Donald Suggs, whose collection is as varied as his early Picasso print and Lichtenstein lithograph. Dominated by African and Chinese art, Suggs’ collection got started 40 years ago when he was in the African art business and “stuff wasn’t that expensive.” Now, he recommends that new collectors start off slow‰ÛÓ”buy what interests you and buy what you can afford.” Suggs is highly interested in the educational aspects of the Contemporary Art Museum. “A more enriched CAM experience makes St. Louis more interesting and competitive,” he says. Up for Auction: A piece by German-American artist Richard Lindner, whose work is known for its urban energy and weird eroticism. As a curious side note, Lindner’s likeness appeared in the second row of the album cover for The Beatles’ ” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

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The Natural

Pat Whitaker | Board Chair; CEO, Arcturis

Having first felt the urge to collect while she was taking art history classes in college, Pat Whitaker now boasts a diverse collection of contemporary art that includes paintings, sculpture, lithographs and photography‰ÛÓprimarily from the second half of the 20th century‰ÛÓas well as work from emerging artists. Whitaker advises aspiring collectors to immerse themselves in art; attend gallery openings, visit museums, talk to artists and curators and take your time. There’s no mystery to why she believes in CAM. “They’re really an integral part of the community,” Whitaker says. Up for Auction: An untitled piece by Gary Passanise, whose mixed-media constructions have been exhibited across the United States, Europe and Asia and received awards from the NEA, the Pollack Krasner Foundation, the Ford Foundation and others.

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Passion Project

Andy Srenco | Board Nominating Chair; President, Hatch Street Capital LLC

Andy Srenco and his wife, Mary Ann, started collecting art 16 years ago. Motivated entirely by passion, they don’t look at art as an investment‰ÛÓnor does their collection have a specific focus. “We just collect what we enjoy and naturally assume it will become more valuable,” Srenco says. When the couple moved to St. Louis in 2001, they quickly discovered the Contemporary Art Museum and began attending its openings and parties. Now they’re die-hard CAM fans. “It’s a fun institute with great supporters that we wanted to be around,” Srenco says. Up for Auction: “Cross Currents #44” by Kate and Ken Anderson, whose collaborative works have been included in exhibitions at the Philbrook Museum of Art, the SOFA Chicago Exposition, the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum in North Carolina and Laumeier Sculpture Park, among other venues.

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Immersion Therapy

Pat Whitaker | Board Chair; CEO, Arcturis

Having first felt the urge to collect while she was taking art history classes in college, Pat Whitaker now boasts a diverse collection of contemporary art that includes paintings, sculpture, lithographs and photography‰ÛÓprimarily from the second half of the 20th century‰ÛÓas well as work from emerging artists. Whitaker advises aspiring collectors to immerse themselves in art; attend gallery openings, visit museums, talk to artists and curators and take your time. There’s no mystery to why she believes in CAM. “They’re really an integral part of the community,” Whitaker says. Up for Auction: An untitled piece by Gary Passanise, whose mixed-media constructions have been exhibited across the United States, Europe and Asia and received awards from the NEA, the Pollack Krasner Foundation, the Ford Foundation and others.

 

Photo credit: Attilio D’Agostino

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