Author: Steven A. Nash
Contributor: Elizabeth Armstrong
Publisher: Palm Springs Art Museum, 2015
Length: 176 pages
The Weiner Family Collection, with its singular emphasis on great sculpture, is one of the most important collections of modern art ever assembled in the Southwest. Since 1969 when the Palm Springs Desert Museum (as it was then named) presented an exhibition drawn from its holdings, most of the collection has resided at Palm Springs Art Museum as both loans and gifts. An early donation by Ted and Lucile Weiner of Marino Marini’s The Warrior was followed by gifts from their daughter Gwendolyn of such masterpieces as Henry Moore’s Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 3, Marc Chagall’s The Village, Alexander Calder’s The Lizard, and other icons of modern art. The collection now represents the foundation of the museum’s installations and a fundamental element in its identity as a great museum.
The exhibition, A Passionate Eye: The Weiner Family Collection, an exhibition Comprised of sixty-one sculptures, paintings, and prints, surveyed this renowned cultural asset. Its accompanying catalogue, authored by Dr. Steven A. Nash and based on extensive research in the Weiner family archives, is the first comprehensive scholarly study focused on the collection and brings to light new information on individual works as well as the remarkable story of the collection’s growth and early history.
Located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Art Museum features a sophisticated collection of art. Spread over the 150,000 square feet, the museum boasts major collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design, and Native American and Western art.
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