pst blog launch!

September 13, 2011

Pacific Standard Time’s unprecedented programming just launched its blog component today with my roundup of Frederick Weisman quotes starting off the discussion. Check out the exhibits going on all over the Southland through March–such a great way to immerse yourself in L.A.’s prolific post-war art contributions. More to come!

Quotes From a Collector

Contemporary art in Southern California was a hard sell in the early 60s, but local businessman and entrepreneur Frederick Weisman was one of a few collectors who recognized the talent emerging from this sunny, post-war wasteland.

An early supporter of pop art and abstract expressionism, Weisman soon amassed a personal collection of works by local and international artists in a range of contemporary styles. But Weisman was more than an art collector, he was an art participator. He lived with, around and through art every day, exuding a passion for culture that led him to support artists like Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Ed Ruscha and John de Andrea.

Weisman’s passion for art, however, was seconded only by his love of sharing it. Through the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation—which operates tours of his art-filled Brentwood estate—and two eponymous art museums—one at the University of Minnesota and another at Pepperdine University in Malibu—Weisman’s impressive collection remains in frequent public view.

Below are some great Weisman quotes to prepare you to view “Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,” on display now through December 4 at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University:

“I don’t think there is anything that communicates better than art. It is quicker than language and clearer than philosophy.”

“When you are as fortunate as I have been, you have a responsibility to share with others.”

“Art is a way of life. I live with art, work with art, and fly with art, but most of all I enjoy sharing it.”

On how to know what art to buy:
“If it hits you right [in your heart], you go for it. Works of art you are passionate about are like children—you can always make room for more!”

On the Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University:
“I was just overwhelmed by the school. I’ve long been a believer that young people should have the opportunity to live with art while they are pursuing their studies so they don’t just become bookworms.”

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