Sadly, one of the world's greatest art collectors Count
Guiseppe Panza died this past weekend and Christopher Knight discusses this event from the best vantage point
As the elephant in the room, for yesterday's conference, Donald Judd Delegated
Fabrication: history, practice, issues and implications the news gave Peter
Ballantine a chance to speak on the rift between Judd and one of his greatest
collectors. Famously Panza had some of Judd's work fabricated by his own people, Judd
didn't approve of the workmanship, Panza didn't acquiesce and Judd declared it destroyed. On Sunday Ballantine was once
again was caught in the middle and said that it was one of those unfortunate
situations where two very strong willed individuals ran afoul of each other.
Judd had gone to Italy hoping to see pieces that met his approval and it didn't happen that way. Ballantine
felt had the fabrication been different the situation would have been averted.
Clearly, Judd still controlled the final say in the matter and it shows the limits to his delegation of fabrication.
At this point Robert Storr offered that collectors, artists, curators and institutions
clearly need to know their place and ultimately the final say in whether a work
is considered "their"s is the artist's right and prerogative alone.
Dan Flavin in the Panza Villa
That business aside (with greatness come egos), Panza was a
collector of the highest taste and discernment
, principally interested in
time. He collected some of the best works by Rothko, Rauschenberg, Andre, Irwin,
Nauman and Flavin and was an early and instrumental patron. He created a great
collection, not merely a series of prestigious trinkets and most of it went
to MOCA in LA. In fact there is a local connection here, Panza collected part
Andre's piece at the PCVA
and it now resides in the Guggenheim's collection.
Ultimately, Panza was a man who defined his avocation in his time and his passion,
eye and intellect regarding that collection are simply unmatched. When I think
of great collectors, he is the the prime example that should come to mind.