Perhaps the greatest collector of modern and contemporary art in the Pacific
Northwest, Ed Cauduro, died last Saturday in Palm Springs at the age of 83.
What differentiated the reclusive collector was his prescient eye as he was among
the first to collect artists like Donald Judd, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Jean
Michel Basquiat, Terry Winters and Jeff Koons. He even collected John Chamberlain's
first car crush sculpture, Shortstop
Contact II by Alexander Liberman
Besides donating works like the orange Alexander
Liberman sculpture Contact II in Jamison Square Park
works at the Portland Art Museum, Cauduro gave generously to the Q
, animal rights and in 2008 set up the 1
million dollar scholarship fund for PNCA
. Cauduro was also involved with
the PCVA, an institution similar to but predating the Dia Foundation.
Warhol: Four Jackies (formerly part of Cauduro's collection, exhibited at PAM in 2004)
Cauduro was also a Pearl District pioneer. In 2003 Cauduro sold his Pearl District building to dealer Elizabeth Leach
and collector Sarah Meigs, insuring that the foothold of art he helped found
in Portland would pass to another generation. I'll publish more as details on
Cauduro as they develop.
Suffice it to say an eye like Cauduro's is a rare but crucial. He was the sort
of collector whose actions took prescient chances and by having such high standards
helped define a golden era in art history during the second half of the Twentieth
Century. Without a few early collectors to highlight exceptional talents there would be no great artists. Cauduro
was such a collector.
Update PNCA and a current Cauduro scholarship recipient
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