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The book offers a new approach to viewing and thinking about the Nasher Collection, concentrating not on the final, finished product, “the greatest collection of modern sculpture in private hands,” but on the unfolding of the process of building that collection through time, its chronological development from the early 1950s to the present. In the history of any collection, there is a narrative of evolution—a beginning, which includes a motivation, followed by a process of change as the collector works out by experience and experimentation a personal approach to the gathering of objects of art. In the case of the Nasher collection, this personal approach is the result of a remarkable synergy between two individuals, Raymond D. Nasher and Patsy Nasher.
The essay by curator Sarah Schroth contextualizes the Nashers as collectors within the history of collecting practices in the United States in the second half of the twentieth century.
Sarah Schroth is the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.