Description - Small Victories by Dave Williams
This is an illustrated adventure through American prints, illuminated by the victories, defeats and discoveries of two intrepid collectors. For more than four decades, Dave Williams and his wife Reba White formed what is certainly the most comprehensive and adventurous treasury of American prints ever assembled by private collectors. In the 6,000 prints they personally selected, they cover both familiar and totally unknown ground. What stands out about their collection is not the expected holdings of iconic images by artists known to anyone even remotely familiar with the field, but their sustained effort to break new ground, to include artists and entire schools of art that have been unknown to - or routinely ignored by - both academics and fellow collectors. But the real value is the light shed on lesser known connections, venues, personalities, and visionaries. By structuring the book as a memoir, a personal story, the Williams' collection is presented as an adventure, a unique look into this populist corner of the duplicated image, of its reflection of, and impact on popular culture, and into the nature of collecting in general.
Generously illustrated in full colour, with extensive indices and bibliography, this will be judged among the indispensable and totally original print reference books for years to come.
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(254mm x 178mm x mm)
David R. Godine Publisher Inc
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Author Biography - Dave Williams
Dave Williams worked in investment management for forty years, the last twenty as CEO of Alliance Capital Management. Since his marriage to the scholar and art historian Reba White in 1975, the couple has assembled what is considered the largest and finest private collection of American prints, published seventeen exhibition catalogues, and donated the majority of their collection to leading museums around the world.
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