Edward Albee, The Collector

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The name of famed American Pulitzer-Prize winner playwright Edward Franklin Albee (1928-2016) is known for his plays that examine modern conditions, such as The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962). Now, that his entire collection is offered by Sotheby’s for the benefit The Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, we can get a rare insight into his taste, his passion for collecting, and the interior of his Tribeca loft, where he had lived for over 30 years until his death last year. He constantly sought for “Art that is about Art,” and this notion came to capture his interest as a collector, assembling a fine collection of American, Modern and Contemporary art alongside African and Oceanic sculpture, with works by such masters as Jean Arp, Milton Avery, Marc Chagall, Lee Krasner and John McLaughlin.



This article was first posted on Daniella on Design



Dr. Daniella Ohad is a design historian, educator, writer, and tastemaker, who received her Ph.D. degree from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. For the past two decades, she has been committed to education in design history and theory, history of the interior, material culture, and the decorative arts, with a special expertise in modern and contemporary design culture. She has taught in some of the world’s leading art institutions, and currently leads “Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights, the only program on collecting design at the New York School of Interior Design. Her articles and critiques have been published in magazines and peer-review journals, and she is a moderator in various design events across the globe. Dr. Ohad has been a member in various acquisition committees in NYC museums, and her blog Daniella on Design attracts hundreds of thousands of readers weekly. She lives and works in New York City.



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