Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Exhibit a fine example of contemporary patronage.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Wesley Pulkka For the Journal

The days of royal and church patronage being the sole support of the arts ended with the Medici family's generosity during the Renaissance. Since then secular collectors became the new art patrons without whom there would be little art in museums or galleries.

"The Ray Graham Collection" now showing at the Albuquerque Museum is a fine example of contemporary art patronage. Graham has long been a supporter and champion of the arts of Albuquerque. His personal collection is the result of his direct response to art. He only buys what he likes and fortunately he likes a broad spectrum of styles, media and content.

With a strong bias toward contemporary imagery and ideas, Graham also is making a bold statement about the value and quality of the art of Albuquerque.

The exhibition mixes internationally recognized artists like Joseph Albers, Larry Bell, Marisol, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Raffael and Meridel Rubenstein with both well-known and emerging local artists. …

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