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Tracy Savage, Savage Fine Art, facilitates largest purchase acquisition for The Portland Art Museum since 1948

Portland, Oregon - The Portland Art Museum soon will boast 152 paintings and sculptures from the private collection of the late New York art critic Clement Greenberg (1909-1994). Tracy Savage, a private dealer and owner of Savage Fine Art in Portland, Ore., was responsible for the purchase and acquisition. It is the largest acquisition by the museum since 1948.

When a long-time associate mentioned that Greenberg's complete private collection was available, Savage with 25 years experience in the art world said, "This represented a golden opportunity for the right museum. Greenberg is considered by many to be the most important art critic of the 20th century."

The Greenberg collection, which spans more than two decades of American art, includes 152 paintings and sculptures by some of the most important artists from the Abstract Expressionism, Color Field and Post-Painterly Abstraction movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Some of the artists included in the collection are: Jackson Pollock, Hans Hoffman, David Smith, Helen Frankenthaler, Friedal Dzubas, Adolph Gottlieb, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Anthony Caro, Walter Darby Bannard, Darryl Hughto, Larry Poons and others.

Shortly after learning that the collection was available, Savage contacted Greenberg's widow, Janice Van Horne of New York City. Several meetings later, Van Horne engaged Savage to place the collection in its entirety with a museum.

With a handful of museums on her list, the Portland Art Museum was the first museum Savage approached. Her meeting with John E. Buchanan, Jr., executive director of the museum, resulted in great enthusiasm for bringing the collection to Portland.

"I knew the Greenberg collection would be a great fit for the Portland Art Museum because it would fill in many gaps in the museum's existing collection of post-war work," says Savage. "I also liked the idea of having the collection in my hometown -- it would be a great gift to the City of Portland."

The Portland Art Museum is organising a touring exhibition of the Clement Greenberg collection for 2001-2003. It will debut in Portland during Summer 2001 and will be accompanied by a major publication documenting the collection and placing Greenberg's contribution to 20th century art and current contemporary painting practices in perspective.

An art advisor, consultant and gallery owner, Tracy Savage has fostered a career in the arts since 1975. Savage, who started her career at Sotheby's in Los Angeles, has for the past 25 years played an instrumental role in shaping artists' careers and building influential art collections. During the pivotal years of 1987 to 1991, Savage managed world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly's Boathouse studio -- she has since established herself as the most influential dealer of artworks and installations by Chihuly worldwide. In 1990, Savage started Savage Fine Art in Seattle to work with artists, collectors and museums to create awareness and new markets for specific artists' work. In 1993, she relocated Savage Fine Art to Portland. Savage is a member of ArtTable, Inc., New York and is a National Patron of The American Federation of Arts.

For more information, contact Savage Fine Art at 1419 SW Park Avenue on the South Park Blocks near the Portland Art Museum, +1 503-223-2868,

SOURCE Savage Fine Art

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