Library of Congress, from 1940 to 1960 published a special collection of American abstract expressionism print age.
Library of Congress Acquires Charles Randall Dean Collection of American Abstract Prints.
The Library of Congress has acquired an exceptional collection of American Abstract Expressionist prints from the 1940s to 1960s, now available through the Libraryﾕs Prints and Photographs Division.
The Charles Randall Dean Collection of 125 prints includes exquisite and often rare impressions by such artists as James Budd Dixon, Sonia Gechtoff, Philip Guston, Grace Hartigan, James Kelly, Lee Krasner, Frank Lobdell and Hedda Sterne.
Dean began acquiring the Abstract Expressionist prints in 1987.
When possible, Dean sought out and befriended the artists themselves, learning their stories directly.
The highly-regarded collection, acquired by the Library through a gift/purchase, includes Dean's records, receipts, letters and period ephemera, and rare journals and exhibition catalogues that enhance the research value of the individual prints.
The Dean Collection has been featured in the October, 2000 issue of Architectural Digest Magazine and the March, 2009 issue of Art in America.
Selections from the collection have been exhibited at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, N.Y., and at the International Print Center in New York City (www.ipcny.org/exhib/exhib_ex/exhib_ex_dean.htm).
Dean was born in Augusta, Ga., spent his childhood years in Knoxville, Tenn., and graduated with a major in philosophy from the University of Tennessee.
For the past 22 years he has worked in the restaurant of the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan as a Maitre d' and captain.
Dean has also co-edited "Of Leaf and Flower" (Persea Books, 2001), an anthology of poems and stories for gardeners.
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