Finding a collection of an artist that we aren’t familiar with is exciting. Discovering the entire life’s work of a prolific artist whose work has ever seen publicly is a different experience entirely.
This spring we received a call from a colleague of ours in Chicago, Arrin Williams. He wanted to let us know about the estate of James Bruch (1942-2023), who had been an award-winning advertising executive at Leo Burnett. Bruch’s vocation throughout his life had been painting, but he had refused to ever show his work in public or sell any of his art. Arrin explained that his children wanted to find a gallery to promote their father’s work…but there was a catch…everything had to be out of the house in one week or it would be sold at an estate sale.
immigration to Ellis Island, experienced by 12 million people between 1892-1924, at the age of nine years old. His upbringing was modest, with his parents described as lower-middle class, moving to the United States in homes of financial success. In an interview with Dorothy Seckler for the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Art, Friedman recalled being the only “foreign-born” family in the neighborhood and not speaking any English while attending school in Yonkers, New York. Read more.