This conversation is part of a series of interviews with families and individuals who collected and preserved the legacy of painter Carl Heidenreich. On October 5, 2017 KunstWorks' Alla Efimova interviewed Richard Buxbaum about how he reconnected with Emanuel Wolf, the largest collector of Heidenreich's art, making it possible to appreciate the full extent of the artist's legacy.
On August 31, Alla Efimova interviewed Emanuel Wolf about his memories of the German exile artist Carl Heidenreich.
The Carl Heidenreich Foundation recently acquired three Carl Heidenreich oil paintings from Lothar Brandt of Berlin. The oil paintings, Portrait of Lia(c.1930), Street Encounter (1932), and Self-Portrait (1926) are rare examples of Heidenreich's pre-war painting, of which very few remain.
This conversation is part of a series of interviews with families and individuals who collected and preserved the legacy of Carl Heidenreich for the past half-century. On July 12, Alla Efimova interviewed Gerhard and Regina about their dedication to the painter.
On November 20, the launch of the Carl Heidenreich Foundation was celebrated at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive’s Cafe Babette.
For half a century, the Buxbaum family cared for the artistic legacy of the German-American artist Carl Heidenreich (1901-1965). Henry Buxbaum, a German-born doctor started collecting Heidenreich’s paintings and works on paper in the early 1950s and championed the artist in the United States and Germany throughout his life. Richard Buxbaum continued his father’s project. A distinguished legal scholar and Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley Law, Richard Buxbaum worked to preserve the artist’s work, to steward the network of his collectors and friends, and to stimulate research, publications, and exhibitions. He now serves as the President of the Carl Heidenreich Foundation. On September 26, Alla Efimova interviewed Buxbaum about his family’s loyalty to this riveting artist. Below are the excerpts from the interview.
The Carl Heidenreich Foundation is pleased to announce the first launch event on November 20 at the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive. BAMPFA holds a number of significant works by Heidenreich in its collection, thanks to the generous gifts of Richard M. Buxbaum. In 2004, the museum presented the exhibition Carl Heidenreich and Hans Hofmann in Postwar New York.
The Foundation is pleased to name Dr. Alla Efimova, Principal of Berkeley-based KunstWorks, as Executive Director. An art historian, curator, and former museum director, Efimova has worked with the art of Carl Heidenreich for over ten years. In 2004, she curated a major exhibition of Carl Heidenreich's abstract work along with his teacher's (Hans Hofmann) at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. In the same year, she curated a retrospective of Heidenreich's American work at Goethe Institut, New York and wrote an essay for the accompanying catalogue. As the Principal of KunstWorks, a firm specializing in strategies for artists' estates, Efimova advised Heidenreich's collectors and Foundation's trustees. "Carl Heidenreich's work is the hidden gem of Abstract Expressionism. Not only the artist' life is remarkable, but the the story of how his work has been saved and cared for by a group of dedicated collectors deserves its own page-turner. I am excited about sharing both with the world," says Efimova.