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Abstract Art Collector Speaks At Libraries' Lecture:
Thurs. Oct. 17th, 5:00 p.m.

"The Little Man," print by Louis Schanker, run as the cover of The Little Man, a periodic artists publication self-published by Schanker and other artists, 1939.

Retired gallery director and avid American abstract art collector Martin Diamond will be the featured speaker at the Rutgers Libraries' Eighteenth Annual Louis Faugères III Bishop Lecture, on Thursday October 17th in Alexander Library on the College Ave. Campus.

Martin Diamond, whose archives are on exhibit in Special Collections and University Archives in Alexander Library, will speak on the topic: "My Personal Contacts With 35 Artists Your Art History Course Never Mentioned … But Should Have!" He will share some of the joys and challenges of studying, collecting, and interacting with artists whose works are slowly gaining wide renown in the art world. In his talk and slide presentation, Mr. Diamond will draw on the experiences he and his wife Harriet had as they ran an acclaimed art gallery in New York in the 1970s and 1980s.

Martin Diamond took a circuitous path to gallery ownership. After returning from service in the Pacific theater during World War II, Martin and Harriet Diamond were married. While working as a salesman, Martin Diamond began a long self-education in the field of art. Initially, in order to decorate their home, the couple cut pictures out of calendars. Gradually, Mr. Diamond began to purchase books on American art. Eventually, he became an associate of the art gallery owner Bernard Danenberg, and, when Mr. Danenberg returned to Europe, the Diamonds opened Martin Diamond Fine Arts on their own.

The lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Scholarly Communication Center, on the 4th floor of the library, and a light reception will follow. To make a reservation, please send an email to or call the Libraries Administration reception desk at 732/932-7505.

Posted October 7, 2002