Saturday, July 04, 2015
The Man Who Held Up the Art World

"When [Bowsher] would go over to LACMA director Michael Govan’s house for Sunday lunches, he and Govan’s wife, Katherine Ross, would swap cookie recipes.  He collected books extensively, focusing mostly on titles about artists and architects he worked with. Dagny Corcoran, proprietor of the Art Catalogues store at LACMA, remembers him as an obsessive book collector whose expertise rivaled her own. If he started buying books about an artist he hadn’t worked with personally, Corcoran would do some digging and quickly find a connection between that artist and Bowsher’s current projects. They had an arrangement: if Corcoran found a volume she knew he would love on one of her rare book sleuthing missions, she would buy it for him. If he found something he wanted in her store, he had to pay full price. 'He took better care of his books than I do,' says Corcoran, remembering seeing Bowsher’s collection organized in glass cases in his small, tidy apartment."

(via Steven Tong, w/ thanks)

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