David Zwirner is pleased and honored to present a selection of drawings from the Sarah-Ann and Werner H. ("Wynn") Kramarsky Collection, on view at 537 West 20th Street. Since the late 1950s, Wynn Kramarsky has amassed one of the most significant privately held collections of works on paper from the second half of the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on Minimal, Post-Minimal, Conceptual, and process-oriented works. This exhibition will include highlights from the collection, with diverse and exemplary works by Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Mel Bochner, Trisha Brown, John Cage, Bruce Conner, Dan Flavin, Suzan Frecon, Eva Hesse, Nancy Holt, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Barry Le Va, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Alan Saret, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Keith Sonnier, Richard Tuttle, Cy Twombly, Lawrence Weiner, and others.
For Wynn, assembling this collection over several decades has been a true labor of love, and his passion for collecting is reflected in this carefully curated selection of drawings by a wide-ranging group of artists. Wynn’s focus has been works on paper, at first since this type of work was more accessible to him as a young collector, but ultimately because he found drawings and other works on paper allowed for a more intimate engagement with an artist and his or her creative process. The smaller scale also enabled him to collect both encyclopedically and in-depth. Wynn's non-commercial exhibition space, The Fifth Floor Foundation, which operated from 1991 to 2006 at 560 Broadway in New York's SoHo neighborhood, exemplifies his dedicated and consistent arts patronage. In addition to presenting focused solo and group exhibitions of both canonical and lesser-known artists in the collection, the SoHo space served as a larger center for the study of these works (which were thus made readily available to interested visitors and scholars alike). Wynn's enthusiasm for art historical scholarship and education further extends to the many loans he and his wife make, often anonymously, to major national and international exhibitions. And even beyond that, their past and continuing gifts of works from the collection to numerous museums and universities permanently enrich the public nationwide.