The James W. Hyams Collection

James W. Hyams started collecting art in 1967 when he was a student in college. The first work Hyams purchased—Vegetable Soup Can from Campbell’s Soup I by Andy Warhol—was paid for in installments and hung in his dorm room. A few years later, he purchased his second work by Warhol and from there collecting became a way of life. 

Over the years, Hyams has amassed a stunning collection of prints from 1960s to the present day. From Warhol to Hirst, or Lichtenstein to Doig, his collection is about as contemporary as it gets. Focusing on works that he likes by influential artists, his collection of more than 400 prints is an exceptional survey of the most important art movements of the second half of the 20th century and the start of the 21st century.  

Generous with his collection, Hyams has loaned many works to galleries and universities, sharing his collection with a public audience. Further, his pieces are proudly on display in his home, his acclaimed interior widely published. 

I don't buy pieces that I don't like. But I do have a purpose in my collection. I am interested in buying key artists from the period.

James W. Hyams

Published by Landfall Press

For fifty years, Landfall Press has pursued excellence in traditional printmaking as well as exploring the possibilities of three dimensional works. Although initially focused on lithography, founder Jack Lemon pushed the workshop’s artists to experiment with progressive techniques. Landfall Press has fostered relationships with many highly successful artists such as Claes Oldenberg, Kara Walker, and Lynda Benglis as well as artists outside of the mainstream that echo Lemon’s pencient for imagination and narrative content such as William T. Wiley and Robert Arneson. 

Sol LeWitt

Solomon ‘Sol’ LeWitt had a major impact on the Conceptual Art movement through his distinctive approach to creating artwork intuitively. Born in Connecticut in 1928, LeWitt went on to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1949. In 1951, he was drafted for the Korean War where his duties included creating posters for the Special Services Division. Following his release, he moved to New York where he studied at, what is now, the School of Visual Arts while interning as a graphic designer for several magazines including Seventeen. He was employed by the architectural office of I.M Pei in 1955, and in 1960 he worked as a receptionist at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

LeWitt has been exhibited around the world since 1965. His body of work places importance on the process of creation and is often rooted in intellectual thought. Comprised of simplified shapes, colors, and lines his work challenged modern notions of art by exploring ideas over aesthetics. He worked in a wide range of media from two-dimensional wall drawings, of which he created an estimated 1,200 during his career, to monumental outdoor installations. In addition, he produced more than 50 artist’s books in conjunction with his nonprofit organization Printed Matter and contributed landscape design to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. LeWitt’s permanent murals reside in the Embassy of the United States in Berlin, the Columbus Circle Subway Station, New York, and The Jewish Museum, New York among others.

In his life, LeWitt supported his peers and the artistic community, and he was a friend and collector of many artists. His works are held in some of the most prestigious collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Tate Gallery in London, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York among many others. Sol LeWitt died in 2007 in New York City.

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