Carving Space

Carving Space

Schupf donation brings Colby museum one of the foremost collections of renowned artist's works on paper

By Bob Keyes

Paul Schupf first saw a Richard Serra print in 2001. A Colby trustee with a refined taste in contemporary art, Schupf had come to campus for College business when then-Colby College Museum of Art Director Hugh Gourley pulled him aside to show him a newly acquired print called Brownie McGhee.

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30%#"It just knocked me over," Schupf said. "Art should affect your nervous system, and that’s what this does."

Inspired by Brownie McGhee, Schupf set out on a mission: to collect every Serra work on paper he could get his hands on. In just a few years, he amassed a coveted collection of 150 works. In May he announced his intention to give them to the Colby museum.

With the gift, Colby will have the second-largest collection of works on paper by Serra, one of contemporary art’s leading abstractionists, said Sharon Corwin, Carolyn Muzzy Director and chief curator of the Colby museum. The largest Serra print collection is held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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