Collector Bruce Halle, a longtime patron of the arts and founder of the retail chain Discount Tire, died on January 4, Alex Greenberger of Artnews reports. He was eighty-seven years old. Halle and his wife, Diane, are well-known in the arts community through their philanthropy and collection of Latin American art.
Diane began collecting works by Latin American artists prior to marrying Bruce in 1999. At that time, Halle already had a number of pieces by modernist artists such as Aristide Maillol and Jean Arp. Once they combined their holdings, the couple established the Diane and Bruce Halle Collection. Made up of three hundred works by various artists including Ana Mendieta, Hélio Oiticia, and Lygia Clark, the collection has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Phoenix Museum, where the Halles fund a free-access day each month. Among the exhibitions they’ve supported over the years are “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985” (2017) at the Hammer Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s survey of Carmen Herrera in 2016–17.
“I’m very proud to have been associated with them,” gallerist Roland Augustine, a longtime adviser to the Halle Collection, said. “Diane and Bruce revealed themselves as true patrons who remain steadfast in supporting educational initiatives.”