PRINT Summer 1965



Alden S. Murray has been appointed Curator of Painting at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. Mr. Murray succeeds Ninfa Valvo, who retired on April 1st. Mr. Murray, who is 41, was born in San Francisco. He graduated from Harvard College with a major in English in 1950, and subsequently studied Art History at the University of California at Berkeley, the Free University of Berlin and at Harvard; he is currently completing his Harvard doctoral thesis on Neopolitan Baroque painting. From 1959 to 1963 Mr. Murray held the position of lecturer and research assistant with the Frick Collection in New York . . . The San Francisco Art Institute has named Fred Martin as successor to Gurdon Woods as Director of the Institute’s College. Martin is presently Director of Exhibitions at the Institute . . . The Dwan Gallery has announced the forthcoming opening of a sister gallery in New York. The first exhibition, in October, 1965, will be of Edward Kienholz . . . The Contemporary Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the winners of the New Talent Purchase Grants for 1965. They are Philip Rich, Lloyd Hamrol and Melvin Edwards. Each award is for $1200.00.


One of the leading figures in the art world, Alfred Frankfurter, art historian, critic, lecturer and Editor of Art News since 1936, died in Jerusalem on May 11, 1965 of a stroke. He was in Jerusalem as White House representative to the opening of the Israeli museums there.

Frankfurter was born in Chicago, Ill., February 4, 1906, the son of Moritz Frankfurter, head of an international shipping enterprise, and of Frida Hemmenssen. He received his education at the Boys Latin School, Chicago and, after. one year at Princeton, he finished graduate and post-graduate studies at the Institute for Art History of the Humboldt University of Berlin (now in the Eastern Zone).

After leaving the University he worked with Bernard Berenson in that famous scholar’s archives at the villa “I Tatti” outside Florence, establishing a friendship that continued through Berenson’s lifetime; after his’ death Frankfurter helped to organize the transformation of “I Tatti” into a graduate fellowship institute of Harvard University. He returned to New York to work as an art critic and was associated with a number of art publications. He became Editor of Art News in 1936.

In 1939 and 1940, he was one of the chief planners of the huge exhibition of old master paintings borrowed II, Frankfurter served in the Psychological Warfare section of the Office of War Information, and in 1946 was made a member of the Board of Directors of the American Committee for Restoration of Italian Monuments.

Frankfurter was a member of many boards of institutions in the art world; he was a director of G. Schirmer, Inc., the music publishers; a trustee of the Robert Sterling and Francine Clark Institute in Williamstown, Mass. He was also art advisor to the Hallmark Art Awards project and of that company’s sponsorship of an exhibition of paintings by Sir Winston Churchill which opened at the Nelson Gallery, Kansas City, Mo., in February, 1958, and later went on a national museum tour. Last April 14, Frankfurter bought a painting by Sir Winston at auction for Hallmark for $26,000.

In 1960, Frankfurter married Eleanor C. Munro, who had worked as an Associate Editor under him at Art News. She is the daughter of the well-known art-historian, educator and esthetician Thomas Munro of Cleveland, 0. They have two sons, David Thomas and Alexander Moritz. Frankfurter is also survived by his daughter of a first marriage, Mrs. Morton Schwartz of New York.