Los Angeles

Sterling Holloway Collection

U.C.L.A. Art Galleries

Two characteristics of this collector strongly inform this admirable exhibition. The first is a fortitudinous patience in waiting for the right piece at the right time and the second is a cavalier indifference to “name” artists. The primary criterion, it is obvious, is the high pleasure to be obtained from possession. This is particularly pronounced in the selection of small pieces. Strombotne, Tobey, Foulkes, Horiuchi and others are represented here by physically small works, but by no means do the modest dimensions reflect a similar stature esthetically. Larger and equally enjoyable are works by McGarrell, Wenner, Bischoff, Rivers, and the very impressive and handsome Bengston, “Alfalfa”—certainly one of the artist’s ablest efforts. Small but choice sculptures by Zajac, Bell, Cremean and Price share affection with primitive masks and carved figures. The four double panels by Cremean are particularly impressive, executed in wood mortise and drawing on paper.

There is no apparent stress or pattern in Holloway’s collection—the works just seem to establish a generally high level of exuberance, and all other aspects go hang. In his desire to surround himself with vibrant and vigorous objects, the actor has compiled an enviable document of art, a record of one man’s discrimination and patience.

Curt Opliger