“It’s extremely rewarding to have someone outside of the core group of supporters understand what we’re doing and see how they can help and really make a difference,” said Jessica Todd Smith, The Huntington’s curator of American art.
Martin is a serious art collector whose acquisitions have included works by Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper and Georges Seurat. In 2002, he was filming a movie nearby and stopped at the Huntington.
“I think he was surprised and impressed by the quality of the American collection and has been supporting us enthusiastically ever since,” Smith said.
Martin sponsored last summer’s exhibition of the “maple sugar” paintings of 19th-century American artist Eastman Johnson.
“We need more of this type of exhibition in Southern California and The Huntington is clearly interested in doing just that â€” bringing significant works of American art to light, contextualizing them, and helping visitors become better acquainted with the artists, the techniques and the significance of the pieces,” Martin said in a statement.”
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