(Forward) Keith Sachs Would Rather Be Collecting Art in Philadelphia

Keith Sachs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Menachem Wecker.

Keith Sachs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Menachem Wecker.


My article “Keith Sachs Would Rather Be Collecting Art in Philadelphia” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s a selection:

Clad in a glen plaid blazer and paisley tie, Keith Sachs, the white-haired Philadelphia art collector, pointed to a Dan Flavin sculpture from his collection. “The Diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Robert Rosenblum),” consists of a white fluorescent bulb installed diagonally on the wall. “He needed some money, because he was getting married at the time,” Sachs said. “So he sold us this.”

Here at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sachs, the former CEO of the alcoholic-beverage packaging distributor Saxco International, pointed out works of other artists whom he and his wife Kathy Sachs, had befriended: Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Joel Shapiro and Richard Tuttle. “Ad Reinhardt died before we began collecting,” he said, gesturing to “Red Painting” (1953). Elsewhere in the exhibit of about 100 works from the couple’s collection, many already gifted or promised to the museum, are letters and birthday cards that artists wrote to the collectors.

“I was a businessman,” Sachs said. “They have an entirely different take on life.”

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