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date: 17 January 2020


  • A. Deirdre Robson


American collectors. Robert C. Scull [Ruby Sokolnikoff] (b New York, 1917; d New York, 1 Jan 1986) studied at the Art Students League and the Pratt Institute in New York. In 1943 he met Ethel Redner, a student at the Parsons School of Design, whom he married in January 1944. Robert C. Scull worked as an industrial designer until 1958, when he set up a taxi business. Its financial success allowed the Sculls to collect contemporary art, and by the mid-1950s they were concentrating seriously on the work of the Abstract Expressionists. Among their acquisitions at this time were paintings by Franz Kline, de Kooning, Kenzō Okado, Richard Pousette-Dart and Rothko. By the mid-1960s the Scull collection included c. 200 works, of which c. 30 were Pop art pieces. Subsequently they became best known for their patronage of the art of the 1960s, especially Pop art. Between 1960...

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