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Berkeley Art Museum Acquires Leiber Conceptual Art Collection and Library

From the collection: Bas Jan Ader, Untitled (In Search of the Miraculous), 1975, vintage gelatin silver print, 5 in. x 8 in.COURTESY BMA/PFA

From the collection: Bas Jan Ader, Untitled (In Search of the Miraculous), 1975, vintage gelatin silver print, 5" x 8".

COURTESY BMA/PFA

When hunting around for information about about art ephemera, one lands with surprising regularity on stevenleiberbasement.com, the richly detailed and idiosyncratically designed website that was created by the eponymous San Francisco-based dealer and collector to show his collection and items for sale through his gallery, which was located in his grandmother’s house. Leiber died in 2012 at the age of 54, and now the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive announced that it is acquiring his collection and library, which includes some 300 works, primarily by conceptual artists, and 700 books and catalogues, as a partial gift.

The list of artists represented in the collection is pretty stunning—here are the names that the release includes: Bas Jan Ader, Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Alighiero Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, James Lee Byars, Hanne Darboven, Walter De Maria, Gilbert & George, Douglas Huebler, Stephen Kaltenbach, Allan Kaprow, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Lee Lozano, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, and Lawrence Weiner.

A bit more exciting news from the museum: “The collection is also noteworthy for including complete sets of several seminal Conceptual art publications such as the Mönchengladbach Museum box catalogs, Art-Rite, Avalanche, and the Art & Project bulletins.”

Feeling very jealous of those Berkeley students right now.

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