Charles C. Bergman, a founding organizer and longtime champion of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, died late last month at the age of 84. He had helped guide the foundation for more than three decades, after working to establish it in tribute to the legacies of the married painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.
After working as an adviser on issues related to mental health under U.S. presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter, and later as the head of the Institutes of Religion and Health, a psychotherapy training program, Bergman served as a consultant on the formation of a charitable foundation following Krasner’s death in 1984. The next year, he took on the role of executive vice president of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and shortly after that became the foundation’s chairman and CEO.
A statement issued by the foundation reads, in part, “It was largely because of Mr. Bergman’s insight that the Pollock-Krasner Foundation defined its mission as providing cash grants to worthy individual artists in need, in the United States and around the world. Under Mr. Bergman’s leadership, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation awarded more than 4,400 grants totaling more than $71 million to artists in 77 countries. Mr. Bergman took special pleasure in personally informing each grantee of his or her award.”