Colorado collectors Susan and Larry Marx began buying art in the 1960s because they “wanted to live with beautiful things,” they told ARTnews. Larry, who was formerly a developer and has since retired, said that the couple loves “all of ‘[their] children’ equally,” referring to their extensive collection of postwar and contemporary art and works on paper. The couple have promised to give 150 works to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (they have a second home in the L.A. area). Among the artists represented in this major gift are Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Ad Reinhardt, and Mira Schendel. In an essay that accompanied the Hammer’s 2012 show of their gifts titled “Intimate Intensity,” Larry told Douglas Fogle, “Art is about where it takes me.”
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