The Omaha World-Herald remembers Phillip Schrager local home builder and Contemporary art collector:
Schrager applied that laser-like focus to assembling a collection of contemporary art that includes works by such masters as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. The paintings — many of which are large, edgy and arresting — filled his home, his office and a 7,000-square-foot gallery.
One work by American artist Laura Owens is nearly 10 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Other pieces are constructed from elephant dung or eye shadow containers or are textured with shattered plates.
In an obituary for Schrager for the Jewish Press, a weekly newspaper in Omaha, Joan K. Marcus wrote that he liked contemporary art because it makes people think.
“Contemporary art is challenging because it takes off in a direction that is so abstract,” Marcus quotes Schrager as saying. “You have to think because you don’t get a message right away.”
Business Leader Schrager Dies (Omaha World-Herald)