Just catching up on this mini-profile in the Wall Street Journal of art historian Emily Braun who has had perhaps a far more significant job moonlighting with Leonard Lauder. What’s interesting in the profile—besides the fascinating academic-museum-art-market dynamic casually discussed in passing—is the reminder of how much work sits in storage, far from public view or, even, market knowledge:
In addition to serving as steward of Mr. Lauder’s cubist collection, a part-time job for which she is on call 24 hours a day, Ms. Braun is an art-history professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has also written books, curated shows and contributed to exhibition catalogs. She is co-curating an exhibition of the Lauder collection planned by the Met next year and guest curating a retrospective of the Italian painter Alberto Burri at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2015.
Friends and colleagues say she moves effortlessly from the scholarly world, where she is known for doggedly tracking down historical details, to the art market, where she keeps tabs on which cubist works are available for sale—and whether they merit Mr. Lauder’s consideration. (With Ms. Braun’s help, Mr. Lauder will continue to acquire works for the collection even after it goes to the Met.)
“A lot of my job has been saying no before things get to him,” said Ms. Braun, 55 years old.
The Secret Behind Lauder’s Gift (Wall Street Journal)