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THE TOP 25 Left: Thornton Dial's The County, 1995, lent by Brett and Lester Levy Jr., heads to the artist's retrospective at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, Alabama. FRAZIER KING, HOUSTON BRETT AND LESTER LEVY JR., DALLAS O ne of the quiet titans of collecting c o n t e m p o r a r y p h o t o g r a p h y , Frazier King is also a photographer known for his timeless black- and-white still-lifes. "I began collecting photographs in earnest in 2000," King says. "This was due to a spontaneous reaction to the photographs in an exhibition organized as part of the FotoFest Biennial that year." In 2012, works from his collection were included in FotoFest's "The Collector's Eye II" exhibition. King's collection includes works by London-based Elaine Duigenan, Czech image- maker Pavel Banka, Houston collaborators Mary Magsamen and Stephan Hillerbrand, and Wisconsin artist Susan Dunkerley Maguire. In 2019, a book of King's collection was published: The Collector's Eye: A Photographer's View of His Contemporaries, produced jointly by FotoFest and Amsterdam-based Schilt Publishing. L ester Levy Jr. is the nephew of Irvin Levy, w h o w a s c h a i r m a n , then presi- dent of the DMA board between 1978 and 1995. Brett and Lester began collecting in the early 1990s and own such important works as a trilogy of major Peter Saul canvases: Icebox Number 3 (1961- 1962), Untitled (1962), and (Continued) (Continued from page 86) John Chervinsky's Continuum I, 2004 Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen's A Device for Emotional Intelligence, 2019 Susan Dunkerley Maguire's Window Collage with Lily, 1997 Columbus Discovers America (1992- 1995), which have been featured in recent retrospectives at the New Museum, NYC, and in Toulouse, France. The collection also includes Tony Matelli's Sleepwalker (1994), originally installed on The High Line in NYC, and outsider cartoonist Frank Johnson's entire oeuvre of more than 2,300 pages of notebooks and 131 unbound drawings, currently on long- term loan to the Columbia University Libraries in NYC. This summer the couple loans an important Thornton Dial to the artist's retrospective in Birmingham, Alabama. ADAM REICH 88

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