Property from the Estate of David Pincus
David Pincus has an innate and immediate connection to the arts, and began collecting in his late twenties. By 1960, the New York art scene was on the threshold of a nascent generation of soon-to-be identified Pop artists. It was an exciting time, and David, together with his wife, Gerry, were actively visiting galleries and seeing exhibitions in New York and abroad. David and Gerry always had a deep appreciation for sculpture and the works included here, all acquired in the early sixties, reflect their love of the medium. This passion for sculpture lead the Pincus's to eventually add works of monumental scale to their collection, including artists such as Willem de Kooning, Mark di Suvero, Richard Serra, John Chamberlain and Claes Oldenburg; several of which have been gifted to museum and institutions.
David and Gerry's involvement in the art world lead to their support of several institutions. David was an early board member of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, which opened in 1962, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where David served on the board for more than 35 years. The plight of children in need was a passion and primary charitable focus for the Pincuses. David attributed his heightened passion for children's causes to a 1984 trip to Ethiopia to aid with famine relief. David brought warmth and hope wherever he traveled, believing strongly that even the simplest gestures of kindness could have a positive impact on someone in need. This was famously symbolized by David's signature Snoopy dolls, which he gave to children and adults wherever he went. To him, Snoopy was a portable symbol of joy and childhood that would translate to children of every nation and walk of life.
The Pincus family has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations and projects throughout the years, including International Rescue Committee, Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Fairmount Park Art Association, American Jewish Would Service, CARE, and Penn State University.
David gave so much to so many; it is impossible to fully comprehend the extraordinary commitment and reach of this one man. His dedication to those in need will continue through the efforts of the Pincus Family Foundation and those close to him, who share his vision and passion for humanity.
Works from The Pincus Collection were offered in May 2012, at Christie's New York. World record prices were achieved for Barnett Newman's Onement V, 1952, Jackson Pollock's Number 28, 1951, 1951, Jeff Wall's Dead Troops Talk (A Vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986), 1992 and Mark Rothko's magisterial Orange, Red, Yellow, 1961. The most highly valued Collection of Post-War and Contemporary Art ever sold, the sale of this portion of The Pincus Collection achieved a total of $180 million.