Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Porter Trust Estate
Frank H. and Nancy L. Porter were important figures in the cultural world of Cleveland. After World War II, Frank began to work for his father-in-law's company, Central Cadillac, and within a short period of time they transformed the business into the largest Cadillac dealership in Ohio. In the 1960s, Frank's business interests expanded into real estate and he became instrumental in the development of a number of important buildings in and around Cleveland, including Walter Gropius' landmark Tower East in Shaker Heights. In conjunction with her husband's widening business interests, Nancy served on the boards of thirteen different Cleveland organizations and charities.
The ever widening horizons of the Porters' personal and professional interests in the 1960s led them to a fascination with modern art. The couple travelled extensively throughout Europe, and collected widely from diverse sources, while showing a strong affinity towards Spanish and French modern art. The walls of their homes and businesses were literally covered with pictures, some by famous artists, and other works by those who would later become famous.
The Porters were closely affiliated with the Cleveland Museum of Art, and were members of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Their steadfast patronage of charitable causes was equally profound, and accordingly, the proceeds from the works on paper will benefit the Cleveland Foundation.
Property belonging to the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Porter Trust Estate