reprinted from alibi v.19 no.23 | june 10 - 16, 2010
Heart Art You'll actually want to go to the hospital. Really.
By Samara Alpern
“My children.” That’s what Dr. Jonathan Abrams calls the the gangster crouching in a silver gelatin print, the frail lilacs rendered with watercolor, the photo of a caped gray dog emerging from the water. Abrams is an art collector and emeritus professor of medicine at UNM Hospital, and he thinks of the all the artworks he has acquired over the years as his babies.
The setting is reflected in work by Basquiat.
It’s a prestigious family. The collection, which Dr. Abrams co-owns with his former wife Fay Pfaelzer Abrams, includes pieces by defining contemporary masters including Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Bruce Nauman, as well as fine artists from our region, such as Patrick Nagatani, Luis Jimenez and Jaune Quick-To-See Smith.