October 2015 | Rebecca Rego Barry

In Memoriam: Collector Ruth Sackner

Over the weekend, we heard the sad news that Miami collector Ruth Sackner, who, with her husband Marvin, founded the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, passed away in her sleep on Saturday night. She was 79.

Art of Typewriting 9780500241493.jpgThe Sackners are featured in our current issue in an article called "The Art of Collecting Typewriter Art." Just this month they published The Art of Typewriting, a beautifully illustrated look inside their immense collection that showcases 600 examples by more than 60 artists. We at Fine Books wish that she could have fully celebrated its publication.  

Married for 59 years, the couple created a "veritable museum" in their Miami condo, art critic Steven Heller told Fine Books earlier this year. They were first drawn to conceptual word art after seeing Tom Phillips' artist's book, A Humument, on exhibit in Switzerland in 1975. They collected voraciously over the decades, amassing 75,000 pieces of art, according to the Miami Herald.

"Miami lost, today, one of its real cultural giants," South Florida art collector Dennis Scholl told the Miami Herald. "Ruth was one of those people who really cared about culture in our community. Together they built the greatest collection in the world. That is a hard thing to do."

Image: Courtesy of Thames & Hudson.