For many years Arthur Goldberg, MEd ’65, questioned his passion for the collection of art asking, “Does collecting act as a substitute for my own lack of artistic ability or is it a license to enter the universal, infinite, and mysterious world of the artist?”
His collection ranges from somewhat random forays, to art deco and three-dimensional art, to photorealism and the realist school. Goldberg has sharpened his focus to concentrate on paintings created by artists from specific art schools—the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others—and acquiring the works of both teachers and their students.
Ultimately, he has been motivated by the conviction that art is best served if it can teach. “I decided that if I give to schools, the work I’ve collected will have educational value, with more opportunities to be seen” by those who will learn from it.