FAIRFIELD SUN (CONNECTICUT) -- Assembled over several decades by artist, collector and master printer James Reed, the collection, which will be given in its entirety, consists of more than 1,500 prints spanning the 16th through the early 21st centuries. The great strength of the Reed collection is 19th-century French etching and lithography. Géricault, Delacroix, Daumier, Manet, Redon and Fantin-Latour are among the major artists of the period represented. More than 30 old master prints dating from the 16th-18th centuries are also included.
Reed has taught printmaking as an adjunct professor of fine arts for more than 30 years. He studied at University of Missouri, Kansas City; San Francisco State University; Tamarind Institute; and University of New Mexico, and had a curatorial and conservation internship at the Achenbach Foundation in San Francisco. He was a curatorial assistant for the print collection at San Francisco State University and is manager and curator of the Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection at Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, Connecticut.