The Riverside Art Museum was recently the fortunate recipient of a generous gift from Stuart and Beverly Denenberg. In recognition of the Museum’s commitment to collecting work on paper, the Denenbergs donated over 60 prints and drawings, ranging from early Renaissance broadsheets to contemporary American serigraphs. Notable as art dealers in California since the 1980s, Stuart and Beverly Denenberg moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles eight years ago, and have been prominent ever since in the southern California art world, serving on the boards of the Fine Art Dealers Association, the West Hollywood Art Commission, and other organizations. Beverly Denenberg is a native Los Angelena. Her husband grew up on the East Coast and began his career as a print publisher and dealer in Boston in the 1960s. Several of the works in the Denenberg gift were acquired back then from artists that Stuart Denenberg had worked and socialized with.
Among the selections on view at RAM are prints by Leonard Baskin, Gregory Gillespie, Richard Lindner, Peter Saul, Jack Levine, and Matsumi Kanemitsu -- all postwar American artists -- as well as by the Weimar-era German artist Emil Orlik, the Renaissance Bavarian Johannes Wagner, early 19th century Englishman William Wells, and the Caribbean artist Golde White.