Ben Heller, Pioneering Collector of Abstract Expressionism: ‘There’s Nobody Else in That League’

Ben Heller’s storied Central Park West apartment was visited by thousands each year. Among his most important holdings was Jackson Pollock’s monumental Blue Poles, which was hung on its own wall.COURTESY NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA

Ben Heller, who died in 2019, amassed a legendary collection of Abstract Expressionism, supporting artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and others at a time when few else would. But before he dispersed his works to some of the world’s top museums, in particular the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he kept them in his Central Park West apartment. Thousands of visitors made the pilgrimage each year to his home to see masterpieces by the likes of Pollock, Rothko, Franz Kline, and Barnett Newman, with Rothko even referring to Heller’s apartment as “the Frick of the West Side.”

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@peepso_user_31(Denise Gonyea Durak)
Interesting read! I guess I am glad I am not into collecting "Big" or I should say I am not a Big Collector, lol!

I love that piece by Pollock and I can see how Australia… Read more
1 month ago