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ABOUT THE PETERSON COLLECTION
The Peterson Collection of contemporary realist art is the private collection of Gregory J. Peterson, a New York corporate attorney. Artworks in the collection have been acquired internationally from 1972 through the present, comprising works in oil, egg tempera, gouache, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, pen and ink, graphite, etching, drypoint, lithography, pastel, photography, plastic, ceramic and bronze. Although principally American, the collection also embraces a substantial number of works from Australia, Cuba, The Czech Republic, England, France, Kenya, Latvia, The Netherlands, Russia and Sweden. This website documents a large selection of works in the collection.
The collection focuses on realistic representational works, many with art-historical references, and with only four exceptions all by artists living and working today.
Mr. Peterson sits on the Board of Trustees of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, and has spoken publicly about the principles of art collecting at museums and private venues across the United States. He regularly contributes writings on contemporary art to the webzine, artcritical.com, and other publications.
As of December 2006, a full-color, hardcover catalog of the Peterson Collection is to be published with the support of Blurb.com. The catalog, with an introduction by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, is annotated with Mr. Peterson's commentaries and observations about the artworks and the artists represented, and discusses how the collection was assembled. Mr. Peterson also maintains a blog describing his experiences as a New York collector.