Monday, June 25, 2018

Collector Charlotte Wagner's personal gallery of social justice

Show Us Your Walls
By Ted Loos
Charlotte Wagner with an Alice Neel painting, “Carmen (Man With Guitar),” at her home in Cambridge, Mass. Credit: Tony Luong for The New York Times
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In less than 10 years, Charlotte Wagner has turned herself into an art collector to be reckoned with. Having the means certainly helps (her husband, Herbert S. Wagner III, is a financier) but what Ms. Wagner has in abundance is focus. “We collect artists who are socially concerned,” said Ms. Wagner, 50, who is a trustee at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and is chairwoman of its education committee. “They’re from diverse backgrounds and raise our consciousness about issues confronting society,” she said. The social justice theme is also the driving force behind the Wagner Foundation, which she runs. She and her husband established the foundation, based in Boston, to further social justice goals in areas from education to health to community development. [More]