Saturday, November 14, 2020

John Waters, Droll Bard of Baltimore, Promises Art to Hometown Museum

By Ted Loos
John Waters, the filmmaker, at his four-story Baltimore home. He’s donating artworks from his personal collection to the Baltimore Museum of Art. Andrew Mangum for The New York Times
The 1998 John Waters movie “Pecker,” about a young photographer on the rise, lovingly skewers the art world, with one of the filmmaker’s longtime muses, Patricia Hearst, playing a pretentious photography collector. This week, it is Mr. Waters who is taking on the patron role in real life, announcing the bequest of 372 works by 125 artists, the bulk of his personal collection. The trove will go to the Baltimore Museum of Art, his hometown institution, after his death, although the works may be exhibited in 2022. [More
Richard Serra’s “Birthday Drawing” (1996) was a gift to Mr. Waters.Credit...Andrew Mangum for The New York Times