Saturday, December 19, 2020

Collector Guido Goldman, a U.S. Bridge to Germany, Dies at 83

By Clay Risen
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Guido Goldman, a renaissance man who used his vast wealth and extensive network of friendships in politics and the arts, from Henry A. Kissinger to Harry Belafonte, to help rebuild America’s relationship with Germany after World War II, died on Nov. 30 at his home in Concord, Mass. He was 83. In the mid-1970s he began buying ikat, a textile art — specifically ikat from early 19th-century Uzbekistan, whose vibrant, abstract colors reminded him of the later works of Wassily Kandinsky, his favorite artist. He eventually amassed one of the world’s largest collections of ikat, which he later donated to the Smithsonian and other institutions. [More