SYLVIO PERLSTEIN, 80, has been collecting avant-garde 20th and 21st century art, both masterpieces and curiosities, for more than five decades. “It was not a business. It’s not a collection,” he said. “In Portuguese, the word is ‘esquisito’, things that are strange and unusual.”
As a devotee of surrealism, Mr. Perlstein likes to buy early work, before an artist’s impulses are ossified. He pounces when he sees “something not normal”.
Among the pieces Mr. Perlstein has assembled – works by Man Ray, Magritte, Max Ernst, Donald Judd, Dora Maar, Keith Haring, Picasso, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, Bruce Nauman, Moholy-Nagy, etc.
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