15.Question: Was he conceiving of a number of outdoor sculptures as a single group from which he
intended to make a sculpture garden at a public institution?
Answer: Ray had on occasion considered the possibility of making a selection of outdoor sculpture
to be gifted to an institution.
16.Question: Who chose the 36 sculptures from which the Getty made their choice?
Answer: Ray, in consultation with me.
17.Question: Did he buy sculptures for particular positions in his garden or Ranch?
Answer: No, the determination of appropriate location was made after acquisition.
18.Question: Did he stop buying after the death of your sister?
And, in response to your questions in your letter of October 21, 2005:
1.Question: What part of the collection may have been models of what to do or not do?
Answer: Ray did decide to acquire a large number of small works on paper to
be kept at his ranch.
2.Question: How you chose the artists?
Answer: I did not choose artists. The choices finally were always Ray’s. I did, however, convey to
Ray my estimation of works and on occasion suggested works that might be of interest
3.Question: Whether you liked to work directly with artists themselves or with certain dealers?
Answer: I did not work with either dealers or artists directly, nor was I involved in specific
transactions of Ray’s purchases. Ray did this independently of my participation.
4.Question: How you followed up the European (and especially the UK) connections?
Answer: The Getty has in hand examples of Ray’s correspondence with artists and dealers.
5.Question: Whether you got what you wanted?
Answer: In most instances, Ray got what he wanted.
6.Question: If you ever commissioned?
Answer: I recall that Ray corresponded directly with Ellsworth Kelly about a work to be located
at Ray’s ranch. I believe he asked Ellsworth Kelly to make suggestions concerning the
exact location of placement.
7.Question: How site specific choices were?
Answer: In almost all instances, an appropriate site was determined after acquisition.
I hope that I have adequately been able to fulfill your request and I look forward to meeting with you in April.
Thanks to Antonia Boström’s generosity, I have had the pleasure of reading Barbara Hepworth and Sculpture 1900-1945.