Dialogs LA
3:00PM – Six Gems From The Robert E. Holmes Collection
Presented by: Marisa Caichiolo
Speaker: Robert Holmes
Location: Dialogs LA Booth BB1

Dialog: The talk will feature one work each from the following artists: Bob Thompson, Elizabeth Catlett, Dan McCleary, Javier Marin, Gronk, and Matsume Kanemitsu. Each of these artists has had a fascinating life, transcending genealogy, cultural expectations and transit mixing histories, both self and group.

Robert E Holmes was born in Harlem, raised in Chelsea and the Lower East Side, and educated in Greenwich Village, where he graduated from New York University at its law school. He practiced law in the entertainment division of the powerhouse New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison before joining Motown Records in Los Angeles as its Senior Counsel. Thereafter he joined the Arista Music publishing group as its vice president of business affairs and administration. Two years later, he joined Columbia Pictures, thereafter Sony Pictures Entertainment, as executive vice President of their respective music groups and president of their respective worldwide music publishing companies, a post he held for 25 years prior to his retirement in 2002. He began buying art while a senior at the famed High School of Music and Art when he purchased a large painting of a female nude by a fellow student, and continued buying art thereafter, amassing an eclectic collection of more than 800 artworks.

Works from his collection have appeared in one collection and group shows and galleries throughout the United States and Europe, including app to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Mexican Art in Chicago, Harvard University, The USC Fisher Museum of Art, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Sony Pictures Entertainment, North Carolina A&T State University, among many others.