Aldrich, Larry

Aldrich, Larry (b. Orlevitch)

(1905–  ) businessman, art collector; born in New York City. After graduation from high school he made a fortune in the garment industry in New York City. Encouraged by Alfred Barr, director of the Museum of Modern Art, he donated funds to several museums for the work of artists who were then unknown. He acquired and then bestowed his collection of contemporary art in order to fund a series of exhibitions in the museum he founded (1964), the Larry Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.
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