Magic Max: His Charmed Life Aside, Passion And Persistence Explain The Success Of Collector Max N. Berry
NANTUCKET, MASS. — Max N. Berry, the Washington DC lawyer and patron of the arts, is a brilliant storyteller of the old school. At 78, having lived a rich and eventful life, he simply has more to say than most people. His meandering tales spool out in a leisurely fashion and, having reached their subtle denouement, reveal a man wise in the ways of power but appreciative of others, essential traits for a consummate dealmaker. Some collectors care nothing of beauty and relish only the deal. Others are drawn to beauty but know nothing of history. A few — having no deep engagement with beauty, history or the art of the deal — delegate their collecting to advisors. We venerate collectors too much, on the whole. After all, what is inherently noble about acquisition? But if material culture is appreciated as the aggregate expression of a people in the artifacts they make and use, then collecting, as practiced by Berry, is intellect and imagination made palpable through objects. ... Read more
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