Curator of Art, Adam Justice interviews Mr. Alex Kasten, collector whose works are featured in the exhibition Destinations in Paintings, on view July 7 to December 16, 2015 at the Polk Museum of Art.
Alex and Barbara Kasten have been collecting art for decades. This exhibition celebrates one of their most cherished collecting focuses: 19th-century academic painting. These 33 works of art, dating from the 1860s to the 1920s, represent the breadth of the Kasten Collection and offer audiences the opportunity to see a past era through the paintbrushes of 28 distinguished artists from England, France, Germany, and Austria. This collection was assembled by Mr. and Mrs. Kasten with the guidance of the Kurt E. Schon, Ltd. Fine Art Galleries in New Orleans.