This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
The local art community should be grateful that Erivan and Helga Haub love two things: Western art and Tacoma. Those two loves are dovetailing in spectacular fashion, thanks to the couple’s generosity.
The art world sat up and took notice when the Tacoma Art Museum announced that the Haubs – a German couple who split their time between Germany and the Tacoma area – are donating their important 280-piece Western art collection to TAM.
The Haubs are also giving money to fund an endowment and help build a 15,000-square-foot wing south of the existing building – doubling the museum’s gallery space. The $15 million project, which will involve some fund-raising by TAM, is scheduled to open in spring of 2014.
The Haubs obviously knew what they were doing as they amassed their collection of paintings and sculptures, considered one of the best of its kind in the world. All the big names in Western art are there: Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Albert Bierstadt and top modern artists working in the genre as well. Read more »