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#7 Building legacy, with Charles C. Bergman of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation


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#7 Building legacy, with Charles C. Bergman of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation

BY Charlotte Burns
executive editor of In Other Words

For the seventh episode of “In Other Words”, we welcome a lion of the artist-endowed foundation world—Charles C. Bergman, the chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In conversation with Christy MacLear, the former director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and now vice chairman of AAP, together with our host Charlotte Burns, senior editor at AAP, they discuss the nature of philanthropy and how the artist-endowed foundation industry has changed.  

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Charles C. Bergman

chairman of the board and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Charles C. Bergman is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Established in April 1985 under the will of Lee Krasner, widow of Jackson Pollock, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation is the largest private foundation created to exclusively help worthy and needy visual artists around the world.

Bergman is a Senior Advisor to the Aspen Institute’s National Study of Artist Endowed Foundations project. He is also a member of the Executive Board for the Children’s Radio Foundation.

Formerly a member of the Board of Overseers’ Committee to Visit the Harvard University Art Museums, Bergman is currently a member of their Director’s Advisory Council. Bergman also serves on the Education and Programming Committee of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, having formerly been a trustee. 

Bergman has served on the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission of New York City, appointed by Mayor Bloomberg, and on the New York State Council on the Arts, appointed by Governor Pataki.

Charlotte Burns

executive editor of In Other Words

Charlotte Burns is the editor of In Other Words, our weekly newsletters and podcasts. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.

Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.

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Behind the Scenes: Artists' legacies with Charles C Bergman, chairman of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation

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For more information on Charles C. Bergman:

Inside Philanthropy on his background

“Jackson Pollock, a Chance Encounter and a Multimillion-Dollar Foundation” in The New York Times, March 2016


For more information on The Aspen Institute:

The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI

“The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the next generation of artist-endowed foundations” Aspen Institute, published November 2010

“The Artist as Philanthropist” in ARTnews, January 2012


For more information about the artist-endowed foundations and estates discussed:

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Dedalus Foundation

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

The Calder Foundation

The Keith Haring Foundation

The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat


For more information on foundations and authentication:

International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)


For more information on the artist residency programs discussed:

American Academy in Rome


Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Santa Fe Art Institute

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture


For more information on governmental and non-profit organizations discussed:

The National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Humanities

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting

The President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities

Americans for the Arts