Feigen, Richard 1930- (Richard L. Feigen)

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article
views updated

Feigen, Richard 1930- (Richard L. Feigen)


Born August 8, 1930, in Chicago, IL; son of Anthony P. (a lawyer) and Shirley Bierman Feigen; married Sandra Canning Walker Kasper, February 23, 1966 (divorced); married Margaret Langan, September 12, 1998 (divorced); married Countess Isabelle Harnoncourt, May 5, 2007; children: (first marriage) Philippa, Richard. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Yale University, B.A., 1952; Harvard University, M.B.A., 1954. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Art collecting, tennis.


Home—Katonah, NY; Paris, France. Office—Richard L. Feigen & Co., 34 E. 69th St., New York, NY 10021; fax: 212-249-4574. E-mail—[email protected]


Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York, NY, president, 1957—.


Century Association, Chicago Arts Club, Chicago Casino Club.


(Under name Richard L. Feigen; editor) Dubuffet and the Anticulture, Richard Feigen and Co. (New York, NY), 1969.

Tales from the Art Crypt: The Painters, the Museums, the Curators, the Collectors, the Auctions, the Art, Knopf (New York, NY), 2000.


Richard Feigen once explained his writing inspiration to CA as "the growing corporatization of U.S. cultural institutions—disinterest of government in culture and cultural patrimony—general decline in quality of life in favor of quantity. I want to try to stress that all we leave behind is the beauty that we make and the suffering we relieve."

More recently he added: "As a writer, I have become more politically active, with the deteriorating moral authority in the United States—with the country's increasing disengagement from and authoritarianism of the Bush administration toward the world community and its lack of responsiveness to the majority of its own citizens."