June 13, 1906|
|Died||October 26, 2001(aged 95)|
|Known for||Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum|
Aldrich began working in the fashion trade in 1924. He began producing garments under his own label in the 1940s. He was president of the New York Couture Group.
He began collecting art in 1937, though initially it was just a circumstantial act and not from any great interest. He was married in 1940 and he and his wife bought a weekend home in Ridgefield, Connecticut. His wife had an interest in painting and, concerned about her boredom during the week while he was in New York, he began bringing home literature about art, which he himself began to read. When World War II ended, air travel to Paris resumed. Aldrich had already concluded he would like to acquire some art and in 1947, he and his wife flew to Paris with the intention of buying a Utrillo.
His collection grew to be substantial. On his way out to buy cigarettes one day in Ridgefield, he spied a building for sale on Main Street. Seeing that it had high ceilings, he thought it would work well as a place to house his extensive art collection. After investing a substantial sum to renovate, he turned it into a museum, initially called the "Old Hundred", after the name of the building. He soon changed it, however, because the name did not indicate the contemporary character of the contents.
- John Russell (October 30, 2001). "Larry Aldrich, Who Founded Art Museum, Dies at 95". The New York Times.
- Larry Aldrich, brief biography Vintage Fashion Guild. Retrieved November 8, 2011
- "Oral history interview with Larry Aldrich, 1972 Apr. 25-June 10" Archives of American Art. Retrieved November 4, 2011
- Eleanor Charles (April 27, 1986). "Founder of Aldrich Museum Looks to its Expansion". The New York Times.
- Fellowships Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
- Press release Archived 2010-01-03 at the Wayback Machine. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2007). Retrieved November 8, 2011