Dave Williams

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Genre(s) Memoir

Dave Williams is a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas. Following a stint in the Navy, he earned an MBA at Harvard, which began a forty-year Wall Street career; the last twenty as CEO of Alliance Capital Management. Over four decades, Dave and his wife, Reba White, assembled one of the largest and finest private collections of American prints. Encouraged by his wife, an author, Dave wrote Small Victories, a memoir.

Book Title: Small Victories

Small Victories: One Couple’s Surprising Adventures Building an Unrivaled Collection of American Prints is a journey through American fine art prints by two intrepid collectors, Dave and Reba Williams. Told by Dave, they experience victories and defeats, make discoveries and gain knowledge. The more-than-six-thousand prints they acquired cover both familiar and little-known ground, iconic images by household names and, most importantly, artists and entire schools of art unknown to—or routinely ignored by—curators, academics, dealers and collectors. In addition to the masterpieces of Winslow Homer, George Bellows, and Edward Hopper are the regionalists who worked in northern California, Charleston, Dallas and Cape Cod, and many little-known WPA artists—some recognized for their murals, but not their prints. Discoveries include a bounty of prints made by African American artists in the 1930s-40s, and the lessons learned from artists of the Mexican revolution—Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros. Small Victories is a personal story, an adventure, of one couple’s forty years of print collecting. Explained in the words of the collectors, it focuses on artists and their prints, and reveals much about the nature of collecting in general.