The Theodore Fanger Collection
Works on paper by Togo Love
January 1, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Teddy Fanger (1945-1984) was not a rich art collector, but Togo's childhood friend and surrogate brother. Both had grown up in the slums of New York, joined gangs, committed crimes and spent time in jails at various points in their young lives. Later, when Togo became an artist, Teddy worked alongside him as his personal assistant and became his chief printer. At times, Togo would ask Teddy to pick prints that he liked for his own collection. Teddy knew little about Art, but, like Togo, he particularly cared for the female portraits. In fact, he married a model RAYE seen below in the collection.
In 1960, Togo's mother, at that time, a madam in a Parisian brothel, was murdered by a john. The case was never solved. Then, on March 4, 1984, Teddy quite by accident found the killer on his own and stabbed him to death. Teddy was caught and convicted but before his sentencing he died from a heart attack.
In 1993 some of the original prints below were lost in a fire at Togo's studio in Morocco and, so, Teddy's collection became the only source of those singular rarities which have been bequeathed to the museum by his widow Raye Fanger at the time of her death in 2018.