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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Norton Dodge, American economist and art collector, died he was 84.

Norton Townshend Dodge was an American economist who has amassed one of the largest collections of Soviet-era art outside the Soviet Union. died he was 84[1][2]

(June 15, 1927 – November 5, 2011) 

Art collection

A Sovietologist who did pioneering work on the role of women under Joseph Stalin, Dodge smuggled into the West the works of dissident artists, painters and sculptors in the former Soviet Union. He continued to acquire art and meet clandestinely with artists, often at great personal risk, till the death of dissident artist Evgeny Rukhin and the coming of perestroika. He managed to smuggle nearly 10,000 works of art from the USSR to the United States during the height of the Cold War. Dodge's role in the preservation and patronage of art disallowed by the government led to his being called "the Lorenzo de' Medici of Russian art" (Elena Kornetchuk in Mcphee 1994)."[citation needed] Dodge's work is detailed at length in John McPhee's The Ransom of Russian Art (1994).
Dodge appears in an Andrei Zagdansky documentary Vasya (2002) about a Russian Nonconformist artist Vasily Sitnikov. The latest award-winning documentary about Norton Dodge and his unique art collection "The Russian Concept: Reflections on Russian Non-Conformist Art" was produced in 2009 by Igor Sopronenko.
The Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art, which contains roughly 20,000 works of art, was donated to Rutgers University in the mid-1990s, where it is on permanent display at the University's Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.
Dodge is one of the founding board members of the Kolodzei Art Foundation, a US-based group dedicated to advancing the study of Russian non-conformist art.

Education and teaching

A native Oklahoman and graduate of Deep Springs College, Dodge first traveled to the USSR in 1955, ostensibly to study tractors as part of his research for a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He completed his doctorate in 1960, with the thesis Trends in Labor Productivity in the Soviet Tractor Industry: a Case Study in Industrial Development. Johns Hopkins University Press published his research on women's roles in the Soviet economy in 1966 as Women in the Soviet Economy : Their Role in Economic, Scientific, and Technical Development. Dodge was a professor of economics at the University of Maryland, College Park for over twenty years until 1980 when he took a post at St. Mary's College in southern Maryland. He retired from St. Mary's in 1988.


  • Rosenfeld, Alla (editor); Dodge, Norton T. (editor). From Gulag to Glasnost : Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. Thames and Hudson/The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, 1995. ISBN 978-0-500-23709-0.
  • McPhee, John The Ransom of Russian Art. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. ISBN 978-0-374-52450-0.

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