Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #5


Regular contributor Alex Shear approaches the “process” theme from an oblique angle, offering readers yet another memorable keepsake from his unparalleled collection of Americana.

Throughout his life, Alex Shear compiled a collection of over 100,000 20th-century pop-culture artifacts in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the ’70s, Shear was a highly successful designer of housewares and clothing. In the ’90s and until his death in 2014, he focused exclusively on acquisition. Objects from his collection have been featured in exhibitions at Manhattan’s Children’s Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, among others.