Collecting as Practice
Max Nesterak talks with Jeremy E. Steinke of the Guggenheim Young Collectors Council
Jeremy Steinke bought his first piece of art right after graduating college. It was a poem on green xerox by Tracey Emin called Fighting for Love (1998). He was working at a gallery in New York City that was representing her, and, as he remembers it, didn’t really think of his first acquisition as collecting.
“I just thought, ‘I love this, it’s so interesting,’” Steinke remembers. “Once I framed it, it felt like a real piece of art – which it was, I just didn’t register it in that way. After that, I guess I’ve never really stopped."
He left the commercial art world shortly after for the film industry, professionally speaking, but for all intents and purposes he is even more involved in the art world than he was as a recent graduate working in a commercial gallery.
He’s a long-time member of the Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council, can count many artists, art advisors, and curators as friends, and collects several pieces a month (he has yet to resell a piece). He’s run out of wall space by now to display his entire collection, so his home in Brooklyn is in a continuous state of curation.
Steinke’s passion for art and collecting is incredible; he speaks of it with this sense of overwhelming gratitude that he’s fortunate enough to live a life full of art. He calls collecting a “practice,” not a task to be finished or a hobby but rather a lifelong pursuit...