tagged: art collectors

Kusama in the Morning, Prince Before Bed: Susan Hancock on Collecting and Living with Art

by Nathaly Charria
Art collectors strike a delicate balance between patron and artist. Though emerging creatives view collectors as a golden ticket to success, stardom, or just their next meal, mid-career artists view their relationship more as a shared dialogue constantly shifting the scope and focus of their endeavors. A shroud of mystery often pervades collectors, radiating with the air of inherited privilege and market control.  Susan Hancock, the owner of the former Royal/T Gallery in LA’s Culver City, is a... [more]
Posted by Nathaly Charria on 4/1/16

The Broad Collection: Inside LA's New Free Art Museum with Director Joanne Heyler

by Lauren McQuade
The Broad Museum’s September 20 opening in downtown Los Angeles is just under a month away. “You had to remind me of that,” Joanne Heyler laughs—her humility doesn’t quite feel nervous, more pragmatic. If there is anyone capable of executing the huge task ahead, it’s her. “ I’m living that,” says Heyler, describing her long-standing career with the Broads. Heyler began working at The Broad Art Foundation back in 1989, and is currently its Director and Chief Curator. Under her direction, the... [more]
Posted by Lauren McQuade on 8/26/15

Los Angeles to Open Its Largest Free Contemporary Art Museum

by Kimberly B. Johnson
Los Angeles’ latest contemporary art access point, The Broad Museum, will officially open its doors to the public on September 20. This is exciting news for Angelenos, as the 120,000-square-foot structure will house more than 2,000 works from the Broad Art Foundation and the personal collections of long-time philanthropists and art enthusiasts, Eli and Edythe Broad. According to Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad and chief curator of The Broad Art Foundation, this means access to... [more]
Posted by Kimberly B. Johnson on 7/23/15

Why Collect Artist Books and Zines?

by Joe Bucciero
“Ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them.”   —Walter Benjamin [1]   Brooklyn-based publisher and curator Blonde Art Books recently organized its third annual Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair (BABZ). A three-day event, BABZ featured a few dozen independent publishers hawking their goods, plus workshops and performances throughout the weekend. The presence of something like BABZ is not particularly... [more]
Posted by Joe Bucciero on 7/22/15

From Private Collection to Mega-Museum: the Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town

by Bea De Sousa
When private collections take on major dimensions, rather than donating works to existing institutions, the collectors who pioneer them tend to go public and open museums. This growth has led to a recent boom in museum-building globally. The private collection of Jochen Zeitz will be at the core of one such new mega-museum, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA) opening in Cape Town, South Africa. The Thomas Heatherwick designed building, which will boast 65,000 square feet... [more]
Posted by Bea De Sousa on 7/14/15

San Francisco Collecting Taps into Intrinsic Value of Art

by Leora Lutz
Collecting art as a narcissist hobby is the most virulent kind of collecting, whereas collecting as a means of humble support seems to be the approved model—at least in San Francisco. A recent art panel in the city attempted to discern a difference between San Francisco and Los Angeles collectors. Moderated by LA gallerist Mieke Marple (Night Gallery), the panelists were Sofya Polyakov of Noun Project (LA), Sabrina Buell of Zlot Buell art advisors (SF), Jessica Silverman of Jessica Silverman... [more]
Posted by Leora Lutz on 4/15/15

Collecting as Collaboration: Launch Pad Brings Artists Directly into Collector Sarah Elson's Home

by Bea De Sousa
Launch Pad was founded in London in early 2014. It is described as a commissioning program intended to serve as a platform for emerging artists who have not previously exhibited in the UK. Three artists per year are invited to create a new work that responds to the domestic space, history, or environment of the founder’s home. The founder is Sarah Elson, an art historian and seasoned art collector as well as an active philanthropist. The project sounds simple enough: publicly accessible art... [more]
Posted by Bea De Sousa on 1/6/15
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