Today we take into a tour for you to meet the best collectors and their exclusive collections, according to a selection of interviews published on The Art Digest.
“Design should serve a real purpose, it should make people’s lives simpler”
Brent Dzekciorius, design adviser and curator, collects contemporary design and ceramics. With a role in this creative field, Brent says that a big part of collecting is about patronage and keeping he creative cycle moving forward.
‘”There are a lot of pictures that I like — but none is individually holy”
Manhattan lawyer Gregory Gooding, has an extensive collection of photographic prints, Most of them are 20th century photographs, black and white landscapes, both rural and more industrial. In recent years, Gregory has most actively collected work from the 1970s, but his collection as a whole ranges from the late-19th century to the past couple of years.
“There is a group of artists — the No Name Group — that we certainly helped introduce to the world outside China”
René Balcer, Law & Order showrunner, collects Japanese and Chinese prints and paintings — a collection that can often be seen at America’s top museums. His first encounter with Japanese art began as a child, when his grandfather moved to Japan and brought some photographs that piqued his interest.
“The first thing to do is to have a purpose; you cannot blindly chase what is trending on the market”
From seeking out ancient coins as a boy to marking his 40th birthday with an exhibition of his historic porcelains, Su Ping has been driven by passion. Ping started collecting porcelains decorated with figurative scenes from the late Ming and early Qing periods, which sparked his interest in chinese classic paintings.
“I am an accidental collector. It’s just accident.”
V.S. Naipaul, Nobel Prize-winning author, collects Indian Art, and explains that thriller writer Len Deighton is partly responsible for that. Naipaul met Len Deighton at dinner many years ago and he demonstrated taht Indian art could really be approachable.
Dr Stephen Kelly, ophthalmologist and gallery owner, is attracted by Art Deco. He started his collection when Geoffrey Bradfield and the late Jay Spectre created a modernist design for his townhouse. It all started by just getting the basics and then he began adding pieces — primarily Art Deco pieces from the 1920s and 1930s. Now, Stephen Kelly has been collecting for about 30 years.
“There is nobody today that will ever take over from the era of Marilyn, Ava Gardner or Grace Kelly”
David Gainsborough Roberts has an unique array of pop memorabilia, from John Dillinger’s gun to Marilyn Monroe’s dresses. His collection started when his grandfather gave him a piece of wood which he said came from Nelson’s flagship, the HMS Victory.
“I would need shock treatment to make me stop collecting, there’s no way I’ll ever stop”
Art Director Simon Costin started collecting at age 4. His parents were antique dealers so he was surrounded by things from a very early age. Nowadays, Simon collects all sorts of things: tapestries, waxworks, working models of guillotines, puppets, toys, model theatres, film props, ornate cabinets — there is no particular reason for him to collect.
“The guitars I have are all very different; I have one of these and one of those, much like Noah on his Ark”
Perry Margouleff, musician and music producer, has a collection of 20th century American guitars inspired by his passion for playing. Perry started collecting guitars, both acoustic and electric. He has other instruments, but guitars are at the heart of his collection.
Anne Dell Prevost has a particular taste for objet d’art and 18th century furniture which was inspired by her grandmother’s South Carolina home. In her collection we can find several objets d’art and antique jewellery. Anne grew up surrounded by rare objects but her collection began as a young bride, to whom was given a small French 18th century commode and antique silver pieces. After her grandfather’s death, Prevost inherited many things from his collection.