The 50 Most Exciting Art Collectors Under 50 (Part 1): Page 4 of 6
The 50 Most Exciting Art Collectors Under 50 (Part 1)
“I am definitely drawn to painting — I like to feel the artist’s presence in the work. I like to feel color and emotion in art,” says Hall, who, as head of external affairs at Haunch of Venison, ought to know what she likes aesthetically. For her Greenwich Village home, where she lives with two dogs, she recently bought a small nude by Ridley Howard called "Bedroom #3, night." “It’s a very intimate and sensual piece,” she says. “I also recently acquired a small work on paper by Walter Robinson, 'Untitled (Painter and Model on the Beach).' He paints such fearsome, sexy women.”
“Perfection,” is the ambitious theme that Hinrichs says unites her collection, which “allows space for different directions, with a clear call for excellence.” She currently runs the company Yellowdine Ventures while acquiring new work; she’s particularly enthused about photography. “Recent excitements are Edgar Leciejewski’s 'Seven Eggs' and Armin Morbach’s 'Golden Cut.'”
John Andrew MacMahon
A founding partner of Bell Point Capital Management, MacMahon finds collecting “a cathartic experience that allows me to recharge from the pressures of work.” His collection consists mainly of photography and has, he says, “a bias toward architecture and geometry. Specifically, I am fascinated by built structures and how they relate to their surroundings. A subcomponent of the collection is the human condition in response to the environment. The first photograph I purchased was Swedish Bachelor by Julius Shulman, which I wake up to every morning.”
MacMahon serves on the photography subcommittee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), as well as on the Contemporary Arts Council at MOMA in New York, and he is involved with his alma mater, Davidson College in North Carolina, which displays part of his collection. Of the work that most excites him, he cites “a photo collage piece by Carter Mull titled 'Unrest,' which was recently on display in ‘Utopia/Dystopia’ at MFAH, as well as Mull’s 'Leader (Obama).' Another artist that I am excited about is Doug Rickard; I purchased a number of photographs, Google street views from his series ‘A New American Picture.’ The work is extremely powerful in raising questions of racial and social inequalities explored through the Web 2.0 world today.” — Tracy Stuber
“I tend to buy art based on my mood,” says Kanoo, who collects contemporary Middle Eastern art by the likes of Sabhan Adam, Fadi Yazigi, and Lalla Essaydi. But the general manager of Kanoo Vehicle Leasing displays his artworks according to subject matter, “such as diverse faces from different artists in a specific area.” He hopes one day to open his own gallery. His taste, he explains, is inpired by everything around him: “It creates a whole language that resonates through my daily experiences, which creates my current taste.” Of his recent forays into the market he says, “I’m super excited about my new Mustafa Horasan,” one of a number of pieces by young Turkish artists he’s been acquiring.