The 50 Most Exciting Art Collectors Under 50 (Part 1): Page 5 of 6
The 50 Most Exciting Art Collectors Under 50 (Part 1)
A fashion designer, Kimmel takes inspiration from the lifestyles of both long-established artists — such as Willem de Kooning and George Condo — and the contemporary artists he spends his time with, like Dan Attoe, Ryan McGinley, and Oscar Tuazon. For his fashion collections Kimmel has often collaborated with these and other well-known artists; most recently, he enlisted Dutch photographer Ari Marcopoulos to shoot and star in the look book for his collection with Carhartt.
A fashion stylist who worked for such brands as Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Chloé, Versace, and Anna Sui, as well as numerous fashion magazines, including Vogue, Lyndley started her career as a model. Her love of art dates back to her early days in New York, when she used to go to galleries as a fun, free pastime. She now owns works by the likes of Jeff Koons and Elizabeth Peyton, and blogs about art, music, and their intersection with fashion on her Web site.
Amy and John Phelan
Along with her husband John, a cofounder and co-managing partner of MSD Capital, Amy has established herself as a prominent art enthusiast, collector, and philanthropist. She serves on the boards at MOMA, the Guggenheim, and the Aspen Art Museum, among others. While the couple began with classic works of modernism by Picasso, de Kooning, Dubuffet, and Chagall, they soon ventured into contemporary art with the purchase of a Thomas Ruff nude photograph. The sensuous content of that photograph runs throughout much of their collection, which includes work by Marilyn Minter, Mickalene Thomas, Roni Horn, Jeff Burton, and Richard Phillips. Amy also counts many of these artists among her personal friends — particularly Minter, who claims the blonde former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader as one of her muses. Nonetheless the couple doesn’t work with an art adviser. Recently, they’ve focused on outfitting their contemporary mountain lodge in Aspen, which houses large-scale works by Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman, and Richard Prince.
With an interest in various artistic periods and schools — from Minimalism to Fluxus to contemporary street art — Reinking is an avid collector who began acquiring at the age of 16. Having studied law and art history, he has tried his hand at curating (including an exhibition of street art at the Von der Heydt Kunsthalle in Wuppertal-Barmen, last year) and is eager to lend his works out to museums (he contributed a Jimmie Durham piece to the retrospective currently on view at MuHKA in Antwerp, Belgium). “I like to combine different art movements,” he says, of a collection that includes Cady Noland, Barbara Kruger, Swoon, and KAWS.
An independent financial consultant, Servais is also a diligent collector and part owner of European Art Tour, an interactive tool for art lovers and tourists. Since buying his first piece about 10 years ago, he has amassed a diverse yet selective group of approximately 300 works of contemporary art. Servais feels art is a language. This idea comes through literally in both his interest in text-based works by artists such as Barbara Kruger and Claude Closky, and in his general insistence that the work he buys say something, both in itself and about him as a collector. For this reason, Servais focuses on established artists rather than emerging ones, relying especially on curated retrospectives that offer a considered look at an artist’s oeuvre. His collection, housed in the three-story Brussels loft where he lives and works, includes Lynn Aldrich and Ghost of a Dream and has most recently tended toward digital art.