The 50 Most Exciting Art Collectors Under 50 (Part 2): Page 5 of 6
The 50 Most Exciting Art Collectors Under 50 (Part 2)
Formerly an accountant and now a manager of the media company Astro Malaysia, Parameswaran grew up in an art-collecting family; her father, Malaysian diplomat Datuk N. Parameswaran, has one of the country’s largest collections. After starting her own collection with a small painting by Raja Azeem Idzham, Parameswaran launched Interpr8 with childhood friend Cindy Tang. The company, dedicated to making Malaysian art more accessible to young collectors, recently had its inaugural exhibition, “At First Glance,” at White Box @ Publika in Solaris Dutamas.
The multifaceted Perabo — a stage and screen actress who is also in the restaurant business as a co-owner of SoHo spot Jack’s Wife Freda — is an art lover and collector. She has expressed fondness for an eclectic roster of artists, from Ryan McGinley to Anish Kapoor to Gordon Matta-Clark.
“Super contemporary!” exclaims Prakke, when asked how she would describe her collection. The London-based American, originally from New York, worked on Wall Street and in the City before venturing into the art world. She’s since become a stalwart of Britain’s younger generation of collectors and patrons. “I did the usual,” she remembers of her early art days. “Make a few mistakes, do a degree in contemporary art, make fewer mistakes, go to all the fairs under the sun, absorb, start to get the hang of it, and read copiously.”
Prakke is the founding chairman of Tate’s Young Patrons group, now the institution’s fastest growing network of supporters. She also spearheads the cultural production company Restless Buddha, serves on the Junior Leadership Circle of Women for Women International, and is the founder of Prakke Contemporary, a production and consultancy agency that operates on a project-by-project basis. “My philosophy is that if you throw yourself in the water, you will swim,” Prakke says. Her collection includes works by such edgy luminaries as Thomas Houseago, Wangechi Mutu, Vanessa Beecroft, Barry Reigate, and Matthew Day Jackson. — Coline Milliard
In cofounding the Contemporaries, a nonprofit art and social club that exposes young professionals to contemporary art and culture, Reid directed his passion for art collecting toward fostering a community of like-minded people. The invitation-only collective has approximately 2,000 members in Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. Reid, executive director at UBS, is an aficionado of contemporary photography whose collection includes Alec Soth, Vik Muniz, Pieter Hugo, and Chuck Close.