Tuesday February 25, 2020

A compulsion for collecting

From Warhol’s cookie jars to Hirst’s taxidermy, a new book reveals what artists collect and how it can influence their work.

8th March, 2015
1940s cookie jars from the collection of Andy Warhol

If the world was your oyster, what would you choose to collect? Magnificent Obsessions – The Artist as Collector, an exhibition at London’s Barbican, reveals the choices of 14 top international artists. The accompanying book gives a riveting insight to what, how and why.

Homo sapiens have been collecting since Neolithic man carved out bone beads. A collection is an affirmation of our identity. The process feeds our curiosity, widens our knowledge, offers the...

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