A compulsion for collecting

A compulsion for collecting View Gallery
1940s cookie jars from the collection of Andy Warhol

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

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 thrill of...

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