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Paula Cooper’s Contributions to New York Art World Profiled in NYT

October 24th, 2016

paula-cooper-via-nytPaula Cooper is featured in the New York Times this week, as the paper spotlights her impact on the New York art world, and her pioneering approach to running a gallery, including her opening of the first gallery south of Houston during the 1970’s.  “I went because that’s where the artists were,” she says.
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William Eggleston Profiled in NYT

October 24th, 2016

william-eggleston-via-nytWilliam Eggleston is profiled in the New York Times this month, as the artist reflects back on his work and his studious sense of the photographic image.  “I know they’re there, the angles and compositions,” Eggleston says. “Every little minute thing works with every other one there. All of these images are composed. They’re little paintings to me.”
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Steven Cohen’s Collection Profiled in Fortune

October 24th, 2016

steven-and-alex-cohen-via-fortuneSteve Cohen’s art collecting gets a spotlight in Fortune this week, as the Hedge Fund Manager shares his vision and strategies on acquiring works.  “I am purely from the gut,” he says. “And I know right away. If it stays in my brain—let’s say I go see a picture, if I keep thinking about it, I know it’s something I like. If I forget about it, then I know, couldn’t care less.”
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Dakis Joannou

Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1970

Joannou is the Greek chair of a group of privately held building and civil engineering companies. He is a member of the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art and sits as a council member at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate.

He is considered one of the world leaders in collecting contemporary European art and has also been closely-linked to American-born Jeff Koons collecting pieces from his 1985 “Equilibrium” series which inspired Joannou to begin collecting art, as well as the British pair of Tim Noble and Sue Webster. Notable works in his collection include Koon’s “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” as well as Chris Ofili’s “The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of Black Stars”.

He is also the founder Athen’s privately-funded Deste Foundation which purchases and shows the work of promising young artists.

On collection:

“Art can certainly be perceived as an economic investment, but also as a sound investment on a human level. For example, if you develop a collection and you then give people access to these works of art, whether by lending them to museums or showing them in your own exhibition space, this goes way beyond an investment of money. That’s how I like to do things.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.

Dakis Joannou- Website

61 Minutes with Dakis Joannou

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