Since the Stein in the twentieth century, ardent defenders of the artistic avant-garde, the relationship between the artist and the collector-patron is a source of intellectual exchange and is a real help to artistic creation.
In a largely global art market and as the media gives voice to collectors of trophy works, signs of social recognition, the focus is on auction records, in other words on the speculative aspect. contemporary art with sensations. In parallel with an art market that may seem “marketed” dehumanized, is there still a place for intellectual complicity between the artist and the collector? Or is it just a fantasy, a utopia? Is this the expression of nostalgia for a past epoch? Nathalie Guiot proposes to question the current relationship between internationally renowned artists and their collectors: “This work is a portrait gallery. It sketches in hollow, in a subjective way and not exhaustive, a typology of the collector. Who collects? Why do we collect? What is a collection? “Being a collector is a profession of faith, not a profession, a hobby or a feather in the hat,” writes Pierre Assouline citing the personality of Roger Dutilleul, a great fan of Braque and Picasso. Through these intimate and singular conversations between international artists and collectors, the reader will discover this commitment to creation that everyone has in common. »(Nathalie Guiot)
Interviews with David Claerbout and Hélène Lemoine, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Giuliana Setari Carusi, François Morellet and Erika Hoffmann, Camille Henrot and Sandra Mulliez, Lawrence Weiner and Jack Wendler, Doug Aitken and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudango, Jeff Koons and Dakis Joannou, Luc Tuymans and Åke Skeppner, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige and Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi.