Articles of ‘Collecting’

The New Spirit of Collecting: From Maecenas to Prescriptor to Speculator

By Paco Barragán

Collectors have achieved a central role in contemporary art, not that the spirit of today’s collectors has less or nothing to do with yesteryear’s philanthropist or maecenas. With the advent of neo-capitalism and neo-con philosophy, new players and distant economies have descended upon the arts with a set of new motivations that loathe [...]