Artinfo.com has interesting little feature on their site where they profile art collectors. A recent profile was of the Los Angeles based art collector Stavros Merjos. He collects artists like Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Takashi Murakami, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, and a bunch of emerging artists.
I like what Stavros says about money, happiness, & art..
“They say money doesn’t buy happiness, but there is one way I’ve found that working hard and having wealth does change your life: Coming home to a house full of art truly is a way to enhance one’s happiness. I can be in a [terrible] mood, but if I walk around my house, the artwork cheers me up. I absolutely love living with museum-quality art.” Artinfo
I guess it could have the opposite effect if you were collecting artists like Francis Bacon or Ken Currie.
I’ve heard of some artists that don’t collect art because they would be tempted to change them, and others that have rooms filled with the art of others. I have found that I can’t have the art of others in important places like the bedroom or the studio unless I want to steal something from the artist or the painting. They’re both places that you drop your guard.. so if it’s a bad painting it gets absorbed.. just as it does if it’s a good painting.
I also dislike staying in a hotel if it has bad art in it. And I almost run through exhibitions that I don’t like. Perhaps it’s an over-reaction.. but it’s something I can’t control :-O