On Collecting…

These last few years I’ve had the opportunity to meet and befriend some amazing people who collect art. I, like many, expected that the illusionary figures who participate in art buying hide behind some castle walls with a mote and drawbridge. Handing a bucket down from the the terrace to exchange cash for elaborate artworks.
Ok, maybe not that dramatic but I have been very pleasantly surprised to meet many people who understand that buying art has a direct and political effect. In fact perhaps more than any other aspect of consumerism, collecting art is an act that supports not only the work but directly effects the artist to continue working. In fact it seems to have a very long history of working this way and today how often can one say they have that direct connection with their purchases?
Well now it’s your turn. I’ll be participating in an upcoming edition of Jen Bekman’s 20×200 project. And in the meantime I have a few works (some full size prints, other smaller proofs) in some great upcoming auctions. (In this case I’m the one trying to support the fine folks at the following places so bid early.)

The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Annual Auction
Bid online now until the event on Saturday Oct. 6th

Minneapolis Center for Photography
Annual PhotoBravo auction
Saturday Nov. 3rd

SF Camerawork
Annual Benefit Auction
Saturday Dec. 1st


  1. Posted September 27, 2007 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    The Inliquid Benefit Auction is tonight (Sept. 27), and the Photo Review Auction is Nov. 10— both are in Philadelphia. These auctions are great, not only for the great deals you can get on the work, but because they allow phone and online bidding.


  2. Posted September 27, 2007 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Collectors…hmm. That’s a whole other area of consumerism for you to photograph.

    I used to live next door to Sotheby’s, and it was always interesting to see art going in and out the door as if it were just any commodity. One time a guy took a largish 19th century painting to his car and propped it against a No Parking sign — in its elaborate guilded frame — while he unlocked the car door. O for a camera!

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