Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector


PETER BLAKE. Masks from the collection of Sir Peter Blake, photo Hugo Glendinning

Exhibition, Barbican London, UK, 12 February - 25 May.
Magnificent Obsessions is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-akind curiosities, rarefied artefacts, and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives, and obsessions of artists. While some artists are connoisseurs, others hoard objects, never letting them go. While many live-with and make direct use of their collections, others keep them under wraps or in storage. Collecting objects for research and study is key to the practice of many artists in the show. Presented alongside examples of their work, their collections, in turn, help to elucidate their art.
JIM SHAW. Pink Mountain Lion on Brown Background.
DR LAKRA. Frente al Espejo (The Mirror).
DANH VO. I M U U R 2 (artifacts and tchotkes that belonged to Martin Wong), 2013.
ANDY WARHOL. Cookie Jars assembly.
HOWARD HODGKIN. Attributed to Nainsukh, The disrobing of Draupadi, 1760-1765.
MARTIN PARR. Flying postcard, 1960-90.