Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector - the exhibition catalogue from Barbican Art Gallery available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

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'Bursting at the seams with bizarre and beautiful objects, collected over decades by 15 famous post-war and contemporary artists, it is by turns amusing, surprising, illuminating – and always engrossing.' The Telegraph

'Presented alongside written reflections on or by each of the artists, as well as key examples of their work, the featured collections reveal how—just as art is coveted by collectors—objects are often treasured by artists, and how collections can both influence and reflect their owner's works.'  The Boston Globe

Magnificent Obsessions at The Barbican

Throughout history artists have collected objects for professional and private reasons. This book, which accompanied The Barbican's acclaimed 2015 exhibition, takes a look at the private collecting habits of modern and contemporary artists including Arman, Peter Blake, Hanne Darboven, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Dr Lakra, Sol LeWitt, Martin Parr, Jim Shaw, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andy Warhol, Pae White, Martin Wong and Danh Vo.

Their holdings range from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles, such as cookie jars and children's toys owned by Warhol, to unique curiosities and specimens, like Blake's collection of Walter Potter taxidermy and other curios and rarefied artifacts, such as Japanese antiquities owned by Sugimoto. Presented alongside key examples of their work, these objects provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of their owners. A lead essay examines the reasons why artists collect, attempting to understand the relationship between the objects artists amass and the works they make and contributions by or on each of the artists reflect on the personal significance of collecting habits.

  • Author: Lydia Yee, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Date published: February 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791381527
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 21.1 x 2.5 cm