This piqued our (considerably wide-ranging) interest here at ArtsPage:
Seattleites took four spots on the ARTNews list of the world’s top art collectors. The magazine surveys a list of “art world insiders,” who use auction prices and data from private sales to compile the list.
The list of 200 comprises many of the usual suspects, like a Pulitzer, a Walton, a de Rothschild, a couple of Lauders and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the usual mix of professions, like “hedge fund,” “oil,” “shipping” and — an ArtsPage favorite — “inheritance.”
Representing our little corner of the world on the list:
—Paul Allen. He’s listed as a collector of “Impressionism, Old Masters, modern and contemporary art and tribal art,” but most in the art world know he’s quite secretive about what he actually owns. A few tantalizing hints have leaked over the years — a curator once said Allen owns all five of Brueghel the Younger’s “Five Senses.” One of the “Senses” was in the 2006 exhibition called “Double Take” at Experience Music Project, as were Allen-owned works by Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, and others.
—Elizabeth & Richard Hedreen. The couple is known for their interest in modern and contemporary art; think Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, David Hockney.
—Mary & Jon Shirley. Another pair of fans of modern and contemporary art, they have a passion for Alexander Calder and Chuck Close.
—Ruth & William True. The Trues’ Seattle exhibition space, Western Bridge, is where you can see their collection; they favor contemporary artists like Frank Gehry and Roy McMakin.