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Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Details of Controversial Koons-Curated Joannou Exhibit Emerge

Jeff Koons’ One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (1985) was the first major art acquisition by collector Dakis Joannou, and the only piece of the artist’s work to be shown in the collector’s forthcoming New Museum survey, Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection (Image: the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens)

The New Museum of New York has just released the details of an already debated exhibition of works from the treasure chest of billionaire collector Dakis Joannou.  Though parts of the collection have previously been on view at Joannou’s own DESTE Foundation in Anthens, as well as in Paris and Vienna, the upcoming New York exhibit has skeptics voicing concerns of nepotism. Critics say the show is an obvious conflict of interest, arguing that Joannou, who is one of the museum’s trustees, could easily see the notoriety and value of his collection catapult.

Titled Skin Fruit, the show, which runs March 3 – June 6, will include 100+ works by 50 international artists, selected from the Joannou Collection by guest curator, Jeff Koons (whose work will also appear in the exhibit). Koons’ very first solo showing with a museum was held at the New Museum in 1980, when his Hoover vacuum cleaner installation was displayed in the windows of their former 5th Ave. location.  The artist has also been heavily supported by Joannou, who owns 40 of Koons works, along with his 2008 yacht commission.

For more thorough investigative journalism regarding the debate over the exhibit, check out the always enlightening Culturegrrl here

The 50 selected artists are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »


Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Free Art Basel Miami Passes


We’re giving away one package including free passes to the SCOPE and PULSE fairs, as well as the Wed., Dec.2  Art Basel Vernissage and First Choice events, before the fair opens to the public. The first responder to email us with a photo and brief description of an original work of art from their personal collection wins!  Send entries to: info@theartcollectors.com and include mailing address. We will contact the winner via email.

Passes courtesy of our friends at Jonathan LeVine, Richard Heller, and Mizuma Art Galleries.

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Contest :: Win a Signed + Illustrated Brendan Monroe Book

Observer (sitting), 2009.

After a recent relocation to Stockholm, Sweden, Brendan Monroe returns to California for his third exhibit with Richard Heller Gallery. Places Between Here and Here opens Oct. 17 and features new painting and wood sculpture installations. To celebrate the occasion, TAC is giving away a signed and hand-illustrated copy of Brendan’s recent monograph, B. Monroe, out now on Paper Museum Press. To enter our drawing, sign up to follow us on twitter, or if you already do, email us (info@theartcollectors.com) with the twitter name you currently follow us with. We will take submissions through Wed., Oct. 21 and announce a winner shortly thereafter.

Check out the photo gallery below for a preview of some of Brendan’s paintings for the upcoming show.

B. Monroe book cover and inside illustrated+signed page.


Brendan Monroe – Places Between Here and Here
Oct. 17 – Nov. 14

Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave. B-5A
Santa Monica, CA 90404