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  • Katja Novitskova, Pattern of Activation, 2014, in the Boros collection.

    Top 200 Collectors

    ARTnews has announced the 28th edition of ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list

    The following questions: where are million dollars worth artworks, who has them and how these works meet with collectors, have been keeping the art scene busy. Recently, ARTnews has announced the 28th edition of ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list.

    (Image: Katja Novitskova, Pattern of Activation, 2014, Boros Collection.)


    With their Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art collections, Turkish collectors Halit Çingillioğlu and Kemal Has Çingillioğlu featured in the 2017 list. Some other important names featured in the list are; Danny Goldberg, Jochen Zeitz, Roman Abramovich and Paul Allen. In that spirit, ARTnews made a survey on collectors’ 2016 acquisitions. Answers reveal a lot about what has been going on in the contemporary art scene over past year.


    The survey points out how important art fairs and biennials are for bringing artists and collectors together. For example; Anicka Yi’s video from 2016 Whitney Biennial was picked up by Julia Stoschek. Similarly, works by Laura Owens, whose work appeared in 2014 Whitney Biennial entered into the collections of Salamés, Rosa de la Cruz ve Danny Goldberg this year. This past summer’s top 3 art events; Venice Biennale, Documenta 14 and Art Basel brought to light many important names. Estrellita Brodsky acquired work by Vlassis Caniais, whose sculpture she saw at Documenta, together with the piece by Harvey Quaytman, whose work featured at Art Basel. Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Karen and Christian Boros and Goldberg picked up Katja Novitskova’s works, who showed in Estonian pavilion of the Venice Biennale, and Rubell Family and Walter Vanhaerents got pieces by Anne Imhof, winner of the Biennale’s Golden Lion Award for the German Pavilion.

    Anicka Yi, The Flavor Genome, 2016. Photo: Fabian Frinzel

    Anicka Yi, The Flavor Genome, 2016. Photo: Fabian Frinzel

    Another question asked to the collectors was about their source of inspiration. Rebecca and Martin Eisenberg talked about the influence of Jack Tilton, who passed away in May, on their acquisitions, while others named Maurice Marciano ve Eli Broad, both opened their private museums in Los Angeles. Another inspirational figure names was Agned Gund, who hit headlines this year when she sold a Roy Lichenstein painting for 165 million dollars.

    Jeff Koons, Balloon Rabbit (Red), 2005-2013, in the Minskoff collection

    Jeff Koons, Balloon Rabbit (Red), 2005-2013, Minskoff Collection

    Artist Jeff Koons name was cited by different collectors during the survey. Collectors Tiqui Atencio Demirdijan, David Geffen and Anita Zabludowicz mentioned their regrets for missing out Koons’ artworks in 2016. Edward Minskoff, who has Pollock’s Animal and Picasso’s 19 bronze sculptures in this collection, said that Koons’ Balloon Rabbit (Red), 2005-10 which is currently placed in the lobby of 51 Astor Plve in New York, is the cornerstone of his collection. Minskoff’s one that got away last year was Andy Warhol’s The Wild One.

    You can read find ARTnews TOP 200 Collectors list from artnews.com


    Simge Erdoğan