Sean Kelly is delighted to premiere a provocative new media campaign designed to encourage lively discussion around the topic of collecting and connoisseurship. Launched on May 2, 2018, Collect Wisely’s aim is to question the art world status quo and an increasing preoccupation with short-term monetary interests, to refocus the dialogue around core values centered upon art, artists, a passion for collecting and issues of connoisseurship.
Collect Wisely asks what it means to be a collector today, if that has changed over time, and where the future of collecting is headed. Issues of patronage, connoisseurship, emotional connectivity, and engagement with a long-term historical view are traditionally of central concern to collectors. How are these mores shifting? Collect Wisely is a call to action, a far-reaching initiative geared toward bringing together individuals, institutions, and galleries to build a vital community and inspire future generations to focus on a wide-ranging and meaningful investment in culture.
This dynamic initiative will include print and digital platforms, social media outreach, and artist-led events. An integral component of the campaign will be a monthly podcast series in which a diverse array of collectors will be interviewed about their passion for art and the motivations and enthusiasms that guide their personal stories. These informal conversations will be hosted on the new Collect Wisely section of skny.com and select podcast sharing platforms.
In the twenty-second episode of Collect Wisely, we are speaking with Jon Gray. Published October 27, 2020.
"I think of myself as a custodian. You know because collecting, it seems like such a colonial concept, but I think if I'm taking care of works and preserving works for the next generation, I'm a custodian because it's like when I'm gone someone else is going to need to take care of it."
In the twenty-first episode of Collect Wisely, we are speaking with Dan Sallick. Published May 28, 2020.
"Once you start to get a little bit more confidence in your choices you can step out of the box that you’ve created for yourself, and once you do that once, it becomes sort of an addiction to keep trying to do that and keep trying to make these things that shouldn’t make sense together, really play well together. The other thing that is interesting too, is that you start to realize that three-dimensional objects become really exciting in a collection too, especially outdoors, and then you start to think about your entire environment as being a place to experience art."
In the twentieth episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Erling Kagge. Published December 18, 2019.
"You have to follow your own path, but obviously also, when you collect, not collecting only with your eyes, you also collecting with your ears and your nose. So I talk to a lot of people about art, I listen to people, I read quite a bit, and I see a lot of art, and then I make up my own mind."
In the nineteenth episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Leo Shih. Published October 17, 2019.
"I like the statue more than painting in the beginning because I always feel like with statue you can see from 360 degrees and painting you cannot see from the back. So I feel it’s more economic for the statue, but more and more I see on the painting, I understand, I fall in love with painting more than statue, of course, I still like statue but I also love the painting."
In the eighteenth episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Alain Servais. Published September 19, 2019.
"Collect meaningfully doesn't mean making money out of it, it's about preserving what I think is an important moment of the culture of today, and if you want to collect meaningfully you must go in places where people are feeling uncomfortable. I'm feeling very comfortable being uncomfortable."
In the seventeenth episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Tiqui Atencio. Published July 3, 2019.
"The best advice is to study, study, and study. The more you look at art, the more you visit museums and fairs, and galleries, the more you're involved in seeing, watching, actually living. The more you create your own opinion, and that's what, I think, at the end of the day is important. Know yourself, take a position."
In the sixteenth episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Robert Tsao. Published June 11, 2019.
"Well you know, our genes are basically very cruel, very selfish, we are a bio-machine made by genes. The genes direct us to produce the next generations, fortunately, we humans develop the genes, that refuses some of the orders from the brain. We want to create our own identities, our own lives. And that's, I think, where the art comes from. Genes do not teach us to make art pieces, but we do as our own determination."
For the one year anniversary of Collect Wisely and our fifteenth episode we are speaking with Gary Yeh. Published May 1, 2019.
"One of the things I hear from my friends is, going to a museum or going to see art is not really an activity in their vocabulary, because it forces you to slow down. Yet, maybe it's just an age thing rather than a generational thing but, a lot of my friends want to do active activities or going out, and that emotional response is really what I'm trying to show art has the power to do."
In the fourteenth episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Budi Tek. Published March 26, 2019.
"I enjoy the collection of mega-size works. To be frank, it was a kind of strategy. So, If you wanted to be respected in the world, in terms of collections as well as the museum, you need to find yourself, your identity. If you are facing with MoMA LACMA, Tate, Pompidou, what is Yuz Museum? And if I follow their collection strategy, what is Yuz Museum? One thing I believe I can stand out a bit in terms of these so-called giants, we are different, the collection is different, the museum shows are different. They may not want to collect mega-sizes, but I want to collect, I want to show them."
In the thirteenth episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Pamela Joyner. Published March 1, 2019.
"In my case, I started with a call to action. As I've evolved in my collecting journey, we have evolved from being a collection of stuff that lives in houses that we like, to being a mission-driven collection where we try to achieve measurable results."
In the twelfth episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Howard Rachofsky. Published February 8, 2019.
"The best way to see an artist's work is quietly in a gallery where you can actually have a conversation around that work and with a gallerist, and I think this is maybe a little old school, but it’s sort of the way I learned along the way, and what was challenging and stimulating to me."
In the eleventh episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Pablo Sepúlveda. Published February 6, 2019
"We have to learn to see how each artist has been developing, throughout his or her career, that’s one thing. The other, is that in my collection I basically buy the pieces of art that I am happy living with. Art should make you happy, you have to buy the pieces of art that you like, but they have to have a relationship between one and the other."
In the tenth episode of Collect Wisely we are speaking with Tiffany Zabludowicz. Published December 4, 2018
"Art's so crucial, always, especially in moments where the world's in a bit of a crisis. Pushing what art is? Well, art is a conversation, when I see artists who are making something that's pushing the conversation forward then that's what's exciting to me."
In this episode of Collect Wisely we sat down with Manuel de Santaren. Published November 13, 2018
"I will tell a new collector, a young collector, think about what makes your heart sing when you watch something on a screen, and let’s make a list of what you respond to, and then, let’s see which artists are doing work that has a reference to those things that give you goosebumps and take your breath away, and you begin there." - Manuel de Santaren
The 8th episode of Collect Wisely features Jill and Peter Kraus. Published September 18, 2018.
“It’s not what you read in books, you have to learn to see, that’s something that I think really great collectors over the generations, not just contemporary art, have learned, they’ve learned to look” - Jill Kraus
The 7th episode of Collect Wisely features sisters, Monique and Myriam Vanneschi, interviewed during the 49th edition of Art Basel. Published June 16, 2018.
"The art world back then in the 1970s was much smaller and really people bought art out of a passion for it, and so, what we see today. That didn’t happen at all back then."- Myriam Vanneschi
For the 6th episode of Collect Wisely we interviewed Ron Pizzuti. Published June 15, 2018.
"Go to an art fair, preferably in New York, and to leave your wallet at home, and don’t even think about buying anything until you can figure out what you like, and what direction you want to go.”- Ron Pizzuti
In the 5th episode of Collect Wisely we spoke with Rodney Miller. Published June 12, 2018
"There’s always good work out there, and part of the fun is quite frankly looking and discovering new artists, and so money is a barrier on some levels, but it’s not a barrier to being able to live with objects that are unique, objects that are beautiful, and objects that have meaning.”- Rodney Miller
In this episode of Collect Wisely, we spoke with Paul Marks live on the gallery's booth at Frieze New York on May 2, 2018. This episode was published on May 11, 2018.
"Things that we don’t quite understand currently, maybe those artists are just functioning fifty years ahead of all of us, and maybe it’s going to take fifty years for everyone to figure what they were thinking or what was on their mind. I use that on my research in medicine, to say let’s not wait fifty years, let’s try to do what the artists does and see if we can invent the future now.” - Dr. Paul Marks
Our third episode of Collect Wisely was recorded live on the gallery's booth at Frieze New York with Marieluise Hessel Artzt on May 2. The episode was published May 8, 2018
"The truth is that I am getting more out of it than I can give, that’s the truth because I couldn’t live with all the works but seeing others, having contact with students and curators has enriched my life in immense ways." - Marieluise Hessel Artzt
The second episode of Collect Wisely was recorded live on the gallery's booth at Frieze New York with Greg Miller on May 2. The episode was published May 5, 2018
"This art world is an art world that moves at hyper speed these days. We all are used to swiping screens from one to the next and giving them a few seconds to a minute at most of attention. Find your moments to slow down and figure out where you can go deeply with art as opposed to trying to be everywhere at all times and know everything at all times.” - Greg Miller
In the inaugural episode of the Collect Wisely podcast, Sean Kelly spoke with collector J. Tomilson Hill. Published May 3, 2018
"There are some artists that are an acquired taste, where you actually have to really work at it. And then there are other artists where it’s much easier, and I’ve often said that I look for a bloody nose, sometimes a punch in the stomach, but I think that’s the emotional reaction, it doesn’t have to be razors that are actually cutting you, it can be emotional."- Tom Hill