[PDS] What Collectors Want... with Chris Ingram

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Is it just luck if you get picked up by a collector at your Degree Show? Or do collectors specifically choose which shows to attend, know what they want to buy and how much they want to spend? Do they already have their eyes on particular student artists? Find out directly from British Art collector Chris Ingram about why he started collecting and how he makes his choices.

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[PDS] What Collectors Want... with Chris Ingram

  1. 1. Third Year Degree Show PresentationUniversity of the Arts London7 February 2011
  2. 2. The Ingram CollectionOverwhelmingly Modern British ArtStarted in 2001350 pieces: drawings, watercolours,oils, sculptureOnly based on what I like
  3. 3. Here Under False Pretences?I’m heavily focused on collecting MBAThe Art Exchange sees MBA as providing theroots for much Contemporary ArtI collect some `comfortable’ contemporaryart and some `uncomfortable’ contemporaryart – usually from UAL graduate shows
  4. 4. Why?IndulgenceRaise the profile and status of thisundervalued eraMake `good’ art more accessiblee.g. education; talks
  5. 5. Elisabeth Frink (1930 - 1993) Walking Madonna, 1981 Bronze with a dark brown patina
  6. 6. Elisabeth Frink (1930 - 1993) In Memoriam, 1983 Bronze
  7. 7. Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) Sculpture with Colour and Strings Conceived 1939, cast 1961 Bronze with a light brown and light green patina and string
  8. 8. Edward Burra (1905-1976) Ropes and Lorries, 1942-43 Pencil and watercolour
  9. 9. Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) Rye Harbour, 1938 Pencil and watercolour
  10. 10. Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) Later Alligator, 1961 Iron and composition
  11. 11. Tristram Hillier (1905-1983) Crucifixion, 1984 Oil on canvas
  12. 12. John Minton (1917-1957) The Hop Pickers, 1945 Watercolour, pen, gouache and chalk
  13. 13. C. R. W Nevinson (1889-1946) A Dawn, 1914 Drypoint
  14. 14. Summary of Purchases 2006 – 2010Artist/Graduate Title & DateHaroon Mirza Canon Remix, 2006 Truism on a G, 2007 Atlantic Ocean Waterfall, 2007 Stool, 2007 No Smoking, 2007Alexander Hoda Studwork, 2008Suki Chan Tomorrow is our Permanent Address, 2008 Interval II, 2009
  15. 15. Summary of Purchases 2006 – 2010 (cont.)Artist/Graduate Title & DateSarah Tse My Dear, 2009 Sweet Little Sixteen, 2010 (Collage) Sweet Little Sixteen, 2010 (Drawing) Urban Landscape, 2010Dustin Juengel Trap, 2010Sooim Jeong Symmetry, 2010Olympia Polymeni Fallen, 2010
  16. 16. Haroon Mirza (b. 1977)Canon Remix, 2006
  17. 17. Truism on a G, 2007
  18. 18. Atlantic OceanWaterfall, 2007
  19. 19. Stool, 2007
  20. 20. No Smoking, 2007
  21. 21. Alexander Hoda (b. 1980)Studwork, 2008
  22. 22. Suki Chan (b. 1977)Tomorrow is our Permanent Address, 2008
  23. 23. Interval II, 2009
  24. 24. Sarah Tse (b. 1985) Sweet Little Sixteen, 2010
  25. 25. Sweet LittleSixteen, 2010
  26. 26. My Dear, 2009
  27. 27. Urban Landscape,2010
  28. 28. Dustin Juengel (b. 1985)Trap, 2010
  29. 29. Sooim Jeong (b. 1983) Symmetry, 2010
  30. 30. You Have My Sympathy!The talent that came before you wasawesome!You are under short-term pressure to deliverYou are in a tough, often gimmicky andcynical marketWith an over-production of art students
  31. 31. What Do I Look For?Above all, draughtsmanship (Sarah Tse)Something that makes me thinkSomething that I can look at repeatedly and findsomething differentSomething where you peel off the layers of the onion.Something disorientating and strange (Haroon Mirza)But Am I Exhibiting, Curating Or Just Collecting?’
  32. 32. My ApproachIf I only need to look once, you’ve wasted my time!Go on, surprise me!” But don’t be shallowWhere’s the new talent? The breakthrough ActWhat’s going on there?A one off show or something that bears repeatedviewing?Dancing dog syndrome – you marvel that it can dancebut not over how good it is

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