Saturday, January 26, 2013

You Aren't Born a Collector, You Become One http://goo.gl/AUIwQ

Can a young professional who lives off salaried income rather than a trust fund still collect contemporary art? Yes, and Joseph Kouli is living proof. The Paris-based ad agency associate director, currently in his early thirties, has been acquiring works for the past six years using his own hard-earned savings rather than the cushion of family inheritance. But unlike many wealthier collectors, Kouli buys artworks for personal satisfaction, rather than to continue family tradition or live up to social expectations. His goal, he says, is to put together works by artists of his own generation who “have something to say about our time.” In February, Kouli will show his young collection in its entirety — about 50 pieces — at the art and performance center ...