The Collector

The Collector #16

May 24, 2020

 J.J. Murphy / Katherine Bradford Of all the paintings in our collection, this one arrived at a perfect moment—right before the pandemic ruptured our lives so significantly. I have always believed that what hangs on our walls affects the quality [...]

The Collector #15

May 17, 2020

Lisa Hein + Bob Seng / Kerry Law Lisa saw this painting at Kerry’s Bushwick open studio and told him on the spot she wanted to buy it. It took nearly a year to close the deal, but Kerry honored our dibs when other fans started closing in at his [...]

The Collector#14

May 10, 2020

Adam Simon / John Dougill   We were in London for a week or so and went to visit Vanessa Jackson, an artist Michele had gotten to know at a residency in England. After visiting her studio, Vanessa took us to the studio of her husband, John [...]

The Collector # 14

May 3, 2020

Peggy Ahwesh / Leonard Woodruff As the days of self quarantine drift by I spend more time with the handsome genre painting that hangs on my bedroom wall in upstate New York – a still life with a shapely yellow pitcher next to a opal green vase [...]

The Collector # 13

April 27, 2020

Deborah Brown / Emitte Hych   As someone who started one of the earliest artist-run galleries in Bushwick in 2010, I showed the work of many artists.  Once I opened my space I started to purchase the work of artists I showed at Storefront, [...]

The Collector # 12

April 21, 2020

Steven Harvey / Sangram Majumdar and Kyle Staver Conversations with Friends A few months ago I moved into a new home. I’ve had a lot of fun hanging pictures in the rooms of this house. Each morning I wake up to two works hanging side by side next [...]

The Collector # 11

April 12, 2020

Sharon Butler / Carl Ostendarp and Gail Fitzgerald Trade deal When I was up in Ithaca in the fall, I traded work with two artists who live up there—Carl Ostendarp and Gail Fitzgerald. I was teaching at Cornell, filling in for Carl, who was on [...]

The Collector # 10

April 5, 2020

Su Friedrich / Fred Tomaselli This is about something I didn’t collect, hence the title.* But another thing that got away is my memory, since this account is based on an event about 25 years ago and I haven’t seen the painting since then. Cathy [...]

The Collector #9

March 29, 2020

Barbara Epler / Elaine Arsenault   I have a small painting— The painting itself (though I carefully double-matted and framed it to be quite a bit larger) is the size of an old LIFE magazine, but seen horizontally: It is a gouache, slightly [...]

The Collector #8

March 22, 2020

Cecilia Whittaker-Doe / Rebecca Aidlin Rebecca Aidlin’s small painting hangs on my wall holding its place among various drawings and paintings that conjure visual thoughts and possibilities. Hers is a small intimate world made of water, rain, [...]