Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Confessions of an "Artoholic"

Bose Krishnamachari, a self proclaimed "artoholic," was born in India in 1963. His work (see image, left) has been included in various international solo and group exhibitions. He is also praised for his curatorial skills and possesses an impressive personal art collection. In a recent interview, Krishnamachari discusses collecting art and what his collection means to him.

The artist says he collects art in order to archive time and history and as an artist, to understand the life, times and works of fellow artists. He calls his collection, "A dead investment, but a wealth of knowledge."
In responding to a question about the Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst works he owns, he applauds Warhol's clear understanding of the era in which he created his pop-art and states that Warhol's works reflect a celebration of film, fashion, design, music and media. Additionally, Krishnamachari celebrates Hirst's "Dot" Series (which has gained much negative criticism), claiming the works mark a major phase in the life and works of the artist, who Krishnamachari refers to as "a legend who supported his own contemporaries by collecting, curating and exhibiting."

To read more about the famed artist / collector and his entire interview, click here.