What does it mean to collect art when today’s art markets are increasingly global, speculative, and technologically mediated? How do individuals use art collecting as a strategy of self fashioning? What kinds of selves do they present when they present their art, and what becomes of art in the process? To date, I have pursued these questions in various sites, including East Asia and the Arab Gulf, where entrepreneurs and royals make record-breaking acquisitions of European artworks. They often present their acquisitions alongside work by local artists in museums they’ve built for community members and visitors alike to view.
You can find some of my writing on this here.
I am currently revisiting art collecting in light of surging interest in blockchain and NFTs. I am following NFTs to Berlin, where the city’s thriving culture and technology scenes support a unique community of NFT enthusiasts.