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Elton John and Partner: The New Medicis of Photography?

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Pop star Elton John and his partner David Furnish own the greatest privately held collection of 20th century photography, according to London’s Independent [2]. The newspaper wonders if John’s collection — which will be displayed at the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art [3] in September — is an indication that celebrity collectors have too much influence over today’s art world.

The Independent’s Andrew Johnson, dubbing celebrities like John the “new Medicis,” asserts:

Not everyone is appreciative of the new Medicis … Mutterings in the art world accuse them of driving up prices by competing against each other — pricing out public galleries, which now face historical gaps in collections…

The art critic Brian Sewell said: “I think it’s sheer vanity. Most of them know [bleep] about art.”

John’s photography collection includes 2,500 images by artists ranging from Pablo Picasso to Man Ray and Robert Mapplethorpe.

(Photograph by Lee Allen [4].)

[tags]Elton John, photography collectors[/tags]

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#1 Comment By mrstock On May 7, 2008 @ 8:34 am

Who says this is the greatest private photographic collection? The article by Andrew Johnson is pure British puff.