Top collectors share their obsessions and strategies.
Carole Server, the vice chair of the board of trustees at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, tells us what work she covets most about contemporary painters and how the ownership of installation art can be involved.
What was your first acquisition, Oliver Frankel, and your husband?
Several of Art Basel’s works: Hugo McCloud, Arjan Martins, and Richard Aldrich. We were very pleased about the video work of a Pipilotti Rist. There is no need to view a video room or a private museum. It is contained in a sculptural screen, and behind the sculpture plays a 30-minute video loop. It’s really good.
What’s your most expensive art work?
I’d prefer not to answer that.
What work are you hanging over your sofa?
Our sofa is freestanding, but currently on the main wall of our living room, we are living with an amazing Dana Schutz painting.
Where are you most likely to buy art?
When we first started, we bought almost all our work at fairs. While at art fairs we are still buying, we are now purchasing more from gallery shows.
What is your most unrealistic art work?
A Kaari Upson three door installation piece… We were told when we bought it that, in one’s home, the work could be displayed in a smaller grouping. However, if you loan it for public viewing, the artist wants all three doors shown together.
We live in an apartment, so installing something that requires that amount of space can really impact a room. We are going to try to put up the entire installation this fall.
If you could steal one work of art without getting caught, what would it be?