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Artists Collecting Artists

Artists Collecting Artists

Highlights from “Makers Collect” Online Only Auction hosted through

17 March 2016

What does your favorite artist collect? And what does this collection say about them as creators? These are the driving questions behind our “Makers Collect” online only auction, held from March 15th until March 23rd and hosted exclusively through Artsy 15 pairings of works from artist collectors and the artist they collect, providing a rare insight into their tastes, sensibilities and influences. Read on to learn more about a few of our favorite pairings.

David Salle + Charles and Ray Eames

Drawing a connection between Neo-Expressionist painter David Salle and designers Charles and Ray Eames is a matter of simple observation. Designs by the Eames can be seen featured in (or attached to) several of Salle’s works, including a pair of legless Eames chairs featured prominently in Brother Animal and another similarly designed legless chair affixed to Salle’s Poverty is No Disgrace.

Phillip Lloyd Powell + Paul Evans

The life-long friendship and artistic collaboration between Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans began with a simple studio visit in 1951. Four years later, the two master craftsmen opened a joint showroom in New Hope, PA where they collaborated on the design of a wide variety of screens, tables and cabinets. Working in such intimate proximity, the pair began to share and adopt one another’s design philosophies, as clearly illustrated in the pairing above. Later in life Powell wrote, “Paul helped me refine my engineering-based designs… and in return I turned his art into furniture.”

Keith Haring + Kenny Scharf

East Village art scene vanguards Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf first met in art school and quickly became good friends. Both artists were characterized as toeing the line between street art and fine art, creating vivid and highly personalized design languages during the 70’s and 80’s. Scharf used Haring as the subject for many of his paintings and both artists were heavily involved in supporting one another’s early gallery shows in NYC. The pair remained good friends until Haring’s untimely passing in 1990.

Jasper Johns + Robert Rauschenberg

Close friends and artistic collaborators Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg did much to pave the way for Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptual Art in the 1950’s. For nearly a decade the pair created together, exhibited together, and lived as neighbors in the same building. Both artists were even discovered together when art dealer Leo Castelli stumbled upon a painting by Johns while visiting Rauschenberg’s studio. Rauschenberg held works by Johns within his personal collection until his death in 2008. Johns continues to hold several of Rauschenberg’s pieces, mementos of their time together.

Don’t miss your chance to bid on these, and many more pairings by famed artists including Pablo Picasso, George Nakashima, Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder and others in our online only “Makers Collect” auction, hosted exclusively through Artsy. This timed auction will run until March 23rd. Click here to view all featured pairings.