Celebrities Fantasize About Having Their Own Art Collections

Alexis Bledel

Thanks to New York magazine, we now know the opinions of 24 celebrities about what art they would like to own. Granted, some of the names on the list are art world celebrities like Amy Cappellazzo and Jeffrey Deitch, but there’s also bone fide Hollywood types like Alexis Bledel, Tony Danza, Jenny Slate, and Peter Gallagher. Of course, as would likely be the case with any randomly selected group of people, some know more about art than others.

Some highlights? Kate Mulgrew of Orange Is the New Black made a strong case for painter Alec Egan. “[He] is absolutely going to be the next Basquiat. He paints in impasto, and and he’s unlike any other young painter—he’s only 30 years old—and he paints with an absolute eye to vision, to color.” Apparently Mulgrew’s apartment is full of his work.

Bledel would like to own Monet’s Water Lilies (1919), but conceded that “you need a big wall for that;” Gallagher thinks Edvard Munch’s The Scream “very accurately captures a sort of inner, intense lament that…especially nowadays, we all feel;” and 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander says he believes “art should be shared, it shouldn’t be owned.”

Jeffrey Deitch Photo: BFA

Jeffrey Deitch
Photo: BFA

Deitch, meanwhile, went off on a bit of a tangent about the Robin Thicke hit song “Blurred Lines,” and running into model Emily Ratajkowski at the recent Sam Falls opening at Karma. “I recognize this astonishingly beautiful young woman, and it was Emily Ratajkowski—famous for ‘Blurred Lines’ and Gone Girl—whom I know from Los Angeles,” he explained.

“So it was wonderful to see her there, very seriously interested in the art because her father’s an artist. That’s the kind of mix you get in New York…’Blurred Lines’ is one of the cultural interventions that defines this past year.”

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