See UOVO Founder Steven Guttman’s Favorite Picks from Artnet Galleries Right Now

The founder of the fine-art storage company also talks to us about how to keep busy on a long flight.

Steven Guttman.
Steven Guttman.

Steven Guttman has a unique perspective on collecting.

As the founder of the fine-art storage and services company UOVO, he knows how much care goes into acquiring and preserving art. Taking care of a collection is no easy task, and it requires a consideration of space, environmental conditions, and the needs of a client.

Steven’s appreciation and deep passion for art is the reason he started UOVO. The company recently launched the UOVO Prize with the Brooklyn Museum, which gives an emerging artist living and working in Brooklyn an unrestricted cash grant, a solo exhibition, and a public installation on the facade of UOVO’s Brooklyn location.

And as a collector, Steven’s approach is refreshing. He is interested in a broad range of styles and media.

“I’m equally captivated by the Minimalism of a Tadao Ando building and the curves of a Gustave Serrurier-Bovy design,” he says.

We had a chance to learn more about what’s currently shaping Steven’s sensibility, from his go-to item to get him through long plane rides, to the artworks from Artnet Galleries that have captured his attention.

“I would say my personal style is modern, relaxed and eclectic,” he says. “I like to mix things up and experiment with colors, shapes, and layers. What inspires me most is great design—in fashion, art, and architecture. I love the creative process of design and the challenge of combining visual elements to engage the senses.”

Steven’s Favorite Things

Museum: Centre Pompidou.

Meal he ate in the last city he visited: A traditional Lebanese dinner at Em Sherif in Beirut.

Bucket-list destination: Temples of Bagan.

New artist: Lucy Dodd.

Way to pass time on long flights: Binge watching a TV series. I just finished Patriot.

Job he ever had: Taxi-cab driver in college.

Way to unwind after a long trip: A long steam and a massage.

Kitchen utensil: Le Creuset frying pan.

Travel partner: My wife.

Store in New York: WelleCo on Crosby Street. Try the Super Elixir Greens.

Way to celebrate success: I don’t celebrate success. It’s more exciting to attack the next challenge.

Party favor: Dark chocolate with a minimum of 72% cocoa.

 

Steven’s Gallery Picks

Carmen Herrera
Estructura Verde (1966–2018)

Courtesy of Lisson Gallery.

 

Zak Ové
Resistor Transistors 5 (2017)

Courtesy of October Gallery.

 

Jennifer Bartlett
House: Pink Grass (1998)

Courtesy of Locks Gallery.

 

John Chamberlain
Candy Box (Prototype) (ca. 1990)

Courtesy of Mark Borghi.

 

Joan Miró
L’Aveugle parmi les oiseaux (1978)

Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co. – Paris.

 

Cindy Sherman
Untitled, (‘Madonna’) (1975)

Courtesy of Huxley-Parlour.

 

Sonia Delaunay
Automne (1970)

Courtesy of Galerie Hadjer.

 

Tamihito Yoshikawa
Fenêtre sur l’automne (undated)

Courtesy of Galerie Tamenaga.

 


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