Pia Catton comments on the Sotheby’s show of Steven Cohen’s collection on the new Trueslant.com group blog. She’s impressed with the way Cohen name checks Modern masters and contemporary savants like Yuskavage, Sherman and Prince:
The presence of these names clearly makes this a collection built in the last decade: It is an accurate representation of the taste of the reigning art establishment.
As Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art, put it in a press release: “The Cohen collection of 20th Century art is one of the most significant in the world. It has been assembled with rigor and attention to detail, but there is still the openness to expression. As collectors, they are curious and non-judgmental and totally free in their thinking.”
Clearly, he means “non-judgmental” as a compliment. But isn’t the ability to make judgments the best part of collecting art? The Cohen collection would be more of a personal statement with some evidence of preferences or judgments. What kind of art do the Cohens prefer? All of it!
Steve Cohen and His Non-Judgment Art Collection (Trueslant.com)