Private spaces for public consumption
According to Peter Doroshenko, author of Private Spaces for Contemporary Art and Director of the Dallas Contemporary, “the last fifteen years or so have marked a significant shift in the contemporary art arena.”
The crux of Doroshenko’s argument is that private art collectors are playing a pivotal role in engaging audiences. Instead of strictly visiting museums, audiences can now visit private collections, often in reclaimed spaces. Because the collectors run the space, they have the curatorial flex to exhibit work that highlights their personal tastes and preferences.
Published by the Brussels-based Rispoli Books, Private Spaces for Contemporary Art is a beautifully packaged survey of 50 private collections from around the globe, including the private collection of Devon Dikeou (IAIR 11.1). Situated in Denver’s Colorado Building, the Dikeou Collection boasts the work of more than 32 artists.
“The collection’s programme strives to be guided by open, but critical judgment. It maintains a point of view that art keeps creative change alive in today’s age. Artists from the collection are exhibited as mediators, guiding the visitor’s ability to navigate between various spaces.”
Skim the book’s smell-good pages and you will see the names of past Artpace residents such as: Maurizio Cattelan (IAIR 00.2), Devon Dikeou (IAIR 11.1), Jason Rhoades (IAIR 00.4), Felix Gonzalez-Torres (IAIR 95.1), Kara Walker (HSR 99.3), and incoming IAIR 11.3 resident Frank Benson.
Interested in visiting one of the highlighted collections? Look no further than our neighbors to the north in Dallas. Founded in 2007, The Goss-Michael Foundation offers visitors a rotating schedule of exhibitions. You can visit their website here.
Image credit: Photo by Wendi Kimura