In this section we let a selection of art lovers – from occasional buyers to art professionals – talk about their perception of art and preferences: where do they want to see art? Where do they purchase art, and above all: from which artists do they buy? Below, an interview with Marian Hogeslag (Partner at DoubleDividend, 54)
What does art mean to you?
Art brings me a lot of fun and I enjoy it immensely. I believe that art fulfills an important social function, because it encourages conversation, provokes discussion and connects worlds. I find the life of an artist fascinating, perhaps because it differs so much from my life.
I had to find my own path. My parents have some nice paintings and some antiques, but they are not collectors. However, they did teach me to go for quality.
Where do you get your information about the ups and downs in the art world?
I go to a wide variety of fairs, so that I get to see things across the board. I also read a number of art magazines, such as See All This and the renewed Tableau, to stay informed.
Where do you prefer to see art?
I prefer going to museums and fairs. In practice, I always end up visiting the same galleries, such as Galerie Fontana and Galerie Rob Koudijs, specializing in jewelry. I also like to visit artists' studios.
How many times a year do you buy art?
I buy ten to fifteen works a year. I've been trying to cut back for years, but I just can't manage to do so. I prefer to buy unique works.
And where do you buy: in the gallery, at an art fair, at an auction or online?
I am often alerted to an artist at an art fair or in a gallery. It is increasingly common that I buy a work in the studio of the artist concerned. The gallery owner often goes along and my experience is that they really appreciate a studio visit.
Is it important that you and your partner agree on a purchase?
We buy independently from each other. That gives us energy and makes the collection more exciting. My partner is a glass collector. He once came home with a large - unique - head by Bertil Vallien. Initially I hated it, but when I heard the story behind it and having it in the room long enough, I started to appreciate it. I would have missed that if he hadn't bought it.
I have a special relationship with Galerie Fontana. My first contact with them was at a trade fair, the KunstRAI. I wanted something that unfortunately had already been sold. I ended up going home with something else. We have become good friends over time.
Who are your favourite artists?
I am a fan of Heringa/Van Kalsbeek, especially of their major works. As far as I am concerned: the 'bloodier' the better. This artist duo is constantly pushing their boundaries.
I also find the small works of Raquel van Haver very powerful. The darker and thicker the texture, the better.
Anneke Eussen's latest series of works, made from old car windows, is very surprising. She is someone to watch.