Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hoarders or Collectors? Americans Have Forgotten the Difference

By Jonathon Jones
Partners (The Teddy Bear Project) by Ydessa Hendeles at The Keeper exhibition at The New Museum. Photograph: Photograph by Robert Keziere
The US is a nation of compulsive collectors – at least if responses to an exhibition at New York City’s New Museum are anything to go by. "The Keeper" is a collection of collections, a survey of the collecting passion in art and beyond that finds room for everything from a menagerie of tiny whittled animals made by Levi Fisher Ames of Wisconsin to Vladimir Nabokov’s collection of butterflies in three floors of stuff. All of which begs the question: what is the difference between artful collecting and mad hoarding? Or are they the same thing? The psychology of the collector seems more traumatised, anxious and defensive. [link]