Sunday, September 3, 2017

Meet Yusaku Maezawa, the megacollector who broke Basquiat's world record

Collector Yusaky Maezawa's tastes range from contemporary art to 20th-century design and Japanese ceramics. Here he poses with a group of 17th-century Oribe ware. Photograph by Yasunai Kikuma. 
Yusaku Maezawa is ready for his close-up. For his photo shoot with leading Japanese magazine photographer Yasunari Kikuma, the 41-year-old e-commerce entrepreneur arrives with a game attitude. The shoot will take place in front of a solid blue backdrop, the color chosen to echo the palette of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled, a 1982 painting that Maezawa bought at a recent Sotheby’s auction for a record $110.5 million. Within a few minutes, Maezawa’s 200,000 followers on Instagram and Twitter learned that he was the painting’s new owner. Posting a photo of himself taken a few days earlier during a private viewing of the painting in New York. [More]
(Clockwise from top left) Images from Maezawa's Instagram feed: With a Donald Judd Stak Sculpture; a Corten steel sculpture in his home; announcing the Basquiat purchase at Sotheby's; Japanese ceramics; The Wall Street Journal profile.