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Artists As Collectors

Cookie jars previously owned by Andy Warhol

The Barbican is to host the first major exhibition in the UK of the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists.

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector will feature personal effects from artists including Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Sir Peter Blake. The items range from Hirst's skulls, taxidermy and medical models to Andy Warhol's cookie jars.It will run at the Barbican Art Gallery from 12 February to 25 May 2015. The exhibition looks at how artists throughout history have acquired collections for personal and artistic reasons. Andy Warhol, for example, stopped by antique and junk shops daily to look for items.

Many of the objects he collected served as source material for his famous silkscreen prints.

Wall of Kota reliquary figures in the home of Arman
Wall of Kota reliquary figures in the home of Arman

Arman - Home Sweet Home II, 1960. Gas masks in a wooden box, Glenstone, Potomac, Maryland
Arman's 1960 work Home Sweet Home II consists of gas masks in a wooden box

Original Story - - Accessed 18/09/14

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