In the olden days art was solely reserved for the rich, who used it to stately decorate their lavish homes in style. Nowadays, however, art has reached the mainstream and is not only popular with the rich and famous, but also with the middleclass art lover. The renewed popularity of art can be seen in the vast collections assembled by celebrities.
And they have impeccable taste.
Leonardo DiCaprio, for instance, owns several Basquiat pieces, and was recently seen purchasing Dalí’s Chevaliers en Parade painting, at Christie’s New York, for a whopping $1.2 million.
Actress Courteney Cox recently purchased a Harland Miller piece, I’ve Been Down But This is Ridiculous, for her Malibu home.
Kate Moss is close friends with artists like Damien Hirst, Jake Chapman and Tracey Emin. Her personal art collection, contains among other pieces several Banksy artworks. Including a huge mural of herself with several celebrity friends, which was a commission piece.
Mary Kate Olsen not only appeared in artworks by several contemporary artists, she also has a collection that contains pieces by Andy Warhol, Thomas Ruff, and our very own Nobuyoshi Araki.
Musician and producer Pharell Williams’ home is covered in large pieces by artists like KAWS, Keith Haring and of course Takashi Murakami. The colourful pieces are all displayed in his large Miami home.
Madonna started building her art collection, when she was a rising star, back in the ‘80’s. Currently her collection is worth a whopping $100 million and counting. Her collection contains works by Léger, Dalí, Man Ray, Damien Hirst, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso.
The musical power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z have been collectors of contemporary art for quite a while now. They have pieces by Laurie Simmons, Damien Hirst, Richard Price, Ed Ruscha, David Hammons and many others. In fact, they’re contemplating opening their own high-end gallery.
Another power couple; Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt boast a collection that’s rumoured to be worth at least $25 million. The collection is slightly hush hush, as little is known about its contents. But we do know that they own works by Neo Rauch, Dutch artist-designer-architect collective Atelier van Lieshout, and more recently that they purchased a Banksy from a London auction.
(photo: Courteney Cox & her Harland Miller)