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The Art of Collecting

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Including works from Picasso and Diego Rivera to Robert Kushner and Roger Brown, the Flint Institute of Arts gathers a broad spectrum of art lovers, once again. From November 27 to January 3, the FIA hosts an exhibition in their Hodge Gallery, The Art of Collecting, in which all of the highly prized works are for sale. Prices of art pieces range from the hundreds to the hundred-thousands, and include a wide array of mediums and artists.

Within the exhibition are artists like Wangechi Mutu, an outstanding multimedia virtuoso from Kenya who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Mutu manipulates different materials in her work, masterfully, to depict images that represent her feelings about African American’s lives. The Art of Collecting features Mutu’s Second Born, depicting a strong maternal figure with pieces of blankets and 24 karat gold. Also up for sale (and gawking-at) is infamous contemporary street artist, Shepard Fairey. Fairey is creator and owner of the popular OBEY clothing company and is known for his influential political works of art, such as the Barack Obama “Hope” poster and other popular works like Andre the Giant has a Posse. Fairey’s Imperial Glory is displayed and for sale in Hodge Gallery, and features Fairey’s thoughts on what he declares the “blind funding” of the “military industrial complex”.

As a young acrylic hobbyist, I found the collection moving. The countless mediums one sees while walking through the gallery is boggling. As some of the FIA’s previous galleries have featured only one art form, (French Photography, The History of Video Games, etc.) it’s striking and engaging to see such a well-blended mix. Even some of the most landmark, influential artists that have floor and wall space in the world’s top museums are featured in the collection, which I immediately was inspirited by.

The Art of Collecting gallery meshes together hundreds of motivated, inspirational artists, from eye-popping oil on canvas to mind-bending glass shard sculptures. Even if the pieces are a little too far out of your price range, it’s beyond worth the trip and the time. The Flint Institute of Arts never disappoints.

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