Friday, January 26, 2007

Art in Bloom: Discuss contemporary art

Collector will hold lecture at The Center

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is sponsoring a series of lectures exploring various subjects that relate to contemporary art in all its forms.

Today, Jan 26, at 7 p.m. at the Community Library in Ketchum, Southern California arts advocate Ruth Bloom will discuss Collecting Contemporary Art: A Current History of Curiosities. Bloom is a member of the California State Board of Education, a former teacher, collector and former gallery owner. As well, she is a member of the board of trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Los Angeles, chair and founder of the Photography Acquisition Committee, and an advisory board member of the CineVegas Film Festival and the Boise Art Museum.

She and her husband, Jake, own a home in the Wood River Valley that holds a large part of their extensive art collection.

"We are probably one of the 200 major contemporary art collectors in the country," she said. In their collection works can be found by such artists as Andy Warhol, Robert Frank, Gregory Crewston, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Robert Gober and the duo Gilbert and George.

Bloom will speak about the "history and foundation of contemporary art, how to become a collector, how to look at art, how do you trust a gallery, which magazines to read, how to make a relationship with a dealer and how to take care of it," she said. "Let me put it this way. One of the most important things when you buy art is that it hit you both emotionally and intellectually. You can't buy with just your head or your heart. All the elements must be in place as well as having an understanding of how it fits in with what is going on in the world."

The lectures are intended to give some context to two exhibitions of contemporary art at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts galleries in Ketchum and Hailey. Subversive Moves, curated by Jeanne Meyers and featuring artists Dominique Blain, Paul Kos and Camille Utterback, is on view through March 9 in Ketchum. Common Soil, an installation by Matt Sellars, is on display at The Center, Hailey through March 16.

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