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One of the art world's leading figures, Simon de Pury is renowned for his deep and long-standing knowledge of the global marketplace and his legendary auctioneering style. He generates excitement[…]

Who is succeeding the Whitneys, the Forbeses, the Annenbergs?

Simon de Pury: Oh well you have of course great collectors all over the world. And in the United States of America, my greatest ... is to somebody like Mr. Ronald ... who is one of the greatest collectors I have ever known. Because what is unique about him is that his taste goes from early 20th century Austrian and German paintings to contemporary art. But equally he buys medieval works of art. He buys old master paintings, drawings. And in every field he has an impeccable eye. He has an amazing sense of quality; a totally unique sense of quality. He is an artist in his own right, because collecting is a very creative process. But one of the greatest tastemakers and collectors for the 21st century and late 20th century is certainly Charles .... At Phillips de Pury & Company we have a partnership with the ...collection in London, and careers of artists like Damien Hurst, or all the YBAs – the young British artists – but also the key German artists; the key Chinese artists – because the ... collection is going to open with a great show ... Chinese art – have been very much happening as a result of the influence of somebody like Charles .... So he definitely is one of the great tastemakers and collectors of today. I also have great admiration for somebody like Victor Pinchuk in Kiev who has just created the Pinchuk Art Center. And he is a very bold man, like the great Russian collectors of the early 20th century; like ... and..., he buys . . . They . . . ... are buying young, contemporary artists like Matisse and Picasso. Well Pinchuk has the same approach. He buys the best contemporary artists worldwide and goes really into it, and is very bold and builds positions for those artists. Recorded on: 2/7/08