Creating a collection of art is both personal and collective. Personal in that it reflects the taste of the buyer. Collective in that someday, even private collections, become public. In the case of John and Dorianne's collection at Casa de los Venados, there is an merging of these two interests. Collections also fall into the very personal and be damned about the resale value; and the ones curated with resale as the prime motivation. In this case, passion, taste and an informed intuition of form, materiality and juxtapositions have conspired to create a truly wonderful setting where arte popular can be seen in the context with similar regions and artists. There is a broad sweep of the range of craft and artistic interpretation from all over Mexico. They collected what they liked and felt best resonated with their artistic spirit. John and Dorianne have graciously opened their house and even more magnanimously created a 501(c)3 not-for-profit to ensure this superb collection remains for generations to witness. My only slight reservation was the tributes to Frida and Diego--this seemed a bit theatrical and out of context to the wonders of the "arte popular". Go see this collection...it is worth a detour.
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October 26, 2013
We were so pleased you and your wife cane to visit Casa de Los Venados! The fact that both of you are artists in your own right and to boot you are an architect as well....your critical complementary review means quite a bit to us.
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