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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Spotlight "Who" part 4 the answers: "Who made this? Who Owns that?", January 2020. The full answers

This is part 4, the final part of the January 2020 Spotlight, "Who made this? Who Owns that?"
How well did you do at guessing the titles and artists?
Are you now ready to check your guesses to who bought what?  (Or would you like to go back to the list of owners at

This is the concluding part: the full list of artworks, with names of the artists and the owners of the works.

(In case you would like a refresher, here is the link to the original Spotlight blog of January 2020 which outlines what this game is about, and sets out the questions....

Are you ready for the answers?
How well did you all do so far?


Fernand L├ęger’s “Les Deux Bicyclettes”

Oprah Winfrey

“Back From the Fields” by Thomas Hart Benton

  Swizz Beats

KAWS, “Colossus”

Swizz and Alicia keep "Colossus" in their hallway.

This next grand artwork has multiple owners.  Several versions were cast of this sculpture.  3 of the known owners are...
  John Madejski, owner of AutoTrader magazine and trading platform
  Paul Mellon, founder of The Mellon Foundation
  Leonid Blavatnik, or his wife, or both
all own

Edgar Degas, “Petite Danceuse de quatorze ans”

John bought one at an auction by accident.  

Leonid Blavatnik bought one as a birthday gift for his wife.  They kept it in the entrance hall of their central London home.  Strictly speaking his wife owns it, probably.  Leonid chose and bought it.  Ownership is not always the same as buying it.

  Leonardo DiCaprio

Jean-Pierre Roy, “Nachlass” 

  Victoria Beckham 

“For You”, by Tracey Emin 

Victoria and David Beckham collect works on one sole criterion: the works must be about love.  

Victoria bought this piece as a gift for David Beckham, so perhaps David Beckham owns it.  Or they both do.  Who knows?  Love.

  Sofia Coppola

Ed Ruscha, “Cold Beer Beautiful Girls” 


Bedda, “It does not matter where we are” 

Barack and Michelle Obama
Glenn Ligon, “Black Like Me No. 2”
The Obamas selected this artwork, and some others, when Barack became President and resident of the Whitehouse, as the art decor for their new home, and for the benefit of visitors and the identity of the USA.  
The USA government now owns this work and the others the Obamas chose, as part of the governmental collection of artworks.  Again we see that ownership, purchase and choice are not always the same.
For more information see a previous Spotlight about the Obamas' art choices: 

Roman Abramovich

Francis Bacon, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” 
Roman's purchase occurred in November 2013, for US$142.4 million, which at the time was the highest price attained at auction for a work of art when not factoring in inflation.

  Thomas S. Kaplan, billionaire minerals magnate (USA)

Carel Fabritius, “Hagar and the Angel”

Carel Fabritius was a pupil of Rembrandt.  He died young when a gunpowder magazine exploded near his studio.  Only 12 of his works survive.  Among some collectors and curators, Fabritius is considered more expressive, accomplished and desirable than Rembrandt.

So there we have who made them, and who owns them - or who bought or chose them.
If you found this enlightening or enjoyable, please leave a comment about your experience in the LAS blog.
Are there any artworks that you would like to buy, for your own pleasure, or as a gift?
  Thank you.
  and a Happy New decade.

So why write a piece about art and ownership, money and movement?  Is it a game?
Art can inspire and activate our thoughts and confidence, in travel, relationships, environmental causes, technology’s progress, political involvement, and anything we wish to shake it at. 
Art also moves things simply by its existence as physical objects that can be held as well as beheld. Paint on canvas, clay on wire…. anything etched or sketched with hand and brush, whether in a frame or out of one, can cause movement. Art’s power goes beyond its subject matter. It has value.

People buy art. But when someone buys a work of art, what moves? We may think of a painting going into someone’s car, or being shipped to an overseas collection, but In many cases the painting does not move at all. It can stay in the same gallery, on the same wall. Sometimes, when someone somewhere makes a phone call into an auction house, several millions of dollars then move between bank accounts – yet in the gallery all that happens is that the grand master painting gets a quick flick with a feather duster.
Art makes things move elsewhere.

When the money moved, suddenly someone bought a new Ferrari maybe, and some clothes, and the people who work in those luxury shops moved around and went out dancing, because, as they say, money makes the world go round.
Transactions make people feel that they can do something new. So they do. 

This game was made up to celebrate how art makes movement, in both thoughts and action.
Art makes the world go round.

Another game....
An interesting thing about art is that you can’t play this game with much else. 
This game, of guessing creators and owners, does not work for much else.  It does not work for pets, for example.  It does not work well with houses or yachts – very few people know who designed them, and they are not household images.  Also a part of their design plan is to look like what other people have, only more lavish (which is a one-upmanship marketing idea that art followed somewhat in the 60s and the 90s, and maybe the 1890s, but doesn’t do very often).
So the final game is a thing to consider.  Apart from art, is there anything else where such a game of identity and guessing at these kinds of movements might be possible?

Art makes the world go round.


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