The Hollywood Reporter Reveals the Industry's Top 25 Art Collectors
"It's what I like to look at," says Benedek of his collection, which dots the walls of two houses and his agency's Beverly Hills headquarters and includes 14 pieces in his office.
After getting serious about collecting more than 20 years ago, Benedek discovered he had an eye for art and an equally good instinct for value, snapping up an Alice Neel painting at auction (Benedek displays the portrait of Neel's dealer Robert Graham in his office: "It's great to have an agent looking at me every day") and purchasing a John Currin nude at Shaun Regen's gallery long before the painter's notoriety hit.
Benedek can be patient, working with longtime consultant Nancy Chaikin to find the perfect painting by Giorgio Morandi, Joan Mitchell or Fairfield Porter -- even if the hunt takes years.
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