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Michael Ovitz Opens His Home For an Art Tour

The CAA founder is allowing the Santa Monica Museum of Art to showcase his art collection amassed over the past 30 years.
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Michael Ovitz hasn’t been making a lot of public appearances lately, but on August 30 his art collection will.

The Santa Monica Museum of Art is offering a tour of the Ovitz Family Collection at the CAA founder's Michael Maltzan-designed, 28,000 square-foot home that consists of three interconnected boxes wrapped in a perforated-steel skin.

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The museum says the tour is only for “high level donors” and is not open to the press. High-level donors would be in the $500 level and above, says a museum spokesperson. However, the tour is now full.

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While Ovitz long ago left the agency and management business, he’s been quite active in art collecting. According to ARTnews, he’s one of the world’s top 200 private collectors. The collection he’s put together during the past 30 years includes pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and one of Jasper Johns’ early "Flag" paintings.

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