Michael Werner, the renowned art dealer and collector, recently gifted 130 pieces of art from his collection to the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In reading this article on artdaily.org, I was struck by the explanation he gave for choosing this institution for the gift. He described a visit to this museum early on in his career to see an exhibit that had a profound emotional impact on him. He said, “Although I had been working in a gallery for a few years at that point, I had not really been touched by art in a profound sense. The effect of this exhibition constituted my real entrance into the art world and it defined my way. I am not a religious man but it was like a religious conversion.”
If I have said it once, I have said in one hundred million times – it’s about having an emotional connection to the work. Bam. You’re hooked.