Artlog recently took a peak inside the ever-churning mind of the storied patron of the arts that is Blake Lively, and it was funnier than anything in an art magazine has any right to be. As it turns out, Ms. Lively is quite the collector, buying pieces from artists far and wide and “even a few prints from Urban Outfitters.” That’s right, she admitted to shopping for art at Urban Outfitters. (A quick glance at their website reveals they employ the same rules for creating art as they do for their garments and accessories.) Is she trying to beat us to the joke?
When asked what she looks for in a piece of art, Lively sounded surprisingly like an angsty teenager who has just discovered the Johnny The Homicidal Maniac comics:
I’ve found that I’m often drawn to pieces that portray a childish imagination with a malevolent undertone, like the moment on the boat in Willy Wonka when all the fantasy turns on itself into the unexpected. In every piece I own there is a sense of celebration, whether in image, context, or color.
I’m pretty sure that’s the same concept that underpinned Marilyn Manson‘s seminal 1994 masterpiece Portrait Of An American Family. I hear he makes art; Blake should buy some.
And in case there was any doubt in your mind as to whether Blake Lively has a butterfly room in her house…duh, people:
There are many different ways you can collect and display art. I normally start with one piece in a room and build a theme or story around it. I have an entire room that’s butterfly inspired. I applied 3D butterfly cutouts to my wall as a continuation of one of the Sage paintings.
I feel a little bit bad for mocking her, as collecting art is certainly a better activity for a celebrity to devote her free time to than, say, getting photographed exiting cars with no underwear on, but it’s hard to take her seriously when her favorite pieces include things like these:
Of course, taste is ultimately subjective and Lively should buy whatever makes her happy, but if all your art looks like it came from Hot Topic (and/or Urban Outfitters, which is not an insult because it is literally true), it might be best to keep it a truly private collection. Points for use of big vocab words, though.