the collector: susan hancock at royal/t
When the New York Times profiled Susan Hancock and her spending spree at the 2007 Armory Show, the Orlando-based art neophyte had amassed a small starter collection of lesser works by big names. Since then, she’s been learning the collector’s ropes and climbing them into the New York art world’s inner circles. So it comes as no surprise that her collection has grown and the theme of transformation has emerged as its strongest motif. This perspective emerges loud and clear at Los Angeles’ Royal/T café-meets-concept shop-meets gallery, where the curator of New York’s Greene Naftali Gallery, Jay Sanders, has cherry-picked work by 35 artists in Hancock’s collection for “All of This Is Melting Away.” Dispaying thoughtful work by Jeff Koons, Fred Wilson, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Dave Muller, and Franz West all dealing with forms of transition, metamorphosis, and change, this show is likely to help the New York art world embrace Hancock as a collector to take seriously.