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Chicago’s Top Art Collectors

For years now, ARTnews has culled an international list of top collectors. In the past, I had wondered how the list was compiled and after a little digging around on the site, I found what I was looking for. According to the ARTnews website, “Collectors, dealers, auctioneers, museum directors, curators, and consultants were interviewed by ARTnews correspondents in 22 countries for the 20th annual ARTnews 200 and the Top Ten, our lists of the most active collectors.” Without further ado, here is this year’s list:

Stefan T. Edlis and H. Gael Neeson
Chicago; Aspen, Colorado
Plastics manufacturing (retired)
Contemporary art

Anne and Kenneth C. Griffin
Chicago
Hedge fund
Impressionism; Post-Impressionism

Elizabeth and Harvey Plotnick
Chicago
Publishing and investments
Old Master prints; Islamic ceramics

Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert
Chicago
Real estate, hotels (Hyatt), and financial information
Contemporary art

If we are talking midwest at large, there were a couple mentioned in the list of 200:

Maxine and Stuart Frankel
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Real estate
Minimalism; abstract art; ceramics; new-media art

Abigail and Leslie H. Wexner
Columbus, Ohio
Retail (limited brands)
Modern and contemporary art; British sporting pictures

This year, Chicago has only 4 Collectors who got the nod (as compared to five in 2009). For a little bit of analysis, this year as compared to last, Neil Bluhm was not included in this year’s the list. The Stone’s, as well, were not included, despite the fact that they have an entire show of works from their collection at the Art Institute. There is also the addition of Mr. Traubert’s name alongside Penny Pritzker, for what that is worth.