What I’m buying and why: Dubai-based collector Gaelle Alexis on art’s disruption of social mores and her latest acquisition – 71Bait

Lots of naughty women. That’s what you’ll find on the walls of the home of Belgian art collector and consultant Gaelle Alexis. While “misconduct” may seem like a rigid epithet to some, the works – by artists from Genesis Belanger to Jenna Gribbon – take on a transgressive cast in their setting in Dubai, where … Read more

What I’m buying and why: Ed Cross on collecting African artists before the market boom and the £20,000 Jadé Fadojutimi work he abandoned – 71Bait

Ed Cross has championed the work of African and African diaspora artists since founding his eponymous gallery 13 years ago. A former artist himself, he has also been a collector for a long time – albeit with a much more modest budget than today. In May, Cross opened the gallery’s first permanent space at 19 … Read more

Art collector Benedicta Badia Nordenstahl on the lost Goya painting and why the price of a work of art is not everything – 71Bait

Over the past two decades, Benedicta Badia Nordenstahl has built an art collection that challenges the status quo and brings out the norms of contemporary life. Nordenstahl’s worldview was shaped by her native Argentina and her experiences in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States. Her perspective on collecting changed again when she moved to … Read more

What I buy and why: Hotelier Lena Evstafieva on why she buys—and almost never sells—the work of emerging artists – 71Bait

Lena Evstafieva may have taken a career leap when she decided to found the hotel, which became Villa Lena in 2013, with musician and producer husband Jérôme Hadey and Parisian restaurateur and nightclub owner Lionel Bensemoun. But the project has become more than just a plan to refurbish the Tuscan estate, and Evstafieva has hardly … Read more