Clockwise from top left: David Adamo, Untitled (bust), 2012, cedar wood, 42. 12 x 11. 75 x 11. 75 in.; Jonathan Meese, Ich Scheiss' Aufm Mars Ii, 2013, two panels,
oil, acrylic, acrylic modelling paste and mixed media on canvas, 82. 66 x 110. 25 x 1. 33 in., Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp; David Adamo, Untitled, 2012,
Western red cedar, paint, 4 parts, dimensions variable. Opposite: Beth and Jim Gold; Andrew Kuo, What I Want (3/4/14), 2013, acrylic and carbon transfer on
panel and laminated paper, 64 × 76 in.
Do you use an art advisor? How do you do your homework?
We enjoy perusing galleries in anticipation of being interested
by something new, but often rely on research before the fair opens
so we have a few artists and dealers in mind beforehand—mainly
by consulting Chris Byrne. Once we have identified the artists,
we spend some time reading about them on the web, and viewing
Do you prefer to think about a piece of art for a certain time
period before making the decision if that art will go home
with you, or can you make a decision relatively quickly?
When we are considering a work, we try to avoid making a
decision too quickly and prefer to sleep on it. We find that if we
wake the next day, and we are still thinking about the piece, then it
will likely stand the test of time. If we have moved on, emotionally,
from the piece, we pass.
What art do you collect? Is there a gallery you are looking
forward to visiting?
We mainly collect works of contemporary painting and
photography. This year we’re looking forward to seeing David
Adamo’s sculptures at Ibid Projects. We also have our eye on
painter Jonathan Meese, who will be showing with Tim Van Laere
Advice for the new collector?
We always think that aspiring collectors should spend as
much time as possible looking at art in galleries, fairs, and of
course, museums. Once you find an artist of interest, study
them. Understand what has motivated their work. Understand its
context. Familiarize yourself with the artist's body of work. Work
with reputable galleries.
Jim & Beth Gold have a fierce devotion to finding the most interesting and stimulating art to surround themselves with. They think about their prospective
acquisitions carefully and have honed a well-curated collection.