365 Days of Art: September 9 – Director John Waters Discusses Art Collecting

Art collector John Waters (photo courtesy of Walker Art Center)

Art collector John Waters (photo courtesy of Walker Art Center)

September 9, 2003

Director, photographer, writer and art collector John Waters declares on the television series “ART:21”:

I love collecting art because it makes other people insane”.

He buys his first piece of art (a reproduction by Miró from a museum gift shop) at eight years old, and realizes the power of art when his friends can’t see in it what he sees. He finds this reaction repeated throughout the years, especially related to contemporary art.