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Suzanne Syz

Geneva, Switzerland

Suzanne Syz and her husband Eric are art collectors based in Geneva who have been collecting art for over 30 years. They started building their collection in the 1980s when they were living in New York, with artists such as Jean-Michel Basquait, Francesco Clemente and Andy Warhol. Today the Syz Collection, housed in the Syz Group HQ in Geneva, comprises 300 works by more than 100 artists.

"… the important thing about contemporary art is that it reflects the now."

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About the Artists

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Rosemarie Trockel

Artist

Rosemarie Trockel is a German artist born in 1952 in Schwerte. She graduated from the Werkkunstschule in Cologne in 1978.

 

Trockel is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential conceptual artists in Germany. Her sculptures, collages, ceramics, knitted works, drawings and photographs are noted for their subtle social critique and range of subversive, aesthetic strategies.

 

Trockel has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Why I Never Became a Dancer: Selections from the Goetz Collection (2011) at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, A New Hook: Rethinking Needlework (2011) at the Museum Bellerive in Zurich. Flagrant Delight at the Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels (2012) and the Museion Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolzano (2013).

Image courtesy The New York Times

Andy Warhol

Artist

Andy Warhol was an American artist and one of the most renowned proponents of the visual art movement known as Pop Art. He was born in 1928 in Pennsylvania to Czechoslovakian immigrants and passed away in 1987 in New York. He graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in 1949. Initially pursuing a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol began to receive recognition as an influential and controversial artist after exhibiting his work in several galleries in the late 1950s. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreen, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans and Marilyn Diptych and the experimental film Chelsea Girls. His New York studio, The Factory, became a well-known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, playwrights, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

Image courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

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Elaine Sturtevant

Artist

Elaine Sturtevant was an American artist born in 1924 in Ohio who passed away in 2014 in Paris. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and from Teachers College of Colombia University with a Master’s.

 

Sturtevant is best known for her replicas of the works of other artists, including Warhol’s silkscreens and Jasper John’s flags, which she recreated from memory after seeing a piece that intrigued her. Her aim was not to achieve an exact replica but rather to address notions of authorship, authenticity and originality that would later come to the fore in our own digital age, characterised by the endless circulation and recombination of images. She explored ideas of authenticity, iconicity and the reasons for the public’s attraction to Pop and minimalistic styles.

 

Her artworks have been and continue to be displayed in exhibitions around the world, including recent shows Co-thinkers (2016) at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Solo Walk (2016) at Eine Galerie des gehens –Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur, Switzerland and Ordinary Pictures (2016) at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Image courtesy Thomas Lohnes/Agence France-Presse, Getty Images.

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