My Minotaur and Horsechild

Amy and I collect contemporary art. If you’ve been in my office, or my house, or many of the companies in Boulder we’ve invested in, you’ve probably seen some of it. We ran out of wall space long ago and now have a bunch of it in storage. So we started collecting sculpture a few years ago.

Sculpture is a lot harder for us – we know what we love when we see 2d art so it’s a quick decision. But we have different tastes in sculpture and struggle with “do we like it” or “do we love it.” We subscribe to the “buy it if you love it and want to live with it” approach and don’t really care what the future value potential is. Some of our art has gone up a lot in value, so I suppose we are probably considered good value collectors, especially since we often buy early in an artist’s career and then keep buying deep when we find artists we love. But that’s not why we do it.

One of our favorite places to hang around in New York is the Chelsea gallery district. Many of the galleries are priced out of our zone, but we’ve made friends at a few like Danese and have bought regularly from them. Others, like Bertrand Delacroix, are regular stops for us when we are into.

Yesterday we wandered into Bertrand Delacroix. I immediately fell in love with two pieces by Beth Carter – the red Horsechild above and the Minotaur below. We now own both of them – the Horsechild will keep me company in my office and the Minotaur will guard my office door.

  • that will guard you well!

  • what material are they made of? they seem to be different, I’d say “cooked” and raw clay for the horsechild and minotaur, respectively…

    the minotaur is superb.

    • Resin. The Minotaur is Iron Resin and the Horsechild with Resin with red pigment.

  • The minotaur in your wait room? That’s for sure a door opening conversation. 

    Just noticed your Duderino label. Cool.
    What do you get with you put a Duderino, a Minotaur and a Horsehild in the same room? Lots of crazy fun and weird startups! 

    • Indeed. Weird = good.

      • Absolutely. Weird is good. Weird = creative. Like the creatures. You can’t stop looking at them and thinking- that artist is bold and creative.

  • What is your advice on getting art authenticated? I have what I think is a Picasso drawing I bought 7 years ago.

  • CliffElam

    That is a great picture.

    I do not envy, mostly, rich people, but I would love to own real art that I love, and not just beautiful picture books of art that I love.

    Next life maybe.  I’ll go run do a good deed and find a better place on the wheel of life.


    • One of the amazing things about art is that you can enjoy it without owning it. There are many many artists that I love but haven’t a prayer of being able to afford to buy their work. But, when I wander around the MOMA and I see them, I smile.

      • CliffElam

        Well, all we have here in Durham is the Nasher, which is better than nothing, and I often stop in there after running (it seems to offend the curators) and look.

        But my fantasy is no longer a 275 GTB/4, it’s something really amazing in the corner of the California room that I can look at in the morning before everyone else gets up.

        Someday, maybe.


  • Tip for those who don’t feel they can afford originals: go to the final show of art colleges.  There is a huge amount of work for sale, some of it is great and you can afford to just take a chance.  We have collected for years and some of our favorite pieces are still ones we bought at student shows in London.

  • btw: you’re looking pretty lean.  That ultra running is starting to pay off.  🙂

    • Thx – down about 20 pounds. I’d like to drop about 10 more.

  • Ezra Nanes

    Brad, I’m a newcomer to your blog. I’ve been reading a bunch
    of posts the last couple of weeks, but this is the one I keep coming back to. I
    think it reveals the consistency in your way of thinking and doing, and I
    appreciate that.

    When I look at the images of the two pieces, and you with
    them, I am struck by the physical immediacy of the works and their impact on
    you. They have transmitted something that has physically moved you – inhabited
    you. To me, this speaks to the power of the interface. You have moved off of
    the wall and in to 3d space, and suddenly the game has changed.

    One of the challenges you address in your blog and your
    investing (I am taking a liberty here) is the question of how to create this
    kind of immediacy and visceral relationship between an enterprise and its
    customers, how to translate data/content/essence/emotion from silicon to flesh
    and blood and action – how to move from 2d to 3d and bring it all to life.

    These two works suggest a kind of key. They are mysterious
    and magical – a total disruption of the norms of human anatomy. They are a 3d
    printing of the artist’s soul, avatars, that enable you to create content
    through a physical interface.

    Picking up on the theme of the comments by William Mougayar, I predict they will become contributing members of the Foundry Group team, inciting visitors to your office and igniting
    conversations that lead through wormholes to new universes of possibility.

    Congrats on your purchases, and enjoy them!!

    • Super insightful reaction. I read it with a smile!

      • Ezra Nanes


  • Great post, what kind of shoes are those btw? They remind me of these I just got

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