A generous patron to the arts
Today I am excited to share a video made by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her husband Brad Hall. The documentary is about the art collection of William Louis-Dreyfus, the well-known actress' father. Over the next twenty years the massive and somewhat eclectic collection will be sold off with the proceeds going to the Harlem School Zone project.
The endowment is incredible but when you watch the video you'll see how much it's a story of getting to know a father you may not have known well. It's about giving more than just money. It's very touching and thoroughly enjoyable.
William Louis-Dreyfus is a billionaire so it would be easy to dismiss this collection of art as a rich man's folly, mere trinkets he picked up on his travels for status and investment purposes. Watching the movie you learn that couldn't be further from the truth. Louis-Dreyfus has been a true believer in all of the artists he has supported for decades. He discovered many of them at low points of their careers, when it seemed they would not succeed. Some of them have still not gained notoriety and may never be highly acclaimed. Louis-Dreyfus forged friendships with the artists and gave them the confidence they needed to continue expressing their artistic voice.
I don't know much about art and cannot draw or paint. But I am in love with the idea of being able to live as you please, to do what you were put on earth to do. Most of the time this isn't possible since art (or whatever else you love) just doesn't put food on the table.
If I were able to buy any of the collection it would be one by George Boorujy. Weirdly cool.
Did you know there's a new website that would allow you to become a patron of the arts? Without having to be a billionaire? It's called Patreon.
You can read more about it on the site but here's an example of an artist diversifying beyond simply selling art or commissioned works: Kelly Eddington.
Technology is great isn't it? But it's nothing without the real people behind it. I think these two videos illustrate that clearly. I feel encouraged that the future looks bright for artists. Don't you?