Norbert Bisky, Kampfstand, oil on canvas, 1999.Copyright: VG-Bildkunst Bonn, 2013
In the Galleries: A Risky Collection and a Secret Identity

By Christopher Harrity

Originally published on Advocate.com November 18 2013 5:00 AM ET

The private collection of an American music producer and entrepreneur presented in this auction catalog encompasses a multifaceted as well as very personal selection of works by international artists of the 20th century. Content includes classic works of modernism, black-and-white photography, contemporary graphic works, and sculpture.

Gallery rep Kora Kleinert was professional and discreet when asked about the identity of the collector, but she did mention that "everyone seems to know who it is." The press release tell us this about the relationship between punk, porn, and glamour artist Terrence Koh and the collector: "The homosexual underground played an important role for the two friends."

The collector has had friendships with many of the artists in the collection. Many of these artists have courted controversy in the sexual nature of their work, and some, such as Will McBride, have been notoriously censored. There are works by Larry Clark, Andy Warhol, Luigi and Luca, Thomas Ruff, Norbert Bisky, and an impressive collection from the photographer and artist Ryan McGinley who is on the Out100 list this year.

Galerie Bassenge
Preview
Haus am Lützowplatz, Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Thursday, November 21 –Tuesday, December 3, 2013: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Auction
Erdener Straße 5a, 14193 Berlin, Germany December 4, 2013: 7 p.m.

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Norbert Bisky, Kampfstrand, oil on canvas, 1999
Copyright: VG-Bildkunst Bonn, 2013


Will McBride, Mike in the Washroom, the Salem School, Lake Constance, Germany; gelatin silver print, 1962, printed later.


Will McBride, portrait of a standing boy wearing a coat, gelatin silver print. 1968, printed later.



Will McBride, two nude boys, gelatin silver print, late 1960s, printed later.


Thomas Ruff, Anderes Porträt no. 133/1, silkscreen on woven paper, 1994-95.


Andy Warhol, Howdy Doody, screenprint and diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board, 1981.
© 2013 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York