Who are art collectors today? What triggers their passions? Mercantile or compulsive, enthusiastic or philanthropic, they are envied, courted and criticized. They are also often secretive. If the name of the most famous spring immediately to mind, what do we really know of the initial spark that caused them to leap into the relentless undertaking that collecting entails?
Judith Benhamou-Huet has travelled the world to meet the most interesting players in this quest of beauty: men and women of diverse profiles and motivations, whose only common ground is an insatiable appetite for art. The result is a collection of 114 surprising, striking and authentic portraits showcasing a wide variety of the collectors who make the news in these first years of the 21st century.