Patrons of art, design and culture
By Mariam Arcilla
Patrons have long played a pivotal role in the art world by influencing trends in art collecting and by championing the career longevity of iconic and emerging artists. Unbound by the bureaucracy of institution based collecting, patrons are empowered to acquire and commission art projects based upon passion, instinct, strategic investment and emotional connection. From entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors—who in some cases practice art themselves—we reveal the figures whose remarkable benefaction continues to elevate the significance of art, design and architecture on a global scale.