• Patron
New York
Philip E. Aarons



Shelley Fox Aarons supports numerous art institutions and collects art with her husband Phil Aarons.

The first artwork that the pair acquired together was by Lawrence Kupferman, who was a friend of Phil's parents. “[W]e boldly requested to receive one as a wedding gift,” they told Interview magazine. “He gave us a beautiful watercolor on paper, which we still own today.”

Aarons is a psychiatrist. The two own work by more than 500 artists, and are especially known for their support of artist books; Phil is the president of Printed Matter’s board. The first artists they began collecting in depth were Tom Sachs and Guillermo Kuitca, according to a Flash Art interview, and they count many as close friends. (“Shelley has given me tons of free psychotherapy,” Sachs told New York magazine in 2012.)

Quotes Edit

  1. "We are not only interested in the works but also, perhaps more, in how the artists come to realize them, therefore relationships are key to understanding the creative process." —Flash Art, February 21, 2009
  2. "We are often drawn to support projects at institutions where we have no affiliation, either compelled by the project, or because of wanting to support a particular artist, like Guillermo Kuitca at the Hirschhorn. The institutional context can be helpful but it’s not our primary focus, it is a way to implement our interest in bringing art to the public realm." —Flash Art, February 21, 2009
  3. "We began as art appreciators many years ago when Phil was an undergraduate art history major at Columbia,” the Aaronses told ARTnews. “Our student schedule allowed ample time for travel and frequent visits to gallery and museum exhibitions. Our student budget did not provide for purchasing any of the art we viewed. As the years passed and our budget increased, we gradually began buying some of the art we had long been viewing." —Artnews

Links Edit

  1. Interview with Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Flash Art, February 21, 2009

Recognition Edit

  1. Top 100 Collectors, Artnews, 2012–2016

Affiliations Edit

  1. Secretary, Board of Trustees, New Museum, Current, New York, New York, USA
  2. Member, Board of Trustees, New Museum, Current, New York, New York, USA


Collection public and viewable where?