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Mickey Cartin started collecting in 1988 and by 2005 had become one of Connecticut's largest collectors with a couple of thousand works in his collection distributed between his home and a warehouse space in Hartford, Connecticut and a second home in Delray Beach, Florida.

Cartin has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Printed Matter and Public Art Fund.

Quotes Edit

  1. "For some reason, there are many wealthy people who are driven to pay very large sums of money for things that are of so little value. If it is not so apparent in the galleries, just go to an art auction and watch how consumers behave. I will have more to say about that in another piece. The consumer does not realize that the true value of a work of art has nothing to do with its price. They do not understand that art is valuable because it challenges, inspires, and enables us to see ourselves in much more interesting ways. I am one of those ideologues who believe without hesitation, but not blindly, that art makes the world a much more fascinating place. Consumers could care less." —Artnet Magazine, June 14, 2011
  2. "There are really all kinds of collections within the collection,'' Mr. Cartin said, ''with groupings focusing on folk and outsider art, contemporary photography, more minimalist and conceptual work, and individual, favored artists, like Wes Mills, from whom I have bought more than 600 drawings." —New York Times, August 14, 2005
  3. "I collected thousands of baseball cards when I was a child, and you know, thinking about it, I bet I still have them somewhere,'' he said. ''Then I moved to stamps, coins and books, and would organize them all into groups with these lists and catalogs. I still collect books." —New York Times, August 14, 2005

Writings Edit

  1. Art Market Doomsday?, Artnet Magazine, May 5, 2012
  2. Good Art, Bad Art: The Problem with Chelsea, Artnet Magazine, June 14, 2011

Links Edit

  1. Mickey Cartin: The Rebbe, artnet Magazine, December 19, 2011
  2. A Day in the Life: Mickey Cartin, Blouin Artinfo, December 10, 2007
  3. An Art Collection as Quirky as the Collector, New York Times, August 14, 2005

Recognition Edit

Artnews Top 200 Collectors 2009

Interesting facts

In 1971, Mr. Cartin began working for the Capitol Light and Supply Company, which was started by his grandfather in 1918. When Mr. Cartin started there, it had a staff of 12. By 1996, it had become a national company and employed 450 people.