“What makes men collect modern art? Acquisitiveness? Financial speculation? Social or cultural prestige? Competition with other collectors? The pleasure of arousing envy? The excitement of feeling in the avant-garde? The satisfaction of annoying one’s conservative friends? The noblesse oblige or richesse oblige to serve as a patron of the arts for the benefit of artists and the community? Perhaps even the love of art”.
*Alfred Barr / first director of the museum of modern art in new york