T & K were these art collectors I knew
when I worked at a gallery in Soho in college. They used tobuy tons of art and commission special
pieces in custom colors. The artists in the community they hung around would
make them these crazy custom pieces and make lots of money The T &K would
throw them big parties. This went on for a while and everyone was happy and
getting what they wanted.
Then one day it came out that T & K had
embezzled all of the money they used to throw the parties and pay for the art.
They went to jail. The bank auctioned off their collection at Sotheby’s, the
custom creations brought in only a small fraction of their original prices.
It blew my mind that they were taking such
great risks and paid such a great price just to collect contemporary art and to
throw parties and be popular on the art scene. But I realized that the real
drive behind the actions to feel special. They could have collected anything or
hung out on any scene and done the same thing. It wasn’t about the art. They
just wanted to feel the adrenaline and be popular and have things and be
That reminds me that few things are about
what we are seeing on the surface. Fights are rarely about the issue at hand
and love is rarely about what we are looking at on the surface. Go deeper to get
to the real source.