Stephen Chow is creating the next Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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January 4th, 2017

Dear reader,

Isabella Stewart Gardner gave the city of Boston one of its greatest treasures. I am so thankful that it exists, but her benevolent style of patronage and encyclopedic art collecting died with her. I was shocked to find nobody following in her footsteps, so I felt a dire need to take charge.

I have allocated the entirety of my expendable income to commissioning selected artists to create art, uninhibited. The question I ask them is: "What would you be excited to create that I could pay for?" In the relationship between artist and patron I often feel that the patrons' demands strangle and suppress the artist. I want to find out what the artists are truly capable of, what they are sincerely passionate about. This is what Isabella Stewart Gardner was able to do with her support of artists, and with her own assemblage of Fenway Court.

Over the past year I have made a full transition from acquiring antique or second-hand objects: 100% of my expendable income now goes directly to a growing list of living artists, and 100% of your pledges will go to them as well. They are the most remarkably gifted and deserving individuals in the world that I can find. I hope, first of all, that you trust my eye, and second, that you will join me in unleashing their potential. 


The collection as it stands contains 15 objects (6 oil paintings, 2 sculptures, 2 stained glass windows, 1 watercolor, 1 Russian icon, 1 ceramic vessel, 1 photograph, 1 calendar stone), along with archival quality 3D scans of the three best sculptures commissioned expressly for free distribution. You can follow the link to download and 3D print them.

The three artists that I am currently supporting--John S. Dykstra, Andrei Gunin, and Yury Yarin, are slated to deliver an additional ~40 original photographs, 5 original Russian icons, and 2 original Russian mosaic icons respectively over the next two years. Your pledge would open up many more avenues to work with additional artists, and support the existing artists in greater depth.

The end goal, of course, is a physical museum. It is a daunting task, but I began collecting in 2012 at age 25 with the belief that a great collection will make all things possible.

Thank you for your time,

Stephen
Brookline, Massachusetts
January 4th, 2017

Dear reader,

Isabella Stewart Gardner gave the city of Boston one of its greatest treasures. I am so thankful that it exists, but her benevolent style of patronage and encyclopedic art collecting died with her. I was shocked to find nobody following in her footsteps, so I felt a dire need to take charge.

I have allocated the entirety of my expendable income to commissioning selected artists to create art, uninhibited. The question I ask them is: "What would you be excited to create that I could pay for?" In the relationship between artist and patron I often feel that the patrons' demands strangle and suppress the artist. I want to find out what the artists are truly capable of, what they are sincerely passionate about. This is what Isabella Stewart Gardner was able to do with her support of artists, and with her own assemblage of Fenway Court.

Over the past year I have made a full transition from acquiring antique or second-hand objects: 100% of my expendable income now goes directly to a growing list of living artists, and 100% of your pledges will go to them as well. They are the most remarkably gifted and deserving individuals in the world that I can find. I hope, first of all, that you trust my eye, and second, that you will join me in unleashing their potential. 


The collection as it stands contains 15 objects (6 oil paintings, 2 sculptures, 2 stained glass windows, 1 watercolor, 1 Russian icon, 1 ceramic vessel, 1 photograph, 1 calendar stone), along with archival quality 3D scans of the three best sculptures commissioned expressly for free distribution. You can follow the link to download and 3D print them.

The three artists that I am currently supporting--John S. Dykstra, Andrei Gunin, and Yury Yarin, are slated to deliver an additional ~40 original photographs, 5 original Russian icons, and 2 original Russian mosaic icons respectively over the next two years. Your pledge would open up many more avenues to work with additional artists, and support the existing artists in greater depth.

The end goal, of course, is a physical museum. It is a daunting task, but I began collecting in 2012 at age 25 with the belief that a great collection will make all things possible.

Thank you for your time,

Stephen
Brookline, Massachusetts

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