Wednesday, 24 June 2015


"The French theorist Jean Baudrillard once noted that collecting mania is found most often in “pre-pubescent boys and males over the age of 40”; the things we hoard, he wrote, tend to reveal deeper truths".
Alex Preston, 'The man who sleeps in Hitler’s bed', The Guardian Wednesday 24 June 2015
The reference is to p. 9 of his oft-quoted article 'The System of Collecting' (1994) published in John Elsner, Roger Cardinal (eds) 'Cultures of Collecting', published by Harvard.

Vignette: part of the Wheatcroft collection (David Sillitoe for the Guardian)

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