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Waiting for Jeff

Frank Cohen

The UK contemporary art collector and DIY magnate Frank Cohen gives an illuminating interview in The Times, shining a bright-ish light on the perplexing process behind commissioning new works. How much has he spent on art, the London newspaper asks. “A lot of money. I can’t tell you.” The most expensive piece is a balloon monkey by Jeff Koons, “if we get it", Cohen says. The idea is apparently still in production six years on. “You have to wait, like a lifetime’s sentence. Just incredible. It doesn’t exist. You are buying something off a drawing. We wait and we wait and we wait.” Cohen will show works from his collection at the Dairy Arts Centre, his new space which opens next month in Bloomsbury, London. The new gallery, formerly a 12,500 sq ft. depot for Express Dairies, is a joint project with the Danish art advisor Nicolai Frahm.

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