[Editor's Note: My Own Private Art Collection is a series of posts by artists and curators who have agreed to share their ideas about art collecting — including a few pieces from their own personal art collections — with Country Life readers. This week's contributor is Susan Sherrick, a Nashville-based curator and handbag designer.]
"Baltimore, 1964," by Lee Friedlander. A modern print I bought directly from Lee while I worked at Fraenkel in 2010. He is one of my photo heroes, and I had been in love with this image for some time. I love it for its quiet beauty. The lighting, the chair. I found out when I bought it from him that it's one of his favorite images he's taken. One of my favorite memories of him is sitting in the back of the gallery, having lunch and talking about Garry Winogrand's broken camera, Robert Frank's The Americans and Richard Avedon's exhibition that was on view at SF MoMA.
"Untitled," by Katy Grannan. Katy is a friend and was one of the artists who I worked with at Fraenkel. I bought this from her in 2010, and it was part of a shoot that ran in V Magazine. She had sent the images to me to look at, and I fell in love with this particular one. I kept going back to it over and over again. The image makes me laugh and that's why I bought it. It hangs in my bedroom and no one friend, family member, whomever has seen it ever responds to it in the same way. I think that is so interesting.
Two drawings by Marcel Dzama. He was one of my artists at David Zwirner. I think the world of him and his work. The bat was a Christmas present from 2006, and the other was a gift when I left the gallery in 2007 to move to San Francisco. He totally surprised me with it. At the top of the drawing it says: "so sad you are leaving, but we wish you all the best. love, marcel and shelley." I cried when I got it.