Hannah Bronfman on Why Art Collecting Is a Lot Like Angel Investing

Portrait of Hannah Bronfman. Asif Hoque, She keep me down like gravity, 2021. 

This profile is component of CULTURED’s 2023 Younger Collectors checklist.

Growing up, Hannah Bronfman experienced two function models for gathering. Her father, the former CEO of Warner Music Team, Edgar Bronfman Jr., took the heritage approach—lining his household with Latin American icons like Diego Rivera, Roberto Matta, and Wifredo Lam. Her mother, the actor Sherri Brewer, swung a different direction as an early supporter of the vanguard, together with today’s titans Simone Leigh, Derrick Adams, and Mickalene Thomas. A legend in her possess proper who was lauded for supporting Black and historically excluded voices prior to carrying out so was “trendy,” Brewer shared her passion for the artists of her time with her daughter, who channeled it into her have artistic observe.

All through her teenage decades, Bronfman gravitated in the direction of ceramics and sculpture, mediums that infiltrated truth much more than the wall-sure functions her mothers and fathers favored. Her attraction to 3-dimensional procedures exposed an adolescent want to distinguish her aesthetic from her parents’, although it ultimately echoed their perception that artwork is a contacting and a requirement. Bronfman decided to proceed her artwork research at Bard University, but she uncovered herself gravitating absent from sculpture and towards the efficiency arts when she produced a subsequent as a DJ. The two pursuits by no means felt mutually exclusive for Bronfman, songs and present-day art have been intertwined languages that her spouse and children had spoken for generations.


Not much about Bronfman’s creative philosophy has modified considering that her early many years. In her current potential as an angel investor, she is targeted on “minority founders who are producing a greater long run for the planet’s merchandise and platforms,” an adaptation of her mother’s worldview applied to a new field. “When I was DJing, my mates were being artists, so it was seriously easy to go to studios and gallery openings. Now, I experience like I am understanding much more about artwork more than the dinner table with buddies,” Bronfman claims.

Her mother plays a purpose in that system, as does her husband, fellow DJ Brendan Fallis. The pair keeps basic principles for their acquisitions: If they are both of those energized by a piece, can find the money for it, and it fits at home, they invest in it. “The artists that my spouse and I are drawn to are young, rising skills,” Bronfman says. “When you are generating a home with a person, the artwork wants to converse to both equally of you.” She appreciates artists who have anything to say but have not yet been heard. This, possibly, is a byproduct of a profession put in serving to inventors and disruptors crack new floor. Somewhere in the history, her internal sculptor is also present—a teenage self who is anxious with content reality and how it can be applied to imagine new options.

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