Nate Lowman Dislikes When Artworks Becomes ‘Poker Chips for Billionaires’

Mr. Lowman at Fashion’s Night Out. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Vanity Fair has a short profile of Nate Lowman in its November issue, ahead of his show at the Brant Foundation in Connecticut this month. In it they give a brief history of Mr. Lowman’s rise to prominence, a breakdown of his aesthetic and only the briefest mention of his dalliance with an Olsen twin (Mary Kate).

At one point he decries the point at which artworks becomes “poker chips for billionaires” looking to capitalize on an unregulated market.

“It’s a shame when other people’s gambling habits change the meaning of paintings,” he says, “or when fluctuations of value start to dictate how people perceive art because it’s too expensive to be interesting or moving. That’s when I get bummed out.”

Allow us to be unsubtle where Vanity Fair displayed some pretty impressive tact and just remind everybody that Mr. Brant has at least been a billionaire, if he is not one now. To be fair, though, Mr. Lowman is no Gerhard Richter, in terms of prices.