You call yourself a collector? Records are just the beginning.
by Wax Poetics
So you got a few records and some old games, and fancy yourself a collector? It’s a start, but for some of us records are just the tip of the iceberg. Case in point, former AT&T executive Eric Edwards. While he’s got 40,000 LPs in his Brooklyn apartment, he’s also housing a 1,600-piece collection of African art worth about $10 million. Documentary filmmaker Mark Zemel tells Edwards’s story in his new documentary short The Collector, which he hopes to turn into a full series about collectors.
With a collection accumulated over forty-four years from all fifty-four African countries, Edwards hopes to open the Cultural Museum of African Art in Brooklyn next summer to give his collection a proper permanent home. In the meantime, he’s more than happy to share his apartment with a collection that’s clearly part of who he is. “I live with my art,” he says. “It’s part of what gives me sustenance, and direction, and sanity. All of the pieces that you see around here represent my psyche.”
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