What art does Brad Pitt own? Here are eight artists we know the “bullet train” actor collects and admires

Like any good artist, Brad Pitt is constantly evolving. Sometimes all it takes is a change of circumstances to topple the first domino. The star of the current slapstick action flick fast train turned the page after his split from Angelina Jolie in 2016. The actor sobered up, holed up with high-art friends, and channeled his pain through painting and sculpture.

Though the couple’s art collection is thought to have been divided a long time ago, their divorce is still bouncing its way through the courts. Pitt has since delved deeper into art: He took painting lessons by British artist Colin Davidson, who was behind the controversial redesign of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Gallery hopping with Alia Shawkat, fellow actress-turned-artist, made sculptures with Leonardo DiCaprio in his home studio and, of course, posed for an endless parade of selfies at Frieze Los Angeles.

In an interview on Podcast by Marc Marron In 2020, Pitt refused to call himself a “collector” because, as he explained, he doesn’t buy art as an investment. Instead, he is interested “in certain things that move me and that I enjoy being with every day and that might inspire my children.”

Pitt has kept the exact contents of his holdings relatively secret. But we’ve trawled through the leading man’s coordinates over the past few years to put together a snapshot of his art and design collection. What is emerging is a range of artists — often Los Angeles-based, sometimes of European descent, and almost always male — whose work explores history, human nature, and creativity. Take a look at the highlights below.

neo smoke

neo smoke, Step. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York and Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin/Leipzig.

The actor bought this 2.6m wide racetrack painting from David Zwirner’s booth at Art Basel in 2009. After looking at the painting at the booth for a few minutes, he reportedly returned with LA royal collector Edythe and the late Eli Broad. to confer in tow. Hours later, Broad said the Wall Street Journal He gave the actor a nudge. “I told him we had four Rauchs and if he didn’t buy them, we probably would,” he said. Pitt finally pulled the trigger and spent just under $1 million on the painting.

Banksy

Banksy's Love is in the Trash (2018).  Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

Banksys love is in the bin (2018). Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

In 2007, the Lazarides Gallery in London held a special auction of works by Banksy. According to that Daily Mail, the couple collected around £1million worth of works there (roughly US$2million at the time). But Pitt has an even rarer connection to the anonymous street performer: The sun reported that he became one of the few collectors who ever persuaded Banksy to create a commissioned work. The artist reportedly created a New Orleans-inspired mural at the French estate Pitt shared with Jolie.

DannyLyon

DannyLyon, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Huntsville, Texas. (1968). Courtesy of The Forum for Photography.

Pitt captured a photo of Danny Lyon, an American photographer who chronicled the civil rights movement, at Paris Photo Los Angeles in 2014. The photo showed a police officer in Clarksdale, Mississippi pointing the finger. Terry Etherton, whose gallery Pitt sold the work, narrated Phaedo: “I asked him why this picture and he reminded me of the shooting 12 years a slave in the area where the picture was taken…. He had his assistant pick up the picture at the end of the show. We found him humble, sincere and very unpretentious. And of course handsome.”

Thomas Hausago

Thomas Houseago “Almost Human”, photo by Pierre Antoine.

Houseago and Pitt go way back. His home was the creative sanctuary where Pitt famously hid while escaping the aftermath of the schism that was heard around the world. Pitt – who helped Houseago through his own trying times – said he owns a number of Houseago pieces. However, he also told Marc Maron that some of the British-born, Los Angeles-based artist‘s work has the potential to terrify his children.

Nacho Carbonell

Nacho Carbonell,

Nacho Carbonell, Balls Tree (2019) will be featured in Carpenter’s Workshop gallery summer exhibition with Lehmann Maupin. Photo courtesy of the joinery.

That fight club star is also known for having a penchant for high-end design and is a frequent presence at Design Miami and Design Miami Basel. Visiting the Swiss Fair 2009 Fast company reported that Pitt three works included for more than $110,000 by Nacho Carbonell, a rising talent who had just graduated from design school in the Netherlands at the time. Carbonell is playful Design and sculptural objects Use recycled and industrial materials like glass bottles and pulp to create organic, earthy shapes.

Studio Van Lieshout

Studio van Lieshout, pipe cutter (2015). Courtesy of AVL.

Pitt snapped up three pieces by avant-garde atelier van Lieshout during the same visit to Design Miami Basel in 2009. Fast company reported he bought the Mini capsule hotelan installation that doubles as a six-bed dorm for $134,000, with plans to install it on his private beach in Santa Monica.

Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill, Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque (1943).  ©Christies Images Limited 2021.

Mr Winston Churchill, Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque (1943). ©Christies Images Limited 2021.

We know that Pitt once acquired the British Prime Minister’s paintings, but it’s hard to say how many, if any, Churchills are still alive in his collection. 2021, page six reported that Jolie was listing a painting Pitt had given her for sale at Christie’s. The painting — the only one the ex-premier painted during World War II — fetched $11.6 million, nearly triple its pre-sale estimate.

Karl Ray

Charles Ray, Burger (2021) on the Whitney rooftop.  Photo by Ben Davis.

Karl Ray, Citizens (2021) on the rooftop of the Whitney. Photo by Ben Davis.

In a June interview with GQ To talk about the “last trimester” of his career, Pitt got poetic about Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based Charles Ray. He had just seen the pioneering sculptor’s exhibition at the Pinault Collection in Paris. “The way the light catches it is something incredible,” Pitt said of a paper-made Christ. “He’s floating, it’s like he’s free of it, it’s just so stunning. See how it levitates and the shadow on the wall?”

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