Elton John World News: Art dealer to become curator for Elton John

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Elton's collection needs management

Tuesday 28 January 2003 @ 15:02 - GMT

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Elton's growing photography collection has snapped up Atlanta art dealer Jane Jackson, who plans to sell her Buckhead gallery to become full-time curator for the pop superstar.

Jackson plans to complete the sale of Jackson Fine Art sometime in March 2003.

"I've been doing this for over 12 years so I was ready for a new challenge," said Jackson, 41. "At the same time Elton's collection is so big it needs somebody to manage and keep track of it. This is a perfect fit."

Etlon & Jane JacksonJackson has been Elton's photo guru for years, ever since he first visited her gallery on December 31, 1991, not long after the singer-songwriter set up part-time residence in Atlanta. Elton's local art-rich digs fill the 36th and 37th floors of his condominiums in Atlanta.

Jackson said her new job, which she will conduct from Atlanta, but with "a lot more" travel involved, has three major components: cataloging the collection's 3,000-plus fine-art photographs; strengthening its weak areas through purchases; and organising future museum exhibitions.

Since the first public showing of Elton's collection in two exhibitions at the High Museum of Art two years ago, numerous museums around the world have inquired about showcasing the works, Jackson said. But no commitments have been made for other exhibitions as yet.

The High exhibits -- Chorus of Light: Photographs From the Sir Elton John Collection and Celebrity Portraits From the Sir Elton John Collection -- featured icons of modern photography from the cameras of Man Ray, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe and others.

In the past two years, however, Jackson said Elton, who performs February 18-19, 2003, at the Tabernacle, has focused on buying more work of younger contemporary artists such as David Hilliard and Anthony Goicolea.

He also has purchased an archive of 1,500-plus photographs capturing the Sept. 11th tragedy. These include photos from the Magnum exhibition that was shown at the New York Historical Society and the Atlanta History Center.

"Elton's feeling was that someone needed to own an archive of that imagery," Jackson said. "He just felt it was important.

With the recent sales of two major private photo collections to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, respectively, Jackson called Elton's holdings "the most prominent private collection of photography in the world."
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