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Pauline Karpidas (born Manchester) is an English contemporary art collector, private art space benefactor, socialite,[1] and patron of the arts.

Karpidas was married to Constantine Karpidas a Greek shipping magnate. She was introduced to contemporary art by Athens art dealer Alexander Iolas in 1975.

In 2009, she auctioned the Andy Warhol painting 200 One Dollar Bills, which she had bought with her late husband Constantine Karpidas. Characterizing the 1962 painting, art dealer Tony Shafrazi said, "We’ve seen nothing like this recently [come to auction], this is a masterpiece." The Karpidases paid $385,000 for the painting at a 1986 Sotheby’s sale. After a dramatic "bidding war" the painting realized $43.8 million.[2][3][4] Karpidas made more than 100 times what had been paid in 1986.[5]

Karpidas is a patron of young artists whose work she displays at her workshop gallery on Hydra, Greece. Each Summer, since 1999 the London-based collector hosts over 100 guests on the Greek island of Hydra to view the latest additions to her Ophiuchus Collection on display at her Hydra Workshop.[6]

She is a benefactor of the Tate and the Sir John Soane Museum in London, and an education centre at New York’s New Museum is named after her and her late husband—The Pauline and Constantine Karpidas Education Center.[7] In a 2007 interview with journalist Marina Fokidis, Karpidas said of her Hydra Gallery,

Having lived now for almost 35 years in Greece, and having been part of the Greek heritage through my marriage to my late husband, Constantine Karpidas, this is a way for me to continue his legacy, his involvement with and support of the arts.[8]

In 2008, Karpidas has presented the work many artists at her Hydra Workshop in Hydra, Greece, including Urs Fischer (2007), Carroll Dunham (2008),[9] Nate Lowman (2010), and Ryan Sullivan (2013).

In 2012, Karpidas donated a vast sum of money to The University Of Manchester, particularly to the Manchester Access Programme.This includes the prestigious Karpidas Excellence Scholarship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp93422/pauline-karpidas
  2. ^ Unattributed, "Andy Warhol's 200 One Dollar Bills silkscreen sold for $43.8m The Daily Telegraph, november 12, 2009
  3. ^ Colin Gleadell, "Art market news The Daily Telegraph, November 17, 2009
  4. ^ Marion Manaker, "More on Karpidas Art Market Monitor, November 17, 2009.
  5. ^ Lindsay Pollock and Philip Boroff "Warhol’s ‘200 One Dollar Bills’ Fetches $43.8 Million in N.Y.," Bloomberg, November 12, 2009
  6. ^ Rachel Chandler, "Nate Lowman in Hydra," The New York Times, July 27, 2009
  7. ^ Colin Gleadell Art market news The Daily Telegraph, November 17, 2009
  8. ^ Katerina Gregos, "Hellenic Contemporary. The Modern Identity of Greek Art" Flash Art, Summer 2007
  9. ^ Unattributed, "Diary, The Art Newspaper, June 4, 2008

Literature[edit]

  • Coles, Sadie & Karpidas, Pauline (ed.) Package Holiday: New British Art in the Ophiuchus Collection (1997) Works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gary Hume, Angus Fairhurst, Paul Noble, Sarah Lucas, Don Brown, Chris Ofili, Richard Patterson, Peter Doig

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36 news items

 
New York Times (blog)
Wed, 03 Aug 2011 07:01:21 -0700

It was amid scores of stray kittens, luggage-hauling donkeys and posters of Sevigny languishing in the 100-degree July heat that I arrived in Hydra for an altogether more intimate art tradition: the opening of the British patron Pauline Karpidas's ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:45:13 -0700

Recently Hydra has become especially beloved by the contemporary art world courtesy of patron extraordinaire Pauline Karpidas, who for the last 16 years has worked with gallerist Sadie Coles – and latterly her son Panos – to organise annual exhibitions ...

Artinfo UK

Artinfo UK
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:03:45 -0700

Anne Collier Retrospective at Bard's Center for Curatorial Studies. View Slideshow. Anne Collier's "Cut (Color)," 2009 from the collection of Pauline Karpidas, New York. (Courtesy of the artist; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Corvi-Mora, London; Marc ...
 
Telegraph.co.uk
Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:46:06 -0800

Although Sotheby's did not release the name of the seller of Warhol's $44million (£26?million) painting, 200 One Dollar Bills, in New York last week, it was quickly established that it had been owned by London-based collector Pauline Karpidas.

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 02:07:30 -0800

Manchester-born contemporary art collector Pauline Karpidas, who famously sold an Andy Warhol painting of 200 One Dollar Bills at auction for $43.8 million, is to donate part of her collection to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. Details are yet ...

ArtLyst

ArtLyst
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:18:45 -0800

... art collector Pauline Karpidas. An exhibition of works presented to the Whitworth by the owner of the Manchester Guardian (now The Guardian), John Edward Taylor, including works by three of the best exponents of watercolour: 22 works by J. M. W ...
 
Christie's
Fri, 02 Nov 2012 08:13:21 -0700

The other major early influence is the legendary collector Pauline Karpidas. She burst into my life and showed me the joy and elegance of being bold and innovative and fearless in following one’s own taste. The third influence is an on-going ...
 
Artforum
Sun, 12 May 2013 21:25:27 -0700

This one attracted serious people: François Pinault Foundation curator Caroline Bourgeois, collector Pauline Karpidas, Tate Modern director Chris Dercon, the Rubell family, Warhol Foundation chief Joel Wachs, and the Whitney Museum's chief curator ...
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