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Habitat: Obsessions—A Look at Aaron Curry’s Guitars

Aaron Curry playing one of his guitars.

Aaron Curry playing a Gretsch Masterbuilt Penguin guitar at his studio in Hollywood, California.

Habitat: Obsessions is a ten-part series of visits to the surprising nonart collections of art-world professionals.

A guitar and amp from Curry's collection.

A guitar and amp from Curry’s collection.

“I grew up obsessed with guitars,” L.A.-based artist Aaron Curry told me. “When I was young, I used to cut up boxes and make cardboard guitars using a yardstick and some yarn.” He started collecting guitars in college, in the early 1990s, but “I sold a lot of them when I moved from Chicago to study in L.A.,” he said. Currently, he has a collection of about 20 guitars and is learning to play the pedal steel guitar. “I have some really beautiful ones, but unless I take them out and pick them up, they can’t be fully appreciated.”

Right now Curry has a show up at Michael Werner Gallery in New York of new paintings that runs through October 29.

A version of this story originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of ARTnews on page 59 under the title “Aaron Curry: Guitars.”

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