In 2014 Glenn Fuhrman, the founder of MSD Capital, told the Austin Chronicle that he and his wife are “drawn to works that have a real aesthetic appeal but also some additional layer of meaning . . . something that allows the work to be more than just a pretty picture.” Certainly this is true of Robert Therrien’s Table and Four Chairs (2003), a ten-foot-tall dining set. The same quirky sense of mystery infuses their entire collection, which includes works by Jim Hodges, Jim Torok, Charles Ray, Juan Muñoz, Maurizio Cattelan, and Katharina Fritsch, among many others. An exhibition of their artwork, curated by Louis Grachos, was shown at the Contemporary Austin in Texas last year. Titled “A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection,” the show was meant to “serve as a metaphor for the passion of collecting and the intimate relationship between the art object and its beholder,” according to a release. It also appeared at the FLAG Art Foundation, the Fuhrmans’ Chelsea exhibition space, which opened in 2008. FLAG has done some quirkier exhibitions, including one curated by star basketball player Shaquille O’Neal. In 2018, the Furhmans and fellow “Top 200” collector Suzanne Deal Booth announced that they would be starting an $800,000 artist prize.
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