Kevin Love and Jane Suitor (QuarARTine special episode)

Russell and Robert meet American basketball legend Kevin Love and leading British art advisor Jane Suitor. Love is best known for playing for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He is a five-time All-Star and won the 2016 NBA championship with the Cavaliers. Outside of sport, Love is a passionate art collector, closely advised by Suitor. Beginning his collecting journey in his late 20s, he has already built an impressive Blue Chip art collection including artists as varied as Ed Ruscha, Doug Aitken, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Richard Prince, Rashid Johnson and many more.

We find out how Kevin & Jane first met in Los Angeles and began a fruitful working relationship, a helpful book Jane gifted Kevin 4 years ago, the inspiring trips they've made to artist studios, to art fairs like Frieze and to gallery & museum exhibitions in New York and LA. We discuss how Kevin's passion for film and the American Dream initially influenced his taste in art, his admiration for the timeless masterpieces of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his respect for George Condo's art combining the beautiful with the grotesque. Finally we explore Jane's advising career, working with philanthropist Janet de Botton who presented sixty works of art to Tate in the mid 90s, plus we discover Kevin's surprising family connection to iconic rock band The Beach Boys and how he set up his foundation The Kevin Love Fund to raise awareness for mental health issues and to provide tools for people's physical & emotional well-being.

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