Art collecting is something most of us have no concept of, at least in the formal sense. The majority of us probably collect art as part of some sort of decorating scheme, and have less of a theme or investment strategy in mind when we buy a piece. Hardcore art collectors, in contrast, are basically curators on a smaller scale, who work to create a legacy and who cause headaches for insurance adjustors. And a collector is nothing if not a visionary. Stanley Light, co-owner of local Light & Sie Gallery, is a perfect example of this, accumulating pieces from the likes of Andy Warhol, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber and Anselm Reyle over the course of his career. His collection is noteworthy for the way it portrays art as an impetus for transformation and interaction in our lives, highlighting color, texture and the human form. The Light & Sie Gallery, 129 Leslie St., gives us a peek into Light's pride and joy as part of an exhibit that honors gallery co-owner, Andrew Sie, who passed away on June 26. Stan's Eye--Works from the Private Collection of Stanley W. Light will be open from Saturday through September 21 and will showcase the impressive efforts and thematic interests of this local collector. An opening reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. Visit lightandsie.com for more information.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Aug. 17. Continues through Sept. 21, 2009