Under this criteria, Jan Minchin
has, as they say, good breeding.
Over and above, however, the director of Melbourne's Tolarno Galleries
is best known for her
enthusiasm for contemporary art.
As one collector who has bought from Tolarno
for more than a decade says, it is "Jan's enthusiasm and genuine enjoyment of the work" that keeps him going back.
Minchin began her arts career as Curator of 20th Century Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, specialising in art from 1900 to 1960, and has co-authored two books on Australian art - The George Bell School (with Mary Eagle), and Thea Proctor: The Prints (with Roger Butler).
"It's very Melbourne," Minchin
told Australian Art Collector.
Recent international success for Minchin
and her artist include the inclusion of Henson in the Sydney Biennale
, and of Patricia Piccinini's Truck Babies installation (held initially at Tolarno Galleries
in 1999) at the 2000 Kwangju Biennale, complete with Korean subtitles added to the video component.
is just as interested in the processes of collecting and the growth of individual collections: "A
It is thus not surprising that Minchin
has a loyal following of collectors, many of whom have been with her
for more than a decade, becoming friends.
admires the way they "follow artists through successive exhibitions, are competitive and quick off the mark if they want a particular work.
They're keen to preview exhibitions.
They're knowledgeable about current trends and developments and bring a critical eye to the work.
offers advice to a number of collectors and works very closely with some, such as Corbett and Yueji Lyon, who are, she says, exceptional collectors.
tells this story: "I was at the computer recently when some new images came through.