Erin Thompson
Assistant Professor of Art Crime, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York)

Erin Thompson is assistant professor of art crime at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Her latest book is Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors (2016). 

Written by Erin Thompson

American oil executive, multi-millionaire art collector John Paul Getty attends a private viewing of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, April 1965. Photo by McKeown/Express/Getty

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Art
Why people collect art

Collectors drive the art world, but what drives art collectors? It’s less about aesthetics than self-identification

Erin Thompson