His passion was work. Then Stanton Storer found art.
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His passion was work. Then Stanton Storer found art.

TAMPA — Stanton Storer walked through the “Unbound” exhibition at the University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley gallery with a look of wonder. It makes sense in a show with pieces by renowned artists including David Hockney, Alex Katz and Robert Mapplethorpe. But for Storer, the wonder is different. “Unbound” is drawn from his personal collection. And many of the works haven’t been on display since he bought them. “It doesn’t feel like mine," he said as he turned to view a grouping of pieces. "It’s surreal.” Curated by Francesca Bacci, “Unbound” is a robust exhibition that showcases not only Storer’s avid collecting habits, but his diverse taste in art. From abstract paintings to edgy photography, woodcut prints, metal sculpture and even video installation, there are few patterns to follow. But Bacci was clever in the way items are grouped, and she found some common themes. How did Storer amass a personal collection of more than 300 works? What triggers him to buy? " When I find something I don’t have and I feel like I need to have it,” he said. His passion for collecting art was stoked 20 years ago. He was an executive in the biopharma industry, working […]

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