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Works from the private collection amassed by media entrepreneur Chris Ingram will be exhibited at the 29th annual London Art Fair. This is not the first such loan by Ingram, as Frances Allitt discovers when she meets the collection’s curator and director, Johanna Baring

JOHANNA or ‘Jo’ Baring speaks about Chris Ingram, media entrepreneur, serial investor and philanthropist, in respectful tones that occasionally give way to indulgence.

“He’s already got lots of Neo- Romantic works,” she says with a slight smile during our meeting in her Oxford Circus office. “Then he sees another Keith Vaughan and says, ‘I know I don’t need it, I know, I know, but I just love it’.”

Baring is curator of the Ingram Collection, widely acknowledged as one of the leading private collections of its kind.

She has held the role since 2013, joining from Christie’s where she was director and head of department for 20th century British art. Calm and composed in person, it’s clear she applies structure to the process of building and circulating the collection, giving shape to Ingram’s zealous approach to owning art.

A selection of Modern British works from the 700+ collection will be exhibited on loan at the London Art Fair this month. As is the case for any of Ingram’s core Mod Brit group, Baring says these treasures are “sacrosanct” in that there is no question of them being sold off now or in the near future.

Rather, Ingram and Baring’s goal with this collection is to inspire a wider audience to become buyers, to borrow or perhaps just to learn.

The collecting bug

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