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Collector Profile -  Liana Kadisha Cohn and Shaun Maguire Cohn

Collector Profile - Liana Kadisha Cohn and Shaun Maguire Cohn

Collector Profile - Liana Kadisha Cohn and Shaun Maguire Cohn

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Collector Profile: Liana Kadisha Cohn and Shaun Maguire Cohn

Liana is the Co-Founder of a jewelry start-up called Switch, and Shaun is a partner at Google Ventures. The two recently married and now reside in Venice Beach where they’ve curated their minimal home with rich accents and an ever-growing collection of young talent and seasoned icons. Read on to learn more about Liana and her unexpected collection.

 

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Tell us a little about yourself...

 

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I consider myself a citizen and student of the world. I’m a Persian-Israeli Angeleno, have lived in Spain, China, South Africa, Israel and the US, and speak five languages. I grew up in Los Angeles and completed part of high school in Israel before attending Stanford University to study Computer Science and Neuroscience. Last year, my husband Shaun and I got married, and now we live in Venice, by the beach.

Chinese tea practice is an important part of my life, grounding me with the earth and helping me focus before venturing out into the world each morning.

I am the Co-Founder and President of Switch, a membership service that provides access to luxury designer jewelry. It's incredibly fulfilling to build a company that makes luxury more accessible and sustainable while empowering women to discover and express their best selves. Before Switch, I co-founded a gaming company called Paymaxs and invested in and advised a number of startups.

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How did you first start acquiring art?

 

A.

My fascination with art began at an early age. I inherited a special appreciation from my mother, a former antique jewelry dealer who is a talented creative herself, and has collected art for the past 30 years. She first taught me how to sketch, then oil paint by trying to recreate renaissance classics. As a hobby, I love to work on ceramic pieces. I see art in many things: from the plates I use, to the architecture on the street, to the clothes I wear. The most impactful art in my life is through Switch, because it allows me to create and collect jewelry, which I view as a wearable form of sculpture. By working on creating art myself, I became more aware of the different phases of creation, from conceptualization to execution. That understanding and appreciation is the catalyst driving me to collect art and to surround myself with the efforts and talents of artists from around the world.

Liana Kadisha Cohn says

"I've seen the impact of supporting people early and feel honored to be part of the journey. It’s also exciting to discover artists and have the opportunity to share their work with others."

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What was the first piece you've fell in love with, and why?

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A painting by Moshe Rosenthalis that my parents had in our home growing up. Its colors and abstraction had a strong effect on me. Over the years my parents got to know him and his family in Israel. Unfortunately Moshe passed away in 2008. Moshe’s son Avner and his wife Tali generously gifted my husband and I one of Moshe’s paintings for our wedding. I can’t wait to hang it in our home!

 

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You collect a lot of emerging artist's work. What about the artist story draws you in? Do you think it's important to support art careers in their burgeoning phases?

A.

I love supporting artists who are still formulating their narrative. Whether it’s fine art from Tappan or in the form of jewelry by young designers that we curate at Switch, I've seen the impact of supporting people early and feel honored to be part of the journey. It’s also exciting to discover artists and have the opportunity to share their work with others.

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Where do you go for art inspiration?

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I get most inspired by my artist and art collecting friends. The discussions I have with them help open my mind to new concepts. I love art that shares unique cultural and societal perspectives, so I also love to visit local artists when I travel abroad to get inspired by things I may have never seen before. When I’m home, I visit my favorite LA galleries: Night Gallery, Karma International, Hauser & Wirth, Shulamit, and Annex at M+B.

 

 

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What do you want to collect next?

 

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I’d love to have a sculptural work by a female artist, maybe a totem by Cammie Staros or a ceramic chain by Brittany Mojo. I’ve been studying female artists recently and believe women often tell different stories with their works than men do. I’d love to have those perspectives represented in my collection.

 

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Who are your all-time favorite artists?

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Henri Matisse, Patrick Hughes, Georgia O’Keefe, Mary Weatherford, Ruth Asawa

 

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Favorite Museum?

A.

Even though the selection is more limited than in larger museums, Musee L’Orangerie in Paris. Monet’s Water Lilies in the large light-filled oval rooms have this incredible calming effect. I get lost in the softness of the color palette.

 

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What is your favorite work in the collection and why?

A.

The Jonni Cheatwood painting is definitely the favorite! It’s vibrant, energetic and always a conversation starter. Every time I look at it I see something new.


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