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Amedeo Modigliani, Paul Guillaume, Novo Pilota, 1915, in the Kunsthaus Zurich’s “Nahmad Collection” exhibition
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Joseph Nahmad

by Rachel Corbett

Joseph Nahmad bought his first painting two years ago -- when he was 19 years old. “I saw this amazing Lucio Fontana at Sotheby’s in London, and I called my father,” he said recently over chamomile tea at Café Carlyle. “But I couldn’t reach him, so I bought it on a whim.” It was one of the artist’s sliced Concetto Spaziale canvases, hammered down at £1.8 million. “When I told my father about it, he was not very pleased.” He had sold the very same painting 40 years earlier for about $2,000.


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