STEFAN EDLIS in the art documentary film, The Price of Everything
Edlis, who collects with his wife Gael Neeson, is routinely mentioned on lists of the world’s most influential and important collectors. Born in Austria, Edlis escaped Nazi Germany and emigrated to America at the age of 15. After serving in the Navy, Edlis became a successful businessman and, in the 1970s, began buying art. The artists he’s most enthusiastic about now include Ugo Rondinone, George Condo, Jeff Koons and Maurizio Cattelan. In 2015, Edlis and Neeson donated 42 contemporary and modern art works, valued at more than $400 million, to the Art Institute of Chicago.