From Walter Robinson's 2004 retrospective in Artnet:
Mogul of the year is lovely Louise T. Blouin MacBain, the 44-year-old French-Canadian businesswoman who has assembled an impressive art publishing group, including Art + Auction, Modern Painters, Gallery Guide and Museums Magazines. Her LTB Holding has also purchased the Gordon’s Art Reference photo and print database, and plans a new website as well, one that (foolishly) hopes to compete head-to-head with Artnet.
MacBain is not to be underestimated. She recently (as of Dec. 1, 2004) became a Guggenheim Museum board member, and serves on important committees at the Louvre, Tate and Whitney -- but obviously wants more, since she’s also planning to launch her own museum in a 35,000-square-foot building she bought for £12 million in west London’s Notting Hill district.
I'll say. I know I've been reading various people out there - and I'm sorry I can't find the links, but if you're one of them, let me know - worry about the massing of power and institutional influence in the hands of big collectors. The growing MacBain empire - isn't it hard to say that without thinking of The Simpsons? - takes things to a new level. After all, the dance between collectors and museums has always gone on. In this instance, though, we not only see a collector and museum insider (and what museums!), but magnate of an art-specific press group that continues to grow. And who might, you know, get into this whole museum business on her own. Isn't it nice when everything comes together?