Amassing your own collection of art is what I would refer to as the “frosting on the cake” of interior design. There are many levels of involvement when it comes to the decisions that have to be made when acquiring art. Some clients who are art enthusiasts prefer to choose artwork on their own, while others may ask the opinion of their designer. Some design a room around a piece of art, while others acquire art to complete the look of a room.
This weekend, we hit the Armory Show to take a look at the wonderful worlds of modern and contemporary art and to see a sprinkling of what the market has to offer. This is a great venue to see and speak with some of the most important new and established galleries in the U.S. and the world for that matter.
Below is a glimpse of our careful curation to inspire and pique your interest.
Mathilde by Matthias Bitzer: acrylic on canvas 2016. The use of color and the powerful, contemporary look of Mathilde is absolutely fantastic. This booth, the Marianne Boesky Gallery, was one of my favorites in the show.
Young Man by Hannah van Bart: oil on linen 2014. This is a very powerful image with beautiful use of color and a fascinating expression on the face of the subject.
Lita Albuquerque: “Ultraviolet Acceleration” pigment on panel and white gold leaf on resin. This piece is exceptional with the contrast of the rich color and the metallic detail.
Latifa Echakhch’s Derive 46 and 47 in black and white, oil on canvas 2015. We love the contrasting and composition of lines. As a pair, these pieces make quite an impact.
Anish Kapoor ‘Alice’ Double Circle in stainless steel 2014. We love these wildly sculptural and futuristic pieces that are the artist’s claim to fame. From the Lisson Gallery.
Bernar Venet: “Indeterminate Line” in Rolled Steel 2010. From the Paul Kasmin Gallery. These highly sculptural pieces require a large space to exhibit but make quite an impact.
Douglas Coupland’s work is very interesting because not only is it colorful but he is also known for re-contextualization of contemporary cultural trends such as Facebook and its use of algorithms to identify peoples faces online.
Piece for Peace by Studio Job was made as an exhibition piece for the former president of Belgium. We love this piece because it is one of a kind and incorporates contemporary elements such as the peace sign atop and the gold rocks beneath with a classic shape of cut crystal. From Chamber Gallery in NYC.
Yeesookyung “Translated Vase” 2015. This incredible Korean artist collects broken china and pottery and uses the shards and 24K gold leaf to create sculptural works and vessels in enormous proportions.
Louise Nevelson: Rain Forest Columns 1965-67. This incredible American artist is known for her use of wood as well as her paintings. These columns are extremely sculptural with so much texture and dimension—they bridge the gap between contemporary and tribal elements.
Santiago Calatrava—known for incredible architecture and design, created this beautiful organic sculpture in white Carrara marble in 1999.
Robert Mangold: Irregular Yellow Orange with a Drawn Eclipse #2 Acrylic on canvas 1987. We love this burst of color and the Memphis Moment shape. From Simon Capsitck-Dale Fine Art.
John Graham Untitled (Artist Sweating Blood) 1943. We love this modernist piece framed in an ornate antique frame. The frame is a great design detail, even in your art isn’t quite museum quality. From Allen Stone Projects.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Untitled acrylic crayon on wood 1981. This incredible piece looks like Popeye on an amazing tramp art style wood.
Charles Green Shaw: Abstract from 1935. We love the blue and grey and the composition of this absolutely chic and timeless piece. From James Reinish Associates
A beautiful gallery wall featuring the works of Josef Albers.
Kelly Reemtsen: Twisted Sister 2015. We love the whimsical and colorfully ironic message of girl power in the works of Kelly Reemtsen. From the David Klein Gallery.
Kelly Reemtsen: Birthday Girl 2015
Kelly Reemtsen: Twisted Sister 2015.