My quest for new art has gotten me thinking…
The May 07 issue of Elle Decor featured the loft of a “smart, eligible” man with amazing art (“Single Minded”). His home was stunning, but I was also a bit bothered by it all. Every painting, every photo, every objet d’art was by a famous artist. Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Chuck Close, Barbara Kruger, Ellsworth Kelly… I’m sure the list goes on. The furniture was equally recognizable. Barcelona Chairs? Check. Vintage Bertoia? Of course.
Yes, hello young bachelor. We can see that you have a lot of money – how nice for you. Your loft is beautiful. It’s all a bit predictable though, isn’t it?
If you had scads of money at your disposal, would you turn your home into a Modern Art 101 museum? It seems to me that a home like that isn’t for appreciating art, but rather for impressing people. Maybe that’s the point?
I’d rather walk into a home with art that’s there because the person that lives there loves it. Prints from Etsy? Great! A screenprinted gig poster? Love it! A drawing from your niece? Frame it and hang it prominently! And hey, maybe you can afford that Chuck Close portrait… Amazing! But only if it’s there because you love it.