LIVING WITH CONTEMPORARY ART
By Maria Brito
May, 26 2010
Contemporary art is always a hot topic, but never more so than in the last ten or fifteen years. There are many reasons for this, but one of the biggest has been the high cost of collecting. The price for top-tier artists was over-the-top for a long period of time. Also, scarcity of important works, due to collectors and museums hanging on to what they already owned, cut down on the possibilities for collectors.
Collecting contemporary art is always appealing because it is cool and fun to collect art that reflects the time you live in, and your current passions. That is what drives me to collect contemporary art– both the connection it has to me and my life personally, and also, my own personal art collection says a lot about me and my interests to any observer. As part of the visual environment, a contemporary art collection can turn your home into a much more dramatic and dynamic place. Styles can be mixed, art of-the-moment with more traditional pieces (that is the style I am most known for), or art can be put into a very sleek and minimalist atmosphere that creates a gallery-like vibe where art is the most important aspect of every room).
Since art and design are visual feasts, I gathered some images of homes that display contemporary art in different and very interesting ways. Like the apartment of Tobias Meyer and Mark Fletcher, both of whom are so involved with the art world that contemporary takes over the whole thing! Or Yancey Richardson, who told me that she loves photography so much, that whatever she can’t hang in her gallery (because she doesn’t represent the artist) she buys and hangs at home and she does have a beautiful and very well curated collection of photography in her gorgeous Chelsea apartment or even Sixx Design who mixes it all so well and even have a fabulous Vik Muniz in one of the kids bedrooms! That’s bold! Ok, enough said, let’s just enjoy the images!