living with art

in the art world, there’s a lot of poo-pooing “decorative” art.    the damning statement “she bought a painting to match her sofa” is delivered with a roll of eyes and/or up-curled lip.  and with reason.   art is supposed to mean something.   make you think or feel.    it’s supposed to speak to you now, but mean different things to you as time passes and your world view changes.    it’s supposed to be lasting.    ok, i’m an idealist.    but art shouldn’t be something you toss out because you buy a new sofa or re-upholster an old one.    that said, the art should look good while you’re living with it.    in fact, better than in the white-walled gallery where you first saw it — because in a residential setting it exists in a cultural context.   i’m in very nice homes all the time.    in the interesting ones, the art says a lot about the people who live there.

the glass and nickel-plated bronze piece “purple rain” by timothy horn is based on 18th-century jewelry design and makes assertions about taste and vulgarity and obsession and sexuality.    it also adds a lot of personality to a room that is otherwise a bit austere.   like a jewel worn on the simple black dress…

a silicon piece by timothy horn – “mutton dressed as lamb” – based on an a mirror design of thomas chippendale, in an otherwise modern dining room.

another timothy horn piece “silk purse/sow’s ear” in a more opulent interior.

a driss ouadahi painting hanging on the pink striped wallpaper of a little girl’s room.  look how fabulous this room is…

a kid’s room that’s neither primary colors, nor all pastel  —   what a relief.

salon-style crystal liu and ann cravens drawings:

simple, right?   formally, the mirror in the liliana porter photograph “blue eyes” echos the architecture of the window.     but it’s more interesting than that.   there’s also a smart subtext going on about “looking” and “seeing” and reflection, both literal and figurative…