contemporary art is for galleries.
oops. i mean, contemporary art is for your house.
yeah… the kind of house where they shoot ralph lauren commercials. the kind of house where they don’t wear white after labor day. the kind of house where they think ‘sweet caroline’ is a great song for the dance floor at a wedding. what do you expect to see inside? oil portraits? antique china cabinets? plaids and mallards?
joe nahem schooled me with his eight-month redo of the connecticut home of allison and warren kanders. these guys collect contemporary art like you collect hours watching reality tv.
instead of turning a house into a sterile museum, nahem turned their collection into a personalized home.
no smooth ice-white MoMA walls at these digs.
look at the blast of wall art against an antique indian rug. i am all over that bizniss.
contemporary art mounted on wood walls? chairs upholstered in faux-bois? dude didn’t think outside the box, he took a hammer to it.
their art is giving me sweat bubbles of jealousy on my t-zone.
conventional wisdom had me thinking that these pieces need a gallery-like home. i may not share the nahem/kanders design taste, but now i understand how to style a home for my future arsenal of contemporary art.
just do whatever the hell i want.