Loving art is about admiration, and who’s more equipped to fully understand and appreciate the value of a piece of art than an artist. The beautiful new coffee table book entitled “Artists Living with Art,” published by Abrams and written by Stacey Goergen and Amanda Benchley, gives readers an inside peek into the homes and personal art collections from some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists including Cindy Sherman, Helen and Brice Marden, Chuck Close, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Glenn Ligon, and Pat Steir. From a modern Soho loft to a restored Hudson River Valley farmhouse, these homes are a showcase for the artists’ personal collections of artwork set amongst cherished objects, textiles and ceramics.
The book’s photographs beautifully capture the essence of each space, and the story each artist is telling in their own home. Pictured above, the living room of Francesco Clemente is adorned with the work of several famous artists spanning decades. A drawing from Cy Twombly is featured over the fireplace. This same fireplace is flanked by a piece from Jean-Michel Basquiat and a painting by Clemente himself. Furniture pieces in the room include tables from Isamu Noguchi and wooden chairs by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The tranquil courtyard of Eric Fischl and April Gornik’s home is adorned with a watercolor by Francesco Clemente, visible on the second-floor walkway.
From the home of Joan Jonas this photo includes works by the artist, her friends and others leaning against her cool rope-bannister-stairwell with beloved poodle Ozu in front.
Glenn Ligon’s living room wall features a variety of brightly colored pieces including Ellsworth Kelly’s print Red/Blue (1964), a print by Chris Ofili entitled The Healer (2009) as well as other works by Christopher Wool and David Wojnarowicz. “It’s just a matter of wanting to live among things that are by artists that have some importance to my work,” Ligon says.
The creators of the book include Stacey Goergen, an independent curator and journalist and the director of the nonprofit organization SmartSpaces, Amanda Benchley, an independent filmmaker and journalist who has previously written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, and the Huffington Post, and Photographer Oberto Gili who’s photos have previously graced the pages of magazines such as House and Garden, World of Interiors, ELLE DECOR, and Vogue for over 40 years.
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