Posts tagged: Contemporary Art

Contemporary Venetian Style

By , October 19, 2009

I was looking through the August, 2009 issue of Interiors magazine and came across the photo spread of Stefano and Riccarda Contini’s 15th Century Venetian palace.

As if having gorgeous home on the Canale Grande wasn’t enough of a dream come true, the home is filled with stunning modern art and contemporary furnishings that Stefano, a gallerist, has collected with his wife over the years.

While everything featured in the photos was extraordinary, I fell in love with this brass “Sliced Violin” table  by Arman, made to look like pieces of a deconstructed violin. The accompanying chairs are both industrial and elegant and are set off perfectly by the deep blue painting of a man on a bench.


The genius of this arrangement is that it’s really such a simple setting, with all the art surrounded by open space.   And here specifically, the furniture IS the art.  And notice the classic Venetian terrazzo  floor the sculpture rests on.  The art pieces are unique and form a superb collection that reflects the spirit of the family. It demonstrates how a historical home can be imbued with modern flair to create a living environment that is itself a work of art. How lucky that this family gets the pleasure of  living there!

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Sausalito Art Festival

By , September 21, 2009

This past Labor Day I went to Sausalito for the annual Sausalito Art Festival. This festival takes place every year over labor day and is one of the more sophisticated art festivals in the country. Sausalito is a lovely little village enclave with bungalows whose roofs sit – quite literally – in the clouds! With gorgeous blue skies, warm breezes and booth after booth of art, what better way to spend the day? Continue reading 'Sausalito Art Festival'»

Liz Hager and the Digital MetalType Medium

By , September 16, 2008

Today, our guest blogger is my multi-talented COO, Elaine Triber. Here is what she is interested in right now:

Liz Hager is a versatile mixed media artist who often uses non-traditional materials and processes in the pursuit of artistic statement. As a result, I find her work unusual—because she prints largely on metal, it looks different from a lot of art out there. Her images are witty and imaginative and I always become engaged in the story her work is telling. Continue reading 'Liz Hager and the Digital MetalType Medium'»

A Favorite Spanish Artist

By , April 14, 2008

During a recent trip to Napa Valley, I stopped into Caldwell Snyder Gallery in St. Helena, (they also have locations in San Francisco and New York), and there I found a wonderful artist from Spain who I would like you to know about.

The artist I am so taken with is Regina Saura. She is from the Ampudan region of Spain where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her work is fresh, vibrant and lively. It fits perfectly with the latest taste in classical interiors, which honors the comforts of tradition, but invigorates the spaces with a nod to the modern. She works in mixed media, with collage on top of paint, and text -stream of consciousness poetry -added last. Her colors are radiantly harmonious. The lines are simple and sure. Continue reading 'A Favorite Spanish Artist'»

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