Monday, November 3, 2014

COVER: Jean-Michel Basquiat / New York Spaces / October 2014

Art in Balance

Interior  Design | William T. Georgis Architect
Photograph | Costas Picadas

For an art dealer’s Gramercy Park apartment, William Georgis creates a livable context for an ever-changing collection of paintings, sculptures, and furnishings.

A gallery and a home serve divergent purposes. Art in one is for sale, in the other purely for enjoyment. Furnishings are minimal in the former to maintain the attention to the art, while in the latter the balance between them must be comfortably calibrated for living. But when the homeowner is a prominent private art dealer like this client, these distinctions blur.  
Three Basquiats take up so much space that the entry hall seems “papered” in the artist’s imagery. At the end of the hall is a table in front of a Perriand console with works by, among others George Condo and Picasso.  
The place is chock-full of works by Alexander Calder, George Condo, On Kawara, Richard Prince, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol and others. Yet each feels integral to the spaces in which they appear. And the constant swapping of a Christopher Wool painting for a Twombly or a Prouv√© commode for the Perriand, makes this a living, breathing barometer of the homeowner’s almost promiscuous curiosity and evolving tastes.  
“It’s an interesting study in visual appetite,” says Georgis. “Over time, it shows us the hand of the collector. A lot of designers think of their work as sacrosanct, flies preserved in amber. That’s not interesting to me.”

To read complete story and see more images pick up a copy of the October 2014 issue of New York Spaces.

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