I think many of you already know that gallery owner Emily Amy has a penchant for abstract American art (her Masters is in 20th century art and special areas of focus include: Expressionism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, and Color Field Painting). She has a great eye and it felt natural this week to ask her about works she might select for the private quarters of the White House.
She offered a top ten fantasy list, but keep in mind this is just for fun. First families have traditionally been welcome to borrow art from institutions such as the NGA -- anything that is not normally on view, and is in stable condition. Loans come with the understanding that works will obviously have to be rotated if they are requested for exhibition, or in the case of works on paper, to limit light exposure. Emily envisions these works juxtaposed with more traditional furnishings.
For now, due to copyright concerns, I'm only showing images for two of Emily's picks: At the top, Helen Frankenthaler, Canyon, 1965 (Phillips Collection) followed by Jackson Pollack, Lavender Mist, 1950 (NGA).
Here are her other choices:
Edward Steichen, The Sunflower, ca. 1920 (National Gallery of Art)
Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled (Ocean Park Drawing), 1983 (Phillips Collection)
Morris Louis, Number 182, 1961 (Phillips Collection)
Milton Avery, Black Sea, 1959 (Phillips Collection)
Alexander Calder, Red Polygons, ca. 1950 (Phillips Collection)
Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1968 (Phillips Collection)
Alfred Stieglitz, Songs of the Sky, 1923 (Phillips Collection)
Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1953 (National Gallery of Art)