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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

1.21.2009

What Would Emily Do?

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)

14 comments:

simply seleta said...

Love that 1953 Rothko Emily has on her wishlist. Wouldn't one of those pieces be gorge with all of Michael S. Smith's lovely touches?

A friend of mine in Midtown owns a Rothko and it's just compelling to see surrounded by her very traditional furnishings. A perfect mix of ying and yang.

Delicious post.

Style Court said...

Seleta -- your friend's place sounds beautiful. I agree the Rothko would be stunning mixed with antiques!

Karena said...

Art from some of the greats! Terrific selections.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Emily certainly knows her art! That's a list I could live with; though I'd ask for one of Steichen's early photos of the misty woods near Milwaukee or his portrait of Stieglitz and Kitty. But I'd be happy with just about anything by Frankenthaler, Diebenkorn or Louis. Our local museum has a Frankenthaler that I consider one of the worst things she ever did — must have been a bad day! This whole series on art has been such a pleasure to read.

artsetoile.com said...

What a fun, playful post. I love Emily Amy's fabulous picks, particularly the Diebenkorn Ocean Park drawing and the vibrant red and green Frankenthaler!

Things That Inspire said...

I 'discovered' the Phillips Collection a few years ago. Reading this post makes me want to visit again.

I was not aware that the First Family could borrow pieces of art from these galleries. Michael Smith must be in his element working on this project!

Style Court said...

Hi Sara -- yes, I would love to learn more about what past first families have chosen to borrow. This is definitely one of the best perks that comes with the job!

Style Court said...

Karena and Artsetoile -- thanks for stopping by. Didn't Emily do a great job?

Style Court said...

Ms. Wis -- wonderful idea to introduce photography. Thanks for the positive input.

pve design said...

My husband and I love to play the game of art too, naming certain works of art that we would love to live with. I can only imagine what fun it might be to live with these on a daily basis at any age in any home.

Style Court said...

Patricia VE -- I agree, any age, any home!

Michael Henderson said...

Why not continue with the First Lady's tact in selecting less well known designers for her dresses, and select unknown artists for the paintings? I like the idea of abstract art for the First Family, but they should have something new.

victoria thorne said...

I simply can't get this post out of my mind. Lovely work.

Style Court said...

I'm sorry I haven't been able to post all of the images due to a copyright issue.