Thursday Treasure of Interior Design

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape…

Pablo Picasso

Tree # 14 Myoung Ho Lee

Great Interior Designers have to be experts in so many areas: space planning, furnishings, colors, draperies…  And if we are not experts in a particular area, we are tapped into that person who is.  Sometimes, interior design can be an unglamorous job of making sure that the plumber checked that the rough-in matches the fixture.  And then there are other times when we do exciting things like help our clients purchase art.

So today’s Thursday Treasure is art.

Late yesterday afternoon, I had the great fortune to attend a fascinating private art tour of the Armory Show here in New York.  It was hosted  by 85 Broads and the tour was led by art consultant, Heather Dell of Cristin Tierney Fine Art Advisory Services.  I learned more about the process of buying art from Heather than I had ever known.  Not to mention, she showed us some fascinating works of art along the way.  That’s what I love about my job – I am constantly learning!

The Armory Show is so big it takes up two piers.  It is still going on all weekend, so if you are any where near Manhattan, it is a must see.  Pier 92 is primarily Modern Art, art from the approximately the 1870s through the 1950s.  The art is characterized by experimentation, in which figurative art is deconstructed and there is a tendency toward abstraction.

Pier 94 was primarily Contemporary or Post-Modern Art, which is roughly post-1950s.  The two areas can overlap a bit, so it’s not a hard and fast rule.  And I could not find a really great definition of Contemporary Art.  So you are up my readers, please let me know a better definition than what follows from Wikepedia regarding post-modernism:  “Salient features of postmodernism are normally thought to include the ironic play with styles, citations and narrative levels, a metaphysical skepticism or nihilism towards a “grand narrative” of Western culture, a preference for the virtual at the expense of the real, and a “waning of affect” on the part of the subject…”  Sounds a bit as pompous and far-fetched as my college dissertation.  Does anyone even speak that way any more?

Bottom line: I saw many interesting pieces of post-modern art.  Some were my taste.  Many were not.  My dad would say that’s what makes buyers and sellers.  My favorite by far was the photograph shown above by Myoung Ho Lee.

It spoke to me.  But if you already know me well then you know I am crazy about the Tree of Life as a motif.  So of course it would.  I love the idea of placing an artificial canvas as a back drop to the tree.  It makes the beauty of the tree pop against the background and yet Lee does not let us forget that the background, aka our planet earth, is still there.

Tree #12

From Yossi Milo Gallery:  “Myoung Ho Lee is the recipient of awards including the first Young Photographer’s Award from the Photo Artist’s Society of Korea in 2005, Korea’s Photography Critics Award in 2006 and a grant from the Culture and Art Fund from the Arts Council of Korea in 2007. Mr. Lee was born in Daejon, South Korea in 1975 and currently lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.”

Tree # 11

According to the press release from Yossi Milo Gallery:  “Mr. Lee allows the tree’s natural surroundings to fill the frame around the canvas, transforming the backdrop into an integral part of the subject. Centered in the graphic compositions, the canvas defines the form of the tree and separates it from the environment. By creating a partial, temporary outdoor studio for each tree, Mr. Lee’s “portraits” of trees play with ideas of scale and perception while referencing traditional painting and the history of photography.”

Tree #5

Tree # 5

This last photo is my favorite.  Simply breathtaking – every single thing about this photo is beautiful – the simplicity of the foreground, the majestic mountains in the distance, the contrast of the small delicate bright red tree.

Serene. Sublime. Spiritual.  Art by Myoung Ho Lee is my Thursday Treasure.

Your thoughts are always welcome. I hope you will share with me your favorite work of art!

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