We’re often curious about non-art world collectors’ interiors, but we forget that gallerists also collect. Compiled by avid collector Tiqui D’Atencio, For Art’s Sake: Inside the Homes of Art Dealers, published by Rizzoli, explores art dealers’ private houses, castles and hotels. Most interestingly, the quotes and texts featured in this unique volume examine marchands’ relationships with their artists.
From the Scottish Highlands, New York, Monaco, Belgium, to London, and Paris, the private residences of the greatest and most illustrious names in the art world feature some of the world’s most remarkable and tasteful collections.
Contemporary art, modern paintings, Antique masterpieces, and grand installations embody gallerists’ personalities. It gives readers exclusive access to these houses and showcases unexpected dialogues by juxtaposing unparalleled art collections with interiors designed by the most renowned names, such as Peter Marino, François Marcq, Jacques Grange, and Toshiko Mori.
“From my experience, I know that the homes and collections shown here are presented with uncanny veracity. Architectural historian Victoria Newhouse has written about “art and the power of placement.” As the pages that follow clearly demonstrate, it is in the placement of art that the subjects of this book excel.” Peter Marino commented.
“Most of the dealers here live with art made by the artists whom they represent. Sometimes they do so because the works are gifts from the artists themselves and so their collection is like an evolving history of a set of friendships, the record of a journey through life.” D’Atencio said.
Over the years, the author has had the pleasure of being invited to many of these gallerists’ properties and understand their choices and curations. The narrative of this book evolves around understanding the act collecting and how interiors favour art over anything else.
“Some of the dealers in the book see their houses as extensions of their professional worlds, while others view their homes as refuges from working life. In this way, some of the residences shown here are quasi public spaces, essentially showcases for their owners’ business activities; others are only partially so, while the rest are entirely private, seen by no one but family and close friends.”
The result is a selection of interesting texts and beautiful shots made available to the public eye for the very first time and captured by photographer Jean-François Jaussaud.
Demirdjian’s texts guide the reader through these private spaces, while excerpts from exclusive interviews with some of the spaces’ owners, such as Iwan and Manuela Wirth, Luisa Strina, Thaddaeus Ropac, Pierre Marie Giraud, Almine Rech, Barbara Gladstone, Kamel Mennour, Marian Goodman, and Axel and May Vervoordt, among many other significant art dealers.
Jeffrey Deitch’s Los Angeles home features Gaetano Pesce’s colorful “La Michetta” sofa, Puppies Puppies’ Corn Stool of 2015, and Kurt Kauper’s striking Cary Grant #4 from 2012 greet visitors as they enter the living room.PHOTO: © JEAN-FRANÇOIS JAUSSAUD, COURTESY RIZZOLI