I have so many pieces that I love that it was hard to decide which are my favorites. I tried to boil it down to a 'few' and came up with 28 pieces that are special to me. Below is the first installment (more coming soon).
The Kiss by Silvia Poloto: As I've mentioned, I love paintings with words on them, and I love what this painting says. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. Silvia Poloto is a Brazilian artist, and she was one of the first artists I represented in my gallery.
Doug Owen horse: I love the brightly colored happy look of this horse!
Sofia Harrison glass piece: words again. I can't resist them. Sofia cuts out words and phrases from magazines and other places, then cuts tiny pieces of colored glass to fit over the sayings, and the effect is like a stained glass window with words. She sometimes sets them in old window frames, or just frames them. Each piece has a story, a mood or feeling. I love this piece. Sofia was another of my artists from the gallery, and I was proud to represent her work and that of all my artists.
High Green I and Blue. I love these 2 Diebenkorn prints. The color is gorgeous, and I can look at them for hours.
© 2009 The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn
I saw a photograph of one of Sam Messer's paintings in a religious magazine, and hunted down his work. I was so excited when I saw it, because Sam paints Olympia typewriters, and that's what I write my books on, so I had to have one of his paintings. And they are so happy and fun. The texture and surface of the paint is amazing. Sam teaches fine arts at Yale. I had his work in an art show I did after the gallery closed, but didn't represent his work. I love owning this piece.
Marbles by Gordon Smedt. Gordon was one of the artists I represented at the gallery, and I have several pieces of his work. He’s a very skilled artist, beautifully trained, and I love his work.
Converse High Tops by Gordon Smedt. Gordon does wonderful paintings of shoes (I have a great one of women’s shoes too!), vintage clothing and all kinds of objects. These high tops are a big hit and hang in the room of one of my sons. Another of my sons has a painting of a pair in red.
Cowboy by Seamus Conley: I was bowled over by this painting. It's mystical and magical and haunting, both realistic and surrealistic. This is a recent acquisition.
Garcon d'Hiver by Eric Michael Corrigan: I love this painting, and it means the world to me because it was a gift from the artist. Eric was one of my gallery artists.
Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955. This is one of my favorite Richard Avedon photographs, of the model Dovima with elephants. It's one of his most beloved works.
© 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation
Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, dress by Dior, Place de la Concorde, Paris, August 1956. I also love this Richard Avedon photograph of Suzy Parker and a male model roller skating in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Avedon, and all my daughters and I love his work.
© 2009 The Richard Avedon Foundation
This photograph of Marilyn Monroe, taken by Bert Stern grabbed me the moment I saw it at an art fair in Paris. The look on her face is so poignant in a private moment. It was taken during her last photo session, shortly before she died. The look on her face says it all.
This beach photo is by Richard Misrach. It's impeccable in its detail and I can stare at it for hours. If you look closely, you can see each grain of sand, and people always comment on it.
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
These "Trunks" are by Libby Black, and the piece is just plain fun. I had it in my office for a couple of years, but now I have it in an entrance hall where everone can see it and enjoy it.