At Home with Art: How Art Lovers Live with and Care for Their Treasures

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At Home with Art is about art lovers, their passion for art, and their seemingly unquenchable desire to bring home the works that have captured their hearts. Whether the artworks are Picassos or posters, these people want to acquire and live with the art they love. "I wake up in the morning and exercise where I can look at it," says John Robson about one of the paintings in his San Francisco townhouse. How these art lovers integrate their finds into their living spaces, juxtaposing their paintings and sculpture ...
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Overview

At Home with Art is about art lovers, their passion for art, and their seemingly unquenchable desire to bring home the works that have captured their hearts. Whether the artworks are Picassos or posters, these people want to acquire and live with the art they love. "I wake up in the morning and exercise where I can look at it," says John Robson about one of the paintings in his San Francisco townhouse. How these art lovers integrate their finds into their living spaces, juxtaposing their paintings and sculpture with the artifacts of everyday life -- furniture, rugs, books, lamps, objets d'art -- is vividly illustrated here in more than fifty homes inhabited by people for whom living with art is as essential as breathing.

These homes are not mini-museums with art to be admired from a respectful distance. Nor have they been designed by interior decorators whose goal is to harmonize the upholstery with the pictures. Each home has been chosen for its very personal and inspired expression of art and decor, revealing a deep, even spiritual, relationship between the pictures on the walls and the people who place them there. From airy lofts and old farmhouses to sleek city apartments and cozy traditional houses, all are made special by the paintings and sculptures within.

A wide variety of people appear in these pages, from the president of MoMA to a young man in love with poster art, to the writer who has artist friends, to the young woman who inherited pieces from her mother, to the actress whose art travels with her wherever she goes. The kinds of art that speak to them and that they are impelled to acquire range from old masters to outsider art, from folk art to contemporary art, to prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture. We learn about what sparked their interest in a particular genre, how they make their selections, how they meld them into their homes, and what living with their art means to them.

Though looking at these interiors proves there are no fixed rules about displaying a work of art, special sections on framing, hanging, lighting, and caring for art, from oil paintings to delicate works on paper, provide technical assistance. A directory includes framers, dealers, auction houses, and restorers in major American cities and in London.

Above all, At Home with Art shows that there are all kinds of art to be loved and cherished, however grand or simple, and that living surrounded by art's beauty can bring boundless personal satisfaction.

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Antiques & the Arts
...[A]n excellent look at American tastes as they changed from colonial times through the early Twentieth Century.
Antiques & the Arts
...[A]n excellent look at American tastes as they changed from colonial times through the early Twentieth Century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517708880
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/2/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.31 (w) x 12.03 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Estelle Ellis, coauthor of At Home with Books, is a pioneering figure in the world of magazine publishing whose marketing programs are preserved in the Smithsonian Center for Advertising History. She is the founder and president of Business Image, Inc., and lives in New York City.

Caroline Seebohm is the author of The Man Who Was Vogue and No Regrets: The Life of Marietta Tree and the coauthor of English Country, Private Landscapes, and At Home with Books. Her work appears regularly in the New York Times, House & Garden, and other publications. She lives in New Jersey.
Christopher Simon Sykes, photographer and writer, is the coauthor of English Country, Private Landscapes, Scottish Country, and At Home with Books. His work appears regularly in House & Garden among other magazines. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2003

    Unusual approach

    I wish I could find more books that show how people live with and display art in their homes. Most books feature the art in isolation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    At Home With Art Dissapoints

    Diving into this book, as an avid art collector, one might expect to learn how different people work with the art they possess. This book though is really for those who are stricly ardent and almost excessive collectors who like to jam pack their residences with works galore. What is missing from this text is a careful presentation of how many different types of people display their art. There is too much focus on furniture, collecting passions and interest, and not enough focus on ideas. Overall, I found this book to be somewhat mono-dimensional in the concepts portrayed of how others live with their art. More a picture of what the authors had preconceived than a search for the spectrum of ideas.

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