Serious Art Lovers Design Homes Around Their Collections
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Serious Art Lovers Design Homes Around Their Collections

Serious Art Lovers Design Homes Around Their Collections

A king’s mistress, a trio of clowns and a taxidermy chicken helped determine the design of Gary Wasserman’s home in Naples, Fla. When Mr. Wasserman, CEO of Troy, Mich.-based Allied Metals, was building the home, which has sweeping waterfront views, he wanted his art collection to take center stage. So he laid out his dining room around the dimensions of a 12-panel glass-encased painting that reflects on the life of Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV, by artist Ken Aptekar. The piece wraps around the entire room. A series of three bronze clown sculptures by Marshall Fredericks got their own alcove off the bedroom. Most homeowners live with some artwork. Others build their homes around it . Some serious art enthusiasts set up living spaces to highlight everything from old master paintings to contemporary video installations and multimedia sculptures. Some bring in museum-lighting experts or construct gallery spaces to rotate collections. Architects and home builders say working with art-obsessed homeowners brings its own challenges, from installing heavy sculptures and oversize paintings to figuring out how to offset edgy art that may be provocative—or even intentionally offensive—upon first glance. The intensity has ratcheted up as values of both […]

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