Photography Anchors This Art Buff’s Growing Collection
Which includes prints by Cig Harvey, Alex Prager, and more.
As Leopold’s collection took shape, he concentrated primarily on photography. He and his wife, Kim Colombi, try to attend the Paris Photo art fair each year, often tacking other art-centric European cities onto their trip. “We love walking that show, looking at the work, talking about it, and connecting with the artists,” Leopold says. “Each piece you acquire has a story that gets rekindled every time you look at it,” he notes. “That’s part of the beauty of collecting.”
My family collected books and antiques; maybe there’s a collecting gene. – Gary Leopold
Designer Patrick Planeta, principal of Planeta Design Group, shares four key tips on how to display art at home.
By Rachel Kashdan
Embrace the element of surprise.
Delight visitors by incorporating art in unexpected places—for instance, a painting in the bathroom or a small sculpture on the kitchen island. Want to go a step further? Hide pieces. “People want everything on view all the time, but if you close the door to the guest bedroom and [visitors] discover a little piece of amazing art on the wall behind it, that’s really special,” Planeta says.
Don’t let art be an afterthought.
Whether you’re renovating or building new, Planeta recommends thinking about art as early on as possible so that you can design the space around key pieces as needed. “If you’re hanging something heavy, for example, you can bring that in at an early stage so you’re not ripping something apart later because you found an amazing piece that needs to be built into the wall,” he says.
Try mixing and matching.
“Some people only buy one type of artwork, but the most fun is doing something like pairing a more modern piece with your great-grandmother’s bronze bust. When you pair old and new, there’s a dialogue between them,” Planeta says. An easy way to achieve this is to lay out the art you have, and then determine which pieces work best together.
Let lighting enhance your displays.
Lighting technology today is better than ever, allowing you to not only manipulate light levels but also color temperature. “With dimmable recessed LEDs, you can adjust them from the warmest light to the coolest light, so you can actually change a piece of work with lighting and light it correctly for your space,” Planeta explains.