In 1981, Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc sculpture in New York City’s Federal Plaza became the center of debate on Artist rights. Federal Plaza employees saw his curving wall of raw steel measuring 120-feet long and 12-feet high as ugly and oppressive.
We know (much to our chagrin) that art can sometimes be overlooked in the development of a new space. While we live, breathe and sleep art, we understand the rest of the world thinks differently. That is until you’re standing in the middle of an art-less space wondering why it feels so sterile/institutional/blah/sad/like something’s missing.
When you spend your days and nights at gallery openings, visiting studios, reviewing portfolios and inventory sheets, lusting after art you personally can’t afford becomes a constant experience. Hello, Art Envy, my old friend. It’s more than “the-piece-that-got-away” syndrome because to let something go means you had to have it in the first place. Still, our clients provide us with the privilege and sanity-saving salve of vicarious art buying.