Living History

American Art CollectorJuly 2020

Living History
This Florida home features an eclectic mix of paintings, glass art and sculptures that reflect the works of Pablo Picasso.
JOHN O’ HERN

Our collector graduated from dorm room posters to commissioning art for his homes in New York City and Fort Lauderdale. Prominent above his desk in his Florida home is a commission of Jeffrey G. Batchelor, Bull Market, which features elements from his family’s involvement in the stock market in New York, from a ticker tape to a pocket watch given to his grandfather at his bar mitzvah in 1909.

Above the sofa in the living room is a painting, Boys on the Beach, by Mark Beard painting as Bruce Sargeant, an imagined English artist. The collector had admired Beard’s paintings and commissioned a piece for his Florida home. He wanted a lighter look for Florida and asked the artist to “pink up” the boys’ flesh a bit. “He resisted me at first,” the collector relates. “But when he was done he said it’s not so bad!”

He had also admired the cast glass female torsos of Latchezar Boyadjiev. He asked Boyadjiev’s dealer, George Billis, if the artist would consider doing a male figure. He did, and the sculpture now glows in the light from a window in his home.

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July 2020