[EPISODE] Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa
On tonight’s show Art Expert and Gallery Owner Lee Weber from Weber Fine Art is here. Lee and I will discuss our passion for art, but more importantly; how art is essential to a successful interior.
Lee will share with us her vast knowledge of Abstract Expressionism, building outstanding art collection and how to navigate through an explosive art market. We will discuss the latest trends and hot commodities and knowing the difference between the two.
I want to ask Lee all about planning for art in the early stages of the design process. What conditions are best? What type of lighting is required? How much space is necessary? Our hope tonight is that you are inspired to build an art collection on your own and surround yourself with art that is meaningful and beautiful.
David begins tonight’s show discussing how our passion for art is one of the truest forms of expression. Passion is the open secret of all artists; we all share a passion to be the artist. David ponders what defines art and art’s intent to express our ideas of beauty. He states his belief that designers have a responsibility to create environments that respond to the beauty around them and tell the story of a family.
David asks Lee Weber to define beauty. Lee explains that beauty is a total formation of one’s aesthetic values formed by experiences and relationships. Lee recounts her career as an art director, before finding her passion in traveling the world and opening her first gallery. She remembers studio visits alongside her father, a painter and professor at NYU, and her early exposure to artists developing their craft.
She then explains the process of being a gallery owner, managing relationships with artists and dealers. She describes the ways she combines art pieces and mixing styles with collectors. David revisits the theme of tension and balance in design.
Lee and David discuss ways that architects and designers engage with art in a project. Lee explains how art is placed based on locations, working with architectural plans and the client’s taste. They both agree developing relationships with the client builds understanding of their eye and tastes. Lee discusses the challenges that can arise with acquiring the right art for a project. David and Lee pivot to discuss how to incorporate photography in a home and how to balance different types of artwork throughout a home.
David and Lee responds to listener questions. We learn how to protect artwork in rooms with large windows and lots of sunlight. Lee offers advice on how to build a collection or work with a collection that doesn’t necessarily all fit together. David explains how using similar frames is unifying and can help bring different pieces together. Lee and David share their strategies for choosing size and shape of art pieces. Lee encourages new buyers to engage with an expert to better learn your design interests.