Why Hollywood art collectors are turning garages into galleries – The Hollywood Reporter

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The latest sign of seriousness among Hollywood collectors is to start your own private art gallery – at home. In 2016, New York Giants producer and owner Steve Tisch completed a 4,500 square foot gallery (designed by the architectural firm of Johnston Marklee) at his Beverly Hills property. Covered with corrugated iron, it sits on the site of what was once a tennis court. And David Hobermann, the prolific producer behind films such as The fighter, the Muppets and the new live-action from Disney The beauty and the Beast, transformed the three-car garage of his contemporary Malibu home into a box with white walls. Completed in late 2016, the space houses colorful paintings by artists Eddie Martinez, Julian Schnabel and Frank Bowling (above, left to right) and a large female torso sculpture commissioned from Amanda Ross-Ho. “It’s right in front of the house in a very attractive location. I had a better use of that space than just housing cars, ”says Hobermann, which relegated its rides to a newly constructed carport. Running the garage as a gallery required the installation of wooden walls that could support canvases and the installation of lighting, a dehumidifier and temperature controls. “I can make the house a permanent collection and the gallery a rotating collection,” he says. Two pieces to be delivered soon – one Urs The Fischer foam chair and ottoman will make the space more livable, he adds. “When I put that in, it will be a real meeting place. “

In Venice, Diane Klein, director of film finance, demolished a termite-infested detached garage on her property and – in collaboration with architect Daniel Monti by Modal Design – rebuilt in 2014 as a two-story structure with an angle roof line covered with zinc shingles. There is still room below for cars, while the top floor houses a 1,000 square foot space with multiple screens and projectors for Klein’s collection, which has a heavy focus on videos from artists such as Ryan. . Trécartin, Petra Cortright and christian Marclay. “I wanted a dedicated room to present the video work in an immersive environment,” Klein explains. A hidden Murphy bed allows the upstairs to serve as a guest suite.

“True collectors usually have a very creative side,” explains artistic advisor Veronica Fernandez. “It makes perfect sense that they want dedicated spaces where they can more carefully organize works that will foster a conversation with one another. They are really laboratories for them. She and Klein are currently commissioning artist Isaac Julian make a three-channel version of his flagship work 10,000 waves, a film about Chinese migrant workers. Klein does not exclude the idea of ​​taking up the lower level. “If the collection grows significantly,” she says, “cars could be thrown onto the sidewalk. “

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This story first appeared in the March 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, Click here to subscribe.


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