My decision process is one motivated by layers that relate yet are disparate and ultimately synergistic in creating a theme. It is very visceral. One of my favorite artists is Leger. All of the selections have a visual impact and relate to the past which becomes precedent for the future.
Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attese, 1964, at Robilant + Voena
Louis Valtat, Portrait de Madame Valtat, 1906, at Connaught Brown
Mel Bochner, Random Numbers #12, 2001-2, at James Goodman Gallery
Al-Karim, Goddess of Florence, 2006, at Galerie Patrice Trigano
Otto Schulz, Zodiac Cabinet, circa 1950, at Hostler Burrows
Jean Royère, Pair of “Persane” wall sconces, circa 1953, at Galerie Chastel-Maréchal
Lisette Model, Coney Island Bather, New York, 1939-1941, at Keitelman Gallery
Jean-Michel Frank, Pair of wing chairs, circa 1930, Vallois SAS
Arshile Gorky, Sans titre (Etude pour Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia), 1931-1933, at Galerie Zlotowski
Fernand Léger, Composition with the Eiffel Tower, 1921, Galerie Beres
My number one tip for a new design collector:
Buy the best that you can afford. It is better to buy one strong piece than many less important pieces and to stick to one area of collecting. The best place to start as a novice is with photography.
Designers to watch in 2014:
David Ebner is someone to continue to watch as are Lee Broom, Studio [Faye] Toogood, Nika Zupanc, and Daniel Rybakken.