These days, the intersection of art, architecture, and design is considered commonplace. Artists are designing buildings, luxury buildings are getting their own art collections, and site-specific works abound. But long before Olafur Eliasson designed a structure, Anish Kapoor’s work became part of 56 Leonard, or Hiroshi Nakamura collaborated with an architecture firm to create Ribbon Chapel, Peter Marino was commissioning top artists for his architecture projects. Long considered one of the pioneers of cross-pollination between the two worlds, the acclaimed architect was an artist himself before anything else. In addition to commissioning his famous site-specific works from some of the art world’s top talent and creating his own bronze pieces, Marino is a serious collector who has amassed a world-class array of works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Georg Baselitz, and more. “[Collecting is] an enrichment of life,” Marino tells AD PRO. “I mean, the only real nourishment I get is through my eyes.” His passion for collecting has been on view before, most notably in Miami Beach, at the Bass Museum’s 2015 exhibition titled One Way: Peter Marino, which paired Marino’s architectural projects with pieces from his personal collection. Now, an exciting new show titled Counterpoint is set to open at the Southampton Arts Center on Long Island, which will build upon One Way but with a Hamptons bend.
Francesco Clemente, Untitled (Elysian Fields Leaves), 2013. 177” x 160” Watercolor on paper