Curator: Steven Learner
About The Curator
About Steven Learner
Steven Learner is an architect and collector based in New York City. In the past 15 years, his award-winning firm Steven Learner Studio has created refined spaces for the display of art including designs for Blain DiDonna, Haunch of Venison, and Sean Kelly galleries and non-profit Art in General. He has also designed residences for collectors and artists from New York to California as well as a private museum for a prominent contemporary collection.
Currently Steven is working on an array of projects including building a housing prototype in response to recent tornado devastation, working with a foundation building 200 relief homes in Haiti, and developing a line of sustainable home products. Steven is on the Board of Art in General, is involved with numerous art and architecture organizations, and has participated in several service trips, bringing his architectural expertise to places as diverse as Peru and Cambodia.
In addition, Steven collects contemporary photography and minimalist sculpture.
About The Collection
About Blind Love
Blind to value or provenance, trends or fashion, just trusting your eye.â€¨â€¨ I chose these pieces intuitively, without a thought of theme or direction, just seeing where my eye took me.
Then I looked back at them and found the common thread: that they are all portraits of women, some abstract, some self-portraits, focused on the form or using the figure to create a visceral response or allude to another time.
Though I often am drawn to abstract images I also respond to these.
I have two large Serrano photos from his Morgue series, similar to the piece selected here. I love the multiple readings of these images, beautiful and sinister, classical and modern; I always see something new in them.
2. What is the most beautiful combination of visual art and architecture you've ever seen?â€¨
I've been spending time at The Broken Kilometer, Walter de Maria's installation designed by my friend Richard Gluckman. It's an amazing, meditative space, timeless and yet also tied so specifically to the 1970s in Soho.
â€¨â€¨3. In your ideal home, which artist/piece of art/style of art would you feature?â€¨
I've been overloaded with visuals lately and so I've been fantasizing about living in a raw space with just a few key minimalist pieces, simply installed. Living with an absence of images.
4. What advice do you give to beginning collectors?â€¨
Buy what you love.