Every collection has a ribbon of constancy running through it. For Molly Bruder and Mark Schachter, vibrant color provides that unity.
Bruder and Schachter are young, newly married, and enthusiastic about their growing collection, which already includes many of the most-celebrated artists of this generation.
The playful whimsy of much of the work in the collection is apparent at first glance.
Flanking the white walls of the entry foyer are facing works by Cary Leibowitz.
COLOR SCHEME In this commissioned diptych, I Told You I Was Wearing This…No You Didn’t,
his characteristic use of text is inscribed upon a pink background that is freckled with yellow polka dots, These large-scale, shaped canvases reflect the levity of much of the collection.
“Everything he does is whimsical and comical. We love his sense of humor,” Molly explains.
As someone who works in the world of fashion, she was particularly amused by the title. Leibowitz has a long history with Molly’s family.
When relatives Hilary and Hannah Fagadau featured him in their inaugural exhibition at Gallery 12.26, he stayed with the couple.
They are assisted in their collecting by New York-based art advisor Anne Bruder, who also happens to be Molly’s sister.
They credit Anne with opening their eyes to many of the artists in their collection.
“Anne has been so helpful in directing our collecting. She got us started and got us hooked,” Molly says.
Mark concurs, adding, “Anne spoils us and helps curate artists and galleries she thinks are a fit for our collection.”
They tend to collect young emerging artists, predominantly from New York and Los Angeles.
While the couple is well-traveled, much of their collection has been acquired at the Dallas Art Fair.
“We often go to the Thursday evening preview benefit. We first beeline to see the booths that we are interested in,” Molly says.
They closely follow at the fair exhibitors CANADA, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, and Rachel Uffner Gallery. Jim Lee, represented by Nicelle Beauchene, is one of the artists whose work Anne presented to them.
COLOR SCHEME Two large color field paintings from his Half Off series anchor the living room.
“They were probably among the few pieces that I was deputized to select,” Mark jokes.
Lee’s work enhances the serenity of the space created by interior designer Jennifer Littke.
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