Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Real Estate Art: 9030 Sandringham Drive

 Robert Boyd

This mammoth mansion can be yours for just 20 million dollars. You can show all the art you want, and presumably if you could afford this manse, you could afford any art you want. And the current owners have an art collection, but I couldn't recognize any of the pieces.


The figure on the right hanging upside down by his feet is striking, but I have no idea who it was by.

This colorful painting of a face pops in this somewhat drab interior.

Here we can see the artwork in the bathroom mirror. A closeup photo of a lightbulb could almost be a Chuck Ramirez photo.

Another image of the hanging man sculpture.

Can you readers identify any of this art? Please respond below!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Real Estate Art: 2521 Westgate Drive

 Robert Boyd

This house is on the edge of River Oaks and can be yours for just four million dollars. The current owner has packed the house with art. I can't identify any of the art, although a couple of pieces might be photos by MANUAL (Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom). 

I wish I could see this extremely colorful painting head on. I have no clue who painted it, but it's a bold statement.

UPDATE: Both Scott Gilbert and Alison de Lima Greene identify the tall blue and green painting on the right as by Liz Ward.

The work over the mantle is the first piece that I thought might be a MANUAL.

Most of the art here has been 2-dimensional, but here is a sculpture.

I think the photo of books over the bed is by MANUAL.

Yet another bright-colored painting that flies off the white wall. UPDATE: Alison de Lima Greene tells me that this is a Michael Kennaugh painting. Interestingly, Kennaugh, MANUAL, and Liz Ward are all represented by Moody Gallery. I wonder if a close examination of some of the other art in this house would show that they are by other artists represented by Moody Gallery.

Real Estate Art: 6040 Glencove Street

 Robert Boyd

If you have $7.4 million to spare, you can buy this big house just down the street from Bayou Bend. I don't know who owns it now, but they have an interesting art collection.

One can see a large, chrome-plated loop-de-loop sculpture. (I am sure that shape has a name, but I don't know what it is.) I have no idea who the sculptor is, but I'm impressed--I've always wanted to see the wealthy of Houston put large sculptures in their yards.

Here's another piece of lawn art (small in the photo, just right of center). It appears to be brown and shaped like a knot.

There is art in every interior photo, but most of it is stuff I can't identify.

This room appears to have a large Dorothy Hood painting. It's a little hard to tell in this photo, though, so I may be wrong.

The large painting over the bed is unmistakably by Dorothy Hood painting, and the sculpture to its right appears to be a James Surls.

Here is another view of the Dorothy Hood, as well as a small collection of African tribal art.

This bathroom seems to have another Dorothy Hood painting (I would never hang a painting in the bathroom, personally, because I'd be worried that the steam from the shower could damage it). Whoever owns this house appears to be a major Hood collector.

And here is another abstract, loop-de-loop sculpture.

Any idea who created some of this art (except for the Hoods and apparent James Surls)? Please let me know in the comments below!