THE ARTIST IS PRESENT: MARINA ABRAMOVIC’S NEW YORK LIVING SPACES

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There has been a great deal of press this month related to Marina Abramovic, the 63 year-old Yugoslavian-born performance artist, leading up to her forthcoming MoMA retrospective, The Artist is Present. However, one of the artist’s most telling installations is a very personal one indeed:  Abramovic’s living quarters, divided among two residences – a loft in Soho and a star-shaped country house in Malden Bridge, NY.

As reported in an article in today’s New York Times, the interiors that the artist splits her time between are spare and minimalist, but not without generous splashes of color and a rigorous, well-curated sense of order.  Sea-foam green kitchen accents in both residences impart a tone of serenity to the space, informed by a design principle that is not so shocking, coming from an artist who has designed her own sets and has carefully chosen props in performance pieces such as The House with the Ocean View, a work which entailed the creation of a faux living space in a gallery, where Abramovic’s everyday activities became spectacle to the onlooking crowd.

Abramovic created the spaces with the help of Manhattan-based architect Dennis Wedlick, adding such well-appointed architectural signatures as furniture by Patricia Urquiola, Knoll, and the Eames brothers.

The Artist is Present opens at the Museum of Modern Art on March 14 and runs through May 31.

House with an ocean view: in the dining room, a table by Paolo Canevari is joined by Gio Ponti chairs and an Artemide lamp. Photo: Bruce Beck for The New York Times

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