Saturday, December 2, 2017

Collector Lucy Bassett Andrews filled three dollhouses with contemporary art

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Show Us Your Walls
By Hilarie M. Sheets
Douglas Andrews and his mother, Lucy Bassett Andrews, peering into one of the three dollhouses built by Ms. Andrews that contain miniature artworks by noted contemporary artists, all recruited to the project by Cy Twombly. Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
When Lucy Bassett Andrews, whose grandfather founded the town of Bassett, Va., along with the family’s manufacturing company Bassett Furniture, was in the middle of an elaborate dollhouse-making project in 1993, she was offered help by a particularly knowledgeable collaborator: the artist Cy Twombly. Twombly, a family friend, and fellow Virginian corralled 15 other artists — including Julian Schnabel, Ross Bleckner, Donald Baechler, Peter Halley and Philip Taaffe — to make tiny artworks in their signature styles for Ms. Andrews’s diminutive townhouses, originally begun to delight her eldest granddaughter. The three dollhouses, adorned with more than 50 paintings and sculptures, are a vivid time capsule of the early 1990s art world. [More]
The dollhouses, adorned with more than 50 paintings and sculptures, are a vivid time capsule of the early 1990s art world and will go on view Dec. 14 at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla. Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times