Thursday, April 5, 2018

Art was there, through courtship, love and labor of these collectors

Show Us Your Walls
By Hilarie M. Sheets
Bill Powers and Cynthia Rowley in their West Village home, in front of a painting by Rene Ricard. Credit Cole Wilson for The New York Times
Before the designer Cynthia Rowley built her international fashion brand, she studied fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sitting in the living room of the West Village townhouse she shares with her husband, Bill Powers, and their two teenage daughters, Ms. Rowley pointed to an Elizabeth Peyton portrait of a teenage Queen Elizabeth on the wall. “That drawing was in Peyton’s first show in 1991 at the Chelsea Hotel, which feels meaningful to me,” said Mr. Powers, a former freelance journalist who for the last decade has run Half Gallery in Manhattan, which focuses on emerging artists. The couple’s double-height living room is filled with art — as well as Ms. Rowley’s colorful new surfboard, which could read as sculpture, and a floating installation of silver balloons spelling “LOL.” [More]