Color and Design Matter in this Collection. So Does Optimism.

Show Us Your Walls
By Hilarie M. Sheets
Fatima Shaik and James Little in their Garment District apartment with, clockwise from top left, two untitled 1972 works by Alma Thomas; “Untitled” (1978) by Toshio Iwasa; “Untitled” (2001) also by Iwasa; and, perched over that frame, “Money Lures,” made of shredded money, by Richard Mock (1975). Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
“Coming from my background, which was a very segregated upbringing in Tennessee, I felt that abstraction reflected the best expression of self-determination and free will,” said the artist James Little, 67. “I have this affinity for color, design, structure and optimism.” The Garment District apartment where Mr. Little lives with his wife, Fatima Shaik, a writer, is hung with dynamic abstractions by artists including Toshio Iwasa, Stanley Whitney, Thornton Willis and Stewart Hitch. “I don’t really follow trends,” said Mr. Little, as can be seen in the couple’s collection of more than 100 works. [More]
From left, “Untitled” (1985), by Thornton Willis, and “Bad Red” (2003), by James Biederman.
Mis-count, 2019 by James Little; oil on linen; 38 x 50 inches. Image courtesy of Louis Stern Fine Arts