Friday, February 12, 2021

The 19th-Century Church One Artist Calls Home

By Alice Newell-Hanson
The artist in front of the building’s original stained-glass window. Emiliano Granado
For the painter Angel Otero, a former place of worship in upstate New York is a sanctuary in which to live and work. His broker had shown him this property as a last-ditch attempt to end the artist’s long hunt for more storage space. And though it was drafty and had no plumbing, Otero, 39, immediately coveted it. The year before, he had worked intensely, presenting a new series of large-scale abstract oil works in a solo exhibition at New York’s Lehmann Maupin gallery, and he was longing for a place outside of the city to paint in solitude. [More