Friday, December 9, 2016

LA Masonic temple to house Maurice Marciano's 1,500-piece art collection

By Kelly Crow
Maurice Marciano with Dan Colen’s 2014 flower-filled piece, "Killed by Death."
LOS ANGELES, CA---Maurice Marciano, the ebullient, snowy-haired co-founder of denim juggernaut Guess, has the keys now, after buying this 110,000-square-foot building three years ago for $8 million with his brother Paul. The Marcianos plan to open it in the spring as the Marciano Art Foundation to display their 1,500-piece collection of contemporary art. A closer look reveals they admire artists who rose to fame in the ’90s and beyond, such as the puckish German painter Albert Oehlen, who at one point was using his fingers to paint riotously colorful abstracts. Lately Maurice has also gravitated to L.A.-based artists like Alex Israel and mixed-media artists Paul Sietsema and Kaari Upson. [link]