Show Us Your Walls: When You Display Ai Weiwei, Beware of Cats

Show Us Your Walls
By Ted Loos
Trey and Jenny Laird in their home in front of Sam Samore’s “Scenarios #53” (2007).
“Old lady house,” is the way Trey and Jenny Laird describe their four-story Upper East Side townhome, but the contemporary art inside — by the likes of Cindy Sherman, Louise Lawler, Michaël Borremans, Jenny Holzer and Tracey Emin — does not seem outdated in the least. "We saw the Ai Weiwei show at the Tate [Modern], in the Turbine Hall, and I love his work so much, every single thing." The Lairds, married for 22 years, divide their collection of about 300 works evenly among their three homes; the others are in the Hamptons and in Marfa, Tex. Both the Lairds are natives of the Lone Star State, and have occasionally bought art by Texans, including the sculptor Tony Feher. [More]
Ai Weiwei’s “Kui Hua Zi (Sun Flower Seeds)” (2009).
George Condo’s “Posing Female Nude” (2010).