Different from works of art in galleries, our home collections are more personal and varied. And in a gallery, little distracted from art, while at home, he has to deal with the architecture, the furniture and all the other quirks of the house. With that in mind, we asked local gallery owners to tell us how they display works of art in their homes. Walk around your house to find a spot you may have overlooked, then collect a toolbox and a few parts you want to review. Experiment with the placement by cutting pieces of cardboard to the size of your art to hang on the wall. Pay attention to the dialogue that works of art create in their grouping. Play with balance, proportion and color. But above all, hang what you love. This is what they do. Then, you’ll be ready to refresh some rosé and invite friends to a conference for a home gallery opening.
Mike Carroll, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown: “My partner Stephen Magliocco is an architect and we often discuss the placement of art in a house and how it should complement the architectural design. In this large open room, I created a mosaic installation of small works against the back wall leading to the staircase. Somatically, it’s supposed to look a bit like rain on the wall, cascading down. Be sensitive to the art you have, and that sensitivity will inform the hookup. Give it a try. Sometimes art doesn’t agree. Art wants to go where it wants. (Photo Mike Carroll)
Chris Kelly, Longstreet Gallery, Eastham: “Use a piece of furniture to create a vignette that combines art with books, sculptures and found objects that create variation in depth. I like to collect all kinds of little things, what I call “little” things. I am looking for folk art, sculptures or other unique objects in estate sales, garage sales and flea markets. I like to mix these items with objects from the natural world – you can create harmony and balance with artificial and natural pieces. Incorporate books that inspire you. (Photos Chris Kelly)
Vincent Amicosante, Harmon Gallery, Wellfleet: “I collect the works of artists that I know personally, whom I admire and whom I support. I group the pieces into small scenarios where they seem to work together by theme or style. One thing that is important to me is the framing. I’m going to crop some pieces to make a grouping work better together. I have more work than I could fit in my small space, so I rotate it. It is very refreshing and also helps preserve the artwork by avoiding constant exposure to the sun. (Photo Vincent Amicosante)
Marla Rice, Rice Polak Gallery, Provincetown: “There is absolutely no right or wrong way to hang art. The most important thing is to hang the artwork that you love and the art that you want to view. I hang my favorite pieces in the rooms where I spend the most time. Some works are stacked on top of each other and others have a lot of leeway. I typically buy two to three new artwork per year and it inspires me to rotate my art, making my pieces look and feel fresh. (Photo Marla Rice)