Fashion’s Leather Daddy, Peter Marino, to Exhibit His Private Art Collection

You might wonder what sort of accoutrement a leather daddy, a term we use fondly, would collect and if that’s something you really want to see. In the case of Peter Marino — that swaggering biker-clad bear of a designer and architect behind unexpectedly opulent boutiques for Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, among countless other projects, fashion and otherwise — the answers are: art and yes.

Beginning during Art Basel Miami, the Bass Museum of Art will present an exhibition exploring “the renowned American architect’s multifaceted relationship with art.” Curated by the equally unorthodox Jérôme Sans, the show will address the intersection of Marino’s architectural designs and his private collection of modern and contemporary works by the likes of Pierpaolo Ferrari, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Mapplethorpe, Steven Meisel, Walter Pfeiffer, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Richard Serra, Christopher Wool, and Andy Warhol, a mentor of Marinos’ from way back when.

In addition to his own recent series of large cast-bronze boxes, newly commissioned works by Guy Limone, Farhad Moshiri, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Erwin Wurm will also go on view, beginning with Gregor Hildebrandt’s Orphische Schatten (Orphic Shadows). The site-specific installation employing hundreds of videotape strips culled from copies of Jean Cocteau’s classic film Orphée will guide visitors from room to room. The show ends with a recreation of Christophe Willibald Gluck’s contemporary opera Orfeo ed Euridice, a collaboration between Marino, his wife Jane Trapnell, the house of Christian Dior, Michal Rovner, and Francesco Clemente originally staged in Marino’s New York home in 2013.

One Way: Peter Marino, Dec 4, 2014 – Mar 29, 2015, Bass Museum of Art, Miami

Guy Limone, Red, Black and Grey-White Tapestry, 2014; Andy Warhol, Human Heart, circa 1979

Detail of Guy’s Limone’s Red, Black and Grey-White Tapestry

Leather Biker Jacket, 2010 (left: Ronnie Cutrone, middle: Lee Quinones, right: Nate Lowman)

Artwork appearing In Orphische Schatten, 2014, rendering by Peter Marino

Richard Deacon, All Grown Up, 2010

Zhang Huan, Skull No. 29, 2007

Detail from Manolo Yllera, Peter Marino’s Double Portrait, 2013 (background art by Damien Hirst)

Cast-bronze box, Peter Marino

Cast-bronze box, Peter Marino

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