Authors Sue Miller and Douglas Bauer brought all the artwork for their new apartment with them when they moved in. It was collected over the years from as close as Cambridge to as far away as Paris. Design New England was recently granted access to the South End loft, which can be seen in “A Novel Move,’’ written by JoAnn Hart and photographed by Matt Kalinowski for
Design New England
’s September/October issue. Click through to see extra photos and detail of their art collection.
The ball painting is by Northampton artist John Gibson, whom Miller came to know when she was teaching at Smith College. Gibson became instrumental in providing Miller with photos of fires set by a local arsonist to help in the writing of her newest novel, The Arson Summer.
The whimsical painting over the fireplace is by Iowa-born Katherine Porter. It is one of several of the artist’s works in the apartment, including one in the bedroom.
Pictured: Miller watched while her granddaughter, Zoe, played with her dogs, Joe and Lulu.
The landscape over the built-in bench is Sonoma County artist Wade Hoefer, a painter whose work Miller and Bauer came to admire when they livd for part of the year in Northern California. The “frame’’ is part of the painting.
The Gail Boyijian painting above the bust of Homer depicts God warning a bird not to eat the butterfly. The Cambridge artist is a friend of Miller’s, and this painting is a gift from her.
The bathtub print to the left is by Robert Van Vranken, an artist Miller met during a MacDowell Colony residency. The black-and-white oil is by Boston artist Gerry Bergstein, painted soon after the 9/11 attack on New York and Washington, D.C. The Frederich Einhoff oil painting of two workers on the right was purchased in Paris.
This segment of a Gail Boyajian shows children at play in an uncertain landscape. Some children are borrowed from famous paintings, others from the artist’s family photos.