Collecting Beauty: A Look Inside the Artwork of Coterie Hudson Yards

It’s been said that art makes a home more human. In a world that often seems in a hurry, art tells us to slow down, to reflect, and to be in the present. Amid the bustle and din of Manhattan, on the walls and in the foyers of Coterie Hudson Yards, such a collection of artwork has taken shape.

“Color. Light and shadow. Forms and patterns. We pursued works that pique curiosity and evoke, for lack of a better word, happiness,” said Debra Bosniak, a NYC art advisor tasked with curating the collection. “It was important to bring in artists who work with different processes. There are prints and photographs. There are paintings and collages. The various mediums have an effect on those viewing them that’s both comfortable and stimulating.”

Matching the elegant interiors of Coterie Hudson Yards, designed by renowned firm March and White Design, was an exacting task for art advisors. “The building was designed with great care and a style that needed to be reflected in the collection,” Bosniak said. “I was thrilled to engage in a project that will have such an impact on the residents living amidst the art.”

To find the works that call Coterie Hudson Yards their permanent home, advisors cast a wide net. Pieces by artists from Brooklyn to San Francisco, from Savannah to the Isle of Wight, were selected to represent a broad cross-section of contemporary fine art.

“We wanted artists who tell stories,” said Hannah Foster of Sugarlift, a distinguished Chelsea gallery and another collaborator on the project. “New York City is an art capital, so the caliber needed to be equal to the setting. We knew these artists would give great attention and care to this project and help put together our vision for the spaces.”

Acquiring these standout pieces, however, is only one part of the process. How to showcase their individual beauty in a way that complements and flows within the larger collection is the role of a skillful art advisor and design team.

“In the dining room you’ll find pieces that are livelier and can serve as conversation starters. Others, like those in the spa area, are more tranquil,” Foster said. “It’s important to curate pieces together. Walking through Coterie presents different opportunities and reflects different moods.”

In the common room on the fifth floor, for instance, you will find The Other Room by Israeli artist Zipora Fried. A vibrant drawing in colored pencil, it builds, line by line, an expansive scale and depth that encompasses the viewer. Of her work, Fried said, “There are moments with images where they affect you before you can think. I’m looking for that moment.”

On the same floor, in the dining room, resides Unlanding VI by New York artist Ryan Wallace. A mixed-media work, it layers oil, acrylic, and aluminum onto one another, creating hard edges and overlapping planes. The wealth of textures and imposing dimensions are best appreciated in person. “An image of my work does not look anything like what it actually is,” Wallace said. “My materials help that physical interaction with the work, which I think is interesting.”

Within Coterie Hudson Yards, residents can experience the vivid impacts of these works along with numerous others selected for their timeless artistry. The collection reflects the efforts of many creative minds – artists, advisors, and design team – working collaboratively to inject beauty and a bit of mystery into the daily lives of residents, with more hanging just around the next corner.

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