Ultramodern: Architect, Designer, Art Collector by Samuel Marx

Ultramodern: Architect, Designer, Art Collector by Samuel Marx

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Although Samuel Abraham Marx was born at the end of the 19th century, he had the eye of a modernist—as an architect, furniture designer, connoisseur, and collector. His vision was neither ostentatious nor grandiose, but subtle and quietly magnificent. Ultramodern Samuel Marx: Architect, Designer, Art Collector is the first monograph on this lesser-known but increasingly influential American designer. In more than 200 photographs, Marx expert and decorative arts dealer Liz O’Brien reveals many of his undiscovered projects, including houses that have been razed despite preservationists protests, as well as his range of furniture designs. Throughout his career, Marx was sought after for his ability to integrate art in well-heeled interiors. The private art collections of many of his wealthy clients have, in the past 40 years, been dispersed to major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago.