Primary Season

Don’t worry, we’re not going to talk about politics. When we say we’re into primaries, we only mean that currently we’re particularly drawn to the beauty and boldness of red, yellow, and blue. The fact that the political landscape is quite, ahem, colorful at the moment is purely a coincidence (though we couldn’t resist highlighting this McGovern for McGovernment, 1972 color lithograph signed by Calder available from Chicago’s Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, which combines the two meanings quite cannily).

Another work of art that illustrates just how playful and energetic a combination of red, yellow, and blue can be is the Abstract Gouache on Canvas by Jacques Nestle available from Atlanta’s Townhouse by Robert Brown. The circa 1950 piece, which is floated in a black frame and measures 27.5″ high by 21.75″ wide by 2″ deep, would add a welcome pop of color and interest to a space. Also refreshing with a bit of flair: the “legion pant” by Rachel Comey, available from Scarpa in Charlottesville, Virginia, which pairs beautifully with a black bohemian top.

When we spotted these Givenchy chain link sandals in the Instagram feed of Capitol in Charlotte around Valentine’s Day, our hearts skipped a beat. An excellent spring statement shoe, we’d pair them with white jeans and a killer pedicure.

More blue, red, and black boldness (clockwise from top left): the “marvel top” by Rachel Comey available from Scarpa; modern abstract painting by artist William McLure available from New Orleans-based Shaun Smith Home;  John Baldessari, Stonehenge (With Two Persons) Green Mixografia print on handmade paper available from Richmond’s Page Bond Gallery. Who else is ready to greet spring with a primary pop?

We’re always ready for a home refresh this time of year, and this project by Austin’s Matt Garcia Design is certainly fueling that desire. An all-white kitchen paired with light floors and deep blue chairs providing the perfect amount of contrast? Yes, please.

Also ready to add life to a room with a soothing hue: Blue Anthurium (left) and Drooping Succulent (right) by Randy Toy, available from Page Bond Gallery. Both are acrylic on masa and measure 30 x 20 inches, and displayed together would make quite the pair.

5 primary pieces with maximum style power


If, like us, you intend to greet spring in bold style, these primary pieces will pack a punch. Clockwise from top: Multi-Colored Mobile in the Manner of Alexander Calder, American, 20th Century available from Iconic Snob Galleries in West Palm Beach’s Antique Row // Louis Vuitton leather wallet available from Ella-Rue in Washington, D.C. // Dolce & Gabbana Classic Leather Pump available from Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida // Rosie Assoulin ‘Flower Stamp’ gown available from 20Twelve in Memphis // Boulder Opal Necklace available from Tayloe Piggott Jewelry in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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