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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Living with art

Nathan Nissim is not a collector; he's an accumulator. He lives in two floors of a row house in Pittsburgh's Mexican War Streets district on the Northside. The neighborhood has seen a resurgence of interest over the last several years, with many of the row houses being restored to an elegant beauty.

Nathan's accumulation includes antiques, ethnic art and work by local artists. An artist himself, he has been accumulating for the last twenty years. Pictured at top left is Nathan and at top right is one of his pieces, currently installed in the bathroom.

His home is filled with a wide range of work. Each wall, corner, surface had an intimate selection of objects. At left is one view of his sitting room.

Nathan has taken great care in selecting works for his dresser. The hallway is a showcase of work, too.

At left are a couple close up shots of works in Nathan's accumulation.

This intense sculpture is placed in the bedroom. At the base of the sculpture is a slave bracelet.

I am looking forward to going back to visit with Nathan and his accumulations. Hopefully, the next visit will be to his studio.


Lisa Hunter said...

I think that someone who has such personal taste and such a good eye should definitely be considered a collector. It doesn't matter that the art is high/low. Even better. Assured taste is always more impressive than an assemblage of art that other people have decided is good.

Susan Constanse said...

Accumulator is Nathan's description. It was hard to sit still, there was so much to look at. Absolutely wonderful that he lives so closely with his accumulation.