Yesterday’s New York Times featured and article and photo shoot on Winfield House, the representational home of the US Ambassador in London. Ambassador Susman and his wife are both collectors and were on the boards of the Art Insitute and the MOCA in Chicago, and interestingly enough, most Ambassadors have historically brought significant art collections with them to London. But I guess if you’re at the point in life where you can be appointed Ambassador to London, you’re also at the point in life where you not only know a little something about art, but you can afford it too.
After effectively curating the home to focus on American art, Mrs. Susman has also been making sure that it’s art that doesn’t just collect dust but is part of their diplomatic work at a broad level. Of course various diplomatic guests get to see it, but so do art students.
Now if only I could figure out how I can become an Ambassador to London with an art collection?