I met Amanda during Art Basel Miami Beach a few years ago in a pretty fabulous party that was all bells and whistles - and we immediately hit it off. She's a native Californian who absolutely lives, breathes and sleeps LA - but she also loves traveling around the world either on vacation or while masterfully executing PR campaigns at the helm of Truth Be Told, the bi-coastal agency that she co-founded and runs from Los Angeles. She also lived in New York City for a few years, and I have always wondered if her intensity and sharpness is a genetic quality or if it was honed here. I love Amanda's sense of style, her insane shoe collection, her piercing humor and the fact that she and her husband, Andy, are art and design lovers and collectors -and parents of two gorgeous girls-. These are Amanda's Obsessions in her own words:
ART THAT'S OBSESSING ME:
I studied Art History in college and loved learning about significant historical events through paintings. It was beautiful to see each artist's interpretation of a moment in history.
I remember seeing the first King Tut exhibition as a young kid in the late 1970s, and even then the detail just crushed me. That people possessed such beautiful talents that translate today is a testament to the power of art. Not to mention the preservation of such ancient items. It was overwhelming.
My art taste now varies, and much like any art lover, is dictated by my budget. My husband and I always say that we would love to have millions to spend on art. Maybe one day. Until then, we've made investments in pieces that stir something in me every day. Some of these are:
1. Robert Longo - I've always loved the way he captured movement in his Men in the City series. A few years ago, we bought two quite large pieces and they are now in the entryway of our mid-century house. They fit perfectly.
2. Rene Ricard - The notion of scribbling love notes across traditional canvas paintings is clever and subversive. I love art that tests boundaries...or that simply makes you smile.
3. Eduardo Cetner - We found Eduardo's paintings at a fair and I fell in love instantly. The most recent collection of his I saw elicited the same mood at Edward Hopper, which is ironic because Cetner is South American and Hopper is an iconic American painter. But the mood is the same. Quiet. Pensive. Thick.
4. Andy Schuon - Although my husband isn't an artist by trade, he has a such a keen eye, and I can enjoy it through his photographs. Of our kids. Or strange objects he finds on the street near his office in Hollywood. It's putting importance on discarded items that give them new meaning. It's very Marcel Duchamp of him. I need to blow some of them up and frame them...
5. Mark Stock - his "Butler's in Love" series is haunting. It follows a butler who is in love with the mistress of the house. The series ends with a stiletto'ed foot sticking out of the trunk of a car. Creepy!
6. Local artists - I've lived in many countries, and always made sure to invest time (and money) in the local art scenes. In places like Paris, this was easy (although I was young and could only afford vintage photos), but you would be surprised by what you find in places like Myanmar and Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh has a bustling art scene, although most of the painters you see on the street are master imitators. But hidden away are true talents who paint tiny, detailed scenes of quotidian life on tiny scraps of paper. In Myanmar, artists would paint on goat skin. The only issue was the smell. Can't get rid of it.
FAVORITE FURNITURE DESIGNER:
My obsession with Missoni Home is well known amongst my friends. I could live in a world covered in Missoni zig zags and flower patterns. It makes my heart sing. My husband is color blind, so for him it's just visual noise. Aside from Missoni, I would love an Yves Klein table in electric blue.
PLACE TO ESCAPE:
Every summer we take a family trip to the island of Kauai. We've stayed in the same place since I was an infant and it remains relatively unchanged. There is a cluster of bungalows that sit on a wide, expanse of lawn just steps from the beach. We barbecue, have picnics, explore the property, and never put on shoes. The best part is that there's no pool so you are driven into the warm, blue ocean. This is old school Hawaii at its best.
FASHION ITEM THAT'S OBSESSING ME:
Karma El Khalil's T cuff makes a statement while still being rather delicate looking. I have a diamond T cuff that always gets compliments..it's the perfect piece for day and night, and can be layered upon for a more dramatic look. Karma's upcoming collection just kills me. There is a dancing bar necklace that has no clasp - it just hangs off your body. There is so much movement in it that it almost transcends jewelry. I am allergic to classic pieces....the more interesting, dynamic and unique, the better.