Best Hotel Art Collections
The Setting: Ian Schrager’s reentry into the hospitality business after selling his hotel empire in 2005 had to be over-the-top and fabulous. Schrager enlisted New York–based painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel to design the public spaces of the 185-room Gramercy Park Hotel. Not only did Schnabel bring in original works by some of the biggest names in contemporary art, he also decorated the hotel with bronze tables, chairs, and a custom rug—all of his own design.
Collection Highlights: Andy Warhol’s Diamond Dust Shoes painting (at the front desk); a Warhol painting collaboration with Basquiat called GE Arm and Hammer (in the Rose Bar); and an energetic blue Keith Haring piece (also in the Rose Bar).