What is common to the homes of American design legends Evan Zeisel, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Paolo Soleri, and Russel Wright? They have all been created by the artists themselves, all genuinely reflect their passion for domestic living, express visions that came to integrate life and art, and they are all featured in Don Freemna’s the new and poetic documentary “Art House," which is at the center of my article, published in the current issue of Cultured Magazine. While these homes are works of art in their own right, they are also the most substantial and ambitious expressions of their creators’ personal identity. The term ‘art home’ was originated in the 19th century, when William Morris, the ‘father’ of the Arts and Crafts Movement announced that living in artistic homes is the only way to generate happiness and healthy lifestyle. The term has since obtained complex and multifaceted meanings, and now, Don Freeman’s film comes to explore the notion of the Art House as created by well-known artists in this country. To Freeman, living in a great home can bring to a happier life. “The film,” he says, “comes to provide an understanding that a home can be a means toward self-expression and true spirit.” It enables the viewer to peek into the most private aspects of the passionate artists and to better understand their art in the most intimate way. The next screening is scheduled for July 6th in Toronto. All photography courtesy Don Freeman.
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