The Spirited Homes of Hunt Slonem

Gibbs Smith. Sept. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781423663669. $75. INTERIOR DESIGN
The coauthors of Zuber: Two Centuries of Panoramic Wallpaper, historic-restoration expert Coleman and professional interior-design photographer Neitzel, have partnered again to offer high-definition photographs of six historic homes and two art studios owned by the iconic American painter Hunt Slonem. Each has been meticulously restored and fortified to last for future generations. Exquisite photographs and detailed descriptions may give readers the feeling that they are on a personal tour. There is a delicate balance between the old homes’ original aesthetics, acquired antiques (including many sculptures), and Slonem’s art—cleverly woven throughout wallpaper, fabric, pillows, and more—. Each time readers find his work, it feels like an Easter egg hidden by the designer. There are numerous angles to gaze at in each space, so it’s quite possible that each time readers look, they may see a new feature they missed at first glance.
VERDICT Newcomers and dedicated fans of Slonem will enjoy. Great for university libraries with art programs for students to see the versatility their art forms can take.
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