Eminent Orange County designer Sheldon Harte is known for creating luxurious but approachable interiors along California's Gold Coast, throughout the U.S. and abroad. A member of the board of trustees of the Laguna Art Museum, Harte has a way with art, so much so that clients with prized collections call on him for his subtle and sublime backdrops.
Harte’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest Russia, Luxe, the Robb Report, Riviera magazines and on HGTV’s Top 10.
Joining Harte in creating his window for Legends of Art is John Henry Kaufman, who has been a key component in the extraordinary interiors Harte Brownlee & Associates has been designing since it was founded in 1984. Kaufman celebrates his 10th anniversary with the firm this year.
In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.
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Jasper Johns (1930) is a Neo-Dadaist American artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking. “In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn’t know what that meant. I think I thought it meant that I would be in a situation different than the one that I was in.” He began drawing at three and has continued doing art ever since. In 1954 he returned to New York from the Korean War and Johns met Robert Rauschenberg and they became long-term lovers. Working together they explored the contemporary art scene and began developing their ideas on art. In 1958 gallery owner Leo Castelli discovered Johns while visiting Rauschenberg’s studio. Castelli gave him his first solo show. New York’s Museum of Modern Art purchased four works from this exhibition. He is best known for his painting Flag. His work is often described as Neo-Dadaist, as opposed to Pop Art. Johns’ breakthrough move was to appropriate popular iconography for painting, thus allowing a set of familiar associations to answer the need for subject. In 1963, Johns founded the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. Johns currently lives in Sharon, Connecticut and on the island of St. Martin. In 2011 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.