Italian Vogue, September 2006

A site for the adoption of art.

Have you ever thought of adopting a work of art? Taking care of a photograph, a painting, a sculpture or if you have the space an installation of eighteen by three meters? After the death of his father the New York based artist Adam Simon, found himself contemplating his enormous canvases from his youth, and not knowing what to do with them. His father’s house in Boston had to be emptied, and his apartment in Brooklyn, where Adam lives with his wife, who is also an artist, his 12 year old son Jake and two cats, was not big enough: therefore he found himself asking where he would have liked to see his paintings go. Adam thought that he would have liked them to go to someone that would have loved them or would take care of them. So he had an idea. He started asking his artists friends if they would also like to donate artwork to collectors without much money but who would give a good home to their work.

This is how the site or FAAN was born, with the sponsorship of the foundation, Art in General. The purpose of the project, says Adam, "is to disseminate works of art. I would like that FAAN give an opportunity to people that do not have much money to spend on buying an original work of art. And then I would also like to give the artists the opportunity to become directly in touch with the people that love their work, without necessarily going through an art gallery." The ownership of the work remains in all effects with the collector that adopts the work. "We hope that the artists would be negotiated with in the event that works are re-sold, although it is explained on the FAAN site that it cannot be an obligation." Simon explains.

But how do we adopt a work of art? Here the situation is done through emotions involving emotions, because to adopt a work of art one has to go to the site, where there are photographs, videos, sculptures, in search of a home, write a letter to the artist, who can ask all the questions they want about where it will be placed. The decision of the artist is unchallengeable. If there are many people wanting the work, you can be rejected. "Artists often receive rejections, and I think that it is a good thing that in this case it is the collector who must solicit the artist. So far (when this was written) there are 77 artists participating in the project, there have been 66 requests for adoption, from which 28 have been happily concluded." says Simon. In one successful adoption, Mathew Sharpe, the American author of the bestseller "The Sleeping Father" became a proud adoptive father of a great photo by Moyra Davey. But the more touching adoption is the one that took place with a twelve year old, who chose the work "Trophy 11" by Fawn Krieger. "Learning that a young boy had adopted a work of art brought tears to my eyes." adds Simon," I have thought about this project with future generations in mind. If one grows up in a home where there are works of art, then art can easily become part of one’s own life.’

Chiara Stangalino.