Samuel Marx: Architect, Designer, Art Collector
BY LIZ O’BRIEN
Although Samuel Abraham Marx was born at the end of the 19th century, he had the eye of a modernist—as an architect, furniture designer, connoisseur, and collector. His vision was neither ostentatious nor grandiose, but subtle and quietly magnificent. Ultramodern Samuel Marx: Architect, Designer, Art Collector is the first monograph on this lesser-known but increasingly influential American designer. In more than 200 photographs, Marx expert and decorative arts dealer Liz O’Brien reveals many of his undiscovered projects, including houses that have been razed despite preservationists protests, as well as his range of furniture designs. Throughout his career, Marx was sought after for his ability to integrate art in well-heeled interiors. The private art collections of many of his wealthy clients have, in the past 40 years, been dispersed to major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
LIZ O’BRIEN is a decorative-arts dealer specializing in modern design. Her interest in Marx began more than ten years ago when she first showed his furniture designs in her New York gallery, making some of his best pieces available to interior designers and collectors. O’Brien is now recognized as a leading Marx expert and has been instrumental in placing him as an important figure in the history of 20th-century architecture and design