If You Could Own Any Piece of Art, What Would It Be? Part I

by Sydney Sadick

As the fashion and art glitterati gear up for Art Basel Miami Beach, we asked some of our favorite designers, models, actors, editors, and art mavens about which piece of art they wish they could own. 

“I’m lucky I have lots of wonderful pieces of art. I’ll just leave it at that!” —Tom Ford

“I’d want the giant hanging red heart-shaped Jeff Koons [sculpture]!” —Adriana Lima

“A Sargent painting ,because I think he captured beauty so incredibly well.” —Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of The Costume Institute

“Definitely a Matisse. He’s my favorite artist. I love Henry Morgan too, but definitely Matisse.” —Tory Burch

“César [Baldaccini] is probably my favorite artist because I can wear his work on my neck. There’s a sale next week so I’m going to buy one for me!” —Carine Roitfeld

“One of the first pieces of art I ever saw that I fell in love with as a small child was in the d’Orsay. It’s just a sketch of a bow that Degas did from one of the ballerina’s outfits, but I also go back and visit it whenever I’m in Paris because to this day I’m in awe of how something so simple can be so powerful. It’s maybe ten lines of a pencil and it has the most movement and character and life. It made me realize art doesn’t have to be extravagant to be powerful. Sometimes the power come from simplicity. So that’s what I want!” —Zosia Mamet, actress

“Jasper John’s white on white American Flags [White Flag by Jasper Johns on display at the MET]. I love flags, and I love Jasper Johns!” —Tommy Hilfiger

“I’d have to go with a Michael Angelo. Might as well go for high art!” —Simon Doonan, creative ambassador-at-large at Barneys

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