The Artist (left):
Virgil Marti: A lot of my work is thinking of something from a very high art form and something similar from my middle-class background. They’re sculptures, but in another way, they’re just lamps. The distinction between art and design has bugged me, and I’d just as soon straddle it.
Large Chandelier (Red Stag and Anemones, Reversed) (2004). Virgil Marti resin antler-and-flower chandelier, $35,000. (Marti is represented by the Elizabeth Dee Gallery, 545 West 20th Street.)
The Collector (right):
Tony Podesta: We paid a studio visit, and decided it would be fun to commission a chandelier for our apartment in Venice. Venice is to some extent a fantasyland, and we thought his fantastic visions would go well there.