Who doesn’t love Sofia Coppola? The Virgin Suicides, The Bling Ring, Marie Antoinette…she is the queen of art girl cinema. But as well as directing the dreamiest scenes of girlhood, teenhood and womanhood, Sofia Coppola has an impressive collection of art herself.
It makes sense that someone whose films are so artfully perfect has so much art. According to the fabulously named iwanttobeacoppola.com she has pieces by Ed Ruscha, Risaku Suzuki, Elizabeth Peyton, Juergen Teller and Helmut Newton.
Apparently, Coppola first began by collecting fashion photography, having been encouraged to do so by her mother, Eleanor Coppola (also a filmmaker). But the piece that first prompted her to start her collection was Hat + 5 Roses by William Klein. The woman pictured is seen with a cigarette, with smoke covering her face adorned with roses, mirroring the dreamy haze running through Coppola’s films.
Coppola’s appreciation for photography not only runs into her personal collection, she has also curated exhibitions too. In the winter of 2011/2012, Coppola curated an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s works at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris. Of Coppola’s image selection, the gallerist told Dazed: “She will include many of his still-life flower photographs, but has also selected some lesser-known portraits of children and animals. These will be punctuated by photographs of landscapes which may recall scenes from a film.” So it seems, her director’s eye is never far away.
Away from the gallery and at home, Coppola is always pictured surrounded by framed images of photographs and pastel coloured paintings. One that often features if Sakura by Risaku Suzuki. The pale blue and pink image perfectly matches the aesthetic of Marie Antoinette.
Other notable works include Ed Ruscha’s Cold Beer Beautiful Girls, a cloudy work by someone who has been credited as Coppola’s favourite artist. The work features in her film Somewhere and went on to be permanently displayed in her Paris apartment.
Finally we’ll finish with this dreamy image of Elizabeth Peyton’s Nick (Poquatuck Park) hanging in front of Coppola’s dining table. We don’t know much about the painting, but the pastel shades and contemplative nature make it a perfect fit for a Sofia Coppola film set.
Text Lizzy Vartanian
Images via iwanttobeacoppola, dazed
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