Ron and Leslie Rosenzweig's Art-Filled Water Mill Home
by marina cashdan
photography by eric striffler
Appropriately, a visit to the Rosenzweigs’ home is like a walk through a contemporary art museum, but in lieu of museum guards, you get a cup of coffee and a plush couch from which to sit and admire. Statement pieces include a monumental multicolored impasto painting that takes over an entire wall of the double-height living room, a work by painter Melvin Martinez, whom the couple discovered while on an “art trip” to Puerto Rico; a contemplative work by Teresita Fernández composed of tiny acrylic cubes in varying shades of translucent yellow that are precisely placed along one of the walls in the Rosenzweigs’ dining area; and a pair of Vik Muniz portraits—one of a seductive Liz Taylor and, across the room, a reproduction of Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother photograph, the two ladies speaking to one another in the sprawling, light-filled living room.
Two stunning oak and cowhide chairs by artist Richard Artschwager accent the subtle colors of the walls and furniture. Throughout the house, there are also works by notable art photographers, including Sherman, Candida Höfer, Gregory Crewdson, and Rosemary Laing. “I love for the interiors to have a conversation with the art,” says Leslie. “It’s really important that they speak to each other and that they each take on their own identity.”