By Terry Trucco
New York hotels discovered eons ago that empty walls and fine art go together like poached eggs and Hollandaise. Consider the Audubon and Piranesi prints in the Carlyle guest rooms. Or the contemporary art by one-time residents like Larry Rivers and Susan Olmetti blanketing the Chelsea Hotel lobby.
So many hotels boast noteworthy art we’ll revisit the subject from time to time. For now, picture the black marble lobby of the Jumeirah Essex House, the 509-room, 78-year-old Art Deco tower overlooking Central Park. (more…)