Walking into Bettina Korek’s home is like taking a contemporary art history course.
When your friends are artists and your home is filled with so much of their work that you barely have room for more, it’s okay if a sculpture is leaning against the wall or if a painting isn’t hanging completely straight. These are things we learned from Bettina Korek, the founder of For Your Art, who has pieces from John Baldessari and Alex Israel in her home but doesn’t consider herself a collector. That’s because she has a personal connection to each piece she owns, most of which are by young emerging L.A. artists that she’s worked with.
Bettina’s relaxed relationship with her pieces at home is an extension of her work with For Your Art, whose goal is to make art more approachable and accessible in L.A. Aside from throwing interactive events with artists, they also provide a curated weekly guide of all the must-see shows in the area. On February 24th at the L.A. Art Book Fair they’ll even be throwing a donut party (yes, you read that right) to release their printed guide of 150 art spaces around Los Angeles.
And although most people like to keep work and home separate, Bettina cannot find a way to divide the two. Her daily gallery and art show visits remind her of the pieces she has at home, whereas the Ken Price drawing on her wall reminds her of the palm trees dotting the Los Angeles horizon. At the end of the day she sees art as something that should be fun, not fragile. After seeing her space for ourselves, it’s safe to say Bettina shouldn’t change a thing, not the art, not the reminders of L.A., and certainly not the sculpture leaning up against the wall.
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