Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Projects
by Harry / November 6, 2009

You could own or give a Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Project this year. Every year since 1988, art collector, software entrepreneur, and MoMA trustee Peter Norton has commissioned an art edition to celebrate the Christmas season and holidays. Above, Untitled (Glass Bowl) by Do Ho Suh, 2004.

Untitled (Music Box), Christian Marclay. For this project, Marclay composed Tinsel - a seamless melodic loop without beginning or end that incorporates the gradual slowing of the unwinding mechanism within a music box.

Created by artists represented in the Nortons' own vast art collection, and sent as gifts to personal friends and members of the art community, these art objects are designed to be "interactive and playful, and to foster engagement with the world of contemporary art".

Teacup, Robert Lazzarini, 2003. Designed to be viewed from all angles, Teacup becomes a visual anomaly placed among everyday items, evoking a melancholic, otherworldly quality.

Peter Norton generously donated the remaining supply of these art objects to MoMA, with the proceeds designated to benefit P.S.1. The highly collectible works are now available to the public at the MoMa store.

Untitled (Dollhouse), Yinka Shonibare, 2002. This dollhouse is a replica of the 1872 Victorian town house in the East End of London where Shonibare now lives.


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