Sofia Coppola is a noted collector of art and photography and while it is unfortunate that we cannot survey her entire collection, I thought it might be fun to examine some of the highlights. A few of the exquisite pieces composing Sofia’s collection are "Sakura" by Risaku Suzuki, “Cold Beer Beautiful Girls” by Ed Ruscha, and “Nick (Poquatuck Park)” by Elizabeth Peyton. Additionally, Art + Auction reported that she had been seen buying art by Hugo Marki, Larry Rivers, and Anne-Laure Sacriste; Sofia also collects works by Juergen Teller and Helmut Newton among others.
“Hat + 5 Roses” by William Klein (1956)
Sofia Coppola explains the piece that first fueled her passion: "I began collecting fashion photography, encouraged by my mother. She gave me a William Klein photo of a woman smoking with roses on her hat, and another of a model on a Paris street. I still collect photos and art, and I love it. Some of my favorite pieces are by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Richard Prince, Takashi Homma, Larry Sultan, Elizabeth Peyton. Just the other day I bought a Bob Richardson picture I love of a model on a beach with a tear in her eye."
"Sakura" by Risaku Suzuki (2002)
Cherry blossoms set the perfect mood for the bedroom of Sofia Coppola, a beautiful symbol of the balance between strength and fragility. Japanese for cherry blossoms, "Sakura" is the photograph by Risaku Suzuki underneath which Sofia falls asleep. Sofia recalls her introduction to the work vividly: "I discovered Risaku Suzuki via my friend who works at Tokyo's Hysteric Glamour, a fashion boutique that also publishes art books. I fell in love with his cherry blossom photographs and recently ordered a print for my apartment." Born in 1963 in Japan, Risaku Suzuki earned his degree at the Tokyo College of Photography.
“Nick (Poquatuck Park)” by Elizabeth Peyton (2003)
The painting "Nick (Poquatuck Park)" by Elizabeth Peyton can be seen here in two different settings… First, we see the work mounted above the French dining table in Sofia Coppola's SoHo loft. Then after moving house in Manhattan, Sofia chose to hang her Peyton painting above the sofa; it can be spotted behind the shoulder of her cousin-in-law, Amanda Blake. Elizabeth Peyton was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1965 and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The artist focuses on small-scale portraits and prefers working with those she considers friends or intimates.
"Cold Beer Beautiful Girls" by Ed Ruscha (1993)
In Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, a print by Ed Ruscha titled "Cold Beer Beautiful Girls" leans against the wall of the room at Chateau Marmont as part of the set, casually abandoned by Johnny Marco and perfectly symbolizing his nonchalance and arrogance; he can't be bothered to hang it — like so much of his life it is simply there. I loved this touch, having read that Sofia considers Ed Ruscha her favorite artist. Intriguingly, it was actually Stephen Dorff that suggested this perfect prop, as we learn in an exchange between him and Sofia for Interview: "So I met Ed (Ruscha) again at one of his shows at Larry Gagosian’s gallery, and I was at his studio randomly when I had gotten back from Paris. I was excited about getting the part (in Somewhere), but I couldn’t really tell anybody, because we were kind of a few months from shooting and we didn’t really want it everywhere. So I didn’t really tell many people, but at Ed’s studio, I did leak it to him. He said, 'What’s been going on?' So I told him, 'I’ve just come back from this incredible trip to Paris and I think I got the role of my lifetime so far.' So then I was walking around the studio as he was finishing up some business and I saw that he was working on a smaller painting called 'Cold Beer Beautiful Girls.' He was working on the prints for it, doing his artist proof and touching things up. So I was like, 'What’s this, Ed?' He’s like, 'Oh, that’s just some work. I’m doing a very limited number of prints.' So I said, 'Oh, wow. You know, it’s so weird, but I think Sofia is a fan of yours and she has this great picture. You know the Dennis Hopper one?' And he’s like, 'Oh, really?' And I said, 'Yeah. She has it in her Paris apartment and we were talking about you a little bit when I was over there, and it’s just weird to be here now and then to see this picture. I think this would be really cool as set dressing in his hotel room — you know, like the character went out and bought it?' Just hanging there…" So it was… Certainly Sofia Coppola was glad the character went out and bought the limited-edition print that now graces her office, "I’m happy I have that Ed Ruscha print from our movie. I love when you get to get something by someone that you love."
Sofia Coppola photos courtesy of Pinterest, Le Monde, Condé Nast, Habitually Chic.