An aficionado of midcentury modernism, Regen lives in the “simple and cozy” Richard Neutra house she bought with her late husband in 1996. (He died in 1998 of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.) The ceiling is made of wood, “and it almost looks like a ship,” she says. The decor “is very personal because it’s a small house and everything is glass and wood.” There’s a Glenn Ligon white-on-black painting, Elizabeth Peyton monoprints of Robert Mapplethorpe, and a work by Lawrence Wiener over the sliding glass doors that reads, far more of one thing than another. Regen recently began collecting wood and bronze pieces by Alma Allen, a sculptor and furniture designer she met in Joshua Tree, California, whose work, she says, “is so compelling and strange.” One table in her living room holds her grandmother Caley’s charm bracelet, her favorite piece of jewelry. “My grandparents would go to these very exotic places for their time, like Yugoslavia and China,” she explains. “And everywhere they went, she looked for the perfect charm.” Her own favorite destinations include California’s high desert, Mexico City (“a place with a lot of soul”), and Malibu, where every August she rents a house. “I’m on planes so much, and I love walking on the beach with my dog. So if I can go 30 minutes away and be totally remote, that’s pretty fantastic.”
- Art & Design
Always ahead of the curve, Shaun Caley Regen leads her A-list roster of artists to a new location in East Hollywood. Diane Solway chats with the veteran gallerist.