CULTURE

Photos: Diplomatic Dash


Ambassador James Costos and his partner, White House decorator Michael Smith, are zhushing up the U.S. Embassy in Madrid with visionary art and rocking parties.

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James Costos and Michael Smith, with their dog, Greco, and Josef Albers’s Study for Homage to the Square, 1963, and Homage to the Square: Fall Finale, 1962.

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Antoni Tàpies’s R I Ala, 2005, in the living room.

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The entry hall.

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Walton Ford’s Thurneysser’s Demon, 2008, in the library.

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Theaster Gates’s Time With Tar and Horizontality, 2013, in the dining room.

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The music room with Gene Davis’s Royal Canoe, 1977.

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Ed Ruscha’s Screaming in Spanish, 2013, in the entry hall.

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The band Dvicio performing in front of Glenn Ligon’s Double America, 2012, for the celebration of Costos’s first year as ambassador, September 2014.

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The pool doubled as an outdoor party area for the event.

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An exterior view of the residence.