Liz O’Brien – Update and New Book

Liz O’Brien is a decorative arts dealer specialising in modern design. Her interest in American architect and furniture designer Samuel A. Marx began more than ten years ago when she first started to do research on his career. For the past decade she has showed his furniture designs in her New York gallery, making some of his best pieces available to interior designers and collectors. O’Brien is now recognised as a leading Marx expert and has been instrumental in placing him as an important figure in the history of 20th century architecture and design. Her book is called UltraModern: Samuel Marx Architect, Designer, Art Collector.


About the Book

Although Samuel Abraham Marx was born at the end of the 19th century, he had the eye of a modernist – as an architect, furniture designer, connoisseur and collector. His vision was neither ostentatious or grandiose, but subtle and quietly magnificent. Ultra-Modern, Samuel Marx, Architect, Furniture Designer, Connoisseur is the first monograph on this lesser-known but increasingly influential American designer. In more than 200 photographs, Marx expert and decorative arts dealer, Liz O Brien, reveals many of his undiscovered projects including houses that have been raised despite preservationist protests and his range of furniture designs. Marx was also sought after for his ability to integrate art in well-heeled interiors. The private art collections of many of his wealthy clients have, in the last 40 years, been dispersed to major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as the Chicago Art Institute, in Chicago.