Baltimore's Harbor East is Home to International Art Collection

  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland
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  • December 12, 2010

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Legg Mason's Caio Fonseco
Myers Contemporary

Myers Contemporary/Atlantic Arts, a Maryland-based art consulting and project management firm, has begun work on its second art commission in Baltimore’s Harbor East development. With the Legg Mason art installation featuring the commissioned work of internationally renowned Caio Fonseco completed, Myers has now been retained for the luxury Four Seasons Hotel. In keeping with the contemporary, state-of-the art spaces in the mixed-use Harbor East development, both the Four Seasons and the Legg Mason projects embrace more modern and contemporary aesthetics.

Legg Mason
The Legg Mason project resulted in a custom ten-square foot Caio Fonseca painting in the lobby of Legg Mason’s brand-new LEED-certified building.  As a leading financial firm, it was critical that the art selected for the building’s lobby represent the values and vision of Legg Mason and their eco-friendly international headquarters. Legg Mason wanted their lobby to reinforce their brand as a global diversified asset management firm. Myers helped the team identify artists whose work reinforces Legg Mason’s reputation, has international recognition, and fit the project budget.

Working with Harbor East Development Group, Beatty Harvey Coco Architects, and Legg Mason’s own art consultants, Myers facilitated the comprehensive art selection process. Mark Myers, owner and president of Myers Contemporary/Atlantic Arts, acknowledges that, “Buying contemporary art requires having perspective on what pieces will have staying power; the artwork has to show energy without being too edgy.” From his experience helping other corporations with their art acquisitions and installations, Myers was able to guide the Legg Mason and Harbor East team to the contemporary paintings of Caio Fonseca for the prominent Inner Harbor building.

Caio Fonseca is an American artist who studied and painted in Barcelona and Paris and works in studios in New York City and Pietrasanta, Italy. His paintings and etchings are shown internationally and his structurally abstract art was quickly endorsed by the Legg Mason art consultants upon Myers’ recommendation. As the lead art consultant for the project, Myers Contemporary/Atlantic Arts then engaged Fonseca, supervised the negotiation process, managed the artist and the project timeline, and provided the resources for installing the completed painting in the Legg Mason building last summer.

Myers Contemporary/Atlantic Arts is continuing to work with Legg Mason on additional works of art for other parts of their new building.

Four Seasons
Myers Contemporary's Legg Mason Custom-Commissioned Caio Fonseco Installation Complete;

Four Seasons Art Selection Underway


Atlantic Arts is currently working with California-based hotel designers Brayton Hughes, Four Seasons Corporation and the Harbor East Development Group to facilitate the art selection for the luxury waterfront hotel’s common areas and guest rooms. Having worked with other five star hotel properties, Myers knows the art in each Four Seasons hotel has a distinctive theme, and the Four Seasons Harbor East is no exception. Other than admitting that the theme is contemporary, Myers is reserved, “It will be better to present the concept to the public when the installation is complete. Right now we are still in the selection mode, working very closely with the design team.”

Once the art selection is complete, Myers will coordinate the procurement, framing, and installation well in time for the 2011 opening of the high rise hotel. In Atlantic Arts is as well known for seamless and collaborative process from concept to completion as they are for an ability to identify pieces that have “staying power.”

Regional Corporate Installations
Other regional installations recently completed by Myers Contemporary/Atlantic Arts include the Westin at Park Place in Annapolis, MD, Bear Creek Ski Lodge in Macungie, Pennsylvania, 25 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC, and National Business Park in Columbia, MD.  These represent a range of aesthetic and budget.

All of these corporate installations are designed to increase real estate asset value and enhance corporate branding. To do this, Myers Contemporary/Atlantic Arts selects art which reflects the values and principles of a company. Art designed to convey a specific message can be a powerful way to communicate core values and corporate distinction. Art then can express clues, insights and even realizations to both employees and clients. Technically, art installations can enhance architectural effect, create visual interaction, and give perspective to intent.


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Myers Contemporary
1851 McGuckian Street
Annapolis, Maryland
About Myers Contemporary

Myers Contemporary is a relatively new gallery led by Mark Myers, who has been a private dealer and consultant for over 25 years. Myers seeks finely finished works with content, avoiding the ephemeral in favor of long term relevance and value. Myers works with a diverse range of artists in reputation and accomplishment, as well as imagery and content. In addition to working with private collectors, Myers recently worked with Legg Mason on a Caio Fonseca large scale commission piece for their new headquarters in Baltimore, MD.

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