You could say that Charles Ray is having a moment. After going a long time without a major show, the Los Angeles-based contemporary artist – who has been called “America’s deepest and most difficult, as well as slowest sculptor” – presented four exhibitions this year. rare in some of the greatest museums in the world. prestigious museums, and he also completed a major commission for the Whitney Biennial.
In his spare time, Ray has also acquired a real estate masterpiece, doling out just over $4.4 million for a striking modernist residence in Brentwood’s bucolic Mandeville Canyon area.
Cut almost entirely from glass and steel – and said to have been inspired by case study homes designed by Craig Ellwood and Pierre Koenig – the two-story structure was built in 1960 by mid-century architect Bernard Zimmerman for the famous draper Leland Zeidler and his wife Marian, and is aptly known as the ‘Zeidler Residence’.
Hidden behind a long gated driveway, on a steeply sloping 3.4-acre parcel bordering Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, the exterior of the house is marked by a series of vertical supports and cantilevered bridges overlooking on the mountain and treetops. Inside, four bedrooms and five bathrooms are spread over 4,400 square feet of minimalist living space adorned with hardwood floors, a double-sided fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass.
A floating staircase crosses an outdoor terrace before emptying through an orange-hued double front door, which opens into a lobby surrounded by beveled glass walls. From here, a sky-lit stairwell leads to the main living quarters, where highlights include a sunken living room with glass sliders that flow down to the backyard on one side and a dining room on the other.
Elsewhere is a family room, den, spacious kitchen and fireside master suite complete with closet and generously sized soaking tub. Outside, the walled garden is enhanced by an outdoor entertaining terrace adjoining a slender swimming pool; and the property also hosts a guest apartment atop the independent two-car garage.
The listing was held by Simon Beardmore of Sotheby’s International Realty; Thomas Mann of Keller Williams Beverly Hills replaced the buyer.