Deb Gordon’s guest was author Bob Colacello who is also a board member of The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), which is the leading private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent works of American art for U.S. embassies worldwide. All artworks commissioned or placed by FAPE are gifts by the artists and donors.
Mr. Colacello expound upon FAPE’s mission to foster cultural diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding within the diplomatic community and the international public, and when discussing some of the artwork at U.S. embassies around the world, Colacello stated, “These large works outside the embassies I think are really important because again, they say America’s about freedom of expression, about self expression, about creativity, about culture, and not just power and security.”
Spotlighted the FAPE original print and photography exhibition at the Museum at Guild Hall in East Hampton, and discussed the artists and artwork in the collection, which range from Frank Stella, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein, to newer artists Julie Mehretu, and Carrie Mae Weems. “FAPE has definitely striven for diversity but not in an artificial way…probably at least half the works are by women and a wide variety of people from different ethnic and racial backgrounds – like America itself.” Colacello said.