New York, United States Next: Paris, France

Claes Oldenburg, Soft Saxophone (Blue, Yellow), 1992, lithograph, 35 x 43 ¾ inches. 

Since 1947, the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations has been a five-bedroom apartment in a New York City hotel. When Madeleine Albright became Ambassador in 1993, she inherited an unusual color scheme – pink.  Fellow FAPE Board members, Jo Carole Lauder, Harriette Levine and Wendy Luers arranged for new carpet to be installed, chairs and sofas to be reupholstered, and paintings to be loaned by New York galleries and artists. A neutral palette of subtle cream and beige tones replaced the pink. President Clinton, an accomplished saxophone player, visited the newly refurbished apartment for the Ambassador to the United Nations, and admired Claes Oldenberg’s Soft Saxophone, which was acquired by FAPE.

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