Monday, April 6, 2015

                                        APPRAISE AND REAPPRAISE

A reminder to all collectors....

The art market continues to flourish and many artists are setting new highs for their works.

Your art is a treasured asset and as many of you are used to a house being reappraised, many have forgotten to update our other valuables.

Please let me know if you have Fine Art or Photography that needs to be appraised or reappraised.
These pieces should be reviewed every few years. In many instances, based on market conditions, this could mean every 2 years.

Your personal property are assets that need to be ....... Appraised and Reappraised.

                            Catching Up With 2 Of My Favorites In NYC

A dinner honoring Matthew Pillsbury at Le Colonial.

Cocktails at The Gordon Bar at Sixty Soho in honor of William Klein.

True talents whose works continue to grace the walls of my clients.
Continue back to the website to view just a few of their wonderful images.

Monday, January 12, 2015

                                                        ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
                                                                 FEBRUARY 2015

                                                               BRUCE DAVIDSON

                                          PHOTOGRAPHY.....BRUCE DAVIDSON

   CEO of the real-estate firm Bernstein Management in his gorgeous Cape Cod house (116-123)

On my website Bruce Davidson - Stickball (Brooklyn Gang), 1959
Architectural Digest -East 100th Street Facade, 1966-68 (In Magazine pg. 121)

Call or email me for pricing and sizes

Sunday, January 11, 2015

                                            A BRIEF GRAPHICS:  PRINT GLOSSARY

Prints are the result of a collaborative process between an artist and a skilled printmaker.  The artist creates an original image on a matrix (which may be made of copper, zinc, stone, woodblock, mesh screen, depending on the method to be used) and the printmaker directs the mechanical process of reproducing the original image through the application of ink and the use of a printing press. 

The distinguishing characteristic of prints is reproducibility; however, prints are not infinitely reproducible.  The surfaces upon which the original images are created are very sensitive and can be used for a limited number of runs.  Therefore, prints come in numbered editions.

The four basic/general genres of printmaking include; Intaglio, Relief Printing, Planographic and Digital.

Meaning to incise, relies upon the creation of an image through the carving of a metal plate. A few techniques are etching and aquatint. An aquatint is an etching process in which ink is made to bite both lines and tonal areas on a copper plate. An aquatint has an effect celebrating tone and is similar to a watercolor. An etching focuses more on line rather than tone. An etching is drawn/scratched in to a metal plate creating grooves to hold the ink.  The technique yields an elevated character to the lines, which is the signature trait of n etching.

Relief Printing
Relief printing requires the artist to use a negative technique to generate an image.  Instead of drawing what he/she wants to be inked or appear as dark, the artist cuts out what he does not want to be inked (what will appear as simply the paper or negative space). The principle relief techniques are woodcut, linocut and wood engraving.

Refers to printing methods in which the ink of the final print lies flat on the paper, not raised or impresses. Techniques include lithography and screen printing to name just two. Lithography yields images that tend to be more painterly and shares quality of colored pencil drawings, crayon or even pastel drawings. To make a screen print, an image has been cut out of paper or fabric and is attached to a piece of  tautly stretched mesh.  Paint is forced through the mesh (screen) onto a sheet of paper beneath using a squeegee.  The uncovered areas of the screen allow the paint to pass through onto the paper, while the areas covered by the compositional shapes are not.  For works with more than one color, a separate screen is used for each color, or the same screen must be washed and remade each time. Andy Warhol was the first artist to extensively use this technique.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


                                                         AUCTIONS TO WATCH

As I look forward what the 2015 Auction season will bring, I look forward to helping clients navigate and participate in building and or starting a contemporary art and photography collection.  I not only view on line, but also attend those viewings in New York City prior to the auctions for works of interest and to check the condition of the piece or pieces.

Christie's, Sotheby's and Phillips are the 3 main auction houses, however I am always abreast of all auctions worldwide for potential purchases, and to watch for any opportunities and market trends.

Here is the calendar for the major 3 auction houses above, but in particular those in New York City.


2/12 -           Prints and Multiples
2/24 - 2/25   Interiors
3/6 -             First Open
3/27 - 3/28   Photographs


3/5 -             Contemporary Curated
3/31 - 4/1     Photographs


3/3 -             Under the Influence
4/1 - 4/2       Photographs
5/14 - 5/15   Contemporary Art Evening/Contemporary Art Day

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


                                                    PHOTOGRAPHY EXPANSION

With the growth of post-war and contemporary art, so too is the edition of photography being included as an integral part of a strong collection.

Major retrospectives continue to circle the globe.  Most recent is that of Gary Winogrand, which premiered in San Francisco, traveled to Washington, D.C., is currently in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through September 21, and then on to Paris and Madrid.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has long been renowned for its photography. Most recently however, the museum announced that as part of its expansion project (it expects to reopen in 2016) it will create a center with more than 11,000 square feet devoted to photography exhibitions. This space will be the largest in the country to be used solely for that purpose, and thereby doubling the amount of space devoted to photographs and allowing curators to triple the number of pictures from the museums's own collection that they can exhibit yearly.

The steady efforts of; curators of photography at museums, galleries and countless collectors have paved the way for the appreciation photography enjoys today.  While early, modern photographers asserted the value of the medium, it was only decades later that the market and appetite for collecting began to have an equal footing as art.

The best way to collect and experience is of course in person, in a setting and with time to enjoy, examine and take in all aspects of the work or works. What makes a good photograph is what speaks to you.  What makes a photograph more valuable is the strength of the image, condition, provenance, rarity, artists reputation and public displays to name a few.

So let's celebrate this ever expanding medium and the continued appetite to live with wonderful images around us that make us smile, laugh, remember and simply enjoy.

                                                    Photographer: Arthur Elgort

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the recipients of their 2014
fellowships.  Eleven photographers are among the 178 recipients.

Matthew Pillsbury, a highlight not only an earlier blog of mine, but also a photographer both I and many of my clients have added to there growing collections over the past many months, is one of the eleven recipients. His award was based on his most recent series which is currently photographing Japan. An article also appeared in the New York Times Magazine section on April 25th called a Country In Bloom which highlighted some of these beautiful images.

Matthew Pillsbury (born in Neuilly, France, 1973) received his BA in fine art from Yale University in 1995 and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2004.

His work has been exhibited internationally and is widely held in private and museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Musee du Louvre, Paris and Tate Modern to name a few.

Please email or call regarding pricing, sizing and availability. Note: Other images are available.