Tuesday, November 26, 2013

                                              ART DESIGN TIPS AND REMINDERS

Art lovers understand the importance of keeping their work out of harms way.  Millions are spent 

purchasing fine art each year (ok let us not include the recent Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons, Edvard Munch

and other record setting works).  Let's just consider works more "everyday" people buy to have and 

enjoy.  It is important you protect your fine art from destructive forces both in your office and home.


Most paintings and wall hangings can be cleaned with a light feather duster or cotton T-shirt.


All art, including textiles, photographs and paper should be framed using museum-quality materials

and professional conservation techniques.  Ask potential framers about their conservation procedure

and the materials they use.


Moisture can ruin your fine artwork.  Be careful where you place art.  A small often used bathroom 

and a steamy shower can cause havoc.  Big temperature changes can be damaging over time.


The sunlight streaming through your windows may be enjoyable, but the UV rays that accompany it 

can damage your precious works leading to fading to paintings and photographs and canvases to

possibly warp.

                                 OVERALL: SHOW YOUR ART IN THE "BEST LIGHT"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

                              THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US

What a wonderful gift to warm ones heart.  An image that brings back a memory. A photograph that captures a moment in time.  A photograph that simply makes one smile……………..

I am posting just a few "seasonal" images, and as with all my clients and potential clients, we will work together to find the photograph that will make that perfect gift.  A gift that does last forever.

From top:  Arthur Leipzig (Watching Santa),  Harold Roth (Sledding in Central Park),  Andre Kertesz (Washington Square)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013



Over the past decade, Matthew Pillsbury has built several extensive bodies of work-Screen Lives, Hours, and City Stages-that deal with different facets of contemporary metropolitan life and the passage of time.  A variety of these I have included on my website.  Through the use of a large-format camera using long exposures, Pillsbury captures a range of experiences in the urban environment. And rather than being pictures of landmarks, they reflect the blurred lived experience.

"I think of these as places that are awaiting the drama of our lives to come and fill them". (Pillsbury)

Please call me if you have interest in this wonderful photographer.

Monday, June 17, 2013



Want to own a FABULOUS work of art by a wonderful artist.... Tom Wesselmann is my artist Pick of the Month for a terrific work to add to or build on a collection.  Please email me or call me if you are interested in owning a work of this well recognized artist.

The VMFA in Richmond, VA welcomes this artists first major retrospective in North America and will be the only East Coast venue for this landmark exhibition. So if you are anywhere near the city of Richmond, it is well worth the visit.  The exhibition runs until July 28, 2013.

Famous for his Great American Nude series, American painter Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) is widely regarded as one of the leading figures in the vanguard of American Pop Art. Alongside his other contemporaries including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist, Wesselmann forged a new movement using images and materials of everyday popular culture.

Again....I welcome you to call me with any interest and/or questions. 571-215-8472.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Top Prices and a Record Setting Auction

Top Prices and a Record Setting Auction

We are in a new era of the art market as salesrooms overflow with collectors.

How much is a half-billion dollars?  

It's the amount the U.S. government has budgeted to combat climate change in 2013.

It's about how much the Romney campaign raised last year.

It's about how much money was spent during a single night at the Christie's postwar and contemporary sale last month.

$495 Million

Expect to see more milestones with newer artists, prices of artworks in the thousands in the teens and more, as art grows both as a collectible and also as a financial asset.

One of my favorites and a photographer to be coveted and collected...William Klein.

As always...please call me for assistance in starting or adding to your collection.


Monday, April 15, 2013


A client/friend is shown with his Harry Benson,  James Brown, 1979 Photograph.

Harry Benson is a Scottish born photojournalist who is well known for traveling to America with the Beatles in 1964. He photographed the Beatles' first and third US tours as well as their appearances in Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Paris. He was a contract photographer for Life Magazine from 1968 until it closed, under contract for People Magazine for almost 15 years and is currently under contract to Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest.  Harry has photographed 11 American presidents from Eisenhower to Obama and was next to Robert Kennedy when he was shot.

Harry has won 12 awards from the National Press Photography Association including twice receiving 'Magazine Photographer of the Year'. He has had 42 one-man exhibitions of his photographs in the US and Europe, a 50 year major retrospective at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington. DC (2007) and more including various other honors, exhibits and 14 published books.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Growing Blue Chip World of Investing in Photography

On Thursday, March 21 2013, a wonderful article entitled The Lens Rises in Stature appeared in the New York Times. For those of you who want the condensed version, museum photography departments across the country are attracting curators, seasoned professionals and directors who realize that photography exhibitions attract crowds.

More space, more exhibits and no fighting for wall space, photographs are appearing in one man shows like William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman and an upcoming Gary Winogrand show starting in California...to name a few.

The "Color Rush:  75 Years of Color Photography in America" is at the Milwaukee Museum.  "The City Dynamic: Representing Crisis and Renewal in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles" is opening at the Art Institute in Chicago in October 2014.

At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, whose photography department was founded in 1983 had fewer than 3,000 photographs in its collection; today it has some 15,000.

Although the Museum of Modern Art is younger than the Met, it started putting together its collection in 1930, a year after its founding- and a decade later the museum establishes a separate photography department. It now has a world-calss collection of modern and contemporary works.

Don't miss out on exploring collecting photography not only as being art in your home, but also as an investment in your future.

Sunday, February 24, 2013



Photograpy and its value is continuing its rise and overlap with the broader modern and contemporary art market.

Big museums are also giving much more attention to fine art photography, which is certainly increasing its exposure.  The Metropolitan Museum show Faking It, was an exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photography before the digital age.  The National Gallery in London show Seduced by Art, was its first major photography exhibition, looking at how past and present photographers employ fine art traditions.  The Tate, as noted in my earlier blog, highlighted the works of William Klein.  The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, paid tribute to Ori Gersht, an up-and-coming Israeli-born photographer, and a favorite in my own collection.

The exposure is boasting demand from collectors: demand that is now global, not just concentrated in the US or Europe.

"We've seen a huge increase in people that want to become serious collectors of photography and get into this market quite deep.  Photography is a language that everyone can understand.

Buying photography is an opportunity to own great art at a lower price.

Great art is great art......whatever the medium.

Images:  Ori Gersht

Saturday, February 16, 2013



A client has recently purchased this wonderful William Klein photograph (Piazza).

A true beauty, a fantastic investment...an icon image from a photographer who adorned Vogue fashion magazines and most recently had a retrospective at the Tate Museum in London.

William Klein is a well known photographer and his sought after images are in Museum Collections throughout the world.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


We are already stepping into 2103 and that means the start of another exciting auction season. 

Beginning in March, the 3 major auction houses, Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips (along with 
Swann and Doyle) are ready to draw in the growing number of new and existing collectors to 
Photography and Contemporary Art.

I preview all of the catalogues and many of the auctions in New York for both myself and clients.
For potential purchases it is most important not only to get the condition report, but also to check the condition of each work of art in person.

I welcome your questions and interest to be a participant.

For those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to attend an auction in person, they are available to watch "live" online (for Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips).  Although they are not quite as exciting as being there in person.......they are still a thrill.

Let me know if you need any assistance.

As I look forward to a Happy and Healthy New Year, I leave you with one of my favorite images and in fact the first photo I ever purchased for myself over 25 years ago.  It is also available for purchase.
Artist:  Helen Levitt