DISPLAYING ART

If you have ever been to my house, you know that I obsessively move art around. When you are visiting, you will be asked to hold up an artwork while I step back and look at it from across the room. What am I doing? I am trying to decide where the artwork wants to live. Sometimes I want a wall of art to be harmonious, but more often I am looking to juxtapose unexpected images. What I always want, is to look at art that means something to me.

A few ideas to follow, or not;

group art by theme, display art on shelves, display art going up a stairway, hang a central image first and display other pieces around it, hang a single artwork off-center, lean art against a wall or set on a table, have a friend, a pencil, a level, and a hammer available, allow for the unexpected.

Which image is worth $800? Which is worth $85,000?

(left) Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, 1967, screen print, 36" x36", signed in pencil, verso, #225/250

(right) Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, (d'apres) silkscreen, SBM Art Club Publisher, no date, no signature, no edition size

Rarity, edition size, condition, provenance, date, signature and historical relevance are some of the factors that make the image on the left worth $85,000. The image on the right is an "after" which means it was printed after the death of the artist, and therefore has far less value. 

Do you know what you own? Do your heirs know what you own? 

Buying Art Online

 Beatriz Milhazes for sale on Artspace

Beatriz Milhazes for sale on Artspace

An article in last weeks NYT's said, "about 45% of Christie's new e-commerce buyers were under 45 years old." Welcome to the new normal of purchasing art on-line. With that in mind, I thought I would share some of my favorite websites for buying art. 

ARTSPACE.com  Love surfing this site for new, affordable art. Easy to navigate and great quality.

PADDLE8.com  FAVORITE! Great selection of contemporary art. Partners with non-profits.

ARTNET.com  High quality art, well vetted, condition reports, easy to navigate.

BIDSQUARE.com  Portal for many different auctions. Easy to navigate.

AUCTIONATA.com  Stream auctions in real time, and great on-line shop.

LiveAuctioneers.com  Kitchen sink of auction sites. Something for everyone.

Artsy.net  Artworks for sale by category, artist, style. Links buyers with dealers plus auctions.

 Elizabeth Peyton, "Bosie" (from Paddle8)

Elizabeth Peyton, "Bosie" (from Paddle8)

2015 GOINg, GOing, gone

Thinking about two blockbuster shows I saw in 2015:

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977) at The Brooklyn Museum and John Singer Sargent (American, b. 1856) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both amazing portrait artists, holding a mirror up to their respective times and peeps.

Arms of Nicolas Ruterius, Bishop of Arras

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Shantavia Beale I

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Edouard Pailleron

Flora Priestley

In memory of Ellsworth Kelly  1923-2015

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH, RAIN, STILETTOS and CRANES

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If you didn’t make it to ABMB this year, one thing you missed was a lot of rain.......for five straight days. The rain made it difficult to get to the 20  (count em) satellite shows, which included, Aqua Art Miami, Design Miami, NADA Art Fair, Scope, CONTEXT, X Contemporary, INK, and Miami Project, to name a few.

I had a car (bad idea) and traffic was crazy. There was endless construction going on in Miami as it continues to enjoy a cultural boom. I wasn’t able to see everything (unfortunately missed NADA), but I heard collectors made quick work of the show on opening night.  I did see plenty to satisfy and overload my senses – a small sample below.

 Tony Tasset,  Deer,  2015, exhibited at Collins Park

Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015, exhibited at Collins Park

 HassanSharif (detail) at Alexander Gray Gallery

HassanSharif (detail) at Alexander Gray Gallery

 Wardell Milan at David Nolan Gallery

Wardell Milan at David Nolan Gallery

 Jimmie Durham at Peter Freeman Gallery

Jimmie Durham at Peter Freeman Gallery

 Shinjiro Okamoto atTokyo Gallery

Shinjiro Okamoto atTokyo Gallery

 George Condo at John Berggruen Gallery

George Condo at John Berggruen Gallery

It's a really exciting fair that never disappoints!

THE PRINT SALE at Katonah Museum of Art

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I had the good fortune to curate The Print Sale, currently at the KMA, running through January 24th, 2016. It is a mix of prints on paper from some of my favorite print publishers, namely Harlan & Weaver, Lower East Side Print Shop and Neiman Center at Columbia, and includes work by Kiki Smith, Stanely Whitney, and Louise Bourgeois. Better yet, this year photography made it's debut. Swoon. Look for work by Lalla Assaydi, Arne Svenson and Orit Raff. I bought the amazing photo by Reinier Gerritsen (below).

 Reinier Gerritsen,  The Chariotter,  from The Last Book Series, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery (www.saulgallery.com)

Reinier Gerritsen, The Chariotter, from The Last Book Series, courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery (www.saulgallery.com)

 Installation shot of  The Print Sale , courtesy of Margaret Fox Photography

Installation shot of The Print Sale, courtesy of Margaret Fox Photography

 A wall of photos by Jefferson Hayman in  The Print Sale . Check him out at http://www.jeffersonhayman.com photo credit Margaret Fox Photography

A wall of photos by Jefferson Hayman in The Print Sale. Check him out at http://www.jeffersonhayman.com photo credit Margaret Fox Photography

The show is up through January 24th and runs in conjunction with SupraEnvironmental, curated by Charlotte Cotton, in the main galleries. SupraEnvironmental brings together the work of contemporary artists who transform natural and man-made materials and provide new vantage points on our contemporary environment.

 Installation shot of SupraEnvironmental courtesy of Margaret Fox Photography

Installation shot of SupraEnvironmental courtesy of Margaret Fox Photography

If you haven’t been to the Katonah Museum of Art, it's definitely worth a visit. Housed in a building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, it is a short walk from downtown Katonah (metro north). 

www.katonahmuseum.org