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Joan Mitchell’s Mid 1900’s Paintings Provide the Breakout Fall Show of 2018

Last week Joan Mitchell: Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century, 1953–1962 opened at Cheim and Read in Chelsea. The exhibition considers one of the most productive nine-year periods of the painter’s life. Mitchell came to fame in the 1950s and continued to make waves within the art world for her large-scale gestural abstract expressionist paintings in the decades to come. Within the almost entirely male-dominated art scene, Mitchell managed to carve out her own space.

Joan Mitchell at Cheim & Read

Garden Party, Courtesy of the Joan Mitchell Foundation

In this latest show at Cheim and Read, over ten paintings are featured. Each one showcasing different elements of Mitchell’s genius as well as her progression as an artist. In some works, there are more muted earth tones with an occasional burst of goldenrod yellow or dollop of purple. These paintings are easy to get lost in, with the depths of the tones and hues Mitchell has achieved. The works are expansive, which is apparent from both from the scale and the matter in which the paint was used.

In Mitchell’s 1959 painting Slate, she used several colors, although black and chartreuse are most prominent – the black and green brush strokes combine to create a larger central mass. It is accented with pops of brown, a bit of purple, and even the slightest hint of blue. Around it, other brush strokes surround it in longer, harder lines. The paint and brush strokes are thicker and take up a different kind of space that is different from her later works.

Joan Mitchell at Cheim & Read

Slate, Courtesy of the Joan Mitchell Foundation

Born in Chicago in 1925, Mitchell would go on to study painting in college and in graduate school. Studying at both the acclaimed School of the Art Institute of Chicago and famous seven sister school, Smith College. Mitchell went on to earn a BFA in 1947 and completed her MFA three years later. She then moved to Manhattan to try her hand at making it as an artist. However, after a small stint in New York, Mitchell quickly moved to Europe where she would spend the better half of her life.

During the 1950s, Mitchell started to come to prominence among her male counterparts within the Abstract Expressionist movement. Mitchell, at the young age of 28, achieved a level of success as an artist that some of her male peers such as Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and others only received later in their careers. It is through her use of vivid colors, treatment of the canvas, and gestural strokes, in which Mitchell stood out among other painters of this era. Like Pollack, and others, Mitchell asserted herself as a key player within the New York School and became a pivotal part of this movement.

Upon moving to Paris in 1959, a new phase of her work began. Mitchell began to break away from brighter colors and opted towards more muted hues. This resulted in her works created in 1960-64 taking on a life of their own. Mitchell’s painting style became more aggressive during this era which is evident from the way she handled her medium, essentially “attacking” the canvas.

In Mandres for example, which was painted between 1961-62, Mitchell’s “violent” attack of the paint is apparent. She incorporates a variety of colors including taupe, red, purples, blacks and blue. There is an intensity that is emitted from the work and her brushstrokes seem to leap off the canvas.

Joan Mitchell at Cheim & Read

Mandres, Courtesy of the Joan Mitchell Foundation

Mitchell’s work in recent years has also started to gain more attention at the auction block. Even though the artist passed away in 1992, her works have become more valuable over time. In June, one of Mitchell’s work went for $14 million at Art Basel. That same week, another piece from the 1950s sold for $7.5 million as well. This is an impressive feat and only adds to her importance as an artist.

Given the prominence Mitchell’s work has had on the art world, her work has also started to see a bit of a revival. Recently the Baltimore Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art unveiled plans for a retrospective of the artist’s work in 2020. This show will eventually make its way to the Whitney in 2021. David Zwirner Gallery is also planning a solo show of the artist’s work for 2019.

Mitchell’s work has continued to capture the imagination of art-goers for the last five decades. Joan Mitchell is a vital artist who made critical contributions to the painting world and beyond which is made evident by this show. Joan Mitchell: Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century, 1953–1962 is one of the most important shows of the fall art season and should not be missed.

It will be on extended view on Cheim and Read until November 4, 2018.  

About the Author
Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University

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Fall marks the busiest in the contemporary art world. With things in full swing, this also means a brand new crop of shows to see. From major museums like the Whitney and MoMA, to galleries across the city, everyone is gearing up to see just what’s in store for this season. Although it can sometimes be daunting to keep up with everything that is currently on view, our list has you covered for some of the top 5 NYC Fall 2018 art shows.

David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night, The Whitney

NYC Fall Art Show

This exhibition offers one of the most comprehensive looks at artist David Wojnarowicz’s work to date. The show explores over three decades of the artist’s work featuring photographs, paintings, video, sculpture, performance, writing and more. A mostly self-taught artist, Wojnarowicz came of age during the AIDS epidemic, which also became a large theme explored in his art. Inspired by the world around him, Wojnarowicz incorporated elements from many genres into his artistic practice, and in the process made work about his life and political realities of the time. Queer and HIV-positive, Wojnarowicz also became an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community at a time when many people were not aware of the magnitude of the AIDS crisis and other issues facing this group. The retrospective is on view until September 30th.

Anne Truitt Paintings at Matthew Marks

NYC Fall Art Show

Known primarily for her sculptures within the art world, Anne Truitt’s latest show at Matthew Marks is attempting to confound those expectations. Featuring 15 paintings that were created between over a thirty-year span, many of which have not been seen before, this is one show that is a must-see this season.  Although the works nod to minimalism, Truitt has always sought the capture the tension between the materials she uses. This can be seen in her bold color choices, and the often sparse lushness that are created on her canvases. Truitt’s work has also been widely exhibited throughout the US with shows that have been featured at the National Gallery, the Whitney Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art among others. Anne Truitt Paintings is on view from September 14 to October 27.

Judith Eisler: Riffs. Jarman’s Caravaggio at Casey Kaplan

NYC Fall Art Show

In her first show with Casey Kaplan Gallery, painter Judith Eisler showcases a new series of paintings based on the 1986 movie “Caravaggio.” For this exhibit, Eisler took photographs from paused scenes from the movie “Caravaggio” and created paintings based on her images resulting in detailed canvases. Eisler’s unique approach to painting combines a series of complicated elements to create work that art that considers larger issues of psychological and physical space. Her art also seeks to address issues surrounding the role of the gaze, and how larger depictions of representation and abstraction intersect and diverge. Eisler, who is a professor of painting at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria has also exhibited extensively internationally and was also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Riffs. Jarman’s Caravaggio will be on view at September 6th through October 20th.

Joan Mitchell: Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century, 1953–1962 at Cheim and Read

NYC Fall Art Show

Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century chronicles one of the most fruitful decades of painter Joan Mitchell‘s life. Mitchell who would come to carve out her own space within the male-dominated Abstract Expressionist movement of the last century, creates bold works that jump out beyond the confines of the canvas. This exhibition takes into account when Mitchell first started to gain critical acclaim early on in her career. However, she has continued to capture the imaginations of those her view work even almost three decades after her death. It is also the ninth show of her work at Cheim and Read. Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century is open from September 6 until October 27th.

Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger Icons at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

NYC Fall Art Show

Zurich artist duo Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger are back at it again this fall in their first show with Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. In Icons, Cortis and Sonderegger have recreated iconic photographs with a twist. Cortis and Sonderegger are complicating what photography, sculpture, and performance are often thought of through their funny and often absurd recreations. The images they chose to re-stage are usually easily recognizable and come from historical events and pop culture. The works are meticulous, at times funny, and ironically comment on the way in which narratives and imagery are made. Icons open September 13th and will be up through November 3rd.

With the art world kicking into high gear, these shows will be at the top of many people’s lists to see this fall. This season seems to have a little something for everyone and with so much great work on view, it’s hard not to be inspired.

About the Author
Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University

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Ask any car enthusiast and they will tell you the Goodwood Revival is just around the corner; and of course the annual Revival sale and all of the commotion and anticipation that comes with it. It’s a truly English affair in the automotive space this month; expect Goodwood and RM Sotheby’s: London to dominate the car sales.

It doesn’t stop with luxury cars. Scroll down to discover a host of jewelry, watch and fine art sales along with our featured auctions to wet your appetite:

RM Sotheby’s: London

5th September – London, England

September 2018 Auction Calendar

RM Sotheby’s hail this as one of the most successful sales on the European calendar since 2007, and for good reason. The sale is set in the stylish and affluent area of Knightsbridge and features an array of modern supercars combined with highly important and desirable classics. The top lot falls into this category and sees yet another Aston Martin set to fetch millions.

The 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT has silver screen prowess after being the star of the British comedy crime caper, the Wrong Arm of the Law (1963). Peter Sellers is believed to have been the owner and it is one of only 75 DB4GT’s originally built. However, a car of this rarity and provenance does not come cheap. It is expected to go under the hammer for between $3.8-4.3 million.

Bonhams Goodwood Revival

8th September – Chichester, England

September 2018 Auction Calendar

After RM Sotheby’s classic gem, the Goodwood Revival sale features a modern beast as its top lot. Goodwood Revival is easily one of the biggest dates on the calendar for motoring enthusiasts and draws crowds from near and far. Typically in the motor industry, such a spectacular event comes with an auction to match and the Goodwood Revival certainly lives up to that notion.

So what is the aforementioned beast featured as Goodwood Revival’s top lot you ask? The jet black 2017 LaFerrari Aperta is described by Bonham’s as the ‘ultimate evolution of the ground breaking LaFerrari.’ It is one of just 210 examples made worldwide, giving it limitless investment potential as a collectible for the future. It is offered in pristine condition, with just one owner and less than 510 kilometers on the clock. All of these factors contribute to a price estimate of between $6.4 million – $8.3 million.

Bonhams Watches & Wristwatches

11th September – London, England

September 2018 Auction Calendar

Here we see yet another featured auction coming out of Knightsbridge. From Rolex’s to rare Tag Heuer’s this sale incorporates a diverse array of timepieces for collectors and horologists to get excited about. Judging from the auction preview the standout piece will be the Faberge limited edition platinum and titanium manual tourbillon wristwatch.

Production of the limited edition version was limited to 30 pieces, 15 of which were platinum; leading Bonham’s to describe the timepiece as ‘fine and rare’. The Faberge also comes with a matching pair of 18K white gold and diamond cuff links. The sale is estimated to fall between $38,000 and $51,000 when the hammer falls on the 11th September.

 See the full list of auction dates below:

AuctionAuction HouseCategoryStart DateEnd DateLocationURL
WineHeritageFine WineSeptember 15, 2018September 15, 2018Beverley Hills, CA
Luxury AccessoriesHeritageLuxury HandbagsSeptember 28, 2018September 30, 2018Beverley Hills, CA
BooksHeritageBooksSeptember 14, 2018September 15, 2018Dallas, TX
Fine & Decorative ArtsHeritageFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 22, 2018September 23, 2018Dallas, TX
Americana & PoliticalHeritageMemorabilliaSeptember 25, 2018September 26, 2018Dallas, TX
Finest and Rarest WinesSotheby'sFine WineSeptember 29, 2018-Hong Kong
Finest and Rarest WinesSotheby'sFine WineSeptember 30, 2018-Hong Kong
Jewels & JadeiteBonhamsJewellery & WatchesSeptember 19, 2018-Hong Kong
Las Vegas 2018Barrett JacksonLuxury CarsSeptember 27, 2018September 29, 2018Las Vegas, NV
RM Sotheby's: LondonSotheby'sLuxury CarsSeptember 5, 2018-London
Irish ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 11, 2018-London
WineChristie'sFine WineSeptember 13, 2018-London
Made in BritainSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 18, 2018-London
The Collection of PerfectionSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 19, 2018-London
Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy CollectionSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 20, 2018-London
Fine TimepiecesSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesSeptember 25, 2018-London
Prints & MultiplesSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 26, 2018-London
InteriorsChristie'sFurnitureSeptember 12, 2018-London
Prints and MultiplesChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 20, 2018-London
Watches and WristwatchesBonhamsJewellery & WatchesSeptember 11, 2018-London
JewelryBonhamsJewellery & WatchesSeptember 12, 2018-London
Instruments of Science and TechnologyBonhamsJewellery & WatchesSeptember 20, 2018-London
Fine JewelryBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 20, 2018-London
Fine JewelryBonhamsJewellery & WatchesSeptember 26, 2018-London
CurrencyHeritageCoinsSeptember 5, 2018September 11, 2018Long Beach, CA
World CurrencyHeritageCoinsSeptember 5, 2018September 11, 2018Long Beach, CA
US CoinsHeritageCoinsSeptember 6, 2018September 10, 2018Long Beach, CA
World CoinsHeritageCoinsSeptember 6, 2018September 22, 2018Long Beach, CA
Louisville 2018MecumLuxury carsSeptember 7, 2018September 8, 2018Louisville, KY
Finest & Rarest WinesSotheby'sFine WineSeptember 7, 2018-New York, NY
Important Chinese ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 11, 2018-New York, NY
Fine & Decorative Asian ArtHeritageFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 11, 2018-New York, NY
Fine Chinese Paintings & CalligraphySotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 13, 2018-New York, NY
Saturday at Sotheby's: Asian ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 15, 2018-New York, NY
Finest & Rarest WinesSotheby'sFine WineSeptember 22, 2018-New York, NY
The Air and Space SaleBonhamsMemorabilliaSeptember 26, 2018-New York, NY
New NowPhillipsFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 26, 2018-New York, NY
HOME & InteriorsBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 26, 2018-New York, NY
Old Master Copies OnlineSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 5, 2018-Online
Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Collection OnlineSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 11, 2018-Online
First OpenChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 14, 2018September 20, 2018Online
Christie's Wine OnlineChristie'sFine WineSeptember 25, 2018October 9, 2018Online
Christie's Jewels OnlineChristie'sJewellery & WatchesSeptember 25, 2018October 4, 2018Online
First Open | ShanghaiChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 21, 2018-Shanghai
20th Century & Contemporary Art (Evening Sale)Christie'sFine Art and AntiquesSeptember 21, 2018-Shanghai

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With summer quickly drawing to a close, that means there’s only a limited amount of time to see art exhibitions around the city. From painting to performance art, there is a lot is happening around the five boroughs this time of year. Here are five must see NYC art shows to see before summer is over.

All Over the Moon Laurel Sparks, Lily Stockman, and Richard Tinkler at Cheim and Read

NYC Art Shows

All Over the Moon features the work of art heavy hitters Laurel Sparks, Lily Stockman, and Richard Tinkler. Each painter’s unique approach to abstraction has come together in this group show to further parse the way painting is thought of, and how each of these artists approach their canvases. While this is a group show, each artists’ work is on view in a separate gallery space, giving you a wider sense of their versatility and their studio practice. Sparks is known for incorporating a variety of mediums into her paintings from beads, papier-mâché and gold leaf which often creates patterns that become abstracted. Stockman has a more minimalist approach often filling her canvas with simple shapes that are offset by bold color choices. Tinkler’s works which are often done in just a day, incorporate symmetry, abstraction, and bold patterns and shapes that are offset by the lush images he creates. All Over the Moon is on view until August 31 at Cheim and Read.

The Incomplete Araki: Sex, Life, and Death at The Museum of Sex

NYC Art Shows

Over the last three years, the Museum of Sex has continued to surprise viewers with an ever-changing rotation of fascinating exhibitions. This show at the Museum of Sex is no different and continues to push the bounds between sexuality and art in complicated ways.  The Incomplete Araki: Sex, Life, and Death, features the work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki. Ar?k?, as he is also known, has become famous within the fine art world and beyond for photographing women in often highly suggestive sexual scenes that often incorporates kinbaku-bi, a kind of Japanese knot art. The exhibition showcases over 400 books, 150 prints and 500 hundred Polaroids from this prolific and often controversial artist. It is on view until August 31.

Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan at PS1

NYC Art Shows

PS1 has been always a cut above the rest when it comes to showcasing ground breaking contemporary art. In Land, this exciting performance art survey features the work of established artist Zhang Huan and emerging artist Li Binyuan. Together they address larger issues surrounding the body and the contemporary state of China and more. The tension between urban and rural spaces, and other elements dealing with the political and personal are also explored within the context of this show. Where Huan has been a pioneer within the performance art world, Binyuan work is both a response and an attempt to push beyond the bounds of how performance art functions and the way it has come to be thought of today. Land is on view until September 3.

Notes from Downtown, Jonas Mekas at James Fuentes

NYC Art Shows

James Fuentes is one gallery that is always surprising viewers with interesting and bold shows even during off times of the year. Notes from Downtown does not disappoint. This exhibition features a 1990 video piece by artist and writer Jonas Mekas as well as a series of film still photographs, and portraits of John Lennon over a thirty-year period. The show brings together a number of elements drawing on video documentation, and photograph, while also touching on themes of ephemera and nostalgia. The show also features more contemporary work by the artist as well. The exhibition open to the public until September 5.

History Refused to Die at the Met

NYC Art Shows

Featuring over thirty works in various mediums from paintings to quilts, History Refused to Die, explores the larger artistic contributions of self-taught African American artists. The show features work by Thornton Dial as well as some of the now famous quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama including Annie Mae Young, Lucy Mingo and Loretta Pettway among others. The exhibition brings together everyday objects and more traditional art pieces to further explore the African American experience in this very political fraught moment. It seamlessly weaves personal and cultural histories to offer a larger commentary on issues of oppression, power, and more. It is on view until September 23.

These five shows represent some of the best work that is up right now. With fall right around the corner, and the art world gearing up for an intense exhibition calendar, these shows offer a much-needed breath of fresh air. Be sure to check these NYC art shows out and learn something in the process!

About the author: 

Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

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Sotheby’s is set to dominate the headline art auctions throughout the July 2018 Auction Calendar. Both the Old Masters Evening sale and Pre-Raphaelite British Impressionist art sale are in the highly anticipated schedule.

The world’s biggest classic motor racing festival is also set to return. With it comes Silverstone’s classic sale, which should ignite the classic car world and give indication on how the market will pan out into the latter half of the year.

Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening Sale – July 4th

London, United Kingdom

July 2018 Auction Calendar

London Art Week always results in a busy and exciting time for the London art market at the start of July. Arguably the most important and influential auction of the week will take place at Sotheby’s Bond Street auction house, the Old Masters Evening Sale.

Leading the way will be Joseph Mallord William Turner’s stunning portrait, depicting Walton Bridges in one of his highly important series of views of the River Thames. The portrait is expected to fetch up to $5 million when it goes under the hammer on July 4th.

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art – July 12th

London, United Kingdom

July 2018 Auction Calendar

An exciting array of paintings, drawings and watercolours are up for grabs at this vastly important midsummer art auction. The sale will offer examples of not only the pre-Raphaelites but also Classical Revival and British Impressionist pieces.

The sale will be led by lot 12 – John William Waterhouse’s enchanting masterpiece, ‘The Siren’. Find out all of the enthralling history and provenance behind this piece here.

Silverstone Classic Sale 2018 – July 21st

Warwickshire, England

July 2018 Auction Calendar

The Silverstone Classic Sale is upon us again and it has some absolute gems up for auction. With plenty of rare, provenant Ferraris, Porsches and Jaguars in the mix, it is hard to pick a real standout contender for the featured lot.

The 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster leads the way in terms of price by a considerable margin, with an estimated hammer price of between $700,000 and $800,000. The car comes with fully documented restoration by a ‘Who’s Who’ of the UK’s leading 300SL specialists and is sure to cause some serious excitement among the classic car enthusiasts at Silverstone.


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AuctionAuction HouseCategoryStart DateEnd DateLocationURL
Watches OnlineSothebysJewellery & WatchesJuly 2, 2018Online
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian BooksSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018London
Old Master Sculpture & Works of ArtSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018London
Royal Orders and Medals from the collection of George, Duke of Cambridge SothebysMedalsJuly 3, 2018London
Ancient Sculpture and Works of ArtSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018London
AntiquitiesChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018London
Old Master & British Drawings & WatercoloursChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018London
Quentin Blake: A Retrospective Alternative Versions from the artist's personal collectionChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 3, 2018Online
Old Master & British Works on PaperSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 4, 2018London
TreasuresSothebysJewellery & WatchesJuly 4, 2018London
Old Masters Evening SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 4, 2018London
Treasured Portraits from the Collection of Ernst HolzscheiterChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 4, 2018London
Gold BoxesChristiesGoldJuly 4, 2018London
Old Masters Day SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018London
Collection Quidam de RevelSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018Paris
Thomas Chippendale: 300 YearsChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018London
The Exceptional Sale 2018ChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018London
Old Masters Evening SaleChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018London
From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints OnlineChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 5, 2018Online
Jewels OnlineSothebysJewellery & WatchesJuly 6, 2018Online
Contemporary Prints and Multiples OnlineSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 6, 2018Online
Old Masters Day SaleChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 6, 2018London
English Literature, History, Science, Children's Books and IllustrationsSothebysBooksJuly 9, 2018London
First Open Online: Post-War and Contemporary ArtChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 9, 2018Online
Contemporary EditionChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 9, 2018Online
MoMA: Tracing Photography's HistoryChristiesPhotographyJuly 9, 2018Online
The Library of an English Bibliophile Part VIIISothebysBooksJuly 10, 2018London
Science and Natural HistoryChristiesScienceJuly 10, 2018London
Finest and Rarest WinesSothebysFine WineJuly 11, 2018London
19th & 20th Century SculptureSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018London
Valuable Books and ManuscriptsChristiesBooksJuly 11, 2018London
Victorian Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist ArtChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018London
The Art of China: New York, Summer EditionChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018Online
The Art of China: London, Summer EditionChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018Online
Phillips x Artsy: Summer SchoolPhillipsFine Art and AntiquesJuly 11, 2018New York
Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesJuly 12, 2018London
US CoinsHeritageCoinsJuly 12, 2018July 16, 2018Orlando
Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist ArtSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 12, 2018London
19th Century European & Orientalist ArtChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 12, 2018London
Contemporary Art OnlineSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 13, 2018Online
Christie's Wine OnlineChristiesFine WineJuly 17, 2018Online
SportsHeritageMemorabilliaJuly 19, 2018July 20, 2018Dallas
Contemporary Art OnlineSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJuly 24, 2018Online
Close to Home: Christie's Staff Art ShowChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJuly 25, 2018Online
Movie PostersHeritageMemorabilliaJuly 28, 2018July 29, 2018Dallas
20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening SalePhillipsFine Art and AntiquesJuly 25, 2018Hong Kong
Jewels and JaeditePhillipsJewellery & WatchesJuly 28, 2018Hong Kong
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Jessica Davidson, founder of Davidson Art Advisory LLC, shares asset management tips for collectors to consider when buying fine art, while you own your artwork and in planning for the future.


Fine Art Asset Management

Sotheby’s Postwar and Contemporary Evening Sale (May 2017). Courtesy: Sotheby’s.

Regardless of where you buy an artwork – at a gallery, through an advisor, at auction, during an art fair, from an artist’s studio, or online – you will want to ensure you have proper documentation at the time of purchase for fine art asset management. This typically includes 1) an invoice with all the artwork details and transactional information, 2) proof of payment, 3) a Certificate of Authenticity with photographs of the work and provenance information, if applicable, and 4) shipping documentation (i.e. the bill of lading). For especially valuable works, consider retaining a third party to inspect the works and prepare the appropriate condition reports.

As a part of fine art asset management, it is important to understand the best way to display and care for your artworks, including framing and installation recommendations, to keep them looking their best and to ensure their longevity. As a general rule, artworks should be displayed and/or stored in climate-controlled areas where fluctuations in relative humidity and temperature are kept to a minimum. Artworks should also not be hung in direct sunlight – particularly works on paper, which are especially vulnerable to light damage. It is advisable to frame photographs and works on paper under Museum Glass, which virtually eliminates reflections and blocks up to 99% of UV rays with its conservation grade coating.


Fine Art Asset Management

Eleanora Kupencow, Acrobats (2003), Private Collection. Courtesy: Davidson Art Advisory LLC

All art purchases should be tracked in either an inventory management system or, at a minimum, in a spreadsheet backed up to the cloud and/or an external hard drive. The recommended tracking method for fine art asset management will depend on the size and value of your art collection. For large collections consisting of over 50 works, you will likely want to a database such as galleryManager, ArtBase or ArtBinder.

As artwork values may fluctuate over time, it is advisable to periodically appraise one’s existing art assets to ensure adequate insurance coverage. If you have a regular homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy, you may be covered up to your policy limit per item minus a deductible. For valuable art, you will likely need a separate add-on floater to specifically cover it, which most insurance companies offer as a supplemental policy. For particularly high-value collections, you should consider investing in a policy underwritten by separate fine art insurance company, such as Chubb, AXA or Hiscox. The brokers at these companies are specialists who understand fine art and how to protect it.

While in possession of your art assets, you may also want to consider leveraging them to unlock capital. As the global art market has expanded, so has the financial sector that lends against it. Today, many collectors around the world opt to leverage their art to gain liquidity for other investments and to buy more art. Traditional banks and specialized non-bank financial institutions, such as Borro, will lend money against a portfolio of high-quality art, upending the historical norm of art being a highly illiquid asset.


Fine Art Asset Management

Lila Acheson Wallace Wing at the Met. Courtesy: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Determining how to monetize and estate plan for art assets requires expertise in a variety of disciplines, including art, finance and banking. Professional art advisors, working in conjunction with tax, legal and financial advisors, can assist with how to incorporate a collector’s art assets into broader estate plans to achieve personal planning and philanthropic objectives, along with the transfer of the collection’s assets through both sales and gifts.

In terms of legacy planning, you can approach this proactively by candidly assessing your goals and attitudes toward your art collection, asking yourself questions such as: Should all or a portion of my collection remain intact? Do I want to donate/bequest any works to specific cultural institutions and/or heirs? You should also be aware of the tax implications of “art collecting” vs. “art investing”.

In the United States, if you retain artwork for over 1 year and sell it at a profit, as an “art collector” you are required to pay long-term capital gains tax on any increase in value. If, however, the work was purchased for “investment purposes”, it may be possible to defer paying capital gains on the sale if you reinvest the proceeds in similar, like-kind property, per Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. The motivation behind owning art for investors is to earn a profit, rather than for personal enjoyment. As an investor, you should present yourself as such to galleries and auction houses, have regular professional appraisals, take steps to increase the value of your collection (i.e. lending works to museums), keep detailed records of your transactions and seek advice from qualified art and tax experts.

About the Author

Jessica Davidson is the founder of Davidson Art Advisory LLC, a NYC-based boutique fine art consulting firm that provides advisory services to collectors and institutional clientele. Focusing on post-war and contemporary art, founder Jessica Davidson assists both connoisseurs and novices build special, highly personal collections by helping them cultivate their tastes, explore the art market strategically, acquire works they love, and effectively manage their collection. | 917.547.8062 |

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Picasso 1932: ‘Love, Fame, Tragedy’

Picasso 1932 Exhibition

‘The Most Influential Artist of the 20th Century’

Thousands of enthusiasts and Picasso fans began to make plans for London’s biggest art exhibition of the year when it was first announced back in January that ‘Love, Fame, Tragedy’ would open its doors as the first ever solo Pablo Picasso Exhibition at the Tate. Arguably the most influential artist of the 20th century was to collaborate with the most iconic gallery in the United Kingdom, the Tate London for the Picasso 1932 exhibition.

This exhibition provided genuine insight into Picasso’s personal life. After delving further into the exhibition it became apparent that 1932 would be one of the most important periods in his captivating life. The first section of the exhibition explores Picasso’s rise from a poor Spanish migrant to an international superstar.

Picasso 1932 Exhibition

Picasso’s Motivation for his Relentless Work Ethic during 1932

Although Picasso had received renowned praise for his work, critics were beginning to question whether he was an artist of the past rather than an artist for the future. This left Picasso feeling ‘increasingly restless’ and ‘critically side-lined’.

These factors led to Picasso’s first sculpture experimentation and his first major retrospective. These reflected the times of economic depression and mass unemployment in his native Spain.

1932 saw Picasso’s attempt to flirt with surrealism. He was trying to compete with his close rival Henri Matisse, who had already become a master in this area.

Picasso 1932 Exhibition

One striking impression of the exhibition was the sheer number of works that Picasso had managed to produce in 1932.

The Picasso 1932 exhibition featured over 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, in what appeared to be an endless display of fine artworks. The exhibition started with the accustomed ‘cubism’ theme featuring bright, prime colors; a synonymous feature of many of Picasso’s great works.

Marie-Therese Walter – Picasso’s Muse

Picasso’s muse and 22-year-old mistress, Marie-Therese Walter, was an exceptionally influential part of Picasso’s life in 1932. She became the feature of three acutely rare and extraordinary paintings. The paintings were situated together for the first time since their five-day creation period in March of that year.

Picasso 1932 Exhibition

‘La Reve’

Perhaps the most notorious and iconic of these paintings was ‘La Reve’ – the erotically centered, distorted depiction of Walter sleeping. The painting is part of world renowned hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen’s private collection after he famously purchased it for $155 million from Casino tycoon, Steve Wynn in 2013.

The exhibition gave exposure to moments of Picasso’s incredibly close relationship with Walter. Alongside with fascinating insights from his personal life. The letter (pictured below) shows Picasso’s drawing of a heart and an arrow around the years marking the relationship of he and Marie-Therese Walter.

Picasso 1932 Exhibition

Picasso Ventures into Unexplored Territory

As the exhibition furthered, it became apparent that Picasso was beginning to explore areas that he previously hadn’t probed. The accompanying writing of the exhibition tells the story of Picasso purchasing an 18th century mansion in Normandy. Once there he experimented with sculpture, of which there are various weird and wonderful examples.

The Tate also provided a section dedicated to Picasso’s black and white pencil sketches and drawings. This isn’t an area one would normally associate Picasso’s works with, further reinforcing the diverse forms art forms he was trying in this period.

The Picasso 1932 exhibition brought attention to a period in which he became fascinated by sea creatures, fueled by filmmaker Jean Painlevé, who Picasso was an avid fan of. He began to center his artworks around Octopus’ and other aquatic beings, often humanizing them and involving them with subjects of his paintings.

 Picasso 1932 Exhibition

An Emotional End

The work featured at the end of the exhibition left the Tate-goers with an emotive and thought provoking send off. ‘The Rescue’ showed Picasso in a vulnerable state, as he presented the agony of the mother and child, painted in early 1933, when Spain became engulfed in civil war. A potential warning of the future to come?

Picasso 1932 Exhibition

The Rescue

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The Heat is Turned Up for the June 2018 Auction Calendar

The summer heat is now officially in upon us and the June 2018 auction calendar has a fiery line up of dates to highlight. Borro Blog has focused on three key auctions taking place in the month ahead from the prestigious Greenwich Concours D’Elegance to the highly anticipated Christie’s Rockefeller auctions. The focus of the latter has shifted from art to fine jewelry.

Bonhams Concours d’Elegance

June 3rd – Greenwich

June 2018 Auction Calendar

This is an unmissable auction for true classic car enthusiasts and collectors. The June 2018 auction calendar kicks off with the 23rd Concours d’Elegance in Greenwich, CT, which will take place from June 1st – 3rd and will precede the Bonhams auction.

It is considered to be one of the premier concours in the country and the largest in the Northeast. June 2nd focuses heavily on American classics and motorcycles, while June 3rd is the Concours International for imported brands, when the auction will take place.

The leading lot for this auction is a true British classic, the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible offered in racing green comes in with a high estimate of $2,500,000.

Bonhams Fine Watches, Wristwatches and Clocks

June 6th – New York

June 2018 Auction Calendar

Bonhams’ Fine Watches sale is set to see some exceptionally rare collectibles go under the hammer. This includes an array of Pateks, Tag Heuers, Rolexes and a selection of pristine clocks, some of which are centuries old and claim exceptionally strong provenance.

The standout timepiece from the auction will be, as is usually the case, the Patek Philippe. This particular watch has been described by Bonhams as a fine 18 carat gold chronograph wristwatch with a perpetual calendar and moon phase. The timepiece is estimated to fetch up to $75,000 when it goes under the hammer on June 6th.

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels & The Collection of Peggy & David Rockefeller

June 12th – New York

June 2018 Auction Calendar

This June sale offers a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire significant signed jewelry from the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. It also features an exquisite collection of colored gemstones and important colorless and fancy colored diamonds.

At an auction with so many highly priced jewels, it is hard to pick a standout. However, surely the ‘Superb Diamond Ring’ weighing in at 20.47 carats is set to steal the headlines, priced with a high estimate of $3.5 million.

See the complete June 2018 auction calendar below:

AuctionAuction HouseCategoryDateLocationURL
LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE JUNE 2018MecumLuxury carsJune 1, 2018Las Vegas
Greenwich Concours d'Elegance AuctionBonhamsLuxury CarsJune 3, 2018
Native American ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesJune 4, 2018
Los Angeles
Russian ArtChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 4, 2018London
PhotographsHeritageFine Art and AntiquesJune 5, 2018New York
Russian PicturesSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 5, 2018London
Russian Works of Art, Fabergé & IconsSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 5, 2018London
Jewels OnlineSothebysJewellery & WatchesJune 5, 2018Online
Swiss Art/Swiss MadeSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 5, 2018Zurich
DesignChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 5, 2018New York
Whisky SaleBonhamsWhiskyJune 6, 2018New York
Fine Watches and WristwatchesBonhamsJewellery & WatchesJune 6, 2018
New York
Fine JewelsSothebysJewellery & WatchesJune 6, 2018London
Art Contemporain Evening SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 6, 2018Paris
Interiors: New York VisionsChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 6, 2018New York
Fine JewelsChristiesJewellery & WatchesJune 6, 2018Paris
Christie's Jewels OnlineChristiesJewellery & WatchesJune 6, 2018Online
Art Contemporain Day SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 7, 2018Paris
Post-War & Contemporary Art Paris, Evening SaleChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 7, 2018Paris
Finest & Rarest Wines and SpiritsChristiesFine WineJune 7, 2018London
Christie's Watches Online: Summer Watch Series - Part IChristiesJewellery & WatchesJune 7, 2018Online
European ArtHeritageFine Art and AntiquesJune 8, 2018Dallas
Newport Beach 2018Russo & SteeleLuxury carsJune 8, 2018Newport Beach
DENVER 2018MecumLuxury carsJune 8, 2018Denver
CURATED: TURN IT UPSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 8, 2018Hong Kong
Picasso Ceramics OnlineSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 8, 2018Online
Post-War & Contemporary Art Paris, Day SaleChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 8, 2018Paris
Fine & Decorative ArtsHeritageFine Art and AntiquesJune 9, 2018Dallas
Legends of the WestHeritageFine Art and AntiquesJune 9, 2018Dallas
The Burgundy CollectionSothebysFine WineJune 9, 2018Hong Kong
Luxury Accessories HeritageLuxury HandbagsJune 10, 2018Chicago
Civil War, Militaria, Arms & ArmorHeritageMemorabilliaJune 10, 2018Dallas
JewelryHeritageJewellery & WatchesJune 11, 2018Chicago
Fine Books and ManuscriptsBonhamsBooksJune 12, 2018
New York
Arts d'AsieSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 12, 2018Paris
Howard Hodgkin: Working on PaperSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 12, 2018London
Modern & Post-War British Art Day SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 12, 2018London
The Colourists: Pictures from the Harrison CollectionSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 12, 2018London
Modern & Post-War British Art Evening SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 12, 2018London
Magnificent Jewels & The Collection of Peggy and David RockefellerChristiesJewellery & WatchesJune 12, 2018New York
Arts of IndiaChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 12, 2018London
Handbags & AccessoriesChristiesHandbagsJune 12, 2018London
South Asian Modern + Contemporary ArtChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 12, 2018London
US CoinsHeritageCoinsJune 13, 2018Long Beach
Arts d'Afrique et d'OcéanieSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 13, 2018Paris
Important JewelsChristiesJewellery & WatchesJune 13, 2018London
An Evening of Exceptional WatchesChristiesJewellery & WatchesJune 13, 2018New York
Kenneth NeameChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 13, 2018London
Art d'AsieChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 13, 2018Paris
Fine JewelsSothebysJewellery & WatchesJune 14, 2018Geneva
Finest Wines and SpiritsChristiesFine WineJune 14, 2018New York
Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, Including AmericanaChristiesBooksJune 14, 2018New York
The Portland AudubonChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 14, 2018New York
Contemporary Editions Online: A Private CollectionSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 15, 2018Online
Modern & Contemporary ArtHeritageFine Art and AntiquesJune 17, 2018Dallas
Fine Books and Manuscripts Including AmericanaSothebysBooksJune 18, 2018Online
Watches OnlineSothebysJewellery & WatchesJune 18, 2018Online
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 19, 2018London
Modern British ArtChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 19, 2018London
Sculpture et Objets d'Art EuropéensChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 19, 2018Paris
Northeast 2018Barrett JacksonLuxury CarsJune 20, 2018Connecicut
Impressionist & Modern Art Day SaleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 20, 2018London
Finest and Rarest WinesSothebysFine WineJune 20, 2018London
Modern British Art Day saleChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 20, 2018London
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening SaleChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 20, 2018London
Un autre XXème siècle: les arts de la figuration 1900-1950ChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 20, 2018Paris
Tableaux 1400 - 1900ChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 20, 2018Paris
Online: Handpicked 50 Works selected by the Saatchi GalleryChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 20, 2018Online
Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècleSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 21, 2018Paris
Impressionist and Modern Art Day SaleChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 21, 2018London
Impressionist & Modern Works on PaperChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 21, 2018London
Ethnographic ArtHeritageFine Art and AntiquesJune 22, 2018Dallas
WineHeritageFine WineJune 22, 2018Dallas
PORTLAND 2018MecumLuxury carsJune 22, 2018Portland
EntertainmentHeritageMemorabilliaJune 23, 2018Beverley Hills
RM Sotheby's: The Dingman Collection 2018RM SothebysLuxury CarsJune 23, 2018Hampton
Contemporary Art Evening AuctionSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 26, 2018London
World CurrencyHeritageCoinsJune 27, 2018Hong Kong
Contemporary Art Day AuctionSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 27, 2018London
Design in SituSothebysFine Art and AntiquesJune 27, 2018Paris
Futur antérieur : la Collection d'Art africain de Liliane et Michel Durand-DessertChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 27, 2018Paris
World CoinsHeritageCoinsJune 28, 2018Hong Kong
Post-War to PresentChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 28, 2018London
Handpicked: 50 Works Selected by the Saatchi GalleryChristiesFine Art and AntiquesJune 28, 2018London
Christie's Watches Online: Summer Watch Series Part IIChristiesJewellery & WatchesJune 28, 2018Online
Asian ArtHeritageFine Art and AntiquesJune 29, 2018Beverly Hills

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