From Fingerprints to Champagne Spills: Expert Conservators on How to Handle New Art Damage

Jan 16, 2018

Plus Tips for Investing in Art That Needs (or May Soon Need) Conservation
Art conservation--generally the purview of trade publications--became major news this fall with the case of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World). The painting, which sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale this past November, realized a price of over $450 million. Yet, it also attracted much attention for the dramatic lengths that conservators had gone to alter the surface. Publications from The Daily Mail to New York Magazine discussed the intensive alterations that a world-class team had made to the warped and scratched original. da Vinci made the painting around ...

How to Source & Install Art in Commercial Quantities

Jan 11, 2018

by Daria Pletneva, Creative Director at ARTI.NYC
It can often be a lengthy process to source a single work of art for a single empty wall. Sourcing art works in bulk for a commercial space can therefore seem to be an almost insurmountable, difficult task for some interior designers, architects and even new art consultants. However, with careful planning, one can create a cohesive, enjoyable art plan for a large spaces. The following article presents my advice for sourcing and installing 20+ artworks for large projects like townhomes, commercial buildings, hotel chains, restaurants, and even airports.
Plan and Discuss
This step is as evident as it is crucial and underestimated. In building ...

Curated Consignments, Bespoke Services and More: E-Commerce Platforms Demystified

Nov 14, 2017

Slowly, the online art market is expanding and converting naysayers who formerly refused to make digital purchases. Back in May, The New York Times reported that online art sales still account for less than 10% of the total market, though they’ve increased 15% since 2015. If the numbers are clear, the underlying processes are more nebulous. Though it’s easy to type in a web address and see an image of an artwork, it’s more difficult to see the history attached to the piece and how that consignment came about. Online transactions can feel impersonal, particularly compared to the intimate interactions that gallerists and collectors typically enjoy: there’s no back viewi ...

How to Make the Most of Museum Deaccessions: Three Art Consultants Weigh In

Sep 18, 2017

Collectors and museums interact in myriad ways, some more obvious than others. Institutions may be where collectors receive their first aesthetic educations, and collectors’ names often accompany the wall text as the donors of the pieces on view. Sitting on museum boards, collectors often guide major institutions, support them financially, and help plan annual benefits.
On rare occasions, however, when museums deaccession works, collectors can buy pieces directly from them. On October 10, for example, Christie’s will hold a sale to deaccession some of the duplicate photographs in MoMA’s own collection. It’s both an opportunity to purchase works once held by one of th ...

Interview of the Month with Winston Art Group

Sep 16, 2017

The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with leading art companies. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and makes the art services market in general more transparent.
This month we discussed art advisory with Marc Hajjar, Associate Director at Winston Art Group, a leading independent art advisory and appraisal firm with eight offices in the US. Learn about how the firm's large size helps their clients, how today's treatment of art as an asset class is spurring new trends in art appraisals, and about what trends they are seeing in art ...

In Addition to Educating Collectors, How About Training Art Advisors?

Sep 15, 2017

The 101 Program for Art Advisors by Tang Art Advisory and One Art Nation
By Annelien Bruins, CEO and Art Advisor, Tang Art Advisory
Even as details of the Labor Department’s Fiduciary Rule are still being debated and its implementation may be delayed for another 18 months, the writing’s on the wall. Investors want financial advisors who act in their best interest, and understandably so. There is a lesson to be learnt here. As a number of recent high-profile court cases has shown, there is much potential for misunderstanding in the relationship between collector and art advisor, particularly if potential conflicts of interest or remuneration are not discussed in advance of a col ...

The Art Collector - Dealer Relationship Examined

May 10, 2017

Important Considerations for Find A Trusting, Lasting Partnership

The relationship between art collectors and dealers is unique within the worlds of culture and commerce. In no other creative field--dance, literature, film, music--does a single buyer purchase a work from a single seller in a distinct, personal transaction. It’s an intimate, high stakes deal drastically different from buying a concert ticket or a book. If all goes well, it can lead to mutual education about the market, incredible collections, and even decades-long friendship.
With reputation, finances, and meaningful aesthetic objects at play, what should more collectors consider when working with dealers, both inde ...

Interview of the Month with Barnebys

Mar 22, 2017

The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with leading art companies. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and makes the art services market in general more transparent.

This month we discussed online listing platforms with Pontus Silfverstolpe, Founder and Editor of Barnebys. Barnebys is a listing platform that is fast expanding globally, providing a one-stop shop for sourcing art and valuables available through auction houses and dealers. Learn about why they built their site in 2011, how their email alerts work, how they drive reven ...

The Art World Goes High-Tech: Bitcoins, Blockchain and Databases

Mar 21, 2017

The Cutting Edge Technology Companies Changing How We Search for and Authenticate Art
A handful of tech-savvy companies are shaking up old-school art world ideas about certification, provenance, and registry. Online databases are offering new, centralized platforms to track artwork. These services offer digital ledgers and certificates of authenticity and some--blockchain databases--provide the opportunity for users to carry out transactions in bitcoins (a type of digital currency). The databases, with varying degrees of privacy, can both facilitate purchasing and document each time a work changes owner.
As the world becomes increasingly cash-free, records of all kinds move from the physic ...

Professional Advice for Those Fortunate to Inherit an Art Collection

Mar 20, 2017

By Bonnie Kagan of Kagan Fine Art, art advisor and appraiser in New York
You have inherited an art collection. Wonderful
You may ask:
Ok, what do I really want to do with all of this?
What are my options? How does one prepare for the secondary market?
How do you choose an art professional to help?
It is best to choose an Art Advisor and Appraiser, since this person will be able to take you through all the steps to achieve the outcome you want, they will know where to go, what you need, and what it all should cost. Besides having the obvious qualifications as an art professional, choose someone who will take the time to listen to your concerns and situation.
If the art collection has s ...

The Fine Print: 4 Times to Hire an Art Lawyer

Feb 14, 2017

Sometimes, the only thing that separates a collector from a lengthy, pricey legal battle is some good professional advice. Hiring a savvy lawyer long before things get hairy can be one of the smartest, most proactive choices you can make to ensure that your art remains rightfully yours, that when you loan it out or bequeath it to an heir, the agreements align with your wishes. Lawyer Jonathan Freiman of Wiggin and Dana LLP offers a succinct explanation of when you should hire a lawyer: “buying, selling, lending, and defending.” These activities all involve risk, and a professional can help you better understand--and minimize--this risk. Of course, only some transactions / issues ...

The Definitive Art Storage Checklist

Feb 13, 2017

By Caroline Page-Katz, Chief Operating Officer at UOVO
Art storage facilities are naturally mysterious, discreet places due to the high value of their contents, so choosing one can be a murky and confusing process. Here is a checklist to go over when you’re searching for the perfect home for your artwork, whether it’s one painting or an institutional collection:
1. Does this company specialize in art storage?
Storing art isn’t like storing seasonal items or everyday household objects. Art requires a level of care beyond what a typical self-storage facility provides. Finding a facility which specializes in art storage and whose staff has been trained to handle art is the ...

There’s Nothing Like the Real Thing: How to Authenticate your Art

Feb 07, 2017

By Rayah Levy, Art Market Expert, CEO: ArtéQuesta and AOHFA
In January, Sotheby’s found that a painting called “St Jerome,” attributed to the 16th century Italian artist Parmigianino and consigned by collector Lionel de Saint Donat-Pourrières, was a fake. Paint samples taken from the oil painting were found to contain pigments not invented until the 20th century. Sotheby’s is refunding the buyer and is seeking damages of $672,000, according to The New York Times.

“St. Jerome,” attributed to the circle of the 16th-century Italian artist Parmigianino, has been determined to be a modern fake, according to a complaint filed by Sotheby’s ...

Commentary: We are experiencing a new Renaissance. Here is why.

Feb 07, 2017

By Daria Pletneva, Creative Director, ARTI.NYC
They say the history is cyclic. Apparently, the history of art too.
Today's "contemporary" is so much different from "post-war contemporary," and it is becoming harder to explain what period are you referring to. Isn't it time for the new term? "Modern" correlates to the pre-war 20th century period even tough the word itself means nothing but up-to-date, yet "contemporary" term applies to an increasingly large span of time since WWII. The name we use at the gallery for our convenience for today's art is "UX art," where UX stands for User Experience. So why is UX art is the new Renaissance?
The first characteristic of the bright end of the Med ...

Caring for Art on Paper - A Collector's Guide

Jan 18, 2017

By Gordon Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director of The Fine Arts Conservancy.
Photo: Print by Willem de Kooning, After (left) and Before (right) severe water damage
Over a period of issues on The Clarion List, there will be a series of collectors’ guides to the conservation and display of art. These will appear in no particular order, and each type of art will have several parts to address all of the issues for that type of art. While all issues pertinent to a collector will be covered, they will not be sequential, but rather there will be an element pertinent to each type of art, but space compels us to div ...

Seven Art World Professionals on the 2017 Resolutions You Must Make

Jan 17, 2017

As we ring in 2017, we also usher in a new round of pledges to ourselves. We resolve to eat healthier, contribute to our communities, and be kinder to others.
As you reflect on the past year and plan for the next, don’t forget about your art. Take small measures now to ensure that some of your most beloved assets are in good shape. You’ll be saving yourself major headaches down the road. We asked seven professionals from different areas of the art world to suggest New Year’s resolutions that collectors and businesses should make. Read on for expert advice that spans technical, legal, and financial considerations. No matter how your new personal resolutions go, your art wil ...

Interview of the Month with Articheck

Jan 13, 2017

The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with leading art companies. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and makes the art services market in general more transparent.
This month we discussed condition reports with Annika Erikson, CEO and Founder of Articheck. Articheck is an innovative start-up, providing condition report software to conservators, appraisers, museum registrars, collection managers, private collectors and more. Learn about why condition reports are important for art collections and the art market in general, how much e ...

How the HEAR Act Just Made Holocaust Art Restitution History

Jan 12, 2017

By Rayah Levy, Art Market Expert, CEO: ArtéQuesta and AOHFA
For years Holocaust survivors and their heirs have had to jump through bureaucratic hoops to recover art stolen from them during World War II. In many cases, looted works are now in museums and private collections, making the struggle for restitution even more complex.
But on December 16th, President Obama signed the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act into law, a victory for those seeking Nazi-Looted Art, which will help ease those challenges.
"The HEAR Act will end an enduring injustice for Holocaust victims and their families." – President Obama
               &n ...

Closing the Barn Door: How one non-profit helps estate managers to deal with art that has been left

Dec 14, 2016

Image: David Shainberg, What If It Happened, 1989, source:
“When we opened the barn door for the first time, there were more than 1,000 remarkable sculptures inside, some could fit in your palm and some were over 10 feet tall! The family had no idea what to do with all these objects. They understood for the first time that their mother had, quite literally, created this remarkable phantasmagoria of sculptures, closed the barn door and hidden the key before she died,” Regan McCarthy, Co-Manager of POBA | Where the Arts Live, told The Clarion List.
“In our experience, this is not an unusual situation” McCarthy continued. “This family is hardly alone in ...

Antique Art and the Light Spectrum

Dec 12, 2016

By Manoj Phatak, Founder and CEO, ArtRatio
It is a common misconception that only ultra-violet light can damage art and antiques.
As stated in Technical Report 157 from the CIE (International Commission on Illumination, based in Austria), there are two principal processes by which museum art can degrade:
1. Photochemical action
2. Radiant heating effects
Photochemical action
This can result in irreversible molecular change to the structure of the material itself due to the incident light, not only ultra-violet (UV) and infrared (IR) but also visible light, and the final result depends on the 'activation energy' of the materials in question. The most noticeable change can be colour fadi ...

Present Technologies Benefiting the Art Market: Our Year-End Editorial

Dec 05, 2016

By Jessica Paindiris, CEO + Co-Founder, The Clarion List
Last year, I set out to use technology to solve an age-old problem in the art market: lack of transparency and access. I launched The Clarion List by taking a proven tech-backed business model—an online, searchable, sortable directory with ratings and reviews—and applied it to an industry that previously relied on word of mouth between the connected few or else various partial, disconnected, typically alphabetical, often outdated lists when it came to sourcing art companies. After all, technology enables unprecedented, efficient information sharing between people, companies and media outlets globally, so why wasn’t t ...

Advances in Conservation

Dec 05, 2016

By Gordon Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director of The Fine Arts Conservancy.
PHOTO: Gerhard Richter, oil on canvas
Over the past decade or so there have been tremendous changes in paper, paintings and objects treatment. All of the disciplines have benefitted from new instruments: to mention just two, electronic imaging microscopes which enlarge the work to 240 times actual size allow us to work at a level of detail and precision which was impossible before; specialized cameras which photograph only in infra-red and ultraviolet, among other sophisticated equipment.
Within the discipline of paper conservation, there is now less treatment than was executed before. For example, the devel ...

Interview of the Month with C.M. Russell Art Museum

Dec 01, 2016

This month we discussed western US art market with Duane Braaten, Senior Art Coordinator for the C.M. Russell Art Museum . Learn about this unique Montana museum, the definition of western art and who collects the genre, their upcoming benefit auction and the future of western art in our exclusive interview:
The Clarion List: What is the C.M. Russell Art Museum?
Duane Braaten: Sharing Russell’s West with excellence is the vision of the C.M. Russell Museum. Located in Great Falls, Montana, the museum’s mission is to “collect, preserve, research, interpret, and educate on the art and life of Charles M. Russell; the art and lives of his contemporaries; and the art of precedi ...

Beyond Spin: PR Firms on How To Get Press in the Art World

Nov 16, 2016

Oscar Wilde famously wrote, “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” Along the same lines, circus founder P.T. Barnum said, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.” While these might both be debatable, they underscore the importance of creating some buzz. Whether you work for a museum or gallery, whether you’re a collector or an artist yourself, discovering how to generate the right conversations about what you do can be tricky. It requires relationships with the media and a network of other people interested in your activities. Plus, you’ll need to determine just how to speak about wh ...

Interview of the Month with The Fine Arts Conservancy

Nov 02, 2016

The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with leading art companies. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and make the art services market in general more transparent.
This month we discussed art conservation and the Florida market with leading art conservator Gordon Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director of The Fine Arts Conservancy. Learn about this highly capable conservation studio that serves clients globally, how Florida collectors need to take extra care preserving their collection, the most challenging conservation cases they ...

Currency Uncertainty: How to Guard Against Risk as Brexit Looms

Oct 27, 2016

To coin a phrase: the only certainty is uncertainty
It’s the start of a new fall season in the fine arts world—auctions, new exhibitions, gallery openings, and global art fairs draw international attention—as good a time as any to speculate about the future.
Britain voted to leave the European Union in June, giving rise to regret in some quarters, jubilation in others, and speculation around the world on what “Brexit” might look like. Some believe that the vote signals fissures in the EU as well, and could precipitate changes and reforms in a delicately balanced market still finding its feet after the 2008 financial crisis.
It goes without saying that in a ma ...

What's Hiding Underneath The Paint? Why + How to Hire a Forensic Art Analysis Firm

Oct 17, 2016

Art forgery makes for great headlines and even better stories. Publications from Vanity Fair to ARTnews covered the recent, high profile Knoedler Gallery scandal (which uncovered 40 counterfeit works allegedly by Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and other major artists). Audiences eagerly consumed article after article about household name painters and the crafty conspirators who imitated them and sold the fakes. Reading about the scams is one thing, falling victim to a con quite another.
Thankfully, collectors can protect themselves. Forensic art analysts worldwide are using cutting edge technology to assess materials, technique, and condition in order to ultimately authenticate or deny works ...

Why Accessibility in the Art Market Matters

Oct 04, 2016

By Maria van Vlodrop, Co-Founder and Director of Accessible Art Fair New York Edition presented by MvVO Art
PHOTO: Weekend Photos | Accessible Art Fair 2016 Edition | by Gaëtan Chekaiban
Art, technology, accessibility and change—we’re living in very exciting times! I’m a global, business professional with a lifelong passion for art. After working in both advertising and the tech sector in Europe and in the USA, I started MvVO Art to create innovative opportunities for artists, collectors, art lovers, art experts and corporate sponsors to discover each other and create powerful partnerships. Our debut project is the Accessible Art Fair New York present ...

Photography of Art: A Proven, Captivating Power

Sep 13, 2016

By The Clarion List
“If you go and Google the Mona Lisa,” says Andy Romer of Andy Romer Photography, “I guarantee you she’ll have a dozen different complexions or tonalities.” Only one, of course, accurately represents the masterpiece. How can contemporary artists and institutions make sure that what they’re showing matches up with what the public sees online and in books and catalogs? This is where Romer comes in. He photographs artwork for artists, galleries, and museums to ensure that they have the best documentation possible. Images of art (perhaps even more than the physical works themselves) shape perception of both individual pieces and artists&rsq ...

A New Approach to Discovering Art Talent

Sep 12, 2016

INTERVIEW OF THE MONTH: THE ACCESSIBLE ART FAIR NEW YORK. The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with innovative art companies. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and make the art services market in general more transparent.
This month we discussed art fairs and market accessibility with Maria van Vlodrop, founder of MvVO ART and co-founder, Director of The Accessible Art Fair New York edition presented by MvVO ART. Learn about this unique fair, how artists are selected to exhibit and sell directly to fair visitors, and how technolo ...

Online Art Dealers — A Practical Overview of The Fast-Growing Hunting Ground for Collectors

Aug 16, 2016

We download music and electronic books every day. Order groceries, housewares, clothes, and office supplies from online sales outlets without a second thought. But is it possible to find the next addition to your art collection on a website? Yes. The online art market is growing and it is enabling collectors to discover emerging artists from around the world. Some online art sales sites work in conjunction with brick & mortar galleries, while others act as virtual shops in the growing international art marketplace.
Is the Online Market for Real?
Bruce Grimes Founder of Subculture Collective, goes straight to the stats to support his perception of both the growth of sales and the increa ...

Interview of the Month with ArtBinder

Jul 29, 2016

The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with leading art service providers. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and make the art services market in general more transparent.
This month we discussed art tech with Sofie Scheerlinck, Head of Business Strategy at ArtBinder. ArtBinder has been busy enhancing the art world with innovative technology for art professionals around the world through their collection & gallery management software and other related tech products.
The Clarion List: What is ArtBinder and why is it unique?
Sof ...

Art Tours - The Many Benefits for Both Veteran Collectors and Curious Art Lovers

Jun 21, 2016

Many art lovers enjoy visiting museums while traveling. They will wax poetic describing their first youthful visit to the Louvre, advise you to get a private tour of the Vatican collection and suggest venturing outside of Amsterdam to the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo. But art tourism can be much more, happening both in your hometown and while traveling.
The world is full of exciting art, emerging artists, hidden gem galleries and opportunities to visit studios. Art tours give art tourists, curious locals and veteran collectors insider access to local art scenes around the world.
Who takes Art Tours? Collectors, Students & Curious Art Lovers
Art tours come in a variety of ...

Interview of the Month with UNITEL Art Loss Consultants

May 31, 2016

The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with leading art service providers. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and make the art services market in general more transparent. This month we discussed art thefts, art recovery and art security with William P. Callahan, founder of UNITEL Art Loss Consultants. Since 1978, UNITEL has provided highly confidential investigative and security services worldwide. Find out why the US has fewer art thefts than Europe, the profile of a typical art thief, how new technology can protect collections, hi ...

Handle with Care: 5 Reasons to Hire an Art Transport & Installation Company

May 17, 2016

Whether you’re moving your art collection across town to your new home, wrapping up a treasure to be sent as a gift, or simply hanging your latest acquisition, the logistics of packing, shipping and installation require the expertise of art professionals. Art—unlike clothes, boxes of books and general furniture—presents special challenges that are outside the sphere of ordinary movers and do-it-yourself-ers. We explore five important reasons to hire specialized art transport and art installation companies.
“Art was not meant to travel.” Jonathan Schwartz, President/CEO, Atelier4
Reason 1: Protective Packing for Transport
   Works of art are often fr ...

The 5 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Say, “I’ll Take It” to a Work of Art…

Apr 18, 2016

It’s easy to walk into a gallery and swoon at the sight of a work of art, but making the decision to buy it is complex. We asked an art consultant, a conservator, an attorney and an adjuster for the important issues to consider before making such a big purchase.
Question 1: Is it True Love or an Infatuation?
Even experienced collectors have made mistakes, so it’s a good idea to take a little time to ponder your reaction. You may want to consider how it fits into your existing collection; how and where you would display it; and if your gut tells you that the price is in keeping with the value of this particular artwork.
Annelien Bruins of Tang Art Advisory offers her clients a ...

Art Collection Management: The Action Backstage

Apr 08, 2016

Behind the scenes of every smart art collection—from those of the grandest museums to those of novice collectors with a few paintings—collection management fuels the passion. From authentication and provenance reports to storage and insurance documentation, art collectors can become overwhelmed by paperwork. It can hamper new acquisitions, hold up sales, undermine donations or simply take the fun out of collecting. The backstage work of collection management holds it all together, allowing you to enjoy your art while growing your collection.
Inventory as Necessity
All collections require the baseline of a proper inventory, and pulling together the information may be a challenge ...

You Loved It, You Bought It… Now What? Crucial Art Framing & Lighting Decisions

Apr 08, 2016

Whether you are a first-time buyer of fine art or a longtime serious collector, there’s a special thrill when you bring your new “baby” home. But as soon as you do, you’re faced with complicated questions about framing and lighting and concerns about conservation. Take your time and do your research. The choices you make right now will have an impact on the value, preservation, and pleasure of owning a work of art.
Not All Frames are Alike
Frames are both aesthetic and practical. A good frame augments the beauty or drama of a work of art while protecting it from damage caused by light, mold, dust, moisture, pollution and other environmental hazards.
“Frames g ...

Art Insurance—The Protection You Hope You Never Use

Apr 08, 2016

“A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.”
- Leonardo da Vinci
Wild fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, theft, vandalism, damage in transit… All sorts of nightmare scenarios haunt art collectors. Insuring your collection may not be as much fun as hunting for a new work of art, but it is a serious issue for devoted art lovers.
Replacing the Irreplaceable
Insurance is important because it helps protect your investment in art as well as the artworks themselves. Whether you collect contemporary mixed media, vintage photography, 19th-century bronze sculptures or mid-century modern painters, you’ve invested time, energy, passion and considerable money ...

Art Conservators—The Healthcare Providers for Your Art Collection

Apr 08, 2016

Art conservators provide healthcare to your art collection. They are the professionals you should turn to when it’s time to prevent and repair damage to works in your collection. They are trained and educated in art history, chemistry and current restorative techniques. Before hiring a conservator, check their credentials—which should include a Masters Degree from an accredited Art Conservator program. Good as New? Collectors often confuse the common term ‘art restorer’ with the professional title Art Conservator. The difference is years of study and extensive training. The work of a qualified art conservator goes deeper than the surface appearance of an artwork, cari ...

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