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

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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 ...

Interview of the Month with Arthena

Apr 08, 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 the unique art market start-up Arthena with Madelaine D’Angelo, Founder & CEO,and Katya Khazei Director of Marketing. Learn what makes their platform unique among art funds, and how their new product can help gallerists, advisors and experienced collectors co-invest in art with their friends and peers.
The Clarion List: What is A ...

What It’s Worth: How Art Appraisers Value Art

Apr 08, 2016

There are many reasons to call in a professional art appraiser to determine the value of a work of art or an entire collection. You may be dividing an inherited collection among heirs, seeking to collateralize a loan or need to raise cash quickly.
A valuation may be needed to:
- Ascertain the fair market value for an estate, donations or for the IRS
- Determine the net marketable cash value (after expenses) in the event of a divorce or lawsuit
- Obtain a retail replacement value for insurance
- Fix a salvage value (for after a catastrophe)
- Set a value for the purposes of loan collateral
- Find out the liquidation value (during a bankruptcy or to cover large expenses like tuition or ...

Private Art Dealers—The Ultimate Art Market Insiders

Apr 08, 2016

Private Art Dealers are growing in both numbers and influence as more and more art collectors choose to buy and sell art behind closed doors. Private dealers offer access to networks of artists and collectors, insider’s knowledge of the marketplace and great pricing. Savvy collectors, corporations and institutions are discovering the advantages of one-on-one brokered art deals in the midst of a competitive and sometimes overwhelming art world of public galleries, auctions houses, online sales and art fairs.
Knowledge of the Marketplace and a Passion for Art
Many private dealers have long experience in galleries, auction houses and museums. Some keep a foot in each camp, by continuing ...

Interview of the Month: Rosanna Cundall, Managing Director, Sophie Macpherson Ltd.

Mar 15, 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 the specialized art recruitment industry with Rosanna Cundall, Managing Director of leading search firm Sophie Macpherson Ltd.  Learn how the art market has drastically changed for employers and employees alike in the last 15 years, what makes SML unique, and predictions for the future of art market recruiting.
The Clarion List: What ...

Interview with Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art

Feb 17, 2016

We continue 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 how e-commerce is shaking up the art market with Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP of the leading online platform Saatchi Art. Curious about buying art online? Learn how it works on their platform, about their unique point of difference, and about the tens of thousands of artists choosing to sell via Saatchi Art.
The Clarion List: What is Saatchi Art? ...

Interview with Heather Marx Art Advisory

Jan 07, 2016

We continue 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.
For our first interview of 2016, Heather Marx of Heather Marx Art Advisory discusses what it’s like to be a Bay Area-based art consultant, strange client requests, misconceptions about her field, the SF art market and more.
The Clarion List: What services does Heather Marx Art Advisory offer clients?
Heather Marx: We offer a comprehensive list of services for individuals ...

Art Law & Art Recovery: How Stolen Art Became Stalin's Art

Dec 15, 2015

Holocaust art recovery cases are the most compelling cases in fine art law. We cheer for the families who have spent generations trying to recover their priceless treasures systematically stolen by the Nazi regime before and during World War II. On Oct 2015, United States Court Appeals affirmed in favor of Yale University in a case brought against them by a man whose grandfather's Van Gogh was seized by the Bolsheviks as “state property" in 1918. So, apparently not all tyrant art seizures are considered equal. For sure, a potential can of worms exists if we second guess a foreign state’s government conduct towards its citizens. Do we really want to question a government seizure f ...

A Guide to Art Investment for the Uninitiated

Nov 23, 2015

Looking for an alternative form of investment? Fine art can bring great rewards, but you need to do your homework and seek advice. When Grace Cossington Smith's modernist painting The Window sold for double its pre-sale estimate at a Sotheby's Australia auction in November 2014, the local art world was aghast.

What To Know What's Going On In The Contemporary Art Market? Look At The Day Sales

Nov 20, 2015

As everyone in the art market knows, the day sales are where business gets done. Dealers buy, sell and trade in the room; collectors, well, collect. The secondary market breathes in and out as a greater volume of works at lower price points trades.

Purchasing Fine Art Is Increasingly Just a Click Away

Oct 29, 2015

Since the dawn of the web, companies have tried - and mostly failed - to sell fine art online. In 1999, for example, eBay bought Butterfield & Butterfield, one of the largest traditional auction houses, for $260 million, promising to use technology to bring fine art to the masses.
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Have Multi-Million Dollar Forgery Scandals Changed the Art Market for Good?

Oct 20, 2015

There's a consensus, though, that the very obstacles to determining authenticity highlighted by Knoedler and Beltracchi are still formidable, because the ways of doing business have changed little, if at all. Consider provenance. If a work can be traced from the current owner back to the artist, it's almost a guarantee of authenticity.

Purchasing Art in a Market Full of Forgeries: Risks and Legal Remedies for Buyers

Oct 14, 2015

by Leila Amineddoleh. Since the first lawsuit against the Knoedler Gallery was filed for selling forgeries, the art world has been abuzz with stories of high-end fakes. However, forgeries are not a new phenomenon. The law of supply and demand dictates that there will be no end to the rising value of artworks done by the hands of “masters.” And with soaring market prices, art forgery will proliferate as forgers find incentive in skyrocketing sales. At the heart of forgery disputes is the determination of authenticity. Who makes these determinations? How does the market and legal world handle a battle of experts? Moreover, what remedies are available to disappointed buyers? The bes ...

Developing DNA as a Standard for Authenticating Art

Oct 13, 2015

The artist Eric Fischl remembers the time a friend waved a catalog at him to alert him that one of his paintings was up for auction for six figures in London. In reality, the work was a fake, but so convincing, Mr. Fischl said, "I thought I was losing my mind."

Estate Planning Can Get Tricky When Art Is Concerned

Oct 02, 2015

Art investors are nearly always advised not to invest in art at all, but to collect it. Buy what you like, the conventional wisdom goes, not what you expect to increase in value. But collectors still must contemplate financial matters, especially related to inheritance, advisers say.
Source : the new york times

Should you invest in booming global art market?

Oct 02, 2015

With major art fairs taking place across the globe from Chicago to Istanbul to Shanghai, art enthusiasts, collectors and sophisticated investors alike are questioning whether to acquire works of fine art as investments. And as significant appreciation emerges in some corners of the art market, we see growing interest from clients about incorporating art into their investment portfolios.

Navigating the Art Scene With a Wingman for Hire, With Insights from The Clarion List

Oct 02, 2015

"...An option for serious shoppers is an art adviser, who can guide collectors through the city’s galleries and auction houses. Fee structures vary, but in a common scenario, the adviser will charge a 10% commission while negotiating a trade discount to help defray costs...."
 
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Restoring the Value of Damaged Art

Sep 28, 2015

Insurers of fine art hear lots of excuses in their line of work. Almost as many as third-grade teachers. The movers dropped it. A pipe broke and sprayed water all over it. Somewhere, a dog is likely to have eaten at least one collector's favorite painting.

Selling an Art Collection: A 5 Step Art Market Adventure

Sep 18, 2015

If you’ve inherited an art collection and you’re considering selling all or part of it, you are in for an art market adventure! It can be an emotional and financial roller coaster ride, so it pays to take your time, consult with experts and enjoy learning about the other side of art collecting. Step One—Discover What You Have So You Can Sell The very first step is to figure out what—exactly—you now own and how much the individual pieces are worth in today’s market. This is a good time to bring in both an art appraiser (to help you get an idea of current market values) and an art conservator to assess any damage that may need to be addressed prior to sales. ...

You Don't Have to Be Mad to Invest in Art, But You Do Have To Be Realistic

Sep 17, 2015

Even if you’re tempted by arguments that art is the next new asset class, and data such as the Mei Moses World All Art Index, which as of June 2015 had outperformed the S&P 500 since the end of 2013, there are a few caveats to bear in mind. First, you can’t and shouldn’t view a work of art as an investment, regardless of what some economists argue. Sure, your new painting may hold its value and may even appreciate. But art is the most illiquid and opaque market imaginable, one that makes the murky worlds of hedge funds and private equity look positively transparent in comparison. Read more...
Source : the guardian - Suzanne McGee 

Why Did I Buy THAT? And 5 Other Art Collector Mistakes To Avoid

Sep 02, 2015

Why did I buy THAT? It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now that you’ve brought home the latest addition to your collection, you are second-guessing the decision to buy it. What happened? 
 Source: Tumbler

Art Collector Wingmen: The 7 Experts You’ll Need on Your Team When You Get Serious about Collecting

Jun 29, 2015

Creating a Serious Art Collection
Anyone with a passion for art and some discretionary funds can buy a few collectables for their home. It’s a lovely idea and we hope everyone enjoys art as an integral part of life. But collecting is much more than hanging a painting over your sofa. It’s a leap into the heart of the art world, a strange and wonderful junction where love, taste and commerce meet. When you are ready to get serious about collecting, it’s smart to consult professionals who will help you navigate the complex process of creating and nurturing your collection.
Here are the seven experts you should tap when you get serious about art: Art Title Provider, Art Consu ...

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