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Bring art into your life.

The story of the art world is a story of resilience. The last six months, with most galleries having to close their doors to the public, with major art fairs cancelled and museums closed, that story has once again proven to be true. 

Yes, according to the recent Art Basel and UBS study titled "Impact of COVID-19 on the Gallery Sector" one-third of galleries downsized during the first half of 2020, laying off employees in response to the pandemic. Yes, art sales have contracted by an average 36% during the first six months of the year; and yes, smaller galleries reported the largest decline in sales. 

But, in spite of everything, gallerists, artists, and collectors' commitment to art stayed strong and unshakable throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Visiting with galleries since they started reopening to the public, I was reminded once again that this level of dedication and commitment is deeply rooted in the knowledge that viewing art and living with art promotes human connections and dialogue. More than ever we need these personal interactions to counteract the social isolation that comes with too much time spent online.

There are many wonderful gallery shows to see this fall, from New York to Paris. Don't deprive yourself of that pleasure. Whether you are looking to acquire art for personal enjoyment or for investment, whether for home, office and public spaces, I invite you to go look at art. Bring your mask. You are going to love it! 

You will find in this newsletter highlights from the art world based on what I feel are the best shows and interviews, and the important news of the moment. I hope you will enjoy this newsletter as much as I have enjoyed putting the content together, and that you will find reading it insightful.

I would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me at estelle@partnerinart.com.
Let's talk about how I can support you in your journey to collect art.

Warmly,
Estelle
http://partnerinart.com

Highlights from the Art World
Gallery openings: Some great shows to kick off the fall!
 
Most art galleries in New York City and beyond have by now reopened, some finally opening shows that were initially scheduled for late March or early April. Make sure to check if the gallery is open by appointment only before heading out. And don't forget your mask!  

In my view, nothing replaces the initial impression of looking at art in person. Here are a few of my picks for New York City:
  • Miles McEnery Gallery electrifying new show of works by Beverly Fisham. Also, not to be missed is the wonderful group show "Do You Think It Needs A Cloud?" in the gallery's newly expanded space. 
  • "Traveling light" is a beautiful exhibition of new paintings by Belgian born artist Harold Ancart at David Zwirner on 19th Street. Check the accompanying video, where the artist walks us through the exhibition. Worth going and watching. 
  • I highly recommend Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander new show at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. 
  • Zürcher Gallery is kicking of the fall with a special edition of Salon Zürcher "11 Women of Spirit," showcasing the work of 11 emerging women artists. The salon format makes for an intimate and informal interaction with art.
     
Inka Essenhigh, Thistle, 2019, Enamel on Canvas

On collecting: Art restoration and conservation

I had the privilege recently of working with painting conservator and art restorer Luca Bonetti and his team. Bonetti, who specializes in modern and contemporary painting, has restored over the years paintings by countless artists including Josef Albers, Cecilia Vicuña and Frank Stella.

Stepping into Bonetti's studio is like stepping back in time. As much as the art world is fast-paced (a little less so since the onset of the pandemic), painting conservation is all about a slow, deliberate and meticulous approach. Bonetti's compares his work to one of an "art doctor."
 

Why consult with a painting conservator?

  • Conservators can restore and treat a wide range of damage caused by excess humidity, water, smoke, soot and dust.
  • Damages range from paint cracking, paint loss and tears; canvas slacking or warping and stains.
  • Galleries, artists and collectors consult with conservators and restorers on the condition of an artwork in preparation for purchase, sale or resale.
  • Conservators can provide collectors with a plan to preserve artworks to give them a chance to survive long into the future.
  • Conservators provide clients with detailed condition report and treatment proposal


Luca Bonetti working on a painting by Frank Stella 
Photo Luca Bonetti Painting Conservation Studio

Museums shows: Get your timed tickets!

  • The Brooklyn Museum, which just reopened its door to the public, picked it up where it had left off last March with a monumental multimedia exhibition of acclaimed French artist JR, titled Chronicles." The exhibition has been extended through October 18. JR is known for his large public art installations. Also on view is an exhibition tracing the famed history of Studio 54. Definitely a fun outing! 
  • Not to be missed: Donald Judd retrospective at the MoMA in New York; the first survey of the artist's work in more than 30 years. The show, that opened to critical acclaims in early March, has been extended until January 2021. Admission is free through September 27.


JR, The Chronicles of New York City, Close up, Lightbox 

Must Read

News: According to the recent Art Basel and UBS study on the "Impact of COVID-19 on the Gallery Sector," one-third of galleries downsized during the first half of 2020, laying off employees in response to the pandemic; art sales have contracted by an average 36% during the first 6 months of the year; and smaller galleries reported the largest decline in sale. As a sign of things to come, most galleries shifted their priorities to boosting online sales. As a results, the share of online sales rose from 10% of total sales in 2019 to 37% in the first half of 2020. Download the full survey and key findings


Vote.org launched a "Plan Your Vote" campaign to promote and encourage people to exercise their right to vote in November. For this campaign, the organization has enrolled the help of over 60 contemporary artists to create original artworks and images that are free for anyone to download and circulate. Among some of the artists who have so far participated in the campaign are Sanford Biggers, Marcel Dzamam, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, and Laurie Simmons. Check the entire library of voting advocacy images
 

Books: Kusama: The Graphic Novel, written and illustrated by Elise Macellari, is just out. The graphic novel follows the life of artist Yayoi Kusama from her childhood in Japan to her rise to fame as a world renowned contemporary artist. Can't wait to read it! Read more

Newsflash:  In response to the Black Lives Matter protests, Vanity Fair commissioned artist Amy Sherald to paint a commemorative portrait of the late Breonna Taylor for the cover of its September issue. Taylor was killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky this past March and her name has become a call to action. Sherald is the artist who famously painted Michelle Obama's official portrait. Read more
 

On Collecting 
Look for the "Collector Spotlight" in my October newsletter!

Contact me at estelle@partnerinart.com with any questions you might have.

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