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Bring art into your life.

The future is "hybrid", and the art world is no exception. While the learning curve has been steep and there is still so much left to learn, I have finally come to embrace all the virtual art world has to offer.
Online viewing rooms are not here to replace gallery shows and art fairs, as was the fear, they are here to supplement them; enhance the experience. I attended this year in more online fairs, virtual tours, online zoom meetings and talks with artists from across the globe than ever before and have learned a great deal. These interactions have felt at time both personal and insightful.
Yet, this will never fully replace the immediate gut reaction you get from seeing art in person; from being surrounded by art. Hybrid it is. Let's embrace it! 
This coming May, I look forward to attending Frieze New York in person at the Shed. This will be my first IRL fair in over a year. I am thrilled as fairs offer a unique opportunity to see art. But I also look forward to the expanded online programming that will run in parallel with the fair. 
While digital innovation helped the art market fare surprisingly well during the pandemic, it is how digital innovation is put to the service of the art world that is the key to success. 
I invite you to read my newsletter in hopes you will feel inspired to go see art and take advantage of all that the virtual art world has to offer.
I hope you will discover art and artists that resonate with you; works that pick your interest and inspire you.
For all inquiries contact me at estelle@partnerinart.com. I look forward to talking to you!
Warmly,
Estelle
http://partnerinart.com

Highlights from the Art World

Museum Shows & Gallery Exhibitions

Spring is in the air and New York is slowly coming back to life. As more people are getting vaccinated this side of the Atlantic, New York is getting ready to host its first in person art fair since the pandemic and galleries and museums are putting on great shows.
Here are 2 shows you should not miss this Spring in New York:
  • Alice Neel: People Come First, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  is the first museum retrospective in New York of the artist in twenty years. Alice Neel is considered to be one of the greatest American portraitist of the 20th Century. This show assemble over 100 works by the artist whose portraits conveys people's humanity, vulnerability and raw emotions. Not to be missed. 
  • Nicki de Saint Phalle, Joy Revolution at Salon 94 new gallery space right around the corner from the Metropolitan Museum. The exhibition brings together monumental sculptures, maquettes, paintings, works on paper, and mosaic furniture by de Saint Phalle that have rarely been seen together in the United States. The show like its title is joyous, colorful, whimsical and overall.fascinating  While there, also check Japanese ceramist Takuro Kuwata's work. 
Nicki de Saint Phalle, Joy Revolution Exhibition at Salon 94
On collecting art
 
What does collecting art really means? For the longest time I felt that collecting art meant having a curated collection around a theme. A glorious example of a collection developed around a thematic is the Mott-Warsh Collection. The Mott-Warsh Collection, based in Flint Michigan, is a private collection of "art created by artists of the African diaspora and other who reflect on it". The mission is clear and the boundaries easily defined. 

Yet, I have come to realize that most private collections don't fall into that category. Collectors don't necessarily start off with a plan. Art collections are built over time, one piece at a time. Here are what most collectors have in common:

  • They buy art that they love
  • The are intentional in their approach
  • They do research to get a good understanding of the artist's career, relevance and standing
  • They have a budget in mind
  • They like spreading the word about the art and artists that they love and collect
How do you go about buying art? As an art advisor, I put my expertise to the service of my clients so that they can buy and collect art that they love with the confidence of knowing they are making an informed decision. Anyone can collect art. It starts with one piece!
 
Markus Linnenbrink,"Aplantthatlackscoherence" , 2020
Epoxy resin and pigments on woods, Miles McEnery Gallery
Spotlight: Craft in Art
 
For the longest time, craft has been looked down upon by the art world. Craft was a lesser genre, the realm of mostly women in a world dominated by men. Craft was "decorative" which in the art world was akin to an insult. Thankfully, this no longer holds true and the old canons don't stand the passing of time!
The Whitney Museum of Art last fall dedicated an entire exhibition to craft in contemporary art and how contemporary artists have explored the materials and techniques of craft in their practice. 
Here are 4 contemporary artists, that I love and mostly work in the medium of ceramics. Ceramics sculptures are a great addition to any art collection.
  • The Haas Brothers: the artists blur the lines between fashion, art and design with their enchanting and intricate and whimsical ceramics sculptures and objects.
  • Roberto Lugo in his work, Lugo blend hip-hop culture imageries with the formality of English ceramic.  
  • Pascale Fournier is a French ceramist and sculptor who draws her inspiration from ancient civilizations and the natural beauty of the Bourgogne region where she lives and works. 
  • Milena Muzquiz:  is known for her organic shaped ceramics that melds elements of her Mexican culture and the landscape and colors of California. 
Interested to find out about available works by these artists, contact Partner in Art
 
Pascale Fournier, Cross to Bear Series, 2020, Glaze Ceramic and Limestone

Must Read

In the News: In this article subtitled "What has changed, what will stay the same, and what's left to innovate in all corners of the art market" after the pandemic, artnet highlights some of the key findings of its Spring 2021 Intelligence Report. Read more

  •  According to the report, the pandemic will only strengthen the experience economy 
  • While digital innovations helped the art market fare surprisingly well during the pandemic, it further blurred the lines between art and entertainment; art, fashion, music and design.
  • Art professionals can no longer put off developing a digital strategy at the risk of becoming irrelevant.
  • Of all the sectors in the art market, art fairs have been the hardest hit.

Book: L’art Qui Guérit (translated: Art That Heals) by French neuroscientist Pierre Lemarquis. In his new book Lemarquis reveals that seeing or making art can play a critical role in healing our bodies and minds. Now we have science-backed evidence to explain what all art collectors and art lovers have intuited all along. Art is vital to our well-being and living with art is good for us. Looking at art activates in our brains the release of hormones like dopamine and endorphins that contribute to both our physical and mental health. Now I know why seeing art makes me feel alive! Read more about the book in artnet news

On Collecting: 

What is stopping you from buying art? Maybe you don't know where to start or maybe you don't see yourself as an "art collector"?
You don't need to be an expert to buy and collect art. I am here to help.  As an art advisor, I put my expertise to the service of my clients so that they can buy and collect art that they love without all the hassle With my help, you too can start collecting art; one piece at a time. Let's talk! Schedule your free art consultation today!

estelle@partnerinart.com 

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