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The tragic death of George Floyd is the one single event that has galvanized the art world, the way the coronavirus could never have. 
Yes, we were all feeling in one way or another that the rug had been pulled from under our feet and that our world had sadly shrunk. But nothing compares with the feeling of injustice that has been bottled up for years and that has only been exacerbated by this pandemic. The Black Lives Matter movement is here to remind us that we all have a responsibility to right the wrong that has been done. Galleries and museums have a responsibility not only to show artists of color but to hire curators, educators, and administrators that represent our diverse society.

Collectors also can make a conscious efforts to support artists of color.
As an art advisor I can help you with that lofty goal. Whether you are looking to acquire art for personal enjoyment or for investment; whether for home, office and public spaces, I can help you navigate the art market and provide access to the best art and artists to meet your goals and needs.

You will find in this newsletter highlights from the art world based on what I feel are the best and most relevant shows and 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 by replying to this email, or via my website with your feedback questions and/or inquiries.

Let's talk about Art! 


Highlights from the Art World
Art Fairs & Artist Spotlight
  • While Art Basel in Basel Switzerland has been cancelled this year, Art Basel virtual platform and online edition will go live on June 19 and run through June 26. Contact me directly for VIP previews starting tomorrow, June 17. Check Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms.
  • Artist spotlight: Marcel Dzama. In response to the Black Lives Matter protests and the highly criticized response of President Trump to the events, artist Marcel Dzama created this new drawing titled A Blasphemers Photo Op. Marcel Dzama, is an internationally recognized artist who has exhibited around the world and is known for his incisive ink and watercolor drawings. He is represented by David Zwirner Gallery. 
Marcel Dzama, A Blasphemers Photo Op, 2020

On Collecting: Prints

Prints are a great way for beginner collectors to start buying art. Most artists collaborate at some point or another in their career with master printers. Limited edition etching or silkscreen, or unique monotype or monoprint, are often more affordable than a painting. While British artist Nigel Cooke's paintings sell for a couple of hundred thousand dollars, the monotype shown below sold for $25,000 at Pace Prints. The choice of paper is also an integral part of what makes prints so beautiful and interesting, as master printers often use handmade paper. 

Here is what you need to know about prints:

  • Printmaking is a medium, like painting and sculpture.
  • Prints are not reproductions on paper of existing works of art. In fact, prints are original works of art in their own right that are conceived and executed by the artist in multiple in the medium of printmaking. 
  • Printmaking is a collaboration between an artist and a master printer.
  • There are many different types of printmaking, among others: limited edition Etching, Lithography, Silkscreen and unique Monoprint or Monotype 
  • Always look for the size of the edition. Smaller is always better.
Nigel Cooke, Artist's Garden 2, Monotype, 2019

Museums: National Museum of African American History and Culture 
No art museum has done more than the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington DC to highlight the richness and the diversity of the African American culture and how integral and vital it is to the American society and nation. I can't wait to go back and explore the museum once again.

The museum also just released "Talking About Race," an online portal that has a wealth of information meant to educate the public on race issues. According to the website the portal is "designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture".  A must see and read.

Amy Sherald, Grand Dame Queenie, 2012
Collection of the National Museum of African History and Culture

Must Read

"Across the US, artists have responded to the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests with impactful and urgent work", according to this Guardian article. Read more

Untitled Art Fair will launch the first ever virtual reality art fair this summer. According to artnet news, the platform is built with video game software. Read more

Books: "Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art" by Mary Gabriel. Excellent book, well written and researched and full of colorful stories and anecdotes. I highly recommend it! 

Newsflash:  Sadly, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will not reopen until Mid-August or later and cancel all talks, tours and events through 2020. Read article from Hyperallergic

Bonus: Check out the Summit Film Society to rent and watch wonderful independent movies including "Beyond the visible: Hilma af Klint" a documentary by Halina Dyrschka.



On Collecting: Photography

Look for my next column "On Collecting: Photography " in my summer newsletter.

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