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Bring art into your life.

2020 has been relentless. Yet, I cannot help but marvel at how much we have learned, collectively, individually. We were called to adapt, be resilient and to appreciate a lot of the things we took for granted. We, the urban type, have found out that nature and being in nature reduces stress. We have also come to realize that, more than ever, art is vital to our well-being, as individual and as society.
As famed art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund once put it "However dark, however demanding the realities of existence are, artists provide the lift, the light, the ways to make it through. They help us find the joys and delights, the hopes we need for our days and hours. I am grateful for their gifts". 
I, too am grateful for the gift art is and for my clients who trust me to source art for them. For me art is a bias. A choice to focus my attention on something beautiful, a willingness to learn from and embrace others and be open to the possibilities.
In this month newsletter you will learn about two extraordinary artists that have brought renewed interest in quilt making in the contemporary art world. You will read about my practice as an art advisor and what my clients say about what I do for them as well as my artist spotlight and important news from the art world. 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 and Museum Exhibitions: Quilt in Contemporary Art
Quilt making, long associated with domesticity, craft and by and large considered a lesser medium is now at the center of outstanding new gallery and museum exhibitions. Both artists Sanford Biggers and Bisa Butler bring fresh and new ideas to the medium and have created some extraordinary works.
Interested in exploring fabric and quilt-based art to complement and add texture and softness to your art collection? Let's talk.
  • Soft Truths is a must see exhibition of artist Sanford Biggers' most recent works at Marianne Boeskly Gallery. The show is comprised of both sculptures and quilt-based art installations that explore and question the classical and traditional canon of aesthetic. Biggers new body of work was influenced and informed in part by the artist residency at the American Academy in Rome following the artist winning the Rome Prize in Visual Arts in 2018. This year, Biggers was awarded the prestigious Guggenhein Fellowship. The show is up until December 12. 
  • Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, is the artist first museum retrospective that features over 50 of Biggers' quilt-based works. Unfortunately, the online presentation does not gives justice to this exceptional show. Open until January 24, 2021. 
  • Short of traveling to Chicago to go see Bisa Butler: Portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago, I highly recommend that you watch the video that accompany the exhibition. It is wonderful, informative and really gives the viewer some insight into the artist' practice and process. Butler's series of intricately quilted portraits are worth seeing.
 
Sanford Biggers, Ecclesiastes 1, 2020, Antique quilt, assorted textiles, wood

On collecting: the role of art advisors

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the glut of information online? The pandemic has, to a great extent, exacerbated that feeling. In the art world alone, every gallery, auction house and art fair, the world over, now offers online viewing rooms, 3 D exhibition tours, artists videos, interviews, Q&A. You name it, it is all at our fingertips. As much as I have come to embrace the possibilities that comes with more seamless online interactions in the art world, I now see my role as an art advisor as more pivotal than ever. My role as an art advisor is to inform, educate and inspire my clients and ultimately help them make an informed decision when buying art. As an independent Art Advisor, I specialize in contemporary art from paintings, to sculptures, photography, limited edition prints and more. In the last several years, I have placed more than 100 works on art in private collections for all sorts of clients. Whether you’re an established art collector or just starting out, here is what I can do for you:
  • Art advisors connect clients with art that is right for them, both in terms of aesthetic and price. 
  • Art Advisors provide access to galleries, art fairs and artists; have advanced knowledge of upcoming exhibitions and art sales; and negotiate the price of artworks for their clients.
  • Art advisors look at artists' career over time, such as galleries and museums representation and affiliation and exhibition history, to evaluate the art for its relevance in the art world. 
  • Art advisors like myself bring an in-depth knowledge of the art market and its players and provide services along the entire acquisition spectrum from making the connections, to educating, negotiating, buying, delivering, installing and long term collection management. 
Jose Parla's opening reception at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in Chelsea, New York

Artist spotlight: Claudia Wieser

I have followed Claudia Wieser's work for some time and really love the way she integrates elements of design and architecture in her all immersive art installations. Truly multi-disciplinary, Claudia Wieser is based out of Berlin, Germany. Her practice, influenced by the Bauhaus and the Arts and Crafts movement, seamlessly combines carved wooden sculptures, hand-painted ceramics, multi-faceted mirrored works as well as pencil and gold-leaf drawings. Taken together, her works make for strikingly beautiful and immersive exhibitions where the artist work is as much the act as the set.
Check images of the artist current museum show at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago. Claudia Wieser: Generations is the artist first solo traveling museum exhibition in the United States, currently on view until December 13, 2020.
Claudia Wieser's site specific installation recently also served as the set for Hermes Spring-Summer 2021 Women's runway fashion show.  
Interested to learn more about the artist, let me know. Wieser's wooden sculptures are gorgeous as are her faceted mirrored works. 
 

Claudia Wieser, Chapter Exhibition, Marianne Boesky Gallery

Must Read

In the News: "Deaccessioning", the act of selling works of art from one's collection, is still the most taboo and controversial subject in the art world. For some the practice is simply unethical and wrong. Period. Should it still be that way? One thing is sure, the current pandemic has shaken the status quo. Now major museums are forced to sell works from their collection to survive. Read the article "Why do institutions sell art" in ARTnews.

"Price Transparency" is the other hotly debated topic in the art world and a trend the pandemic has only accelerated. Forced to move online, many galleries and international fairs like Frieze have now opted to clearly list the price of the works of art sold online, in an effort to be more transparent and create a more efficient marketplace. I highly recommend reading this excellent article from artnet on the subject

 


 

Books: If you like beautiful books, beautiful objects and beautiful works of art, you might like ARTIKA's gorgeous limited edition artist's book created in collaboration with artist Jaume Plensa. The book case itself is as much a sculpture and decorative object as it is a book. ARTIKA is a publishing house based in Barcelona, Spain. Check it out and let me know if interested.  

Newsflash: After the announcement was made that President elect Joe Biden and Vice-President elect Kamala Harris had won the US presidential election this past weekend, the Biden campaign released a heartwarming video to the tune of Ray Charles' "America the beautiful" to celebrate America's diversity and stress unity. For the video, the campaign used the iconic golden picture frame that artist Lorraine O'Grady has used as a prop in many of her art performances. Watch the video and read ARTnews article.

On Collecting: clients testimonials

Shoot-out to my wonderful clients. Feeling grateful.  "Estelle has been a terrific partner in helping me acquire a collection of art and sculptures that gives me joy every day" David

"Estelle is a true partner. With her guidance, we have been able to establish a collection of art that not only reflects our taste but also works with our lifestyle and speaks to our interest and causes as a family. We could not image our home without the art that Estelle helped us acquire" Elena & Brian


Let's talk about art! 
 estelle@partnerinart.com

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