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What an exciting time to be an art collector. From the Armory in New York to Art Basel in Switzerland, Frieze in London, FIAC in Paris and now Art Basel in Miami the fall has offered many opportunities for collectors and art lovers alike to see art in person and discover new artists.
While the frantic pace of the past couple of months can be disorienting at times, I am happy to be back writing this newsletter and reflect on the past couple of months and how the art world is emerging from the pandemic.

“The art world we are returning to is not the art world we left in 2020”, observes art critic Jerry Saltz. Under the semblance of normalcy, the art world has emerged radically changed. The pandemic has accelerated the migration “online” while the political unrest following the murder of George Floyd has cracked open old power structures. 
The art world has emerged more diverse, more vibrant, more inclusive and no doubt we are better off for it. This has never been more apparent than art Art Basel Miami where black, indigenous and artists of colors were front and center, celebrated, coveted; opening a whole new word for collectors and of collectors. Diversity in the art world has become the norm and collectors are embracing the change. There is no longer one narrative and rather many opportunities for new and young art collectors to enter the market and find art and artists that resonate with them.

Many collectors have also embraced online viewing platforms, fundamentally changing the way we view art, learn about art and buy art. According to a report published by Artsy on “Art Collecting 2021” every art collector is an “online collector”.  Social media platforms, like Instagram and online art marketplaces like Artsy, have become the platforms of choice for looking at art; discovering new artists and artworks. They have become the driving force behind both online and offline purchases. In 2021, online sales account for 25% of the overall art market sales, up from 9% in 2019 according to Artsy. 

The result of all these changes is a more inclusive art market, where new and seasoned collectors alike can enter the market. You can email me at estelle@partnerinart.com  if you need help sourcing art; and follow me on instagram @estelle_partnerinart for regular updates on shows and art and artists I follow. 

Warmly,

Estelle 
estelle@partnerinart.com
http://partnerinart.com

Highlights from the Art World
Must see show:
Ruth Asawa: All Is Possible at David Zwirner

The one show that truly captured my imagination this fall is the exhibition of Ruth Asawa's hanging sculptures, drawings and ceramics at David Zwirner Gallery.
Little known from the larger public until about a decade ago, Ruth Asawa is now being recognized as a groundbreaking artist and sculptor, fiercely experimental and unconventional in her art making practice. 
While Asawa is best known for her hanging wire sculptures made out of copper, galvanized steel and brass wire, the current exhibition at David Zwirner features many works by the artist that have never been shown to the public before, from ceramic masks to delicate and intricate drawings. Ruth Asawa was shaped by her years as a student at the iconic Black Mountain College under Josef Albers. The Black Mountain college was an experimental, multi disciplinary art college centered around the art making practice and communal living. The show is up until December 18, 2021.

Ruth Asawa: "All Is Possible" at David Zwirner Gallery

On collecting: Focus on artist Whitney Bedford
 
I loved Whitney Bedford’s paintings from the minute I saw them. Initially, I was drawn by the vibrant and eye catching colors of Bedford's re-imagined landscapes. On a closer look, I was impressed by the artist's original take on landscape painting, where the geometrical flat planes contrast with the depth of field of the actual landscape, creating tension between abstraction and figuration. The artist’s most recent series of paintings, Veduta refers to the Italian term for highly detailed, usually large-scale painting of either cityscape, landscape or vista.
Whitney Bedford's work is in the collection of many well-regarded private collections, including the Pinault Collection in France; the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Jumex Collection in Mexico City, among others.


Whitney Bedford, Veduta (Gauguin Coming and Going), 2021,
Ink and oil on linen on hybrid panel, Miles McEnery Gallery

About Partner in Art 
  • This past November, I collaborated with art director and photographer Christine Keeley to exhibit works by three accomplished artists Beverly Acha, Leonor Mendoza and Irene Pressner at Art Fair 14C at Mana Contemporary in Jersey. Thank you to everyone who visited our booth, Estelle X Christine. Estelle X Christine is a project based collaboration. If you would like to view the works we exhibited at the fair, you can check our Artnet page or email me directly to inquire about price and availability. 
  • Partner in Art appeared in the Art Collector issue of Architectural Digest in December. As an experienced art advisor I source art from sought after emerging and established artists represented by the most prestigious art galleries. In the last several years, I have sourced and placed hundreds of works of art in private collections. If you or anyone you know is looking to buy art, keep me in mind.
To learn more about my services, check my website Partner in Art

Must Read

In the News

According to this Bloomberg News article, here are the three art market trends to watch post Art Basel Miami:
  • Contemporary photography was surprisingly absent from the fair
  • For all the talk about NFTs, there was barely any digital art at the fair itself
  • Conceptual and abstract art are regaining momentum,  possibly indicating a shift away from figurative painting.

Podcasts:

  • Fresh Air with Terry Gross: Remembering Acclaimed American Painter Chuck Close. Listen
  • "The Hidden Side of the Art Market" is Freakonomics Radio first episode of a new three part series podcast about the global art market. Listen 


 

Let's  stay in touch
Follow me on instagram @estelle_partnerinart for regular updates on shows; and art and artists I follow. 
estelle@partnerinart.com 

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