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Happy Spring! Although the specter of Covid and the war in Ukraine feel like a dark cloud hanging over our heads, signs of hope are everywhere. For most part, art is a force for good and a source of hope, as the many art initiatives to support the humanitarian relief effort show.

I welcome the spring with a renewed sense of urgency and the trepidation of what’s to come. A lot is happening this spring in New York, from the long awaited Whitney Biennial, to the first edition of New York Art Week to Frieze art fair;  the art world is once again going full steam ahead. And with it comes many opportunities to discover new artists, explore and learn. I am also thrilled to be launching my first series of art tours, offering exclusive access to galleries, artists studio and art fairs.

What I love about art is that it challenges us to keep an open mind; it is a gateway into other people's experience and aesthetic. I hope this newsletter will pique your interest and you will enjoy reading it. If you would like to inquire about available artworks by specific artists, sign up for one of my art tours or just talk about art, contact me. Let's talk!



Highlights from the Art World
Must see shows:
  • Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept.; After three years, the long awaited Whitney Museum Biennial is back. The Biennial is the largest survey of contemporary American art that intends to capture and reflects our times. The Biennial opens to the public on April, 6 2022.
  • Philemona Williamson up coming show at June Kelly Gallery in New York. Philemona is definitely an overlooked, under the radar artist that is worth paying attention to. In her words, "I paint figures depicting individuals of varying ethnicities inhabiting timeless, invented, dream-like environments, I probe the psychological landscape of adolescence, blurring the lines between race, gender, and class". 
  • Pier Paolo Calzolari at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. Calzolari is recognized as one of the leading figures of the Arte Povera movement and one of the most important contemporary Italian artists working today. Painting as a Butterfly is on view until April 23, 2022. 
  • Don't miss this May, the first edition of New York Art Week, where more than 20 New York–based art organizations have partnered to put together a series of events to coincide with  the Independent, TEFAF New York, NADA New York, and the Future Fair.

Philemona WilliamsonEmbroidered Dream, 2021, Oil on linen
Currently on view at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

On collecting:
Is Contemporary art a good investment?


While most of my clients don’t initially buy art thinking about the potential for a strong return on investment, over time, contemporary art turns out to be a surprisingly good investment. According to the Citi Global Art Market chart, as of December 2020, Contemporary art has offered an annual return of 14%  over a period of time of 25 years, versus a 9.5% annual return from the S&P 500. That trend continued in 2021, even while the world was engulfed in a pandemic, as more people turned to art as an alternative investment. Contemporary art tends to retain its value during economic downturns and periods of high market volatility like now.

As an art advisor, I always make sure my clients buy art that they love while at the same time invest their money wisely. Historically overlooked artists, like women artists, black artists and artists of color are a good place to look for good return on investment and potential for growth while also supporting wonderful artists that have a long track record of producing stunning works. In recent years, abstract expressionist female artists, like Grace Hartigan, have also seen their market rise significantly according to artnet news. While the return on investment is not the main driving force for most collectors, it helps knowing that over time art is a good and wise investment. My clients like to know that the art they own, not only retains its value but appreciates over time. As an art advisor, I bring to my clients my in-depth knowledge of the art market and connections to its key players to ensure that my clients collect wisely. 

Martha Diamond Studio, March 2022, Lower East Side, Manhattan 
About Partner in Art

Exclusive small group art tours
I am excited to launch my first series of exclusive art tours this spring in collaboration with my friend Katie Cohen. Whether you're an established art collector or interested in starting a collection or just want to learn more about contemporary art, you will find these tours informative and engaging. Here are the 3 tours I will be offering this spring. 
  • Behind the scenes tour of renown Chelsea Galleries - March 31, 2022
  • Exclusive visit of Sharpe-Walentas artists' studio, a prestigious studio residency program based in DUMBO that awards rent-free space for promising emerging artists - April 28, 2022
  • First look access and tour of Frieze art fair, one of the premier contemporary art fair. Art fairs offer a concentrate experience parallel to none to view and enjoy art - May 20, 2022.
Limited availability for all tours. To inquire, email

Ad Art Show Selection Committee
I am excited to have been invited to join the art selection committee of Ad Art Show 2022. Art Art Show build upon the long tradition of art at the intersection of art, advertising and design; recognizing each year the best artists in the world of advertising, design and related fields who work in painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture.​ The artists will be exhibited digitally in the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center. The top 3 finalists will be announced in May. 

To learn more about my services and Partner in Art, check my website Partner in Art

Must Read

In the News

Wondering how you can support the humanitarian relief effort in Ukraine? Here are some art initiatives worth looking into:
  • In this article "Support Critical Aid Efforts in Ukraine With These Art Fundraisers" Hyperallergic has put together a list of ongoing art initiatives, from fundraisers to concerts that will benefit the relief effort in Ukraine. Read more
  • Art x Peace sells limited edition fine art prints to raise funds in support of the relief effort in Ukraine. All profits are currently being donated to chef Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen, who is providing warm meals to thousands of Ukrainians fleeing their home.


  • French artist JR, travelled to Lviv, western Ukraine, to display a 148 feet long photograph of a young Ukrainian refugee named Valeriia with the help of hundreds of volunteers and in support of Ukraine. In the artist own words "this little girl is the future and in this war, she reminds us what Ukrainians are fighting for". The photo is to be featured on the cover of Time magazine at the end o March. Read more

Let's stay in touch
Follow me on instagram @estelle_partnerinart for regular updates about Partner in Art. Interested in signing up for one of my upcoming art tours, email me to inquire about availability. 

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