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Bring art into your life.

Collecting art starts with looking at art. The more you look, the more you know what you like; and the more you look the more you know what to look for! There is no better time than summer to go visit museums and galleries. For me, no holiday is complete without a trip to the museum. I love the sense of adventure, discovery and wonder that going to see shows and exhibitions brings. Nothing better to feel alive and inspired. 

This summer's biggest revelation was no doubt seeing the long overdue retrospective of Joan Mitchell’s work at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It was an eye opening exhibition; well worth the three hours drive each way. A central figure of the American Abstract Expressionist movement, Joan Mitchell was one of the first female painter to gain critical acclaim in the male-dominated art world of 1950s New York. This retrospective includes works that have been rarely seen, on loan from private collections in the US and Europe and offer a rare opportunity to see the depth and breath of Mitchell's work.

While I love summer, I am already looking with anticipation to the fall. It promises to be a busy fall. I will resume my tours, travel to Paris for Paris + by Art Basel in October (still not used to the name) and kick off the fall by exhibiting artist Beverly Acha at Salon Zürcher in early September. I hope you will join me!

If you would like to inquire about available artworks, sign up for an art tour, attend one of the fairs, inquire about Paris + or you are looking to buy art, contact me. Let's talk! I would love to hear from you.
Enjoy the rest of the Sumner!



Highlights from the Art World
Must see shows and fairs:
  • Joan Mitchell Retrospective: I highly recommend the Joan Mitchell retrospective at the Baltimore Museum. It is a rare opportunity to view works, from seldom exhibited early paintings and drawings to monumental works by acclaimed abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchell.  A large-scale Joan Mitchell Retrospective is to open next in October at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. The show titled " Claude Monet - Joan Mitchell" is a two-part retrospective that places the artists in dialogue with each other.
  • The Armory ShowOne of the country top art fair, is returning to the Javits Center in New York, from SEPTEMBER 9–11, 2022, featuring galleries from around the world. The fair this year will focus on Latinx and Latin American art. 
  • independent Art Fair, returns to the beautiful Battery Maritime Building at Cipriani South Street this year, September 8-11, 2022; and will focus on 20th-Century Art, showcasing under-represented and under-known artists.  I can't wait to scout it out. 
Joan Michell, Hemlock, 1956, Estate of Joan Mitchell
On view at the Baltimore Museum of Art until August 14, 2022 
On collecting: Contemporary photography and artist Sheree Hovsepian 

With the notable exception of Cindy Sherman, the market for contemporary photography has never attracted as much hype and reached the same heights at auction as the rest of contemporary art. Yet, Contemporary Photography remains a solid investment for collectors. It is an exciting market to explore, with many artists, mostly women, working in the medium of photography and innovating. Sheree Hovsepian is on my "artists to watch" list.

Sheree Hovsepian, is an Iranian-American artist, known for her works that are part photography, collage and sculpture. This year, all eyes were on Hovsepian, as her work was prominently featured at the Venice Biennale. Following her debut in Venice, Hovsepian will have s solo show at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York,  September 16 - November 5, 2022. 

Here is a short list of artists anyone looking to collect contemporary photography should consider: Sheree Hovsepian, Zanele Muholi, Aida Muluneh, Erin O'Keefe, Alex Prager and Erin Schirreff. For more information, contact me.


Sheree Hovsepian, Trigon, 2022
Silver Gelatin Photographs, Ceramic, String and Nails
Courtesy of Halsey McKay Gallery
About Partner in Art
Proud to present Beverly Acha at Salon Zürcher, 11 Women of Spirit, Part 6, September 5-11, 2002
Please join me and artist Beverly Acha, for the opening reception on Monday September 5 from 6pm to 8pm at Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker Street. I will be exhibiting paintings and works on paper by artist Beverly Acha at Salon Zürcher.
Acha is known for her vibrant abstract paintings and drawings that explore our perception of space, using color, shape, and repetition. A satellite fair of the Armory Show, Salon Zürcher invites a distinguished group of 11 women artists to show their work in the Zürcher Gallery space on Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Femmes d’esprit was an 18th-century French term that referred to independently-minded female painters, writers, and intellectuals, routinely under-recognized by their male contemporaries and publics. The show is open from 12pm to 8pm for the duration of the fair.
Exclusive small group art tours 
I launched my first series of exclusive art tours this spring to much success. We explored galleries in Chelsea and Tribeca; went to Brooklyn and visited artist Cordy Ryman's studio and  Frieze Art Fair. I will resume my tours this fall. Follow me on Instagram or contact me for more information.
Whether you're an established art collector or interested in starting a collection or just want to learn more about contemporary art, these tours offers a unique opportunity to engage with art, artists and gallerists. 

Paris + by Art Basel
I will be traveling to Paris for Paris + by Art Base from October 20-23, 2022
Art Basel announced last winter that it will take over Le Grand Palais in Paris to host a new contemporary art fair in October. The venue was home to FIAC contemporary art fair for the past 47 years. It is presumably very good news for Paris, a city that is fast becoming the center for contemporary art in Europe. I am curious to see what Art Basel Paris edition will bring.  Let me know if you plan on traveling to Paris. 

For a list of available works by artist Beverly Acha, contact me at

Must Read

In the News

Does the constant flow of information online taint our judgment when buying art? According to the author of this excellent Op-Ep in artnet news, social media and the constant flow of information, as well as data aggregation and algorithms have dramatically disrupted the art market, encouraged speculation, thus fundamentally changing how we perceive and assign value in the art market. Value in art is not determined solely by the number of followers and likes on social media or the latest auction results. While visibility and perception are important factors, they should not taint collectors' judgment when buying art. For art to maintain its value, artists need longevity; need to be able to renew themselves and pass the test of time. In an oversaturated market, it is important that collectors stay true to themselves, their values and aesthetic. 


  • The Andy Warhol Dairies, a six-part documentary series on Netflix. The series, that premiered in the spring, offers a rare and intimate look at Andy Warhol, an artist that is as fascinating as he is controversial. Warhol has influenced countless of contemporary artists and continues to loom large in our collective imagination. Read the review in ARTnews about the series.

Let's stay in touch
If you would like to inquire about available artworks, sign up for an art tour, attend one of the fairs, or you are looking to buy art, contact me. Follow me on instagram @estelle_partnerinart for regular updates about Partner in Art. 

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