The Art Business Conference is a one-day conference for senior art market professionals involved in buying, selling or caring for fine art. The 2018 conference will explore key issues affecting the international art market today. Through presentations, Q&As, panel discussions, and workshops, industry experts will share advice and insights on many of the key factors in running a commercial art or antiques business or collection – including the the latest updates in legislation and taxation. Our panel discussion will address one of the growing fields in the art industry: artist's estates and foundations:
Protecting an Artist’s Legacy: This session offers practical advice for artists’ estates and foundations and explores how technology is working to support artists and their estates. Speakers: Megan Fox Kelly (APAA & Megan Fox Kelly Art Advisory), Tiffany Bell (Agnes Martin Catalogue Raisonné) Christa Blatchford (Joan Mitchell Foundation), David Grosz (Artifex Press) and moderated by Sarah Hanson (The Art Newspaper)
March 29, 2018
While women represent more than half of the fine art school graduates in the US, the share of female artists drops to about 5% in the auction market. This disparity is also reflected in art auction prices. In 2016, the first 63 most expensive lots could be attributed to male artists. Potential explanations range from differences in endowments and opportunity sets to perceived biases on institutional and market level.
The goal of the symposium is to gain a deeper understanding on the underlying causes of the gender divide in the art market using new results from academic research. The symposium will bring together key practitioners and academics of various backgrounds and different sides of the market to examine the phenomenon from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Megan Fox Kelly joins Yale Professor Jonathon Feinstein and Roman Kraussl of Luxembourg School of Finance and Stanford University to discuss "Building Collections, Pursuing Passions, and Moving Markets" on a panel moderated by Yale School of Management student, Michael Nock. Megan will present insights on changing collector profiles and the impact of their motivations on the art market.
Kicking off the beginning of the fall art fair season, EXPO CHICAGO returns this September to the historic Navy Pier welcoming its most international roster yet. 135 leading galleries representing 25 countries and 58 cities from around the world will present some of the highest quality contemporary art and culture. In addition to the leading international galleries, the 2017 exposition features a variety of programs such as the EXPOSURE section, which focuses on solo and two artist presentations by galleries that are eight years and younger selected by curator, Justine Ludwig (Dallas Contemporary), EXPO Editions + Books, featuring artist books, editions, and multiples; and the first EXPO PROFILE section, which highlights single artist installations and focused thematic exhibitions.
As part of its education series, ArtExpo will team up with APAA for a panel moderated by Megan Fox Kelly Next-Level Collecting: Smart Strategies for Collection Building" with Wendy Cromwell (Art Advisor, Member APAA), Helyn Goldenberg (Collector), Diana Wierbicki (Art Attorney), and R. Hugh Magill (Chief Fiduciary Officer, Northern Trust). This panel of professionals will provide insights on collecting, art law, fine art insurance , and wealth strategies for experienced collectors.
This year, EXPO CHICAGO will align with the Chicago Architecture Biennial reinforcing the city's rich history as a destination for arts and culture.
This summer, the Museum of Modern Art presents “Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends,” the artist’s first retrospective exhibition of the 21st century. The exhibition, which will run May 21st – September 17th, presents over 250 works that range in medium and span the length of his eminent career.
The exhibition identifies Rauschenberg as a connector and makes the argument that his genius resided in his remarkable openness to others. He brought together mediums and artists of seemingly unrelated fields. Such artists included Jasper Johns, Jean Tinguely, choreographer and dancer Trisha Brown, experimental composer John Cage, and and electrical engineer Bill Klüver.
Curator Leah Dickerman’s inspired decision to portray Rauschenbeg not as an individual star but as a creative collaborator distinguishes her presentation from more traditional career retrospectives. Rauschenberg’s groundbreaking mixed-media work that resulted from his singularly forward-thinking attitude continues to inspire young artists today. “Among Friends” breaks down the etymology of Rauschenberg’s most daring works, his past and most influential relationships that were accrued throughout his life. Dickerman’s study of Rauschenberg’s creative collaborations offers rare insight into the artist’s attitude vis-à-vis artistic creation. These principles Rauschenberg developed as an artist resonate today and serve as inspiration to a new generation of artists.
The exhibition illustrates Rauschenberg’s pioneering approach to art with works such as “Mud Muse” (1968 -1971), a pool of 1,000 pounds of bentonite clay mixed with water which bubbles in bubbles and spurts as air is released in response to the sound levels created by the mud bubbling. Mud Muse, like other early Rauschenberg works, creates an intersection between art and science. One of Rauschenberg’s earliest collaborations was with his fellow artist and wife Susan Weil. The couple created this series of ghostly figures on light-sensitive paper when they were fresh out of their first year at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Black Mountain College was committed to an integrative approach to education, and the school’s interactive ethos lent itself to Rauschenberg’s interdisciplinary and collaborative art.
Other pieces that resulted from Rauschenberg’s close affiliation to other artists include “Auto mobile Tire Print” (1953), for which he had John Cage drive his car over 20 sheets of typewriting paper; “Erased de Kooning Drawing” (1953), a de Kooning drawing it famously took Rauschenberg a month and 40 erasers to rub out; “Set and Reset” (1983), an interactive set with which Trisha Brown’s dancers could perform.
The exhibition “Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends” itself was a collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Museum London, as well as artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas. Atlas, who worked with Rauschenberg in the past, participated in the installation of works pertaining to the medium of moving image. His participation in the MoMA’s exhibition moved to pay tribute to Rauschenberg’s life-long interest in dance and performance.
Among Friends is more than a chronological survey of Rauschenberg’s career—it establishes the artist as an early and frequent collaborator who was inspired by some of the greatest creative thinkers of his time, and one who continues to inspire generations of artists today.
Megan Fox Kelly is the Advisor for Sales to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
As highly-anticipated events such as the Venice Biennial, ArtBasel and Documenta make their mark on 2017’s summer art season, real enthusiasts may want to extend their travels beyond the main events. For these art enthusiasts looking to break away from the rush to Kassel or Venice, it might be of interest to be aware of notable local and international exhibitions running during the summer. Following a year of political upsets, tumultuous international relations and somewhat strained social landscapes, these exhibitions range in subject and message.
Anselm Kiefer, for Velimir Khlebnikov: Fate of Nations, at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
The contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer dedicated his very first solo exhibition in Russia to the famous Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov. The exhibition is centered around the theme of the tragic cyclicality of conflict. Inspiring himself from Khlebnikov’s lyricism, Kiefer pays tribute to rusted ships and vessels in his paintings. These relics of war serve as reminders of the past as well as ominous tools for foreshadowing.
Exhibition will run May 30 – September 9, 2017. Admission 700 rubles ($12)
Carolee Schneeman: Kinetic Painting, at the Museum für Modern Kunst, Frankfurt
Freshly awarded the Golden Lion 2017 at the Biennale di Venezia, Carolee Schneeman will go down in art history as an artist unafraid to push the limits of her public. Her unprecedented performative use of the female body in her work challenged society’s attitude towards a woman’s sexuality. In its summer exhibition, the MMK presents some of her most famous works alongside previously unknown works, in an effort to draw attention to unexplored aspects of Schneeman’s artistry.
Exhibition will run May 31 – September 24, 2017. Admission 16 euros ($18)
Sarah Lucas: The Good Muse, at the Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
With her work, Lucas takes a stand against stereotypical conception of femininity and sexuality. Her androgynous approach to self-portraiture, sculptures and installations confronts traditional understandings of the female body. The museum chose to exhibit her work in conjunction with Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation. Lucas’ works are to serve as a counterbalance to Rodin’s notorious embrace of the eroticizing male gaze on the female body.
Exhibition runs July 15 – September 17, 2017. Admission $15
Dana Schutz, at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston
The controversial inclusion of Shutz’s painting of the brutally murdered African-American teenager Emmett Till in the Whitney Biennial this year thrust her onto the public stage. This summer, Boston’s ICA puts on an exhibition studying the artist’s visually evocative style and use of vibrant color.
Exhibition runs July 26 – November 26. Admission $15
David Hockney, at the Centre Pompidou, Paris
In collaboration with London’s Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the French museum is to present one of the most comprehensive retrospectives ever devoted to the English artist David Hockney. As Hockney approaches his 80th birthday, the exhibition presents works spanning six decades of his career. These include his most iconic paintings as well as his early works and more recent creations. The exhibition is set to celebrate Hockney’s influence on contemporary art as well as his artistic versatility.
Exhibition runs June 21 - 23 October, 2017. Admission 14 euros ($16)
Constructing Identity, at the Portland Art Museum
Following a year where race relations took center-stage and the discussion surrounding race in America gained traction, the Portland Art Museum brings together prominent contemporary African-American artists as well as lesser-known contributors who worked in the adverse social framework of the 1930s to the Civil Rights Era. The exhibition presents the work of over 80 artists and strives to bring voice to communities often under-represented in museums and galleries and give stage to a wider range of talents and perspectives.
Exhibition runs January 28 – June 18, 2017. Admission $20
Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde, at the Dallas Museum of Art
This exhibition brings together nearly 200 works spanning the first half of the twentieth century. Mexican icons such as Frida Kahlo or Diego Rivera are shown alongside lesser-known artists, in an effort to showcase Mexico’s most influential artistic decades. As a cohesive unit, this exhibition pushes to broaden perceptions of Mexican art.
Exhibition runs March 12 – July 16, 2017. Admission $10
The Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA), the sole organization to establish guidelines for ethical art advisory practice and uphold standards of education and expertise, has elected Megan Fox Kelly (Principal, Megan Fox Kelly Art Advisory, New York) President. Megan is an advisor to private collectors, foundations, and estates and is a leading specialist in artist estates and artist-endowed foundations.
Newly-elected fellow officers include Vice President Elizabeth Szancer (ESKart LLC, New York); Secretary, Lisa Austin(President, Lisa Austin & Associates, Miami); and Treasurer, Jennifer Duncan (Director, Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, Washington, DC).
New APAA Board members include Gabriel Catone (Ruth|Catone, New York), Patricia Dellorfano (Lead Curator, Fidelity Investments, Boston), and Mary Hoeveler (M.G. Hoeveler, Ltd., New York).
They join the current board: Cynthia Altman (Curator, Kykuit, New York), Kay Childs (Topol Childs, New York), Wendy Cromwell(Cromwell Art, LLC, New York), Lee White Galvis (Attorney, New York), Patrick Legant (Patrick Legant-Art Consultancy, London), and Todd Levin (Levin Art Group, New York).
The organization salutes Joe Houston (Curator, Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City) who is completing a two-year term as President. “Joe has raised APAA’s profile as a resource for collectors, and the general public through on-line platforms and our newly designed APAA News,” says Megan Fox Kelly, “Thanks to his work, we continue to educate the public, media, and broader art community as advocates for standards of professional practice for qualified art advisors.”
APAA, founded in 1980, is comprised of the leadingindependent art advisors and corporate art curators internationally. Our advisors acquire, maintain and present art on behalf of private and public collections. Representing collectors in diverse areas of specialization, APAA members collectively purchase over $350 million annually at auction and over $400 million at galleries, private dealers and art fairs; and sell over $135 million for their clients on an annual basis. Our members are required to adhere to specific standards of practice and the APAA’s Code of Ethics that establish and uphold professional standards and ethical work.
APAA’s Affiliate members are individuals and companies, such as appraisers, auctioneers, conservators, insurance providers, shippers/handlers and registrars, who support art advisors and corporate art curators and in their practices. Membership is by nomination.
“APAA members are the leading practitioners in the field of art advisory internationally, and are distinguished as much by their independent, impartial advice, as by their years of education and experience.” says New York advisor Megan Fox Kelly. “We are not private dealers or auction house personnel and do not maintain inventories of art for sale. APAA members are independent advisors and advocates on behalf of their clients. We continue to grow our membership and look forward to welcoming art advisors and private collection curators who share our level of connoisseurship, scholarship, expertise in the art market, and ethical business practices. Our goal is to build a strong, representative international membership organization of art advisors who share our standards of practice.”
Megan Fox Kelly was honored to be a part of Art Law Day at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. As a member of a professional panel,“The Nitty-Gritty on Knoedler: The Details and the Practical Take Away,” the group discussed insights, information, and practical tips for appraisers and related art world professionals gained from the Kneodler gallery scandal. Leading attorney, Emily Reisbaum and FBI Special Agent, Meredith Savona, both of whom were involved in the criminal investigation and civil cases, provided the details and background of the events of the case as it unfolded, untangling for the audience what was a complex and multi-layered fraud. Attorney John Cahill moderated the discussion. The group discussed how Knoedler has affected the art market and its methods of operating. Megan provided the perspective of an art advisor and board member of the APAA, which upholds a standard Code of Ethics for its members designed to protect clients from fraudulent conduct.
Megan Fox Kelly was honored to join The Aspen Institute Artist Endowed Foundation’s Initiative as a part of the panel discussion on “Strategy Spotlight: Navigating the Art Market and the Art Dealer Relationship.” She joined panelists Sanford Hirsch, Executive Director, Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation; Leah Levy, Executive Director, Jay DeFeo Foundation; Morgan Spangle, Executive Director, Daedalus Foundation; Derek Gillman, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Art History and Museum Leadership, Drexel University. The panel successfully examined the nature of gallery representation within the global, multi-platform art market.
Please join us at The Armory Show, Pier 94, in New York for a panel discussion on how experts assess quality and value in the current art market.
With the expansion of the art market in the last decade to one that is truly global, the vast amount of information and choices can make it challenging for collectors to determine what works have truly lasting quality. Art advisors Megan Fox Kelly and Todd Levin will join in a discussion with leading international gallerists Thaddaeus Ropac and Marianne Boesky, moderated by renowned arts journalist and Editor-in-Chief of ARTnews, Sarah Douglas, Friday March 4th at 11:00. The panel will address the meaning and relevance of quality and value in contemporary art and how experts make qualitative judgements.
This panel is sponsored by the APAA, the Association of Professional Art Advisors.
If your family, friends and clients love art and architecture, we have the solution to gift giving this holiday season. We’ve put together a list of our favorite exhibition catalogues, monographs and books published this year about American, Modern and Contemporary art. These publications will transport you to exhibitions around the world and place you within the walls of the world’s most important art institutions. These insightful and beautiful books are perfect for collectors, art enthusiasts and book lovers, and those you wish to inspire…
Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season!
Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic
by Peter John Brownlee (Editor), Valéria Piccoli (Editor), Georgiana Uhlyarik (Editor)
$65 | Yale University Press
One of our favorite museum exhibition catalogues from 2015 is Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, published in conjunction with the exhibition co-organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art, currently on view at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, through January 18, 2016.
As nations in the Americas gained independence in the early 19th century, a pictorial landscape tradition emerged. Picturing the Americas offers the first comprehensive treatment of this genre on both American continents, bringing into dialogue the landscape traditions of artists practicing between 1840 and 1940. The catalogue is brilliantly illustrated with 260 color images, including works by U.S. artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and Georgia O’Keeffe; Canadian artists Joseph Légaré, Frances Anne Hopkins, and Lawren Harris; Mexico’s José María Velasco, Uruguay’s Joaquín Torres-García, and Brazil’s Tarsila do Amaral.
Exhibition: Art Gallery of Ontario; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil June 2015 - May 2016
Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail
by Jennifer Raab (Author)
$65 |Yale University Press
This book takes you on an adventure around the world as Jennifer Raab analyzes Frederic Church’s stunning landscape paintings.
Frederic Church (1826-1900), considered the most celebrated painter in the United States during the mid-19th century, created monumental landscapes of North and South America, the Arctic, and the Middle East. The book traces Church’s movement away from working in oil on canvas to shaping the physical landscape of Olana, his self-designed estate on the Hudson River, a move that allowed the artist to rethink scale and process while also engaging with pressing ecological questions. Beautifully illustrated with dramatic spreads and striking details of Church’s works, Raab’s reconsideration of Church’s paintings is both insightful and engaging.
Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life
by Mark D. Mitchell (Editor), Bill Brown (Contributor), Katie A. Pfohl (Contributor), Carol Troyen (Contributor)
$65 | Yale University Press
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, should be on the shelf of every American art lover and collector.
The first survey of American still life in three decades, this fully illustrated catalogue documents 130 oil paintings, watercolors, and works in other media and divides American still life into four discrete eras, each characterized by a predominant form of vision: describing, indulging, discerning, and animating. Insightful introductory texts examine the connection between still life and America culture, the lasting impact on the genre and numerous other topics. Featuring masterpieces by John James Audubon, the Peale family, William Michael Harnett, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and others, this survey of American still life from its beginnings in the late 1700s to the Pop Art era of the 1960s is newest standard reference on the subject.
Exhibition: Philadelphia Museum of Art October 27, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio
by Timothy Standring
$45 | Yale University Press
We love books that give us the opportunity to enter an artist studio and this publication does just that.
Whether you are new to the work of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth or are familiar with it, this exhibition catalogue reveal how their art making converged and diverged over the years. This 224-page illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition "Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio," on view through February 7, 2016 at the Denver Art Museum. Author Timothy J. Standring provides the reader with a rare personal glimpse into the artists’ world by chronicling his visits to their studios in the Brandywine Valley and Midcoast Maine over the course of four years. Despite their similar habits of mind, studio practice, and rural Pennsylvania upbringing, this father and son produced strikingly different work. Standring situates each artist’s oeuvre in the context of their shared biographies, place, and artistic practices and should be on the top of any holiday wish list.
Exhibition: Denver Art Museum, November 8, 2015 - February 7, 2016
Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957
by Helen Molesworth, Ruth Erickson
$75 | Yale University Press
While it is impossible to fully measure the tremendous impact Black Mountain College had on the development of contemporary art in America, this book certainly highlights it invaluable contributions.
In 1933, John Rice founded Black Mountain College in North Carolina as an experiment in making artistic experience central to learning. Though it operated for only 24 years, this pioneering school played a significant role in fostering avant-garde art, music, dance, and poetry, and an astonishing number of important artists taught or studied there. Among the instructors were Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Karen Karnes, M. C. Richards, and Willem de Kooning, and students included Ruth Asawa, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert De Niro Sr. and Cy Twombly.
by Tricia Paik
$125.00 | Phaidon Press
The only complete monograph to cover Ellsworth Kelly's entire career from the 1940s to today.
Created in close collaboration with the artist, this monograph encompasses his paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, postcard and prints, focusing on key phases and works of art from all periods. Enriched with in-depth interviews with Kelly, images from his personal archive, artworks by the artists who have inspired him, and his own works, this survey celebrates Kelly's individual approach to his art. This monograph also features short essays by leading writers and critics, including Robert Storr and Richard Schiff, and an illustrated narrative chronology, with many never before published images.
Frank Stella: A Retrospective
By Michael Auping; With essays by Jordan Kantor and Adam D. Weinberg, and an interview with Frank Stella by Laura Owens.
$75 | whitney.org
Currently on view is the Whitney Museum of America Art’s inaugural retrospective, a career survey of Frank Stella (b.1936), one of the most important living American artists.
Frank Stella: A Retrospective is the most thorough examination to date of Stella’s astounding contributions in all media, which cemented his role as one of the significant practitioners of modern abstraction. Filled with an outstanding plate section comprises more than 100 works - many reproduced for the first time, a detailed chronology and an interview with Stella conducted by American painter Laura Owens, the art and life of Frank Stella is illuminated like never before.
Exhibition: Whitney Museum (October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2015); The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Apr 17, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016).
Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art
by Nancy Princenthal
$39.95 | Thames & Hudson; 1st edition (June 16, 2015)
by Frances Morris and Tiffany Bell
$55| D.A.P (2015)
This year has brought renewed focus on the work of Agnes Martin, with the release of the first book-length biography on the artist and the debut of her first posthumous retrospective at the Tate Modern, London.
A contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists though often identified with Minimalism, Martin was one of the few women artists who came to prominence in the predominately masculine art world of the late 1950s and 1960s, and became a particularly important role model for younger women artists. After Martin left New York and moved to Cuba, New Mexico, in 1967, she did not paint for seven years, until the late 1970s when she began to exhibit regularly and have major traveling exhibitions. Together these publications tell the story of Martin’s successes and hardships and contain beautiful reproduce many of her abstract masterpieces.
Source: artbook.com and thamesandhudsonusa.com
Barnett Newman: The Late Work, 1965–1970
Bradford A. Epley and Michelle White; With a contribution by Sarah K. Rich
$55 | Yale University Press (Apr 28, 2015)
In the first scholarly publication devoted to the late work of Barnett Newman (1905–1970), the Menial Collection’s curator Michelle White and conservator Bradford A. Epley provide a rare glimpse into Newman’s somewhat mysterious studio practice, giving insight into his full body of work and an eye-opening analysis of three unfinished paintings. Best known for his zip paintings—in which vertical lines traverse large planes of color—Newman has come to define the spiritual aspirations and material innovations of American painting in the mid-20th century. His work was a departure from his contemporaries’ gestural abstraction and seems to have anticipated the Color Field paintings of the next generation. During the last five years of his life Newman worked primarily in acrylic rather than oil, used increasingly vibrant colors, and experimented with shaped canvases.
Roy Lichtenstein: Drawing First
by Danilo Eccher
$60 | Skira
Drawing remained at the center of Roy Lichtenstein’s artistic process, as complete works of art and original ideas that served as the source inspiration for his great, world-famous masterpieces. Written in close collaboration with the Roy Lichtenstein Estate and Foundation, this monograph is a stunning book which contains over 200 works on paper by the American artist, currently in important museum and private collections, as well as a rich selection of photographs documenting the artist at work.
Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams, Arcadian, Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun)
by Jonathan Fineberg
$60 |Pace Gallery (2015)
Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams, Arcadian, Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun) is a beautiful exhibition catalogue documenting a pivotal period for Rauschenberg’s work beginning in the mid-1990s.
The book celebrates the artist’s late work and is fundamental to understanding Rauschenberg’s powerful technique of combining dye transfer with novel supports including plaster, large-scale paper and polylaminate panels. The resulting approach would inspire the artist’s practice over the remainder of his life. Included in the catalogue is an essay by art historian Jonathan Fineberg and full-color reproductions of works from his Anagram, Arcadian Retreat and Anagram (A Pun) series, including several work from Rauschenberg’s personal collection, which now makes up the holdings of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Exhibition: Pace Gallery, October 23 2015 to January 16, 2016
by Jeffrey Weiss, Anne Wheeler and On Kawara
$65 | Guggenheim Museum
When On Kawara opened at the Guggenheim Museum in February, Robert Smith described the exhibition as an “enthralling experience” that was “supremely beautiful.” The catalogue, published in conjunction with the show, reflects the success of the exhibition.
Kawara’s paintings were first shown at the Guggenheim Museum in the 1971 Guggenheim International Exhibition. Over 40 years later this large exhibition transformed the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda into a site within which audiences could reflect on an artistic practice of cumulative power and depth. Like the exhibition itself, the structure of the book was devised in close collaboration with the late artist. The exhibition catalogue contains essays on Kawara’s work by leading scholars and critics in various fields, including art history, literary studies, and cultural anthropology. It also includes substantial, authoritative descriptions of every category of his production—the first time such comprehensive information has appeared in print. The catalogue also contains reproductions of paintings and drawings produced in Paris and New York in the years that precede the works for which Kawara is best known, as well as rare images of materials related to his working process. The volume is published in four differently colored covers.
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
by Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray
$60 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Elaine De Kooning Portraits
by Brandon Brame Fortune
They say “a picture is worth a thousand words”, these catalogues accompany two exhibitions which showcased the ability to capture the true essence of their friends and colleagues in a single image---Sargent in the late 19th century, and DeKooning in the mid-20th.
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This book is the first publication devoted to the brilliant portraits produced by the renowned American painter. Sargent’s captivating portraits are universally admired for their insight into character, radiance of light and color, and painterly fluency and immediacy. This unprecedented book showcases Sargent's cosmopolitan career in a new light—through his bold portraits of artists, writers, actors, and musicians, many of them his close friends—giving us a picture of the artist as an intellectual and connoisseur of the music, art, and literature of his day.
Elaine de Kooning Portraits was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, on view at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC through January 10, 2016. De Kooning made both abstract and figurative paintings and drawings during the height of Abstract Expressionism in New York City. She is best known for her portrayals of men, including such well-known Americans as poets Frank O’Hara and Allen Ginsberg, critic Harold Rosenberg, choreographer Merce Cunningham and painters Willem de Kooning, Robert De Niro Sr. and Fairfield Porter.
Exhibition: Elaine de Kooning Portraits, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, March 13, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Edited by Ann Temkin, Anne Umland. Text by Luise Mahler, Virginie Perdrisot
$85 | The Museum of Modern Art, New York
New York Times critic Roberta Smith wrote Picasso Sculpture is a “Touch down almost at any point, and you’ll learn something new.” Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at MoMA, this catalogue documents the first museum exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s innovative and influential work in three dimensions in the United States in nearly half a century. This publication presents approximately 150 sculptures—many of them captured in newly commissioned and multi-view photographs—alongside a selection of works on paper and photographs. Organized into chapters that correspond to distinct periods during which Picasso devoted himself to sculpture, the publication features an introduction by the exhibition curators as well as a richly illustrated chronology focusing on the sculptures included in the exhibition.
Exhibition: The Museum of Modern Art, through Sunday, February 7, 2016
Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works
Edited by Marianne Stockebrand; With essays by William C. Agee, Richard Shiff, Marianne Stockebrand and Donald Judd
$45 | Yale University Press
We are always looking for smart books that focus on particular motifs, techniques or periods in an artist’s career.
This book colorfully illuminates how Donald Judd’s signature work transformed in 1984 when he radically revised his approach to color after learning of an industrial process for shaping and enameling aluminum in an array of colors from a commercial color chart. Focusing entirely on Judd’s multicolored works, this book features essays by leading scholars who examine the relationship between these works and his oeuvre as a whole. We were especially excited that this book contains a reproduction of Judd’s important 1993 text, “Some Aspects of Color in General and Red and Black in Particular,” and dozens of multicolored works accompanied by preparatory drawings and collages, as well as photographs from the studio and the factory.
Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting
By Emily Braun. Contributions by Megan Fontanella, Carol Stringari
$65 | Guggenheim Museum Publications
Another of our favorite museum shows of 2015.
Published to accompany the first U.S. retrospective of Italian artist Alberto Burri in more than 35 years, this book features a multichapter essay on the pioneering artist and his work; an examination of his reception in the United States; and an analysis of his materials and processes across various series, informed by a detailed conservation study. More than 250 images illustrate Burri’s diverse artistic production, which both demolished and reconfigured the Western pictorial tradition. This well written catalogue reenforces Burri’s important position in the history of modern art and illuminates the beauty and complexity of Burri’s process-based works.
Exhibition: Guggenheim Museum, October 9, 2015–January 6, 2016
by Paul Gauguin, Raphaël Bouvier, Lukas Gloor, Sam Keller
$95 | Hatje Cantz
As one of the great European cultural highlights of this year, the exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler this spring brought together about fifty masterpieces by Gauguin from leading international museums and private collections. This extensive publication traces Gauguin's artistic development through reproductions of his masterworks of both painting and sculpture-from the multifaceted self-portraits and sacred paintings of his period in Brittany, and the idyllic, wistful paintings and archaic, mystical sculptures from Tahiti, to the late works made during his last years on the Marquesas Islands. In addition, this 230 page catalogue emphasizes his invaluable influence on modern and contemporary artists.
Whitney Museum of American Art: Handbook of the Collection
by Dana Miller (Editor), Adam D. Weinberg (Introduction)
$35 |The Whitney Museum of American Art
Renzo Piano Whitney Museum
by Renzo Piano
$60 |Fondazione Renzo Piano
After closing their doors on the Upper East Side of Manhattan The Whitney Museum made its highly anticipated move downtown. The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, situated between the High Line and the Hudson Rive, engages the Whitney directly with the bustling community of artists, galleries, educators, entrepreneurs, and residents of the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and Greenwich Village. In the Renzao Piano’s book he explains how his design takes a strong and strikingly asymmetrical form—one that responds to the industrial character of the neighboring loft buildings and overhead railway. Also published to coincide with the Whitney’s move, is this 432 page collection handbook which celebrates the museum’s storied past and vibrant present as it looks ahead to its future. Help celebrate this momentous event in the museum’s history with these exciting publications.
MoMA Masterpieces: Painting and Sculpture
by Ann Temkin (Author)
$55 | Thames & Hudson Ltd (July 6, 2015)
Since its founding in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art in New York has brought the history of modern and contemporary art to life through its extraordinary holdings. Ann Temkins introduction addresses the historical construction of the Museum’s collection and explores the shifting issues that have guided its acquisitions, while the thoughtful selection of reproduced works highlights the range of art and ideas that constitute the evolving foundation of the Museum’s collection. It is a great survey of modern and contemporary art for new collectors and perfect for someone who hasn’t visited the museum.
High Art: Public Art on the High Line
Edited by Cecilia Alemani, Foreword by Donald R. Mullen, Jr., Contribution by Johanna Burton and Linda Yablonsky
$45 | Skira Rizzoli
Since 2009, when the High Line opened to the public, over 23 million visitors have been witness to public art projects by over 120 national and international artists, animating the grounds of this unique "park in the sky.” High Art: Public Art on the High Line is the definitive book on the first five years of High Line Art, the public art program presented by Friends of the High Line. This 208 page book includes beautiful full color-photographs of installations, billboards, videos, performances, and sound works created by acclaimed artists, such as El Anatsui, John Baldessari, Gilbert & George, Louise Lawler, Ed Ruscha, Carol Bove, Mark Grotjahn, and Sarah Sze. Short texts on artworks, artists' texts, an introduction by High Line Art Director & Chief Curator Cecilia Alemani, an essay on the history of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District will instantly transport you to the unique elevated park on New York City created on abandoned elevated railway line. Plus when you purchase this book you will help fund the non-profit Friends of the High Line, who raises 98% of the High Line’s annual budget.
China: Through the Looking Glass
by Andrew Bolton
$45 | Metropolitan Museum of Art
China: Through the Looking Glass made headlines this fall when the exhibition, produced by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was extended through Labor Day, putting it in fifth place among the Museum’s most visited exhibitions.
This catalogue is nothing short of breathtaking. For centuries, China has fueled the creative imagination and served as an enduring source of fashion inspiration. This stunning publication explores the influence of Chinese art, film, and aesthetics on international fashion designers, including Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. The exceptional gold- stamped silk cover gives way to a 296 page book filled with new photographs and Chinese- fold pages intermixed with translucent, printed vellum overlays.
This week, Miami will once again play host to some of the world’s largest and most important art fairs. The city is now home to more than 20 distinct pop-up art festivals during the coveted first week of December. Collectors, dealers, art advisors and art lovers will all travel to Miami Beach to view and acquire art by established and emerging artists.
Megan Fox Kelly will be at Miami Basel again this year, advising clients on the purchase of art to expand their collections, and working with them to orchestrate strategic sales of works in this international art marketplace.
Here is a guide to the key venues:
Art Basel Miami Beach
When: Dec. 3-6, 2015
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive
in Miami Beach
Art Basel's flourishing Miami offshoot will take over Miami Beach from December 3 - 6, 2015, with a special VIP opening on December 2nd. 267 international galleries are set to show as part of the fair's main sectors along with numerous events to present art and design throughout Miami Beach through the week.
Art Basel is comprised of multiple sectors, each of which has its own selection process and committee of experts, who review applications from galleries all over the world and select this year's participants. The nine sectors offer a diverse collection of artworks, including established artists and newly emerging artists, curated projects, site-specific experiential work, and video.
Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as pieces by a new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall.
For fairgoers who are looking for art beyond the booths, as part of Art Basel's show in Miami Beach, the Miami’s Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Street near the Convention Center, will be transformed into a massive sculpture park filled with over 20 large-scale installations, kinetic artworks and an array of performances by leading and emerging international artists. This is the fifth year Art Basel and the Bass Museum of Art have partnered to produce the Public sector of Art Basel Miami Beach.
Art Basel Miami Director Noah Horowitz gives his forecast for this week's fair in the Observer: http://observer.com/2015/11/art-basel-miami-beach-director-noah-horowitz-gives-his-fair-week-forecast/
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair
When: December 1 - December 5
Where: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Founded in 2005, PULSE is an established part of the annual art calendar with editions in New York and Miami Beach. The fair is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. PULSE Miami Beach welcomes galleries from three continents, with over 85% presenting three artists or fewer. Over a quarter of the fair is comprised of first-time exhibitors and nearly half participated in last year’s Miami edition.
NADA Art Fair Miami Beach
When: December 3-5, 2015
Where: Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Each December in Miami, NADA holds a renowned art fair to vigorously pursue our goals of exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment.” NADA Miami Beach is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art. Artinfo reports on the art, the dealers and NADA's new venue for 2015: http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2015/10/16/nada-miami-beach-brings-new-talent-to-a-new-home/
Other fairs: Aqua Art Miami; Art on Paper; Design Miami; Fridge Art Fair; Ink Miami; Miami Project; Satellite; Scope Miami; Untitled, Miami Beach
When: December 1 - 6, 2015
Where: Midtown Miami | Wynwood
3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
Art Miami is the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during art week at the midtown Miami complex in the renowned Wynwood Arts District. It is one of the most important annual contemporary art events in the United States, attracting more than 82,000 collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts from around the globe annually. Entering its 26th edition, Art Miami remains committed to showcasing the most important artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with a selection of the world’s most respected galleries.
Collections and Galleries:
The Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation
95 NW 29 ST Miami, FL 33127
NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, will be on view in Miami from December 2, 2015 through May 28, 2016. This exhibition will focus on and celebrate work made by more than a hundred female artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. These artists will be represented by paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations that will entirely occupy the Foundation’s 28-gallery, 45,000-square-foot museum.
De La Cruz Collection, Contemporary Art Space
23 NE 41st Street, Miami, FL 33137
The de la Cruz Collection presents their 2016 exhibition You've Got to Know the Rules...to Break Them which will be on view from December 1, 2015 to November 2016. Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz have selected a group of artists from their personal collection who have been associated with defining 21st century practice. Self-aware of the influence that technology and the rise of consumerism has had on their work, artists exhibited follow the cool forms of Minimalism, Conceptualism and Abstract Expressionism, while injecting their works with subtle negations of their own process. Looking at traditional techniques behind painting and sculpture, these works co-exist timelessly as strategies of stylistic appropriation raise questions of subjectivity and originality.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
591 NW 27th Street Miami, FL 33127
The Warehouse exhibitions showcase art of our times featuring 20 and 21st century sculpture, photography, video, painting and large scale installation are by international artists culled from the renowned collection of Martin Z. Margulies.
Permeant Exhibition includes art by:
Pier Paolo Calzolari, Anthony Caro, Willem de Kooning, Donald Judd, Olafur Eliasson, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Flavin, Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, Amar Kanwar, Kiefer, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Joan Miró, Isamu Noguchi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, George Segal, Richard Serra, Tony Smith, Franz West.
Wynwood Arts District
The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.
Wynwood is a neighborhood in the City of Miami located north of downtown and roughly bounded by NW 36th Street (north), NW 20th Street (south), I-95 (west) and NE 1st Avenue (east). Gallery nights are held monthly, and the area is bustling during many of the annual art fairs held in Miami.
Having your fine art and antiques professionally appraised and knowing that your valuables are appropriately insured be can a crucial step in the proper care and management of your collection. An understanding of the process and a little preparation will make the process go smoothly.
Your works of art, antiques and collectibles have an aesthetic and emotional value for you which cannot be quantified. They likely have a significant financial value as well, and determining that value accurately requires expert advice. Arranging for a professional appraisal of your fine art and collectibles can give you peace of mind, knowing that your collection is properly managed and cared for. An appraisal is essential to properly insuring your fine items; thereby protecting your investment in the event of damage or loss. It is also an important part of estate planning, as the IRS requires one for determining the tax implications of inheritances and charitable donations.
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EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, takes place each September at historic Navy Pier. Now in its third season, EXPO CHICAGO features over 140 of the leading galleries from around the world.
In addition to the galleries and artists on view, the exposition also includes a Special Exhibitions program, featuring select non-profits and institutions, /Dialogues panel discussions in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO VIDEO, a selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film, video and new media works, and IN/SITU, a curated selection of site-specific projects.
Drawing upon the city's rich history as a destination for arts and culture, EXPO CHICAGO bridges a critical gap for Chicago's contemporary art community by engaging with regional, national, and international institutions and collectors.
Megan Fox Kelly will be at Expo Chicago again this year, advising clients on the purchase of art to expand their collections, and working with them to orchestrate strategic sales of works in this international art marketplace.
In addition to the exposition, EXPO CHICAGO, in conjunction with CHOOSE CHICAGO, the city’s tourism and marketing organization and DCASE, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, introduce EXPO ART WEEK (September 15–21, 2014). With EXPO CHICAGO itself as the centerpiece, EXPO ART WEEK joins together with over 45 of the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions to highlight and align the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago has to offer to collectors, dealers, and art enthusiasts – including museum exhibitions, gallery openings, installations, public art projects, and special dining experiences.
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Whether you're coming to New York this fall for business, fun, or to see the upcoming art auctions, take some time to see the vast array of terrific shows at the city's museums.
Roberta Smith of the New York Times highlights the shows of the new season that are not to be missed:
One of the biggest events for New York is the unveiling of Leonard Lauder’s magnanimous donation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art of over 80 Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures by Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Picasso. Through February 16th, 2015.
The Modern, in turn, will look to the final flowering of an early modernist who ignored Cubism with “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” opening on Oct. 12, a show that is bound to reshape the understanding of midcentury abstraction.
Another high-profile effort is the quadricentennial commemoration of El Greco’s death with exhibitions that group 29 of his paintings at three East Coast museums: 15 can be seen at the Met — six lent by the Hispanic Society of America — and three at the Frick Collection in New York (both opening on Nov. 4); 11 others will be on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington (opening on Nov. 2). If these paintings were consolidated in one museum, they would rival the Prado’s holdings in El Greco.
New York’s recent run of strong museum retrospectives is sure to be extended by the Modern’s tribute, opening on Oct. 4, to the enigmatic American sculptor Robert Gober, who has been turning American life inside out since the 1980s. This show should also continue the schooling of New York’s curators in the craft of exhibition-making initiated by the Modern’s Christopher Williams show and the Whitney’s Jeff Koons survey. The installation of the Modern’s retrospective of the irreverent early appropriationist Elaine Sturtevant, starting on Nov. 9, may be iffier because she died in May, but she probably left the curators with plenty of ideas about how she wanted things done.
Other surveys include the one of the great Judith Scott, who wrapped fabric and wood in colored yarn to create mysterious talismanic forms. It will open at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on Oct. 24, making it one of the only recent surveys of an outsider artist in a New York museum other than the American Folk Art Museum.
Speaking of enigmatic, on Nov. 23 the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwill mount the first major survey of the French artist Pierre Huyghe. Down the coast are two shows that are a bit more overdue: a five-decade overview of the abstract painter Jack Whitten at the La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego opens Sept. 20, and opening on Nov. 1 at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park is “Ron Nagle: Peripheral Cognition,” a three-decade examination of the achievement of one of postwar American art’s best ceramic sculptors.