For Collectors of the Fine and Decorative Arts

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Help Wanted

In the old days, most directors of major art museums could settle in and look forward to decades-long tenures. The job was unique and prestigious—the qualifications were a background of serious scholarship as a curator and the ability to be a reassuring pillar of the community—if a little sleepy at times. Fast forward to 2010: Museum directors are hustling more than they ever had dreamed they would have to, grappling with the perils of the Great Recession and with increasing demands on their time. Continue reading

Market: The State of the Fairs

By: Sallie Brady It’s a new year: Time to adjust the fair calendar. If you live in New York, you’ll find yourself making fewer trips to the Park Avenue Armory. A dramatic rent increase continues to claim the lives of … Continue reading

Market: Eastern Hospitality

By: Sheila Gibson Stoodley Last year at this time, New York’s Asian art community was scrambling to deal with the cancellation of the International Asian Art Fair, which had become an Asia Week draw to match the auctions at the … Continue reading

Market: Garden of Delights

By: Sheila Gibson Stoodley The European Fine Art Fair always opens in Maastricht, Netherlands, just weeks before the country’s famous tulips do. The 2010 edition, which takes place March 12–21, shows how the fair’s stewards are like master gardeners, always … Continue reading

Record-Breaker: The Vivid Pink

By: Sheila Gibson Stoodley It’s known as The Vivid Pink, but this five-carat pink diamond, which was unearthed as a 10-carat rough stone in a South African mine in 2006 and was cut by the London jewelry firm Graff, is … Continue reading

In Perspective

UPCOMING AUCTIONS Zero Hour: Almost 50 works from the Sammlung Lenz Schönberg Collection of ‘Zero-Art’ will be offered in Sotheby’s contemporary art auction in London on Feb. 10. Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Victor Vasarely are among the … Continue reading

Market: Indigenous Finds

By: Jenna Curry San Francisco has been the go-to city for tribal arts in February, and this year, two major shows are scheduled for the same weekend. In its 24th year, the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show, running … Continue reading

Market: The Outsider Edge

By: Sheila Gibson Stoodley The 2010 Outsider Art Fair will take place Feb. 5–7 at 7 West 34th Street off of Fifth Avenue, returning to the venue it moved to last year. Among the nearly 40 exhibitors of works by … Continue reading

Market: Santa Fe Trail

By: John Dorfman Santa Fe is the second-largest art market in the United States, and yet coastal collectors often act as though it existed only in the summer, when Indian Market, Spanish Market, Art Santa Fe and the Opera are … Continue reading

Market: Drawing Them In

By: John Dorfman The small, clubby world of drawings enthusiasts gets more expansive this month as galleries all over the Upper East Side of Manhattan open their doors for Master Drawings Week, New York. Introduced in 2007 as an extension … Continue reading