For Collectors of the Fine and Decorative Arts

Features From Previous Issues

We’ll Always Have Paris

“For the perfect flaneur,” wrote Charles Baudelaire in The Painter of Modern Life (1863), “for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite.” Continue reading

Mix Masters

The biggest museum news in the world this month is the opening of the new Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. To make it shine in the snazzy new digs, the curators have re-thought, re-arranged and re-interpreted the MFA’s formidable American collection, a process that took a decade to complete. Continue reading

Finders, Sleepers

By Sallie Brady Leveraging luck and sleuthing skills, savvy dealers discover hidden treasures. Miscatalogued, overpainted, lost amid the ephemera of a pokey country auction—a hidden masterpiece is the holy grail of every any good art and antiques dealer. It’s the … Continue reading

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