Studio Records | the trail of a painting

Several years ago during a visit to Santa Fe, I saw one of the most interesting presentations of fine art I’d seen in a museum gallery.*  It left a big impression.  Next to each painting, there was a display of relevant documentation by the artist.  Field notes, sketches, photographs.  Paste-ups with drawings and photos combined.  It gave me a sense of something being worked out for that specific painting, not just appearing fully formed onto a canvas.  I couldn’t get enough. Continue reading “Studio Records | the trail of a painting”

The Purloined Paintings – 7 tips

The impossible happened late last month.  Two paintings, puloined from the collector’s home in a burglary three years ago, resurfaced and have been returned to their owner.  Finally reunited at a police station, the officer on duty said “this never happens”.  The moment of recovery was ecstatic.  The paintings are in my care now, getting cleaned up and repaired.  Soon they’ll be home where they belong.  The story illustrates the often avoided subject of misadventure; here are 7 tips for starters: Continue reading “The Purloined Paintings – 7 tips”

Reselling Artwork

I am considering selling a piece of artwork that I purchased.
What do I need to know?

Last month I wrote about coherent collecting, and mentioned the continual evolution of private collections.  It’s fun to talk about how artwork joins a collection, but how artwork moves out of a collection is also worth addressing.  Possibilities include everything from reselling, charity auction, gifting, to (yikes!) dumping.  Anticipating questions about reselling, and curious myself since selling art is part of my work, I’ve looked into the topic. Continue reading “Reselling Artwork”