Your Indispensable Guide for Art Collecting
Being a full-time art professional for over 13 years has allowed me to create this tried and proven Collector’s Guide to give you all the resources you need in order to collect art and navigate the art world successfully.
Included is a “who’s who” list of vetted art professionals and reliable art vendors as well as research tools and helpful tips for all types of collectors. From art shippers to framers to conservators to insurers, this is your go-to guide for art collecting.
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Your Indispensable Guide for Art Collecting
Art Research Arsenal
All the resources you need in order to do proper due diligence and research on art
The biggest and most accurate database is artnet but there a a few other companies that offer the same service for less (or for free!) such as Artinfo, Artsy and even Collectium, a user-friendly collection management tool. artnet’s Price Database includes auction prices from over 1,400 auction houses around the world and also lists all upcoming lots as you search for specific artists. Other price databases: Artfact, Artprice, Askart, Artinfo, Davenport, P4A, and Antique Clocks PriceGuide (for clocks only).
Appraisers Association of America –An organization of 500 members that develop and promote standards of excellence in the profession of appraising through education and the application of the highest form of professional practice. www.appraisersassociation.org
Winston Art Group — The nation’s market leader for art appraisal and advisory services. Our 50 art market professionals specialize in objective appraisal services, and active negotiations on behalf of our clients for the acquisition or disposal of all Fine and Decorative Art, Jewelry and Collectibles.
Find a certified appraiser in your area on the Appraisers Assoc. of America website. Every member is USPAP qualified.
Archives of American Art The Smithsonian’s archive of 16 million items is the world’s largest resource dedicated to papers and primary records of the Visual arts. It’s considered “a repository of inestimable value, like the art world’s Fort Knox .”
Archives of American Art. Founded in 1954, the Archives is a central repository of American culture of inestimable value, like the world’s Fort Knox, according to Douglas S. Cramer, a former TV producer who is a major supporter of the Archives. It comprises of more than 16 million items including personal correspondence between Frida Kahlo and her lover/husband Diego Rivera), ephemera, private journals, gallery records, critical writing, scrapbooks (Alexander Calder’s, for example) and oral histories like Wayne Thiebaud’s, Eric Fischl’s, Lee Bontecou’s and more than 2,000 others). Many items are art historically meaningful; others are merely fun and fascinating. The extensive collections are a vital resource for anyone interested in American culture, research or public interest. Its goal is to be the central depository for the history of American art and was a long hidden treasure until 2006. If you inherited a work of art you can search for it there to get a better idea for the artist as well as find similar works and read about its history to start and build a provenance for your new acquisition. For a virtual visit tour aaa.si.edu.
Artstor: a nonprofit digital image library for education and scholarship. It provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates.
Orion, Materials Analysis and Consulting Firm. Orion was founded and is directed by James Martin, who has undertaken more than 1700 analytical studies and consultations for clients in North and South America, the European Union, Africa, and the Far East. Before establishing Orion, Mr. Martin founded and operated for ten years a not-for-profit laboratory supported by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a national provider of light microscopy and infrared microspectroscopy to the conservation and historic preservation community.
Object ID – International standard for the minimum information needed to identify art, antiques and antiquities. By J. Paul Getty Trust.
ART MARKET ANALYTICS
Artnet Analytics – Track the market performance of any artist or artwork across sectors and regions.
ArtTactic – Art Market Research
ART REFERENCE GUIDES & ARTIST MONOGRAPHS
Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide is the industry standard artist directory containing biographical and select pricing information for over 335,000 artists (specializing in little-known and hard-to-find artists). More than 15,000 entries have been added since the last edition. Prices cover oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, sculpture, prints, posters, and photographs
TEXTS FOR THE CARE AND CONSERVATION OF ART OBJECTS
The National Trust. Manual of Housekeeping. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006.
Williams, Don and Louis Jaggar. Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions. New York: Fireside, 2005.
ART & COLLECTIBLE INSURANCE
Recommended: AIG, Chubb Personal Insurance, Travelers; Lloyd’s of London, XL Insurance, Pure Insurance, and ARIS (for Title Insurance)
Ace Private Risk Services – Offering expertise in the insuring of Private Collections as well as other Asset Protection for high net worth clients around the world
Aspen American Insurance Company – ensures a holistic approach in fine arts coverage, utilizing in-depth knowledge and exclusive industry relationships for their policyholders
Berkely Asset Protection – Offering comprehensive insurance and loss control programs for museums, exhibitions, galleries, dealers, and other organizations.
Fireman’s Fund – One of the longest standing insurers in the U.S. They offer expertise in art preservation, innovative coverage and superior claims to meet the needs of today’s collector.
Artifex Press, the first publisher of digital catalogues raisonnés. Launched in 2013, Artifex is a New York-based startup dedicated to the production of digital catalogues raisonnés. Pace Gallery’s Marc Glimcher is a co-founder. The Chuck Close catalogue debuted alongside Jim Dine: Sculpture, 1983-present, and will be followed by catalogues raisonnés of Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin. Projects are also in progress with contemporary artists including Tara Donovan, Thomas Nozkowski, James Siena, and Richard Tuttle. https://artifexpress.com/
LOST/STOLEN ART ARCHIVES
Art Loss Register (Search artwork before you buy to see if it was looted or stolen)
International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) Offers impartial and authoritative information on authenticity, ownership, theft, and other artistic, legal, and ethical issues concerning art objects. “They’re the only ones authorized to have an opinion.”
EditionedArt.com – Art within reach. A great place to discover contemporary artists and buy affordable art curated by experts.
Chelsea Gallery Guide – Spend a Saturday gallery hopping around in Chelsea. Here is a list of current and upcoming gallery shows.
NYCParks – Find public art installations around New York City. Bring the kids!
Today, the art world is saturated with fairs. I’ve distilled only the best ones for diehard collectors who are willing to make the trip and are immune to jetlag.
January: LA Art Show (Los Angeles)
May: Frieze (New York)
June: Art Basel (Switzerland)
December: Art Basel (Miami)
Art Biennial Calendar
The World’s Top Museums with Contemporary Art
The Museum of Modern Art (New York)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
Tate Modern (London)
Centre Pompidou (Paris)
Reina Sofia (Spain)
LA MoCA (Los Angeles)
J. Paul Getty (Los Angeles)
Istanbul Modern Art Museum (Istanbul)
The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles)
Coming Soon: M+ Hong Kong
The Who’s Who of Art Vendors
CONSERVATION & RESTORATION
Amann + Estabrook Conservation (New York)
Modern Art Conservation (New York)
Bark Frameworks – Modern and contemporary
GK Framing – Modern and contemporary
Eli Wilner & Company – Period and Antique frames
Schott Mirogard – anti-reflective transparent glass for use in glazing pictures
STORAGE, SHIPPING & HANDLING
Stebich Ridder Inc. (art shippers/handlers US)
Artcore Fine Art Services – logistics, packing, storage
Community and Networking
Socializing in the art world is de rigueur nowadays but if you have limited time, these events promise to be among the most glamorous and entertaining.
ArtTable Annual Awards Luncheon
Appraisers Assoc. of America Annual Awards Luncheon
Art Production Fund Benefit
Public Art Fund Benefit
ICI Annual Benefit Auction
Bomb Magazine Benefit
New Museum Spring Gala
Guggenheim Hugo Boss Awards Gala
Whitney Gala & Studio Party
Where to Eat
Dining with the Art Stars
Artists are the new celebrities. You can “casually” run into them at these watering holes.
Bottino – Jeff Koons and his entourage have been sighted and top Chelsea dealers
Cookshop – More likely to run into art collectors and some hollywood celebs. (PS. Olivia Wilde likes to sit in the back).
Sant Ambroeus Madison Ave – Larry, Dominique, and Harry oh my!