HLK provides exclusive access to high caliber Post-War and Contemporary works of art at all price levels by emerging, mid-career and blue chip artists. We apply the highest standards of connoisseurship to present quality works of art. Additionally, we conduct thorough research and due diligence to help verify authenticity, condition, historical value and provenance.
We also negotiate the most competitive prices working in a transparent manner as well as oversee all shipping, framing and installation.
Using secured CMS software, we can digitally catalogue your art collection, meticulously documenting artwork details following the Object ID standard. Cataloging your art inventory is a worthwhile investment that allows you to accurately track the location of your artwork, record market values, and preserve important documents.
To stay up to date on what your art is worth, we can provide detailed analyses on artist markets and advise on pricing based on comprehensive data-driven research. We also research artwork titles and can provide materials analysis.
We can curate bespoke exhibitions for private and corporate clients in galleries, offices and even pop-up spaces. We select the art in an effort to gather various artistic voices together to create meaningful shows and extend the context for each artist's work.
If you need to sell your art or simply wish to upgrade your collection, we can advise on all appropriate sales strategies including charitable donations. We analyze the different sub-markets and identify the most appropriate outlets while advising the most oportune times to go to market.
How We Work
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Walk us through your art interests or needs so we can assess the best approach based on your budget, brand and timeline. Share any photos of your space, Instagram inspo, and floor plans…up to you!
Looking to sell your art? We can discuss all viable options for private sale, donation or auction block.
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With your aesthetic and best interests in mind, we will provide expert feedback and make recommendations leveraging 17 years of proven art expertise, exclusive access and our trusted global network.
Not sure what your taste in art is? Simply take our 5 minute “Taste Test”. We can also customize a Mood Board to hone in on your art aesthetic.
We're committed to providing confidential consultations and transparent service, always. Once you decide to engage HLK, we’ll collaborate with you to make informed decisions every step of the way. We work with transparent pricing agreements and take measures to avoid conflicts of interest.
We will review floor plans, select walls, take measurements, create art presentations and even make renderings of art on your walls. We will also visit art fairs, galleries, auctions, artist studios and more. Plan to see lots of great art!
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We are here to help you solve any and all art dilemmas no matter what the size or budget. Are you building a new office and need art for it? Do you need to find a special treasure? Did you inherit an art collection and don't know if you should dispose of certain objects? Or, are you just looking curate art for a hotel or office?
In addition, we can catalog and manage art collections using a secured, reputable third-party software. We can record and protect your art acquisition details and any images as well as important documents (ie. insurance quotes, invoices, news articles, etc.) giving you access to your art on the go. We can also conduct art maintenance checks on site or in storage.
Whatever the art situation, we are here for you from the moment you call to the moment the last piece of art is delivered to your space. We make sure everything looks fabulous while making smart decisions. Every step of the way, we're here to make your art collecting experience seamless and wonderful.
HLK can act either on your behalf or partner with you to navigate you through the entire art buying process. When acquiring art, we would schedule a visit to see your space and identify ideal placements for art as well as take a ton of measurements. We would also schedule to see art in person as much as possible, visiting art fairs, galleries and artist studios based on your brand, personal interests or budget.
We go to great lengths to select the perfect artwork and create compelling visual presentations with digital renderings for your review and approval. Additionally, we conduct thorough research, due diligence, and market analysis before making any purchase.
Once the art has been selected, we advise on the negotiation process and are able to obtain competitive industry discounts that would be passed on to you, the client in a transparent manner.
We also oversee invoicing and help coordinate logistics including insurance, shipping, framing and installation in your desired location.
We take care of the nitty gritty to help you avoid the many pitfalls that can occur. You can rely on us!
It's fairly straightforward! After we have our initial complimentary consultation and we have established your art goals and strategy, we can pretty much get started. We will sign a standard services agreement and discuss a timeline to manage expectations. We encourage open communication and constructive feedback along the way!
We always say we can help as little or as much as you like. That means we can help with something simple, like choosing one piece for your living room and selling a work of art. We can also handle the big projects, like curating an art collection for multiple locations or cataloging an entire inventory of art. Maybe you're not sure what you need; instead, you're just saying "Help! I don't know where to start!" Cue HLK. We'll come to the rescue and help you figure out what's next.
“The art market is not an open affair. It thrives on back rooms, knowing the right people and the well-placed, targeted indiscretion.” - Thomas Hüetlin, Der Spiegel.
Building an art collection can be a daunting enterprise, replete with intimidating mega galleries, high-priced auctions and the sensory overload of art fairs like Art Basel Miami.
Simply put, our professional service is proven to help reduce friction and manage risk when buying or selling art.
The main premise is to access the best quality artwork possible at the most competitive prices. Educated in art market through years of professional experience as well as formal schooling, HLK also helps collectors nimbly navigate through the opaque art industry while leveraging our specialized expertise and valuable networks.
We remove the guesswork in gaining access to the best quality works of art, saving valuable time and money. We do the homework so you don’t have to!
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There are many benefits! Collecting art requires a refined eye because as in any market, there are good products and bad products. Art advisors with relevant experience can help you choose the best quality works of art and develop a smart approach to score signature pieces that will not only elevate up your home but retain value for years to come.
Advisors educate collectors about art history and the different nuances of the art market. They can also preempt pitfalls by implementing prudent ways to preserve your valuable art assets. Questions about authenticity, condition and provenance are assessed and evaluated. Additionally, they can provide access to elusive art and open closed doors all while negotiating the most competitive deals!
In sum art advisors can...
- 🏦...Understand and translate different art market sectors saving precious money
- 🧐 ...Offer a trained eye to evaluate the quality of art
- 🌂...Preempt pitfalls and implement ways to preserve and protect your valuable art assets
- 🤝 ...Negotiate the most competitive deals passing onto you trade discounts
- 🗝...Access elusive art and open closed doors!
Yes, it is preferred. HLK is available Monday-Friday. Simply schedule a phone call HERE.
Or email to schedule an appointment firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! We recommend hiring us on a retainer for long term projects that might require more time and resources. Do you need to catalogue an art collection? Or do you simply want to hire a long-term art consultant to manage your art, contact me!
Email email@example.com or schedule a phone call HERE.
If acquiring or deaccessing art no fees are due up front as services would be compensated by commission after a successful transaction. All commissions are based on a sliding scale.
As a courtesy, HLK can offer a flexible payment schedule above a certain amount.
For other services like reviewing or inspecting an artwork where a transaction has NOT taken place, an hourly rate would apply to compensate for my time. An estimated number of hours would be provided in advance for approval. For larger projects like cataloging or curating a collection, a flat fee or monthly retainer would be discussed.
HLK is happy to offer a 'Friends and Family' special rate that is 5% less than HLK's standard commission.
We love referrals! To express our deep appreciation for any referred clients to HLK, we will extend a percentage of our earned fee from any successful transaction as a result of a referral if given permission from the referring party.
Great! Simply schedule a phone call for your complimentary consultation HERE. Or, email Heidi directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We value your trust and take great care to be as discreet as possible and respect your privacy.
I'm excited to speak with you and learn about your art interests!
“Heidi has an incredible depth of knowledge in her field and a clear passion for art. Her experience in the cross roads between art and commerce, and her ability to think creatively, inject her work with initiative and thoughtfulness. She has been a formidable asset and I’m excited to see what she does next”. - Thomas Galbraith, CEO, Hindman Auctions
"With your help we were able to create an extraordinary atmosphere of access, insight and discovery for our intimate group of UBS clients, prospects and guests. From the perspective of incredibly connected and hard-to-impress guests--the entire package of events surprised, delighted and inspired our guests. The comments and feedback we received have been uniformly glowing!
I am also personally delighted to have been able to work with you over the weeks leading up to the fair. You have been open, receptive and engaging--which made our job all the more pleasant and our client's experience all the better. Your contacts, strategic thinking, and your energy were key to our success!"- Rod. V., UBS Private Wealth Management client
“I was always impressed by Heidi's deep knowledge of the workings of the art market, along with her ability to build a trusting rapport with clients and prospects. Her entrepreneurial spirit, the rigor of her thinking and her work ethic make for a very compelling combination. What made her a unique sales person though was the genuine personal touch she adds to these skills, her ability to make strong personal connections very quickly. Working with her was always a pleasure.” - Thierry D., Marketing Director, Port Authority
“Heidi has worked with clients in building first-class international collections of contemporary art.” - Micheal Gitlitz, Director of Marlborough Gallery
“Other advisors I talked to were going to charge me twice as much and take twice as long to do our first art exhibition and it would have been half the quality! Choosing to work with Heidi was a no brainer.” - A.T. Kearney
“I have worked with Heidi on a daily basis and believe she has an incredible understanding of the art industry; she brings a unique combination of Art Market knowledge and business savvy with a deep appreciation for art.
She impressed me by her work ethic, compassion and wide-ranging talent. She grasped the nuances and complexities of artnet's products in a short period of time and established herself as a top salesperson in her area.
I enjoyed working with Heidi; she demonstrated her ability as an executive who could communicate and work effectively with a team persevering through a variety of challenges. She is responsive, reliable and always enthusiastic. She is a pleasure to work with and I would recommend her with confidence to bring expertise and passion to any position.” - Cheryl S., C Fine Art, former colleague
“Heidi is an energetic person who truly loves art and working with artists. I found her to be knowledgable and enthusiastic about her curatorial projects with Twyla. Heidi visited my studio recently; her thoughts about my paintings were refreshing and insightful. I was impressed by her experience and involvement in the art world. She is truly part of the art community in the NY area. I wholeheartedly recommend Heidi, she would be an asset to any curatorial project or business!” - Carolanna Parlato, Visual Artist
“I met Heidi through an Armory Show Group visiting my art collection. That chance meeting has led to a lasting and rewarding relationship and friendship. I have an extensive collection located in my loft, an art storage room in the loft, an off-site storage area and art in my upstate home. I was a prolific but unorganized collector. Heidi promptly redressed that situation. We visited all sites, took photos and measurements and I now have it on DVDs. She provided labels for all the art and an appraisal for each piece. And this was all done at a very reasonable cost. Equally valuable, she has become my counselor on all matters art-related including strategy and disposition. We talk often. She is a trusted adviser and friend.” - Ron S., Client, Executive Adviser at Calatrava Grace Corporation
“Heidi’s enthusiasm and amazing capacity to put herself out there a hundred and fifty percent make her a valuable asset to any great endeavor.” – Jasmin S., Client, Director of Family Estate
“Heidi, thank you for your invaluable assistance picking up all those pieces at auction! You really helped me to bid with confidence that I would not overpay on pieces that are great investments as well as pieces I will enjoy looking at every day in my home and at my office.” - Lionel L., Client, art collector, New York
“Heidi is a rare jewel. She is trustworthy, professional and extremely knowledgeable about art. And if she can’t find the art you want, no one can.” - Judy P., art collector, New York
“I have got to know Heidi well working with her for a few years. She is a true professional and expert in her field. A truly sincere person who has been a pleasure to work with on various art projects. Knowing how hard and focused she works I would consider her an asset to any project or company that she is involved in.” - Nick Turner, Visual Artist
“I have known Heidi for a long time as she has been involved in the art world for many years and we crossed path on countless occasions in art openings and art fairs in NY and abroad…I always liked Heidi, because of her friendly and very much welcoming way of interacting with people. Always kind and positive. I have to say that I had a wonderful experience working with her. Always straight forward to make sure we are on the same page. Very great to communicate with and discuss ideas or concerns. Great knowledge in art as well as the business side of it. I felt she gave 100% of her time and skills…”-Laurent Elie Badessi, Visual Artist
“Heidi is a gifted visionary and uniquely adept at championing artists and clients alike. While working closely with Heidi over the last two years at Twyla as a member of the art team, I had the pleasure of witnessing first hand Heidi’s ardent approach to all projects and challenges. Particularly impressive are her skills at encouraging collaboration and uniting forces to execute standout curatorial projects and experiences. Heidi’s magnetism and curiosity make her a powerful ally and I would endorse her for any role!” - Cornelia C., former colleague
“Heidi is a rare jewel. She is trustworthy, professional and extremely knowledgeable about art. And if she can’t find the art you want, no one can.” - Judy P., art collector, New York
“I had the pleasure of working with Heidi Lee-Komaromi for 2 1/2 years at Twyla. Heidi is extremely knowledgeable about art and design. Her enthusiasm for every project or task she takes on is exceedingly high and has a very positive effect on her colleagues and business partners. She is also a fierce advocate for her clients and is highly focused on their satisfaction. Heidi is a team player and would be a great asset to any institution.” - Dave A., former Colleague, Manager of Fine Art Installation
“I had the pleasure of working with Heidi and quickly realized the incredible and vast understating she has of the art industry. I had the opportunity to work alongside her at numerous art fairs and her tenacious personality was truly contagious. I was able to learn so much just by watching her interact with clients. She is business savvy, professional and deeply knowledgeable about the art world; she instantly impresses everyone she meets!” - Kelsey Nickerson, Co-owner of KVN Studio and Visual Artist
I. BUYING AND SELLING ART
HLK Commissions on Art Acquisitions & Deaccessions:
HLK would be owed commissions, as specfied in the services agreement, on any art objects for which HLK has negotiated transactions. In addition, commission would be owed on works of art that HLK has presented to the client, electronically or by hardcopy if directly purchased without the assistance of HLK. HLK will help source art and present it to the client and guide the client through the entire art acquisition process including researching and evaluating works of art, providing market analysis, coordinating third-party vendors (e.g., shipping, installation, framing), and negotiating or mediating transactions.
II. INDIVIDUAL SERVICES
If interested in individual services when not acquiring or deaccessing art, an Hourly Rate would apply. Individual services include:
1. Collection review and evaluation;
2. Connoisseurship or assessment of an art object’s quality or historical context;
3. Re-curation and allocation of art objects;
4. Logistics coordination (shipping, handling, installation) and third-party recommendations (conservationists, restorers, framers, insurance, etc.);
5. Organizing and/or cataloguing art objects and tracking inventory;
6. Correspondence with galleries, auctions, private buyers for individual due diligence tasks;
7. Inspection of artwork in person or otherwise, of condition, provenance, and authenticity;
8. Research and market analysis on artists or art objects;
9. Oversee or conduct auction bidding process;
10. Special Projects
HLK does not charge for project-related expenses unless a project calls for extraordinary out-of-pocket expenses. All fees from third-party vendors or partners such as shipping, handling, crating, framing, installing and insurance will be the responsibility of the Client.
Insurance coverage for the art will be the Client’s responsibility, at its expense, for any loans, if not already provided by gallery or museum, as communicated by them, to cause the Work (including but not limited to framed Works, Works “on approval” and Works being shipped, framed, stored and installed) to be fully insured for its full value, including insurance against fire, theft, loss and “extended coverage” perils. We recommend that you cause such insurance coverage to commence at the time the Works (or framing) leave the premises of the suppliers. You will assume all risk of, and you agree in all events to indemnify and hold Art Advisor harmless from, any loss or damage (including legal fees and related expenses) to the Works or framing from any cause, whether the Works or framing are shipped to you “on approval”, or in storage, or while the Works are being framed on your behalf, and in all cases after they have been delivered to your Locations or another area designated to you.