A wonderful treasure trove of works at Betty Krulik Fine Arts

by leslierankowfinearts

BETTY KRULIK IS A HIGHLY RESPECTED DEALER IN THE SECONDARY MARKET WHOSE VAST EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE SPANS BOTH EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN ART. BETTY KRULIK FINE ARTS, LOCATED AT 15 EAST 71st STREET, IN NEW YORK,  http://bkrulikfineart.com/   OFFERS  A WEALTH OF BEAUTIFUL WORKS ON PAPER AND PAINTINGS IN A  GALLERY ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE  FOCUSING ON 19th and 20th CENTURY AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN ARTISTS.  ITS WARM  AND INVITING ATMOSPHERE REFLECTS BETTY KRULIK’S  SINCERITY AND EXCELLENT EYE.

BETTY, THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING WITH US. FIRST, FOR EVERYONE  INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PART OF THE ART WORLD, PLEASE TELL US HOW YOU BEGAN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN THE ARTS AND WHAT DREW YOU TO THIS PARTICULAR AREA OF COLLECTING.

Thank you for asking me to be part of your blog, I have enjoyed it and find it very informative.

I came to NYC from Pennsylvania fresh out of college. My twin sister and I were both art history BA’s and did not want to compete with each other as well as every other Art History student. So we divided up the city. She went to Museums and Historical Societies and I to galleries and Auction Houses. Barb got a job in a day at the National Academy of Design, and it took me a couple of weeks, but was hired by Mimi (Thaler then, now) Cohen of Marbella Gallery. She was very generous with her knowledge and taught me everything from Bookkeeping, Registration, How to Bid, What to look for under Ultra Violet, to invoicing and shipping. It was great hands on experience, and I am grateful to her for giving me my start.

YOUR EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN IN MANY AREAS OF ART. WHAT ARE THEY SPECIFICALLY AND HOW DO THEY DIFFER AND WHAT DO THEY SHARE IN COMMON?

I went to Christie’s just a year after they opened in NY, after Marbella. Whoa! That was a change, fast paced, a variety of specializations—there I assisted many departments, Paintings, Prints, Photographs, Wine, Asian, Rugs…. But my first love was American Art. (I guess my first job at Marbella defined my path.)

The most important things that are similar, in both dealer and auction, as well as across disciplines is that the best ALWAYS shines, even though I am completely 2 dimensional, when I do focus on a work of decorative art, or a great contemporary work, the best will just jump out at you.  I do like to challenge my eye.  My colleague Tom Colville once told me that every time he walks into a room at a museum or in someone’s home, or in a booth at an art fair, he tries to find the best thing in there, then learn about it.

I think those are the things that are standard across disciplines.

To answer your question of what is different, the difference between dealer and auction is the pace, Auction you don’t have as much time to live with or really delve into a work. Back in the “day” at Christie’s we handled 1000 lots a month!!

BETTY KRULIK FOUNDED AN EXTRAORDINARY WORKS ON PAPER DEPARTMENT AT SPANIERMAN GALLERY AND IS INSTRUMENTAL IN ESTABLISHING THIS AREA OF COLLECTING AS ONE OF SERIOUS QUALITY AND VALUE.  NEXT WEEK,  BETTY WILL SHARE HER EXPERIENCE OF THE MARKET FOR THIS AREA OF COLLECTING  WHEN SHE INITIALLY BEGAN AS WELL AS ITS CURRENT STATE AND PLACE IN THE CONTEXT, IN PARTICULAR, OF AMERICAN ART OF THE 19th and 20th CENTURY.

I WELCOME ALL QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS AND LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RESPONSE AND COMMENTS.

UNTIL THEN…