Art transport perks- great collections and collaborations with artists

by leslierankowfinearts

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WERNER LEDERER, OWNER OF SAT (SAFE ART TRANSPORT)www.safeart.com  AND HIS CREW, OFTEN ARTISTS THEMSELVES,   PROVIDE AN INTIMATE WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF THE PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND INSTALLATIONS THAT THEY HANDLE SINCE WERNER AND HIS SAT TEAM  ENJOY A DIRECT WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH MANY OF THE ARTISTS WHOSE WORK THEY CRATE, SAFEGUARD, TRANSPORT AND INSTALL  .

THIS   BENEFITS EVERYONE,  COLLECTOR, DEALER, CURATOR AND THE GALLERIST ALIKE.   .  IN PARTICULAR,  WERNER HAS BEEN AN INVALUABLE MEMBER OF THE WORKING STUDIO TEAM FOR  JULIAN SCHNABEL. TODAY, WE HAVE A TERRIFIC OPPORTUNITY TO SEE A SCHNABEL INSTALLATION, AT THE NAPLES MUSEUM IN ITALY, FIRST HAND.  SIT BACK AND LET THE CAMERA ROLL!

WERNER, I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE WORKED EXTENSIVELY FOR SOME NUMBERS OF YEARS WITH JULIAN SCHNABEL, WHO HAS PUSHED THE LIMITS OF PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND ARCHITECTURE. HE IS,  FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, AN EXTRAORDINARY FILM-MAKER WITH SUCH CREDITS AS “BASQUIAT”, “BEFORE NIGHT FALLS”, “THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY”, AND MOST RECENTLY,”MIRAL”. WE WOULD LOVE TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS EXPLOSIVE CREATIVE FIGURE IN THE ART WORLD, THE PROJECTS YOU HAVE REALIZED FOR HIM, AND SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THESE EXPERIENCES.

We’ve had the pleasure of meeting Julian very early in our career and have established a very close relationship with his studio. SAT has installed many of Julian’s shows worldwide, and is very familiar with the difficult process of rolling and stretching large canvases and the delicate handling of plate paintings.

WHAT OTHER ARTISTS DO YOU WORK WITH? DO FIND THE EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH THE ARTIST DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF THE COLLECTOR AND THE MUSEUM CURATOR? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF EACH?

Working with artists is the best part of our job. Going to different studios and getting to know the talented people creating these works of art are some of the highlights of our days. It is thrilling to have been in studios of DeKooning, Johns, Lichtenstein, Stella, Kelly, Koons… the list goes on! We learn a lot from our conversations with the studio handlers and the artists themselves and have been able to adapt a lot of their techniques.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE AREA OF ART HANDLING, INSTALLATION AND TRANSPORT CHANGING IN THE FUTURE? DOES THE GLOBALIZATION OF ART CREATE A SHIFT IN YOUR BUSINESS WITH LESS FOCUS ON THE UNITED STATES AND MORE IN ASIA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD? HOW DO YOU ANTICIPATE SAFE ART TRANSPORT GROWING AND EVOLVING AS A COMPANY?  WHAT WOULD  YOU LIKE ITS FUTURE TO BE?

We are seeing an increase in the art storage business. Collections are growing larger and so is the demand for proper climate-controlled storage. We are also experiencing increased demand in crating and global shipping. With all the newly added art fairs around the world, our focus has definitely shifted from the local market. Growth through repeat business is also at the center of our business strategy. Many of our customers have relied on our services for almost two decades. We are hoping to service our valued clientele for years to come.

SCHNABEL IN NAPLES, PARTS 2 AND 3

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IN OUR NEXT BLOG, I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SPEAKING WITH JENNIFER KRIEGER, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF HAWTHORNE FINE ART, LOCATED BOTH IN NEW YORK CITY AND ON THE HUDSON. JENNIFER IS A SCHOLARLY DEALER WHO HAS PROVIDED EXCEPTIONAL RESEARCH, DOCUMENTATION AND EXHIBITIONS  OF 19th AND 20th CENTURY WOMEN ARTISTS WHO WERE INITIALLY IGNORED DURING THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL MOVEMENT.  I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING HER VAST KNOWLEDGE WITH US.

UNTIL THEN, THANKS FOR READING!