Hawthorne Fine Arts – an homage to the spirit of America

by leslierankowfinearts

EACH GALLERY, WHETHER LARGE OR SMALL, SINGULAR OR WITH SPACES IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS IN ONE OR SEVERAL CITIES, IS A UNIQUE REFLECTION OF THE OWNER’S AMBITIONS, INTERESTS AND SENSIBILITY.  AS AN ADVISOR, IT IS ALWAYS INTERESTING FOR ME TO TAP INTO THE TASTE AND AESTHETIC OF A NEW COLLECTOR  –  AT THAT POINT I AM FAIRLY CERTAIN AS TO WHICH GALLERIES AND DEALERS ARE THE MOST APPROPRIATE FOR THEIR COLLECTING INTERESTS AND AESTHETIC TASTE. WITHIN THE UMBRELLA, FOR EXAMPLE, OF AMERICAN ART, THERE IS A STUNNING STYLISTIC VARIETY OF BRUSHSTROKE, PALETTE, RESTRAINED AND DISCRETE AS WELL AS  EBULLIENT EXPANSIVE SENSIBILITIES, TO NAME A FEW CHARACTERISTICS.

HAWTHORNE FINE ARTS,  WITH TWO BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED LOCATIONS, ONE IN NEW YORK CITY AT  74 EAST 79th STREET,  AND THE OTHER ON THE HUDSON, IN IRVINGTON, NEW YORK IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE. http://www.hawthornefineart.com/home.html. TODAY, WE WILL EXPLORE THE MORE PRACTICAL WORKS OF THE GALLERY AND THE RANGE OF SERVICES THAT HAWTHORNE FINE ARTS CAN PROVIDE.

JENNIFER, WELCOME BACK AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS BLOG.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU AND YOUR STAFF PROVIDE YOUR CLIENTS AS PART OF THE ACQUISITION AND DEACQUISITION PROCESS?

We provide comprehensive academic and market research as a complimentary service to our clients whether they are selling to us or purchasing from us. We will actively survey the market both past and present for comparables to ensure that our valuations are correct. We also work to establish as complete a history of ownership as possible, fleshing out the provenance as much as we can. In addition, we carefully assess the favorable traits of each work that quantify its value and look closely at its condition.

THE CURRENT EXHIBITION AT THE GALLERY OF THE BERMUDA PAINTINGS OF CLARK VOORHEES, LIGHT-INSPIRED LANDSCAPES THAT CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF THE ISLAND, http://www.hawthornefineart.com/voorhees-bermuda.html

RECEIVED A GLOWING AND WELL-DESERVED REVIEW IN THE ROYAL GAZETTE, WRITTEN BY DR. ED HARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BERMUDA. IT REFLECTS THE METICULOUS CURATORIAL ATTENTION THAT JENNIFER GIVES TO HER GALLERY RESEARCH AND EXHIBITIONS. TAKE A LOOK AT THE REVIEW AND SEE THE SHOW! http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20121215/ISLAND09/712159977

WHAT IS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH MUSEUM CURATORS AND PRESENTING WORKS TO MUSEUMS AND HOW DO YOU FIND THAT DIFFERS FROM WORKING WITH OTHER DEALERS OR PRIVATE COLLECTORS?

We are fortunate to have been able to forge productive relationships with several distinctive museums. There are two aspects of working with institutional collections I enjoy most. One is the experience of adding a work of art that can be appreciated by a wider public and which can edify and inspire a whole community over generations.

I also like the challenge of finding works that are fitting to a museum’s acquisition project. Museums tend to be more purposeful in the way they pursue new additions. They are often looking to satisfy a certain goal and find specific artists or subjects to complement their existing holdings, making their mission in the visual arts more complete. Sometimes these gaps can be difficult to fill depending on what is available on the market at a given moment. I love employing our imaginative sourcing skills to uncover a hidden work that might be the perfect match.

YOU ALSO PROVIDE APPRAISAL SERVICES FOR WORKS OF AMERICAN ART OF THIS PERIOD. WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR ACTING AS AN APPRAISER? HOW HELPFUL IS THAT IN EVALUATING WORKS THAT THE GALLERY ACQUIRES AND SELLS?

I recently became a member of the Appraisers Association of America. In applying for candidacy and studying for several exams, I learned more about how to approach other types of collectibles including furniture, decorative arts and jewelry. This experience helped to round out my body of knowledge and gave me new perspectives to evaluate the property at hand. It also taught me more about the different methods and purposes of valuation as well as more about legal precedents that have been established for our trade.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR INVENTORY? DO YOU FOCUS ON PARTICULAR ARTISTS OR PARTICULAR PERIODS? HOW DO YOU FIND INVENTORY?

The first word I would use to describe our inventory is selective. I try hard to only purchase for our gallery works that I would enthusiastically want to hang in my own home at prices that I would find reasonable. The second word I would use is purposeful. Each work must serve a purpose in telling the story of American art history whether it is for its sheer aesthetic beauty, historical content or innovation of technique.

Our inventory spans the entire 19th and the early 20th century of American painting and embraces the movements of the Hudson River School, Luminism, Tonalism, Impressionism and Modernism. Our offerings are most weighted in the Hudson River School Palm Beach Speech and Luminism due to my personal love of nature and of the backdrop of Transcendental literature that accompanied the development of landscape painting.

We employ academic research to locate paintings that are in private collections and seek them out. Our creative sourcing techniques enable us to uncover works of special significance and bring to light paintings that may have never before been on the market or which have not been seen in many decades.

JENNIFER IS A PIONEER SPIRIT IN HER OWN RIGHT-  EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF THE PERIOD, SEEKING OUT AND RESEARCHING ARTISTS,  PARTICULARLY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN  WOMEN PAINTERS OF TALENT, AND PROVIDING A MUCH GREATER KNOWLEDGE OF THE ART OF THE PERIOD.  IN THE NEXT BLOG, SHE WILL DETAIL SOME OF THE WONDERFUL PROJECTS THAT HAVE ENGAGED HER INTEREST AND BENEFIT OUR FAMILIARITY WITH THE HUDSON RIVER AND LUMINIST ARTISTS.

I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS, QUESTIONS AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO EXPLORE THIS PERIOD OF WORK WITH EXPERT JENNIFER KRIEGER AVAILABLE AS A GUIDE.