The care and conservation of a collection: consult The Clarion List for expert help

by leslierankowfinearts


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BUYING YOUR FIRST WORK OF ART IS A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE! BE IT A LITHOGRAPH BY AN ARTIST WHOSE WORK YOU HAVE ALWAYS APPRECIATED IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM IN A MUSEUM COLLECTION, A CONTEMPORARY ASSEMBLAGE BY AN EMERGING ARTIST FROM A LOCAL ART FAIR OR A RECORD-BREAKING SECONDARY MARKET PAINTING FROM AN EVENING AUCTION, THE SELECTION PROCESS AND ULTIMATE CHOICE, SOMETIMES NERVE-WRACKING, IS ONLY THE FIRST OF MANY DECISIONS THAT THE COLLECTOR MUST MAKE AS CUSTODIAN OF A WORK OF ART.

 

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AS SEASONED COLLECTOR KNOW, THE  NEWLY ACQUIRED WORK SHOULD BE INSURED AND DOCUMENTED IN AN INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, ITS CONDITION EXAMINED BY A CONSERVATOR SPECIALIZING IN THE MEDIUM AND PERIOD OF THE WORK, FRAMED APPROPRIATELY TO ENHANCE THE ARTWORK, AND THEN – THE MOST FUN OF ALL  – INSTALLED IN A LOCATION THAT PERFECTLY ENHANCES ITS PRESENCE. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE CONSIDERATIONS NECESSARY FOR THE ONGOING CARE OF A COLLECTION.

SPECIFIC WORKS HAVE SPECIFIC NEEDS. FOR EXAMPLE, DAMIEN HIRST’S STUDIO GENERATES A REPORT ON THE CARE AND CONSERVATION OF THE ENTOMOLOGY PAINTINGS. TO INSURE THE CONDITION OF THE BUTTERFLIES, HIRST BUILDS A SPECIAL POCKET INTO THE FRAME OF THE CANVAS FOR AN INHIBITOR (MOTH PROOFING) THAT NEEDS TO BE INSPECTED AND CHANGED OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. “THE PAINTING NEEDS TO BE GIVEN A VISUAL INSPECTION ON A REGULAR BASIS TO ENSURE THAT THE SURFACE OF THE WORK IS IN GOOD CONDITION WITH NO SIGN OF CHANGE.”

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HOW DOES THE COLLECTOR PUT TOGETHER THE BEST POSSIBLE TEAM OF RESPONSIBLE EXPERTS TO SUPPORT THE WORKS OF ART? THANKS TO THE CLARION LIST,  A CURRENT ONLINE DIRECTORY CAN PROVIDE EXPERTS IN EVERY SERVICE CATEGORY, SORTED BY LOCATION! THANKS TO THE INNOVATIVE IDEA AND DEDICATED HARD WORK OF CO-FOUNDERS, JESSICA PAINDIRIS AND GAIA BANOVICH, THE SEARCH IS EASIER AND MORE JUDICIOUS THAN EVER BEFORE. SEE FOR YOURSELF!

https://www.clarionlist.com

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JESSICA, THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE LRFA BLOG.

TO CONTINUE, WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY NEEDS OF COLLECTORS AND HOW DOES THE DIRECTORY ADDRESS THESE?

Collectors are looking for the right company to buy or sell art, service an existing collection, or help grow a collection. We enable them to find do a very narrow search as needed – they can sort by company size (perhaps they want someone with global reach or local focus), years in business (perhaps they want a veteran professional vs. a younger professional who may have lower fees), location (maybe you want to find a storage company in your own neighborhood), and specialty (you want not just an appraiser, but an old master specialist), and a company who has great client ratings. You can “Refine by” all these options on the left hand side of all search results.

WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY NEEDS OF THE ARTIST AND IN WHAT WAYS DOES THE CLARION LIST RESPOND TO THEIR CONCERNS?

Artists are also looking for the right company for them as well and want to expand their options and find better or less expensive companies to work with. Artists tend to be interested in our list of framers, storage companies, marketing firms and law firms among others.

WHAT CRITERIA DOES THE DIRECTORY ESTABLISH FOR PRIVATE ART DEALERS AND ADVISORS AND WHAT IS THE CLARION LIST’S SCOPE OF SERVICES, AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND EXPERTISE?

We have a wide range of private art dealers – those who have their own inventory to sell, those looking to acquire inventory and those who are able to privately seek out particular works on behalf of a client. We list both dealers who work out of an office and those that appear to be galleries but are only available by appointment in our “Private Art Dealers” category.

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HOW DOES THE RATING AND REVIEW SYSTEM WORK AT THE CLARION LIST? WHAT DO YOU HOPE IT PROVIDES?

We hope it provides transparency and accountability for the global art market. Any client or colleague of a listed company may submit a review; it takes just a few minutes and requires quick account log-in. clarionlist.com/reviews details the quick process.

YOUR EDUCATIONAL BLOG IS A VITAL ADDITION TO THE DIRECTORY, TOUCHING ON TOPICS AS WIDE-RANGING AS THE ART MARKET, AUCTIONS AND ART TRANSPORT. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SUBJECTS YOU EXPLORE THAT YOU CONSIDER THE MOST IMPORTANT? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TOPICS YOU PLAN TO ADDRESS IN FUTURE POSTS?

With a growing collecting class – especially among millennials – its important to educate about how to care for art before and after purchase. We try to highlight art services among our 35 listed categories. Some of our more popular topics are “how-to’s” and “why hire” regarding art appraisers, conservators and private dealers. We write one educational piece for month and its featured in our monthly e-blast available for sign-up here: http://eepurl.com/bePKFf

bg-conservationWe also curate 3rd party content about growing and servicing art collections. Following our Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn pages are good ways to ensure you are up to date on these types of articles.

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IN OUR NEXT LRFA POST, JESSICA WILL ENLIGHTEN US ON FUTURE PLANS AND DIRECTIONS FOR THE CLARION LIST. THEY ARE EXPANDING SO RAPIDLY, IT MAY BE OUTDATED BY THE TIME THE LRFA BLOG POSTS! DO CHECK OUT THIS INNOVATIVE ONLINE DIRECTORY FOR YOURSELF, A VALUABLE RESOURCE IN OUR 2.0 WORLD!