IN THEIR NEW BOOK, ALTERED TRAITS, PSYCHOLOGISTS DANIEL GOLEMAN AND RICHARD DAVIDSON UNVEIL NEW RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF NEUROSCIENCE TO SHOW WHAT MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS DOES TO ACTUALLY CHANGE YOUR MIND, BRAIN AND BODY. MEDITATION INCLUDES A WIDE RANGE OF PRACTICES AND DIFFERING TYPES THAT PRODUCE UNIQUE RESULTS BUT A MIND UNDISTURBED IS A SIGNIFICANT GOAL IN ALL THE GREAT SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS. IN 1843, JOHN RUSKIN, THE ENGLISH ART CRITIC, PUBLISHED HIS FIRST VOLUME OF HIS MODERN PAINTERS , INSTRUCTING ARTISTS TO BE TRUTHFUL TO NATURE’S FORMS AS TRUTH IN APPEARANCE WOULD LEAD TO HIGHER MORAL AND SPIRITUAL TRUTHS. OUR HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL EMBRACED THIS AND DEDICATED THEIR WORK TO THE ACCURATE DEPICTION OF NATURE. STUDYING AND APPRECIATING WORKS THAT DEPICT THE SPLENDOR OF NATURE AND THE POWER OF GOD’S HAND AT WORK CAN INSPIRE THE SAME UNDISTURBED MIND. THIS SCHOOL OF PAINTING MAKES UP THE HEART OF QUESTROYAL FINE ART’S INVENTORY.
TODAY, CHLOE HEINS, THE GALLERY DIRECTOR, WILL SPEAK ABOUT ADVISING NEW COLLECTORS, THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN MARKET AND PLANS FOR THE FORTHCOMING SEASON.
AS A YOUNG COLLECTOR BEGINNING TO ACQUIRE WORKS OF ART, WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES TO CONSIDER AND YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO STEER THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
We advise collectors to buy the best painting they can afford. Rather than going for a subpar example by the biggest name or the highest volume of works within their budget, we advise them to begin with what they love. Then they can confirm that they are receiving a fair price and that it is a solid representation of the artist. There are many artists that are undervalued and never receive the recognition they deserved and this can be a great opportunity for new collectors. Above all, buy what you love. This will never betray you.
IN A TIME WHEN A FEW CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS SUCH AS BASQUIAT AND JEFF KOONS AND CONTEMPORARY MASTERS SUCH AS SIGMAR POLKE AND GERHARD RICHTER ARE COMMANDING RECORD AUCTION PRICES, HOW DO YOU INTEREST AND DIRECT A NASCENT COLLECTOR TO THE AMERICAN MARKET?
It is easy to get discouraged by the prices in the post-war and contemporary market and the rampant celebrity of the key artists, collectors, and dealers. This is why I like to discuss American art within the context of the better-known areas of the art market. Once collectors see the inexplicable discrepancy in value and realize they could buy the entire Questoyal inventory for the price of one Lucien Freud painting, they begin to take notice! We have broken down boundaries by advertising in non-art-specific publications which attract a different type of client. Bringing new collectors into the American art market is essential.
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN MARKET?
While it can be unpredictable, the American paintings market does not trend towards a bubble. It’s relatively steady compared to other genres of art. The new interest in American art that we are seeing indicates a bright future. Just this year, several of our colleagues have also met new clients who have become very active at a high level. However, American art dealers have to be comfortable and confident in the shadow of the post-war and contemporary market and many dealers have given up.
I am cautiously optimistic that the American art market will continue to grow, and hopefully our colleagues in the gallery and auction sectors will remain dedicated. We certainly are!
WHAT EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE 2017-2018 SEASON?
Our annual hardcover Important American Paintings catalogue became available in early October. Volume XVIII: Be Uncool is an exciting addition to the series and features 37 collection highlights. The concept stems from our ongoing advertising campaign urging collectors to “be uncool” and seek what is timeless, not trendy.
“Be uncool” has become an effective headline for us, capturing the attention of many readers of the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and Architectural Digest. But it is more than just a promotion; it is a philosophy and a call to action…Will you accept my challenge to be uncool? Will you follow the preference of your heart and question the opinion of others ? Are you willing to sacrifice the fleeting rewards of all that is timely for the transcendent satisfaction of pursuing what is truly timeless ?
Excerpt from the foreword by Louis Salerno, Volume XVIII, “It is Wise to be Uncool”.
CHLOE, THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOUR LOVE OF AMERICAN ART AND ITS IMPORTANCE RESOUNDS IN EVERY WORD.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE NEXT POST TO WELCOME KATE ABRAMS, AN ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AT HAUSER & WIRTH, ONE OF OUR MOST RESPECTED AND IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY GALLERIES. WITH LOCATIONS IN NEW YORK (2), LONDON, LOS ANGELES, ZURICH, STAAD AND SOMERSET, ENGLAND, WE HAVE PLENTY OF TERRITORY TO COVER. WE COULDN’T HOPE FOR A BETTER GUIDE THAN KATE.