The Bank of America Private Bank Art Conservation Project, with Art Lending Services VP, Dana Prussian

 

Dana Prussian Art Lending Services, Bank of America Private Bank

 

BANK OF AMERICA PRIVATE BANK OFFERS EXTENSIVE ART LENDING SERVICES. AS WELL AS COLLATERALIZING ART COLLECTIONS, THE BANK HELPS COLLECTORS TO DESIGN ESTATE PLANS THAT TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE VALUE OF THEIR ART COLLECTIONS, BOTH AS AN ALTERNATIVE ASSET AND AS A LEGACY. THEY ASSIST IN THE CONSIGNMENT PROCESS FOR A SALE OF A WORK OR A COLLECTION AT AUCTION. APART FROM THE ART OF THE BUSINESS OF ART, BANK OF AMERICA PRIVATE BANK HAS A TRULY IMPRESSIVE RANGE OF PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVORS THAT SUPPORT MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS, ART PANELS AND LECTURES, ART FAIRS AND ART CONSERVATION.

ART AND CULTURE

Bank of America believes the arts matter: they help economies thrive, help individuals connect with each other and across cultures, and educate and enrich societies. We support more than 2,000 visual and performing arts organizations worldwide that provide inspirational and educational sustenance, anchor communities, create jobs, complement school curricula, and generate substantial revenue for local businesses.

Vincent van Gogh
Starry Night
MoMA Collection

BANK OF AMERICA ART CONSERVATION PROJECT

We are pleased to present the 2019 Bank of America Art Conservation Project grant recipients. In reviewing the twenty-two projects, we are reminded of the tremendous need for art conservation in cultural institutions across the globe. And we are honored and proud to help these institutions and others preserve their treasures for generations to come.

With this year’s selections, we will have provided funding for more than 170 projects in thirty-three countries, representing thousands of works across different art movements, media and time periods- and, importantly, cultures. All the works we help to conserve share one thing in common however. They reflect the creativity, ingenuity and passion of people throughout the world over hundreds, even thousands, of years.

TODAY, THE LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO WELCOME BACK DANA PRUSSIAN, VP, ART LENDING SERVICES, BANK OF AMERICA. HER BACKGROUND IN BOTH ART AND FINANCE MAKES HER THE PERFECT FIT FOR THIS PROFESSION AND HER ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL STEPS WERE KEENLY FOCUSED ON THIS DREAM JOB SINCE THE BEGINNING.

DANA, WELCOME BACK TO THE LRFA BLOG!

HOW DOES BANK OF AMERICA PRIVATE BANK COMPETE IN THIS HIGHLY CHARGED MARKET WITH SOME OF THE OTHER ART SERVICE COMPANIES, EITHER AT BANKS AND INVESTMENT FIRMS OR PRIVATE SPECIALIZED COMPANIES?

Paul Cezanne
The Bather
MoMA Collection

Let’s just say I followed Bank of America’s progress veryyyy closely and jumped the minute they opened a role. 😉

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR COLLECTORS LENDING AGAINST COLLECTIONS TO UNLOCK CAPITAL?  HAS THAT CRITERIA CHANGED OVER THE YEARS TO REFLECT THE GAINS AND GLOBALIZATION OF THE ART MARKET AND IN WHAT WAYS?

Our criteria has not changed much over the years (collectors need a certain sized collection with both commercial and diverse works and a robust balance sheet), but appetite for art lending has expanded greatly. Since interest rates have been hovering around historic lows, more clients are looking to use this as a balance sheet arbitrage, unlocking capital from art to redeploy into higher-return areas of their financial lives. We have also seen more clients use art loans as working capital lines to expand privately held companies. Since the elimination of the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange in 2017, it has also become prevalent to leverage art to generate liquidity.

WHAT ARE WAYS IN WHICH AN ART COLLECTION CAN DIVERSIFY A PORTFOLIO?

We never recommend that a client start an art collection as an investment or a way to diversify his portfolio. Passion comes first. Once someone has been bitten by the collecting bug (it’s real), they should consider whether their collection fits into their estate plan and how they want to manage it over time. It’s still quite common to see rising collectors go to great lengths to prove they’re not simply investors, whether it’s by marketing themselves quietly to dealers or acquiring non-commercial works to round out their collections.

Pablo Picasso
Three Musicians
MoMA Collection

BANK OF AMERICA PRIVATE BANK SUPPORTS A GREAT MANY MUSUEM EXHIBITIONS, ART PANELS, ART EDUCATIONAL EVENTS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS THAT WERE THE MOST INTERESTING OR EFFECTIVE?

Bank of America provides unbelievable support to museums and art institutions worldwide. We get to reap those benefits by helping deliver unique experiences and programming to our collectors. You probably saw that we sponsored the reopening of MoMA and the conservation of Starry Night and other iconic works. We took small groups of collectors through MoMA’s Conservation Lab while the museum was closed so they could see these works off the wall, unframed, and under a microscope. Cezanne’s The Bather, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Picasso’s Three Musicians. I was blown away. So were our clients. In Paris BofA sponsored the Da Vinci exhibit at the Louvre and hosted a small private group. 

SOME OF THE OTHER 2019 CONSERVATION PROJECT BENEFICIARIES INCLUDE “SPRING” IN THE COLLECTION OF THE GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM IN SANTA FE. THIS LARGE-SCALED WORK REPRESENTS A TURNING POINT IN O’KEEFFE’S LIFE AT A TIME WHEN SHE HAS THE NEWFOUND FREEDOM TO MOVE PERMANENTLY FROM NEW YORK TO SANTE FE. THE WORK INCORPORATES ALL OF THE ICONS EVOCATIVE OF NEW MEXICO: LANDSCAPE, BONE AND FLOWER.

Georgia O’Keeffe Spring, 1948

AND WERE AS FAR-RANGING AS THE RESTORATION OF THREE TAPESTRIES BY MARLENE DUMAS, “THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT”, IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT ART COLLECTION IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. THE TRIPTYCH CONSISTS OF THREE FIBER WORKS WEIGHING APPROXIMATELY 620 POUNDS, AND A ROBUST PRESERVATION-APPROPRIATE HANGING SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED FOR PERMANENT DISPLAY.

 

Marlene Dumas
The Benefit of Doubt
Tapestry Triptych

IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG, DANA WILL SHARE HER ASTUTE PERCEPTION OF THE CURRENT AND FUTURE ART MARKET. TUNE IN THEN!