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A profound commitment to the interests of the artist with gallery director, Maria Bueno, of Cheim & Read

Art Basel 2019
Cheim & Read

IN HIS RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK, BOOM, A FASCINATING AND COMPREHENSIVE COMMENTARY ON HOW THE CONTEMPORARY ART WORLD AND MARKET HAS EVOLVED, MICHAEL SHNAYERSON WRITES:

TRADITIONALLY, DEALERS LARGE AND SMALL HAD TRAVELED TO A HANDFUL OF FAIRS: FIAC IN PARIS, NEW YORK’S ARMORY SHOW, AND THE MOST ESTABLISHED FAIR, ART BASEL SWITZERLAND. WHEN ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH JOINED THE PACK IN 2002, AND FRIEZE LONDON IN 2003, THE PACE REMAINED, FOR A WHILE, MANAGEABLE. YET EACH YEAR, MORE NEW ART FAIRS SPROUTED, IN ONE COUNTRY AFTER ANOTHER…CLARE McANDREW, THE CONSULTING ART-MARKET ECONOMIST WHO NOW WORKS FOR ART BASEL, COUNTED 260 MAJOR FAIRS. WITH MORE AND MORE ART TO BE SEEN AND SOLD, DEALERS FELT THAT THEY HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO BE A PRESENCE IN AT LEAST A FEW OF THE PROLIFERATING SHOWS. IT WAS A COSTLY DECISION. 

Michael Shnayerson, BOOM, Public Affairs, New York, pp. 362-363.

Michael Shnayerson
Boom
Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art

A FEW GALLERIES ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE OF THE MARKET SHARE. MANY COLLECTORS ARE VISITING ART FAIRS AS THEIR PRIMARY SOURCE WHEN BUILDING AND ADDING TO THEIR COLLECTIONS AND FREQUENT THE GALLERIES LESS AND LESS. AT THE SAME TIME, JENNIFER FLAY, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF FIAC, IN AN INTERVIEW IN THIS WEEK’S FINANCIAL TIMES,  POINTS OUT THAT ART WORLD INDIVIDUALS MAY SOON NEED TO RE-EVALUATE THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT WHICH COULD POTENTIALLY BRING THE FOCUS OF THE MARKET BACK TO REGIONAL AND LOCAL SITUATIONS.

IN THIS CLIMATE OF ECONOMICAL, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, THE RESPONSIVE ART MARKET IS UNDERGOING A TRANSFORMATION IN ITS WAY OF DOING BUSINESS.

TODAY, WE WELCOME BACK MARIA BUENO, PARTNER AT CHEIM & READ, WHO HAS OPTED TO OPEN AN UPTOWN GALLERY FOCUSED ON CONNOISSEURSHIP, THE SECONDARY MARKET AND AN UNFLAGGING COMMITMENT TO THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE ARTIST.

https://www.cheimread.com

Frieze, New York, 2018
photo taken by Brian Buckley courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York

MARIA, WHAT ART FAIRS DOES CHEIM & READ PARTICIPATE IN, AND WHY?

Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach. The outstanding quality of the material on view brings in people who are important to us, from curators to collectors to museum patrons. We take these fairs very seriously and our presentations reflect that effort.

WE ARE IN A CHANGING AND VOLATILE ECONOMIC CLIMATE. HOW DO YOU THINK THAT WILL IMPACT ON THE CONTEMPORARY ART MARKET?

It is hard to predict but collectors will always find the resources to acquire a work of the highest quality no matter the circumstances. We strive to source and show work of this quality level so that collectors feel comfortable and confident in what we are showing and offering them. We have worked hard to establish a loyal client base which we hope will follow us into the next chapter of the gallery’s history.

WHAT IMPACT DO YOU THINK IT WILL HAVE ON THE GALLERY SYSTEM?  WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN REPRESENTATING ARTISTS NOW AND EVEN A FEW YEARS AGO SINCE SOME DEALERS HAVE NUMEROUS GLOBAL LOCATIONS?

Dealers will need to find innovative ways to continue doing business and make sure artists have the freedom and flexibility to make their work. Today it seems like everyone is vying for “worldwide exclusive representation” – these representation wars are tiring and not necessarily in the best interest of the artists. Why not have several dealers with whom you like and respect working for you? 

Ron Gorchov
Opening exhibit September 2019
Cheim & Read
23 East 67th St, New York

WHAT ARE THE GALLERY’S PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

Our new gallery opened on September 26th with an exhibition of historical, never before exhibited paintings by Ron Gorchov. We plan to mount 3-4 exhibitions per year, most of which will have a historical focus and examine key periods in artists’ oeuvres. Catalogues and other publications will add to our commitment to original scholarship. We also plan to participate in select art fairs. We will continue to work directly with a number of artists whom we have had long relationships with and will continue to pursue meaningful projects on their behalf. We will also concentrate on private sales in the secondary market. This work is informed by our depth of knowledge developed by decades of connoisseurship and our extensive archive.

 

Lynda Benglis
Catalina
Museum of Cycladic Art Athens, November 2019

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE IMPACT OF OUR SOPHISTICATED AND EVER DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY ON ARTISTS’ WORK?  WHICH ARTISTS EMBRACE THESE INNOVATIONS MOST SUCCESSFULLY?

While Cheim & Read has always had a particular interest in the traditional medium of painting, technology has been helpful in executing a sculptor’s concept in more ambitious scales. Lynda Benglis for example continues to push the boundaries of this medium and uses new technology with her foundries to create incredibly intricate and detailed works on monumental scales. It’s exciting for all of us to see come to life.

Lynda Benglis at The Cycladic Museum, November 22, 2019

“Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses” opens at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens. The exhibition curated by Dr. David Anfam is the first solo exhibitions for Benglis in Greece, a country that has great significance for Benglis aesthetically and culturally. 

THERE ARE CERTAINLY TRENDS IN COLLECTING, MORE THAN EVER, SINCE IMAGES AND ARTWORKS ARE ACCESSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET, INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS, AND THE GLOBAL MARKET.  HOW DO YOU DIFFERENTIATE WHAT IS A TREND THAT WILL RECEDE ALONG WITH THE MONETARY VALUE  FROM AN ARTIST THAT WILL CONTINUALLY COMMAND A PLACE IN THE MARKET WITH ONLY SLIGHT EBBS AND FLOWS ?

In most instances, you can only know these things with time. For us, we continue to show and support artists we believe in, no matter the trends. It is this steadfast commitment to a particular vision that I think differentiates us from other dealers. 

IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG, MARIA WILL SHARE HER PERSPECTIVE ON TRENDS IN THE ART MARKET AND THE CONTINUED FOCUS AND FUTURE OF CHEIM & READ.

PLEASE JOIN US!

The art market, present and future, with international dealer, Christophe Van de Weghe

Van de Weghe Fine Art
ART BASEL 2015

MORE THAN NINETY ART FAIRS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD NOW DEFINE THE RHYTHM OF THE GLOBAL ART BUSINESS. IN A PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE RISE OF ART FAIRS ORGANIZED BY STROPHEUS LLC,  A NEW YORK BASED COLLECTIVE OF ART LAW AND BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS, MODERATOR JUDITH PROWDER, A MEMBER OF THE NEW YORK BAR ASSOCIATION AND FACULTY AT SOTHEBY’S INSTITUTE OF ART, CONCLUDES:

There are dozens of NYC art fairs. With the rise and rise of art fairs, sheer survival in the commercial art context now requires galleries to participate in a half a dozen or more art fairs a year – from New York to Maastricht to Dubai to Hong Kong to São Paolo – with stops along the way. Some dealers make as much as two-thirds of their sale at fairs. Art fairs have indeed transformed the business of art and even the production of contemporary art. For serious collectors the international art fair circuit is an imperative, while visiting only a few of galleries in NY, London and Berlin seems – well – almost quaint.

https://stropheus.com/

Van de Weghe Fine Art
ART BASEL HONOG KONG 2017

TODAY, THE LRFA BLOG IS VERY PLEASED TO RESUME ITS CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTOPHE VAN DE WEGHE, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPLE OF VAN DE WEGHE FINE ARTS, LOCATED AT 1018 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK.

http://www.vdwny.com

 

Van de Weghe Fine Art
FRIEZE MASTERS 2015

CHRISTOPHE,  FAIRS HAVE GAINED CRITICAL AND COMMERCIAL DOMINANCE IN THE ART MARKET – A CONCENTRATED AND INTENSE PLAYING FIELD OF CURATORS, COLLECTORS, AND DEALERS. I KNOW YOU PARTICIPATE AT ART BASEL MIAMI, ART BASEL, FRIEZE MASTERS, AND MAASTRICHT. CLEARLY, YOU BELIEVE, AS I DO, THAT THE FAIR HAS BECOME AN INTEGRAL ELEMENT IN THE ART BUSINESS.

Fairs are a very important part of our operation. We present annually at TEFAF Maastricht, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Basel, FIAC Paris, Frieze Masters London and Art Basel Miami Beach. We have participated in ADAA’s Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory, The Pavilion of Art and Design London, EXPO Chicago, Arte Fiera Bologna, the Palm Beach Art Fair, ARCO Madrid and ART Hong Kong.

This year we also participated in TEFAF New York Spring, sponsored by TEFAF Maastricht, held for the first time at the Park Avenue Armory from May 4-8th. I am very excited about this fair and its strong future.

Van de Weghe Fine Art
TEFAF NYC SPRING 2017

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TRAJECTORY OF COLLECTING IN THE TIME AHEAD?

The architects of today are building modern, contemporary spaces. In 2016 alone, in New York, 6400 apartments were new construction, characterized by high ceilings and large-scaled rooms.  The scale and delicacy of Impressionist works cannot survive in these spaces and the best of these works are all in museums.

The contemporary collector, the younger generation of hedge fund guys and tech wizards, all want young artists and they all want the same ones. Basquiat only made 900 paintings and 3400 drawings in his lifetime.

The problem with dealing with living artists is that they are commanding too much money. I don’t agree with the amounts that collectors are paying because I am not convinced these works will hold value.  There has been a huge correction in the photography market. Cindy Sherman will survive but a lot of them will not.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO SOMEONE INTEREST IN ART AND IN BUILDING A COLLECTION?

 My advice is to development a good relationship with 2 or 3 galleries where you respect their program.

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE A GOOD DEALER OR GALLERIST?

 

Beyeler Foundation
Basel, Switzerland

I once asked Ernst Beyeler, “In your opinion what does it take to be a good dealer?

He replied, “Honesty, courage, passion and hard work.”

LRFA ASIDE:  ALL OF WHICH CHRISTOPHE POSSESSES IN SPADES!

Ernst Beyeler (1921–2010) was a titan of the international art scene in the twentieth century. Born in Basel, Switzerland, he began his career as an apprentice in an antiquarian bookstore, eventually taking over the business and shifting his focus from books to dealing and collecting art. Through his discerning eye for art, his close relationships with many of the twentieth century’s great artists, and his role in the foundation of Art Basel and the Fondation Beyeler, he transformed his hometown into a hub for international art.

Van de Weghe Fine Art
Henrique Oliveira Installation
April 28 – June 30, 2017

 

TO COMMEMORATE ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY, IN 2014 VAN DE WEGHE FINE ART PUBLISHED A BEAUTIFULLY DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF GALLERY EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS.  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT THE GALLERY AT info@vdwny.com.

VAN DE WEGHE NEW YORK
Published in 2014 to document the gallery’s 10th anniversary

 

CHRISTOPHE, WHAT IS THE CURRENT EXHIBIT AT VAN DE WEGHE FINE ART?

Although the gallery usually presents works from the secondary market, I am very excited to present the work of a young Brazilian artist, Henrique Oliveira. In 2013 I saw his installation at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris where he created a spectacular Gordian Knot of wood and sculptural vegetation that interacted with the architecture of the space.

It is quite exciting to see the way in which Henrique has  transformed the gallery into a site-specific installation, a fusion of urban design, sculptural elements and plant life. The installation was labor-intensive and we documented its progress throughout. 

AND WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF VAN DE WEGHE FINE ART?

I love what I do. My greatest wish is to have all my kids work with me.

AND I’M CERTAIN THEY WILL.

CHRISTOPHE, SO MANY THANKS.

 

PACK YOUR BAGS! OUR TRAVEL MAVEN AND EXPERT, NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER OF TURON TRAVEL, WILL TAKE US TO DOCUMENTA 14 OPENING ON JUNE 10th IN KASSEL, GERMANY. FOR THE FIRST TIME,  ATHENS, GREECE ACTED AS CO-HOST OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITION, TITLED “LEARNING FROM ATHENS”, THAT TAKES PLACE EVERY FIVE YEARS.

PLEASE JOIN US!

 

Dedication: gallery support of artists with Kristen Backer of Marianne Boesky

Sue de Beer: The Blue Lenses, 2015 BOESKY EAST, New York Photo credit: Bill Orcutt

Sue de Beer: The Blue Lenses, 2015
BOESKY EAST, New York
Photo credit: Bill Orcutt

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS IN THE PROFESSIONAL LIFE OF AN ARTIST IS HIS OR HER GALLERY AFFILIATION. THE COMMITMENT AND EXPERIENCE OF A GALLERY IN ITS REPRESENTATION OF AN ARTIST’S BEST INTERESTS IS AS CRUCIAL TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS THE QUALITY OF THE WORK ITSELF AS THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ARTIST’S WORLD AND RECOGNITION HAVE DISSOLVED THANKS TO THE GLOBAL ART MARKET, TECHNOLOGY, INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS AND THE SIGNIFICANT GROWTH OF THE NUMBER OF WORLDWIDE CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS, PRIVATE AND PUBLIC MUSEUMS.

THE TEFAF ART MARKET REPORT, COMPILED BY DR. CLARE McANDREW OF ARTS ECONOMICS, IS CONSIDERED THE MOST VALUABLE SOURCE FOR COMPREHENSIVE DATA TRACKING WORLDWIDE AUCTION SALES, TRANSACTIONS AT ART FAIRS AND SHIFTS IN REGIONAL MARKETS AND ONLINE SALES. IN 2014, TEFAF DOCUMENTED THAT THE GLOBAL ART MARKET REACHED A TOTAL OF OVER 51 BILLION EUROS, A 7 PERCENT INCREASE OVER 2013, POST WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART BEING THE LARGEST SECTOR IN THE FINE ART MARKET REPRESENTING 48 PER CENT OF ALL FINE ART SALES BY VALUE.

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THE ARTIST/GALLERY RELATIONSHIP IS ONE OF MUTUAL LOYALTY AND TRUST AND, IN THIS COMPETITIVE PLAYING FIELD, THE ARTIST’S ACUMEN AND SUPPORT OF THE GALLERY’S EFFORTS IS AS INTEGRAL AN ELEMENT AS THE DEDICATION AND EXPERIENCE OF THE DEALER’S REPRESENTATION.

MARIANNE BOESKY OPENED HER FIRST GALLERY IN 1996 WHEN SOHO WAS THE DESTINATION FOR CONTEMPORARY COLLECTORS AND CURATORS. THE GALLERY IS HIGHLY RESPECTED FOR IDENTIFYING EMERGING ARTISTS WHO BECOME LUMINARIES SUCH AS LISA YUSKAVAGE AND TAKASHI MURAKAMI. RECOGNIZING POTENTIAL TALENT AND THEN  CREATING A SUPPORT SYSTEM AND NURTURING IT IS AN ART FORM IN ITSELF.

MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY HAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THREE VENUES, CHELSEA, UPTOWN AND THE LOWER EAST SIDE AND TO REPRESENT AND SUPPORT NOT ONLY EMERGING BUT ALSO MID-CAREER AND ESTABLISHED INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS WORKING IN A WIDE SPECTRUM OF MEDIUMS: PAINTING, SCULPTURE, INSTALLATION, VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY. http://www.marianneboeskygallery.com/

IN TODAY’S LRFA BLOG, GALLERY DIRECTOR KRISTEN BECKER PROVIDES A PERSPECTIVE ON THE GALLERY’S GROWTH AND EXPANSION, BOTH GEOGRAPHICALLY AND EXPONENTIALLY.

KRISTEN, WELCOME BACK! THE GALLERY RECENTLY OPENED A SPACE ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE, AN ACTIVE VENUE FOR NEW YORK GALLERIES TO EXPAND THEIR EXHIBITION SPACES AND INSTALLATION HORIZONS. BOESKY EAST HAS DEDICATED THIS NEW VENUE TO INSTALLATIONS AND CUTTING-EDGE PROJECTS. WHAT WAS THE EXHIBITION PROGRAM DURING ITS INITIAL YEAR AND WHAT DO YOU ANTICIPATE IT WILL BE IN 2016?

 JIBADE-KHALIL HUFFMANA & ANTHONY PEARSON January 11 - February 8, 2015 20 Clinton Street


JIBADE-KHALIL HUFFMANA & ANTHONY PEARSON
January 11 – February 8, 2015
20 Clinton Street

Our space on Clinton Street serves as an equal but refreshing counterpoint to Chelsea and the Upper East Side spaces, thus far the programming has focused on gallery artists. Our inaugural show was new work by Adam Helms, followed by Melissa Gordon, Serge Alain Nitegeka, a collaboration between Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Anthony Pearson, and then solo exhibitions by Robert Elfgen, Thiago Rocha Pitta, and Dean Levin. Each artist approaches the new space with a different energy than I have seen in Chelsea. There is a palpable feeling of exploration and experimentation that allows for a more receptive viewing experience.  In the fall we opened with an amazing new film and photographs by Sue de Beer, followed by our first show with Bjorn Braun, a wonderful artist based out of Berlin. Our January 2016 show is new films and paintings by Jacco Olivier.

 

 JACCO OLIVIER January 10 – February 14, 2016 Installation View Boesky East Photo credit: Jason Wyche


JACCO OLIVIER
January 10 – February 14, 2016
Installation View
Boesky East
Photo credit: Jason Wyche

IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ENRICH COLLECTOR OR MUSEUM CURATOR’S KNOWLEDGE OF AN ARTIST’S WORK WITH A DEEPER SENSE OF THE ARTIST’S REFERENCES AND INSPIRATION. FOR EXAMPLE, DIANA AL-HADID WAS INTRODUCED TO THE 19th CENTURY SCULPTOR MEDARDO ROSSO WHEN EXHIBITING AT THE NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER IN DALLAS. YOUR GALLERY PROVIDED A VENUE FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBIT IN YOUR 64th STREET SPACE IN WHICH THE PLASTER AND WAX WORKS BY ROSSO WERE EXHIBITED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AL-HADID’S CONTEMPORARY ONES.

 THE MATERIAL IMAGE GROUP SHOW Curated by Debra Singer September 13 - October 25, 2014 118 East 64th Street


THE MATERIAL IMAGE GROUP SHOW
Curated by Debra Singer
September 13 – October 25, 2014
118 East 64th Street

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CURATED EXHIBITIONS THAT THE TOWNHOUSE GALLERY HAS ORGANIZED?  WHAT INSPIRED DEDICATING THIS SPACE TO THAT UNIQUE PURPOSE?

We focused the uptown space on curatorial projects that promote and enrich a larger dialogue. This also happens at the other locations as well, but Marianne saw the need for expansive programming and leased the space for five years to allow for wider experimentation. We enjoyed that environment so much that we extended our time on 64th Street, but the owners have decided to sell the building so our current show of Donald Moffett and Pino Pascali will be our last.

Thornton Dial: Works on Paper, 2015 Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, NY Photo credit: Bill Orcutt

Thornton Dial: Works on Paper, 2015
Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, NY
Photo credit: Bill Orcutt

This dedicated environment was incredibly conducive to taking one’s time and really enjoying the connections, parallels, and contradictions being presented. We tapped some amazing curatorial voices from Anthony Huberman to Michelle Grabner to Todd Levin. Last fall Debra Singer curated an amazing group exhibition uptown. She used Barbara Kasten’s photographs as a touchstone to discuss recent developments in photography and its surrounding processes. The exhibition included works by Amy Granat, Leslie Hewitt, John Houck, Chris Wiley, and a much longer roster of artists who are pushing the boundaries of the medium. It was at once a timely and historical show. Our most recent exhibition featured works on paper by Thornton Dial, a new addition to our roster but a well-known artist to many in the museum community.

THE MATERIAL IMAGE Curated by Deb Singer, 2014 Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, NY Photo credit: Jason Wyche

THE MATERIAL IMAGE
Curated by Deb Singer, 2014
Marianne Boesky Gallery, Uptown, NY
Photo credit: Jason Wyche

THE GALLERY HAS CONTINUED TO EXPAND INTERNATIONALLY, NOT ONLY PARTICIPATING IN SEVERAL ART FAIRS BUT ALSO ADDING ARTISTS OF INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION TO THE ROSTER. AT WHAT ART FAIRS DO YOU EXHIBIT AND, WITH SO MANY OPTIONS, WHY DID YOU SELECT THESE?

The gallery feels the same pressure as its peers to be visible, but we try our best to be thoughtful and strategic about our presence. While we are lucky to have a staff of 20, we run three spaces and spend a good deal of time traveling to see our artists so we can support their practice and projects. It’s also incredibly important to set aside time to take stock of new and important voices outside of New York. As of now our upcoming year of fairs includes the Moving Image fair in Istanbul, EXPO Chicago, Frieze London, Art Basel Miami Beach, the ADAA Art Show, the Armory Show, Frieze New York, and Art Basel. If there is another association that makes sense we are always happy to consider and discuss how best to participate.

THE GALLERY BEGAN YOUR REPRESENTATION OF FRANK STELLA, CURRENTLY IN A RETROSPECTIVE OF HIS WORK AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM, IN 2014 AND HAVE REINTRODUCED HIS WORK TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF COLLECTORS WITH ENORMOUS SUCCESS.

IN THE NEXT LRFA BLOG, KRISTEN, GALLERY DIRECTOR WITH A FOCUS ON MUSEUM MANAGEMENT, WILL CONCENTRATE ON THE GALLERY’S INTERNATIONALLY RESPECTED ARTISTS.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO HER CONTRIBUTION.