Art Advisory Services
We frequently forget that the Impressionist and modern masters – Cézanne, Courbet, Manet, Picasso, and van Gogh, for example – were dismissed or derided early in their careers. Their audience was small. There was not overnight acceptance. In fact, most of these artists were not even known in the United States until the International Exhibition of Modern Art, known as the 1913 Armory Show, which traveled to New York, Chicago, and Boston.
Tastes evolve. There is still the "shock of the new," to borrow a phrase from Robert Hughes. Now, first encounters with art come from a gallery or museum visit, where visitors may be confronted with new and sometimes confounding paintings, photography, sculpture, or newer media, such as video or installation art. A viewer may wonder, for example:
- "Why is this art?"
- "What does it mean?"
- “How was it made?”
- "What motivated the artist?"
- “What is the value of the work in both cultural and economic terms?”
- “How do I react to it, emotionally and intellectually?”
These are fair and valid questions. We provide our clients with a broad and meaningful art experience to ensure they have the highest quality education to make informed acquisition decisions.
We begin our advisory process with discussions about our clients' objectives, aspirations, aesthetic preferences, and financial considerations. We want to balance our clients’ interests and objectives with our abilities to meet them. As such, we evaluate our clients, just as they evaluate our capabilities and expertise. To be effective, there must be trust, understanding, and chemistry in a client-advisor relationship.