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April 21, 2004




I was wondering what your thoughts were on buying art outside of NYC? I wasn't able to read the Wall Street Journal article that you're referring to, and I don't know if they mention it as a way to buy "cheap." Or if because of their name did not realize that there is life elsewhere?

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Zeke: The only mention of art resources outside of New York were the 2 auction houses -Ivey-Selkirk in St. Louis and Skinner in Boston - and the very vague tip that you may have any easier time finding Latin American Art in galleries in LA and Miami. Few galleries were named and only then in a side bar chart listing 5 artists and their prices 5 years ago and now. The article as a whole was vague without many details of any kind. On your second point... I have collected art from galleries around the world - Houston, Chicago, LA, Miami, London, Glasgow, Paris, etc. - and feel strongly that New York is not the only place to find great contemporary art. I haven't experienced "cheaper" prices in other cities, though. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places. Any tips?



Try foreign currencies that are weak against the US dollar, or in other non WSJ-speak, Canada. It also would help (I imagine, 'cuz I've never been there) if the government supported the arts better than they do in the states, like in Norway, and the other Scandinavian countries.

Here I can pick up a print from someone who has had an exhibition at the Musee des Beaux Arts here in town for way less than $5K Canadian, through a dealer. Of course it also helps to like Canadian (or Norwegian) art.

I also would take exception with the quote, "Nobody wants to buy art that won't hold its value and may be impossible to resell, or both," says Andrea Rich, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But that's for later, I've already taken up too much of your time. Thanks again.

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Tyler Green

It's been color photography week over at MAN. I'm not down on all color photography, particularly Big German photography. I won't waste everyone's time with my recent MAN rants, but wander over and take a look to read an opposite viewpoint on the c-minus print nation.

Todd W.

I am not yet in the tax bracket that would allow me to consider art under $5000 as affordable, but it seems that for those who are, there are three primary reasons to collect art:

1) It matches your new sofa/loveseat/ottoman ensemble
2) It adds a bit of color to what is otherwise a rational monetary investment expected to provide a return in excess of the S&P index
3) You have an emotional/intellectual/spirtual response to the piece.

While there may be something to be said for reasons 1 and 2, if reason 3 isn't in there, why bother?

Witold Riedel

Naoya Hatakeyama, (we own and are incredibly happy...)
Edward Burtynsky, (we do not own and want to own soon...)
Ray Charles White... (we own some pieces and are incredibly happy with them...)

We also like very small photographic pieces... and some of them are available/affordable with limited edition books... that's more of a grey zone, of course, and one has to know a good dealer to actually get the editions, as the good ones just sell out before they even reach the public... : )
But how else could one afford a sweet little Daido Moriyama piece, a really charming little Candida Höfer edition and a gem of a Kenro Izu print in a short time?

And yes... I really agree that one should only go for pieces that somehow make sense emotionally/intellectually/spiritually...

and I like this little quote:
“There is a distinction to be drawn between true collectors and accumulators. Collectors are discriminating, accumulators act at random”
Russel Lynes (1910-1991)
Cultural Critic

(sorry fot this mammoth of a comment...)


Don't be sorry. I appreciate it all and, if you don't mind, I would like to use your quote as a post! It's really good.

Witold Riedel

(wow, thank you...yes...)

Barry Hoggard

Hi, Paige. I recently sent an email to a friend interested in photography with some recommendations on buying inexpensive/reasonably priced works from friendly galleries. The ones I mentioned, in order of preference:


I think Wallspace is a great space for finding artists who haven't had shows in NYC before. Here is a write-up James did on the current show:


Also, Daniel Cooney will be opening a space in Chelsea soon:


He has a nice page with collecting tips and definitions.

Sven Erik Vaksdal

Selected Scandinavian figurative art at bergenart.com:
- Edvard Munch
- Odd Nerdrum
- Anders Zorn
- Charles Roka
- Kaare Espolin Johnson, and more.

Forstandersmauet 3
5003 Bergen, Norway
Tel:+47-917 35 611

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