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Case Studies

Case Study 1

Step 1 - Client Objective:
Client researched, archived and photographed his Collection of the Historic Woodstock Art Colony to become ready available for donation to a single museum as a study collection rather than dispersing among multiple museums. Quantity and quality of museum art storage could be an initial problem,  as it is for many legacy collections, to be solved.

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Step 5 – ArtNarrative:The Woodstock Art Colony went from no artists living there in 1900 to more than 100 artists living there in 1926. This collection uniquely presents the art and cultural history of Woodstock, America’s first intentional, year-round arts colony. With an assist from the 1969 Woodstock Art and Music Fair, Woodstock became the most famous small town in America.  Over  three decades the Client built a study collection of 180 artists and 1800 works relating to the Historic Woodstock Art Colony, with an emphasis on George Bellows and His Woodstock Circle. After discussions with major East Coast museums, the Client donated to the NY State Museum, Albany. The collection was exhibited in 2018-2019 at the NY State Museum, and  in 2023 at The Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz. It is the subject of a cover story in American Art Review, Spring 2023. In 2024 the Collection will become a major book from the New York State Museum, The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: Another focus is the art community seen through its art featuring kinship, humor and caricature. An exhibition of works from the collection is planned for a NYC museum gallery.
Over a period of three decades, Client assembled and archived a study collection of the Woodstock Art Colony resulting in over 1500 works in diverse media representing over 180 artists.

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Case Study 2

Step 1 - Client Objective:
The estate wishes to honor the artist by donating a representative sample of his works to museums of note in America and Europe.

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The artist was an award-winning muralist,
painter, sculptor and influential teacher who, as a teenager, was a Bellows prize winner, later selected by WPA Section of Visual Fine Arts to do three murals, a decorated WWII Army war artist, Guggenheim fellowship recipient, celebrated painter of social realism and abstract, innovator of monumental fiberglass cliff sculpture, and, last but not least, a  much beloved teacher of painting and drawing. He exhibited at the Whitney Museum and World’s Fair all before the age of 23. During WWII he was an Army combat artist for the European Theater Operations and landed at Omaha Beach. Amid the Liberation of Paris, spent time with Picasso, Jean Cocteau and Georges Braque. Was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service. Upon return to the States, he received a Guggenheim fellowship in painting and began in teaching at the School of Design (NC State College) where he joined forces with Buckminster Fuller on the creation of the geodesic dome. He continued his calling as college lecturer and became an influential professor of painting and drawing at SUNY New Paltz. In addition to his career as a painter of portraits and landscapes, he invented a process to replicate actual mountain cliffs in fiberglass. SoHo art dealer Ivan Karp of O.K. Harris Gallery championed and exhibited these cliff sculptures. In a career spanning eight decades, the artist was acknowledged as an influential teacher and an artist of remarkable depth and significance.
Client is the estate of a highly regarded American artist who as a young man was a Bellows prize winner, later a WPA muralist nationally recognized by Life magazine, and a WWII Army soldier/artist.

Case Study 3

Step 1 - Client Objective:
Obtain and archive the artist’s art, photographs and ephemera to pave the way for a traveling retrospective exhibition of the artist.  One goal is to identify the originating museum and traveling venues.
 
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Step 5 – ArtNarrative:
The artist left home in Madrid at 15 for Paris to conquer the art world. There he became factotum to Picasso; after immgration to the U.S. had a solo exhibition determined to be one of 1943 New York’s “Ten Best”; he exhibited at the major 1947 international surrealist show in Paris of Andre Breton; and he married iconic stripper and entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee and with Gypsy became a mass media icon.   Client's acquisition of the artist’s estate enabled the founding of an Artist Archive. The Archive is unique in that it houses a collection of 200 works, photographs and ephemera  relating to the life and art of the artist.  A scholarly essay on the artist is included in  forthcoming book by the New York State Museum, Albany.
Client collects internationally-known Spanish-born American surrealist and multi-media artist Julio de Diego (1900 - 1979).

Case Study 4

Step 1 - Client Objective:
Artist’s family wishes for the artist’s art to be made known to the American art world for its unique distinctiveness and quality and donation to representative collections of museums of note.

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Client grew up in the Hudson Valley overlooking the Catskill mountains. After college and MFA, he went to New York to became a color field artist.  He exhibited at the Whitney Museum and is in the Whitney collection. He soon became disenchanted with the NY gallery scene and returned to his Hudson Valley roots to do his “life’s work” work in isolation,.  This was art relating to mountains by first doing a drawing, second a small color-field painting and concluding with  a large realistic painting, oil over acrylic. This oeuvre resulted in 400 paintings and 800 drawings. For forty years he did not exhibit publicly.  His family is ready for his work to be presented to the art world and museums to honor the artist  and  embellish his reputation.
Client is family member of an elderly artist who did his life’s work in isolation in the country after a successful early career in New York as a Whitney Museum color field artist.

Case Study 5

Step 1 - Client Objective:
Client has an extraordinary collection of more that 300 paintings by eminent 19th and 20th century American artists from New York State. Collector wishes to donate this legacy collection as a study collection to a single museum where it will be used to educate, loan and  exhibit

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Step 5 – ArtNarrative:
This collection is unique in that it has an extraordinary range of primarily paintings by New York artists. The collection is covered  by an IRS-compliant appraisal. The collection was placed in its entirety with a major museum.
Client is a major collector of 19th and 20th century paintings by NY State artists.  Over 300 paintings are in this collection.

Case Study 6

Step 1 - Client Objective:
Client wishes his collection to be used to give exposure to George Bellows and His Circle and secondarily to the art colony where the lived.  Among alternatives to be pursued are museum and gallery exhibition,  donation to museums and sale to other collectors of note.
 
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Step 5 – ArtNarrative:
The focus of the collection is George Bellows and his “artist brother” Eugene Speicher and their Woodstock/New York artist circle. Another focus is the community seen through art which features kinship, humor and caricature.
Client collected 20th century American preeminent artist George Bellows and His Woodstock Circle, creating the largest private collection of its type with over 200 drawings and paintings in the collection.