Art Advisors In The New Economy

Art Advisors In The New Economy


I am frequently asked by my Appraisal clients to help them sell their artwork and I work regularly with other dealers and auction houses to help facilitate this process.  I also assist my clients with the purchase of individual pieces or entire collections of art, working closely with Art Galleries, private dealers and artist studios, and technically, this means I also work as an Art Advisor.

Recently, there was a very interesting article in the New York Times about the increase in Art Advisors working with Galleries and High Net Worth Collectors to help navigate and negotiate within the increasingly complex international art market.

Collectors and Artists are often confused about the role of Art Advisors and how to work with them, and at this point, there is no governing body regulating ethics or fee schedules for Art Advisors.  The art market is notoriously secretive about prices and availability of works, creating a sense of urgency to be the one to collect this important artist, or at least be on the “list” to have first rights of purchase on a new work of art.  Art Advisors can provide that access, as well as help to negotiate the prices/commissions on works.  As Art Advisors, we are the bridge between the collector and the gallery, and that is an important distinction in this highly competitive and selective, private world of the Art Market.  Art Advisors are not Gallerists or private dealers and they represent the needs and interests of the art collector and not the artist.

When you purchase a car, you can do the research and determine the Fair Market Value of the car very easily, often even seeing how much the dealer paid for the car in order to help negotiate the price.  The same holds true for the housing market.  The Art Market is still a very insider oriented market, which favors the ones with the right connections.  Art Advisors provide that vital connection.  They are the bridge between the buyers and the sellers  with the knowledge, experience and subtle confidentiality to make important transactions happen in a discreet, efficient and validated way to ensure the very important aspect of Provenance to the art collecting experience.

Portland Fine Print Fair January 29 -31

Portland Fine Print Fair January 29 -31

pfpf-2015-600x900-1Original prints have been one of the best ways for collectors to start and build a world class art collection by some of the best artists in the world.  The Portland Fine Print Fair is open to the public and admission is free.

The Benefit Preview on January 29 from 6 – 9pm will be a festive and fun night with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and priority purchasing as a benefit for the Portland Art Museum Prints Collection. This is a great opportunity to meet with some of the best dealers of Fine Prints, other print collectors and artists, ask questions and see up close the details of each individual piece of art and learn more about the intricacies of original prints.

Fine prints are very much considered original works of art and are very different from commercial reproductions.  Each piece is usually signed and numbered by the artist and hand inked and printed with each impression being an original one of a kind piece within a limited edition.


Portland Fine Print Fair 2016
January 29-31
The Northwest’s only Fine Print Fair

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to be hosting the Portland Fine Print Fair for a third year. The fair boasts 18 of the premier print dealers and galleries from North America and Ireland.  These highly knowledgeable dealers will bring important works from virtually all periods and methods of printmaking. The Fair is a rare opportunity for the Pacific Northwest public to have access to such a diverse range of fine original prints and expert dealers.

First-time collectors and seasoned connoisseurs alike will have the opportunity to peruse and purchase museum-quality prints in a welcoming atmosphere. New this year are thematic talks and tours by collectors and Portland Art Museum curators.

Friday, January 29, 6-9 P.M.

An exclusive preview and priority purchase opportunity before the fair opens to the general public. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the activities and acquisitions of the Department of Prints and Drawings.
Advance tickets: $30 Museum members/$40 General public. $50 at the door. Tickets at


Saturday, Jan 30, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan 31, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Collecting as Stewardship and Sharing: My Japanese Hanga
January 27, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Introduction to Print Collecting
January 30, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Asian Prints with Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D.
January 30, 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Curator’s Choice
January 31, 1:30 p.m.


Portland Art Museum – Laura Bartroff 503-276-4207 or
Davidson Galleries
– Rebecca McDonald 206-624-7684 or
Information about participating Galleries at:

Steal Like An Artist – Career Advice For Artists

Steal Like An Artist – Career Advice For Artists

Steal Like An Arist is a funny, slightly irreverent book for all creative types written by Austin Kleon. There are 10 very simple truths that every artist should take notice of and try to incorporate into their daily lives. For instance, #6 -THE SECRET – Do good work and share it with people. This is so simple and so important that I do believe it gets forgotten in the whole artspeak of galleries and critics, curators and collectors. You must do the work first. Talking about, thinking about or dreaming of someday writing that great novel or having a solo show of your fabulous new paintings does NOTHING for you. You must DO THE WORK. Not all work is good, and that is ok, but you must be able to tell the difference and only share the good stuff. Forget about the other, average work that you wouldn’t even give to your mother, throw that away.

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

The last and final step is you must share the work. If you want to live in a cave and become a hermit, writing poetry with rocks and twigs, then more power to you. But if you want to be an artist or writer, you must share your work with the world. If you are looking for straightforward career advice for artists, you should read this book.

This book is a great little wake up call to artist’s to get real. One of my favorite pieces of advice is #8 Be Nice. Yes, you do need to become a professional and polite. Jerks and geniuses are plentiful in the art world and the dealers and curators don’t need to deal with jerks, they would much rather deal with a talented nice artist.