Los Angeles Art Association Annual Benefit Auction

July 6th, 2018

The LAAA is hosting is upcoming 93rd Annual Benefit Auction on July 28th

https://www.laaa.org/laaa-benefit-auction-2018/

The Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) was founded in 1925 to provide the Los Angeles community with the opportunity to view fine art as well as establish a collection of European and American art “for the people of Los Angeles.” At the time of its inception, there were very few public venues in L.A. dedicated to the exhibition of art. Many of the LAAA’s founders went on to play key roles in the founding of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Chandler Pavilion as well as Otis Art Institute.

The annual benefit auction serves to raise money and give back to LAAA as well as showcase some of the great new and emerging artists in the Los Angeles area.  

California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition

May 30th, 2018

CA Art Club is holding their 107th Gold Medal Exhibition with opening gala on June 9th.  The exhibition will go from June 10 – July 1.

Gold Medal Exhibition

This association of CA artists was founded in 1909 and included many important early California impressionists and sculptors.  You can see their historic membership roster here:

https://www.californiaartclub.org/historic-membership-roster-a-k

The California Art Club originally evolved out of The Painters Club of Los Angeles, a short-lived group that lasted from 1906–09.  The new organization was more inclusive, as it accepted women, sculptors and out of state artists.  Some of its most notable founders were William Wendt, Franz Bischoff, Benjamin Chambers Brown and Carl Oscar Borg.  

Current eBay Sales

May 16th, 2018

Currently, we have some artwork for sale on eBay.  These pieces are in great to excellent condition, have proper provenance and are beautiful examples of each respective artist.

Donna Schuster, Los Feliz c.1925

Conrad Buff Eastern, Sierras

William Swift Daniell, Laguna

Cornelis J Botke, Landscape

Please take a look and feel free to reach out with any questions.  

San Francisco Decorator Showcase

May 9th, 2018

The annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase, also known as Showcase House, is in swing for its 41st year:

http://decoratorshowcase.org/

The selection of the 2018 Showcase house is at 465 Marina Boulevard, in the heart of San Francisco’s Marina District, marking the first time in Showcase history that the event will be held in the historic neighborhood.  Originally built by architect George McCrea, the 2018 Showcase home is the perfect setting for Showcase visitors and evening parties with large picture windows offering spectacular views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Marina Green. The sophisticated three-level home boasts four bedrooms, three and one-half baths, a sunken living room, formal dining room and a media room. The gourmet kitchen opens to a spacious family room, which overlooks the tranquil garden. A light-filled center atrium is perfect for mingling and entertaining. The two home office/reading rooms and a rosé lounge complete the beautiful Marina property.

This annual event is a great example of the design talent and aesthetic San Francisco has to offer. It’s also an opportunity to walk through historic San Francisco architecture at its finest. 

“Mokha Laget: Recent Works.” at Louis Stern Fine Arts

May 3rd, 2018

A stunning collection of works by contemporary New Mexico artist Mokha Laget can be viewed at Louis Stern Fine Arts, in West Hollywood.

http://www.louissternfinearts.com/current-exhibition

Laget has been exhibiting her work internationally over the last 30 years.  Her work is included in the collections of the Ulrich Museum, The Museum of Geometric and Madi Art, Art in Embassies, The Artery Collection, The National Institutes of Health as well as private and corporate collections around the world.

Definitely worth a look. 

Museé Terrus Found 190k in Forged Artwork in Collection

May 1st, 2018

A small museum in the south of France recently uncovered that 82 of their 142 piece collection was forged art. 

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/fake-art-france-culture-spd/

The investigation into forgery at the museum began when a guest lecturer found a forged signature covering one underneath. The article goes on to note…

“A fake is a pre-existing work of art that has been altered in some way to fraudulently increase its value,” says Charney. “A forgery is a new work created wholesale from scratch in fraudulent imitation of something else or the style of another artist.”

Police found that of the 142 works at the Museé Terrus 82 were not real Terruses. Over the course of two decades, the museum had spent more than $190,000 on paintings, drawings, and watercolors falsely credited to Terrus, obtained through fundraising campaigns and private collectors.

Forgery and fakes is not new in the art world.  This tidbit from the article is also quite eye-opening…

 The FBI Art Crime Team has recovered more than 14,850 works totaling more than $165 million since its inception in 2004. Some statistics have said that up to 20 percent of the paintings in major museums are fake.

Beautiful Modernism Show at George Stern Fine Arts

April 26th, 2018

George Stern Fine Arts is currently showing a beautiful collection of California Modernism at their Pacific Design Center location. 
You can see the full show at:
http://www.sternfinearts.com/camoma2259pd.html

Some artist highlights:

Conrad Buff
http://www.sternfinearts.com/conrad-buff-collection.html

Roger Kuntz
http://www.sternfinearts.com/rogerkuntz3.html

Elise Seeds
http://www.sternfinearts.com/elise.html

Stanton MacDonald-Wright
http://www.sternfinearts.com/stma3.html

 

 

Current and Upcoming Art Fairs

April 24th, 2018

Current

We are in the midst of Art Cologne, Germany’s oldest and (some say) most important, art fair: 

http://www.artcologne.com/ART-COLOGNE/index-2.php

This fair includes 200 galleries, comprising of works from the 20th and 21st century by over 2,000 artists.

 

Art Brussels is also going on at the moment (up til April 22nd).  This fair is celebrating their 50th anniversary.

http://www.artbrussels.com/en

The fair will exhibit works from 146 galleries, spread about 33 countries.

 

Upcoming

Art Market San Francisco is right around the corner, launching April 26th at Fort Mason Center:

http://artmarketsf.com/galleries/

This Art Fair is going into its 8th year showcasing some of the finest Contemporary and Modern Art galleries in the world.  

 

Across the globe, you can catch Gallery Weekend Berlin, opening on Friday April 27th:

http://www.gallery-weekend-berlin.de/

Berlin welcomes its collection of artists and galleries here for the 14th year. 

Lucas Museum Breaks Ground in Los Angeles

April 19th, 2018

Not only does this spark the childhood adoration I have for Star Wars, it also presents an exciting opportunity to see a great collection fine art and illustrations. 

George Lucas has a significant collection, including works by Renoir, Edgar Degas, George Bellows Thomas Hart Benton and Maynard Dixon.  He also has many beautiful works by Normal Rockwell.

The museum began construction last Month in Exposition Park and I can’t wait to visit.

http://lucasmuseum.org/collection/narrative-art

 

Amazing Year for da Vinci and Other Notable Greats

April 17th, 2018

It’s still exciting to see the amount of money auction houses can garner for important pieces of art.  2017 represented a stellar year for many artists but specifically these masters commanded record breaking figures.

Leonardo da Vinci – $450.3 million 
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/arts/design/leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundi-christies-auction.html

Qi Baishi – $140.8
https://news.artnet.com/market/qi-baishi-record-140m-beijing-1182881

Basquiat – $110.5 million
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/19/basquiatpainting-fetches-record-1105-million-new-york-auction/

Van Gogh – $81.3 million
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-14/van-gogh-s-insane-asylum-view-sells-for-81-3-million-at-auction

Léger – $70.1 million
https://usaartnews.com/auctions/christies-will-present-november-sale-of-art-amount-479-3-million/attachment/fernand-leger-contraste-de-forms-1913-oil-on-burlap-sold-for-70-1-million

Beautiful collection of works above.  Looking forward to what this year has in store.