Archive for February, 2012


Friday, February 3rd, 2012

People frequently ask me what I am working on. My business by its nature is discreet. Despite this blog and my presence in the social media, I tend to be reserved in describing my activity.  However, as Facebook has proven, the era of sharing reigns. Here is a brief status update.

Robert Mapplethorpe, "Calla Lily", 1984, 9/10, gelatin silver print, 26 x 22"

I’ve just completed a three-year project for a client in which I resold a group of 14 pieces that I had previously acquired for them. Net proceeds to the client exceeded $5 million and represented more than double the initial investment. Works included emerging artists and blue chip favorites such as Gerhard Richter, David Smith and Louise Bourgeois. The iconic photograph above by Robert Mapplethorpe was part of the collection.

Amy Ellingson, "Untitled", (straight/curved yellow, black, orange), 2003, oil & encaustic on canvas, 30 x 132" (detail), acquired for Neiman Marcus, San Francisco.

While my clients are almost exclusively private individuals, I have been a consultant to Neiman Marcus for more than 10 years. Neiman’s art collection features abstract painting from artists in the communities across the country where their 42 stores are located. A new store in Walnut Creek will open next month. For that location, I arranged 4 commissioned artworks including the amazing kinetic sculpture on the exterior of the building by Ned Kahn. In addition to my own blog, I write for NM Daily, Neiman’s blog, which features articles on fashion, food and culture.

Here is the video of “Wind Fins” in action. There are three phases to the video, so watch until the end!

Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", early edition

In December, I had an opportunity to enter into the realm of rare book collecting. A longtime client for whom I acquire paintings and photographs wanted to begin a rare book collection for her young son. As a Christmas gift, we acquired several rare books by Mark Twain, including an illustrated edition of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” from 1910.

"Have Gun-Will Travel" featured Richard Boone as Paladin, a gunslinger for hire who also enjoyed gourmet food and the opera. The show was a top-rated Western series from 1957-1963.

My motto, a la Paladin, is “Have Gun Will Travel”. If a project has integrity and involves high quality art, I’m there.  Speaking of travel, I’m headed to Palm Springs for Modernism Week and a private tour of Sunnylands, the Annenberg Estate in Rancho Mirage, which opens to the public shortly. March brings the Armory Show and the multiple treasures of New York.  Lastly, in the realm of performance art, don’t miss “Pina” , the academy award nominated dance film in 3D by Wim Wenders.

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