This is the Year
One of the first major events of the year is the LA Art Show. The fair, which happens typically over the second or third weekend of January, is a staple of the art world on the West Coast and brings over 80 contemporary and traditional art dealers to the Los Angeles Convention Center each year.this year, the show broke an attendance record by bringing in nearly 70,000 people to the three-day event.that is 70,000 people coming to look at art in downtown Los Angeles on January days with the thermometer nearing 80 degrees.
But people didn’t just show up.they bought. Several galleries I spoke with told me that the show this year was the best they have ever done sales wise.and it’s not just from the LA Art Show that we are hearing this.
Galleries from across the county have been telling us that since 2018 began, sales have been stronger than they’ve been since 2011.And this is just not in one area of the country. I’ve talked to galleries in New Mexico, North Carolina, New York City, Los Angeles and Scottsdale,arizona, and we are hearing similar things.
In fact, this past January, the Scottsdale Art Auction held a special auction of works of art from the Leanin’tree Museum in Boulder, Colorado.the sale lasted two days and included more than 540 lots of both historic and contemporary Western art. Much to the amazement of the auction house, it was a white glove sale! Every single piece that came to the auction block sold. Not only that, but the sale broke 37 auction records. All over a weekend in the middle of January in Scottsdale.
2018 is proving to be a wonderful year for art.this spring, Christie’s will bring to market the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, which includes absolutely blue-chip works by artists such as Picasso, Benton, Sargent, O’keeffe, Matisse, Hopper, Homer, Avery and others. I had the chance to preview some of these highlights while in Newyork for the Winter Antiques
Show and I’m now excited to see how they will perform later this spring. There are truly some masterpieces in the sale. Quiet rumors have the entire collection bringing in somewhere around $800 million to $900 million. In fact, the Prendergast on the cover of this issue is from this same collection.
So, as you can see, we are excited for a phenomenal year. This is what we’ve all been waiting for now for some time! So, pick up this magazine, search for what you love and then call gallery and make the purchase.we know you won’t be disappointed.
Sincerely, Joshua Rose Editor
P.S.WE are always looking for museum and gallery shows to cover on the pages of this magazine. Know something happening? Email me at email@example.com.