This is the Year

American Fine Art Magazine - - Editor’s Letter -

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 edi­tor@amer­i­can­fin­eart­magazine.com.

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