Market Re­ports

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Gra­ham Shay 1857

The Amer­i­can market is cer­tainly im­prov­ing. Good qual­ity is al­ways de­sir­able, and that’s what clients are seek­ing out, along with unique pieces. Fresh ma­te­ri­als that have per­haps been off the market for a long time and works of won­der­ful sub­ject, qual­ity and con­di­tion are al­ways in de­mand. We’ve seen a real in­ter­est in peo­ple like Ed­ward Hop­per and N.C. Wyeth; their market is re­ally in­cred­i­bly strong and build­ing. An­other part of the market that seems to be al­ways strong is Western Amer­i­can art. The strength in the econ­omy, es­pe­cially in the oil and gas market, sup­ports that a great deal. My spe­cialty is sculp­ture, and while paint­ings some­times have more com­pe­ti­tion, many of our clients are dis­cov­er­ing sculp­ture, and adding that to paint­ings col­lec­tions. It’s a very ac­ces­si­ble field, and grow­ing.

There is an em­pha­sis to­day on mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary works—the Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art just hosted the bril­liant Mod­ern Times, and there’s def­i­nitely a great in­ter­est in that market. Ob­vi­ously, the great names, O’ke­effe and Hart­ley and Davis, are al­ways pop­u­lar, but Mod­ern Times had lesser known names that stood right next to the giants.

Right now I’m in­ter­ested in a painter— Kim­ber Smith—who was an Amer­i­can, but he was a bit of an ex­pa­tri­ate and is bet­ter known in Europe than the states. Clients are of­ten sur­prised by him, be­cause he’s not well known and he died rel­a­tively young, but he’s a very fine ab­stract painter.


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Sculp­ture in Gra­ham Shay 1857’s New York show­room.

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