Mar­ket Re­port

American Fine Art Magazine - - Contents - BETHANY DOB­SON Di­rec­tor De­bra Force Fine Art

While there are usu­ally ups and downs in the mar­ket de­pend­ing on the sea­son, the first half of 2019 has been strong for our gallery with ac­tiv­ity across mul­ti­ple pe­ri­ods and gen­res within 18th-, 19th- and 20th-cen­tury American art. Mu­se­ums have been es­pe­cially ac­tive over the past sev­eral months and have ex­pressed in­ter­est in a wide va­ri­ety of qual­ity works. A fo­cus on big names in the post­war and con­tem­po­rary world, both in terms of block­buster shows and record-break­ing auc­tion prices in the mar­ket­place, has cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­sti­tu­tions to ac­quire works that may not be re­ceiv­ing as much at­ten­tion and are more af­ford­able. In the past sev­eral months, we have placed a Ben­jamin West por­trait from the 1760s and a Robert S. Dun­can­son landscape from the mid-1850s with in­sti­tu­tions in need of ex­am­ples from this pe­riod. Mu­se­ums are also fo­cus­ing on ob­jects that span across tra­di­tional cu­ra­to­rial de­part­ments or ex­plor­ing an artist work­ing in mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines, such as Lock­wood de For­est, Max Kuehne and Robert Lau­rent whose carved fur­ni­ture pieces have been placed at major in­sti­tu­tions in Hous­ton, Chicago and New York.

Mu­se­ums, like pri­vate clients, also buy across a va­ri­ety of price points. Many cu­ra­tors have dis­cre­tionary funds in the $25,000 to $150,000 range that are be­ing used to fill gaps or to add works by artists with less name recognitio­n. A Ce­cilia Beaux por­trait was re­cently pur­chased in this man­ner. Such sales are more im­me­di­ate, while more ex­pen­sive items, like a major por­trait by Robert Henri that sold for seven fig­ures to a Mid­west­ern in­sti­tu­tion, of­ten take sev­eral months to com­plete. Smaller mu­se­ums with in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tions and ex­hi­bi­tion pro­grams... are also ac­tive buy­ers for mean­ing­ful works of art. Most re­cently, we have placed a major James Henry Beard genre scene, a William Stanley Hasel­tine Ital­ian sub­ject and a Daw­son Daw­son wat­son paint­ing in South­ern in­sti­tu­tions. Mu­seum cu­ra­tors and di­rec­tors... are also look­ing for works that ap­peal to their pa­trons for their per­sonal col­lec­tions or may wish to ac­quire for the in­sti­tu­tions in ques­tion; a John Sloan Glouces­ter sub­ject from 1917 has thusly been se­lected for a Florida venue.

One artist gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity is O. Louis Guglielmi, the so­cial re­al­ist, pre­ci­sion­ist and sur­re­al­ist, whose work from the Eb­sworth Collection re­cently sold at auc­tion for $225,000. We have sold sev­eral ex­am­ples in the re­cent past and presently have four paint­ings in the gallery rang­ing from the 1930s to the 1950s. Artists of this ilk are also com­ing to the fore­front in mu­se­ums as ev­i­dent in MOMA’S ex­hi­bi­tion of Lin­coln Kirstein’s collection fea­tur­ing Bernard Per­lin, whose work we re­cently sold to the Greenville County Mu­seum of Art; Pavel Tche­litchew; Honore Shar­rer; and Peter Blume, whose work we have sold to the Vero Beach Mu­seum of Art.


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De­bra Force Fine Art, lo­cated on New York’s Up­per East­side, spe­cial­izes in American paint­ings, draw­ings and sculp­ture from the 18th, 19th and 20th cen­turies.

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