At Duval Art Consultancy, we work with a wide spectrum of outstanding artists, including printers, framers, painters, photographers, sculptors, graphic and interior designers, writers, and on and on. If you have an idea, we would love to help you produce it.
This week, Supermaker Timothy Hochstetter and his team put the finishing touches on the Graffiti Wall in Brandywine Global Investment Management's Think Tank. This was a great joint effort. Congratulations to all involved.
Someone recently asked me about the hidden costs when buying art. One of the most significant costs that is often forgotten is the frame. A cheap frame can make the most fabulous art look insignificant and a terrific frame can make an old scrap of paper appear valuable.
One of the most important parts of the frame is the glass, or glazing. There are basically 6 options when glazing art:
Acrylic or Styrene - This is lightweight, hard to break, and protects from dust, but offers no UV protection.
Regular Glass - Protects from dust, but in larger sizes can be heavy, easily breakable and provides no UV protection.
Art Glass, also called Conservation Glass - This is a midway option that provides @80% UV protection and with the reflection control is non-glare.
Museum Glass - This is the highest level of glass available. It blocks 99% of UV rays and is virtually invisible.
Museum Opti Plexi - This is a plexiglass option providing all of the benefits of Museum Glass, but it is lighter in weight and in general is used for works that are too large to employ the Museum Glass without risk of breaking. Warning, though — Opti Plexi is notoriously expensive. However, when affordable, it is worth it.
Non-Glare Glass - Without further clarification, a request for simple non-glare glass can result in a product that is actually acrylic and has been coated or etched with acid to reduce light reflection. This option also tends to have a hazy or fuzzy look that does reduce glare but also clouds the work of art. I strongly advise against using this product. When ordering non-glare glass, it is very important to confirm that you are getting one of the non-glare products listed above.
Contact me for help with framing and glazing your art.
As an art consultant, people often ask me the correct height to hang pictures. The standard height is 60" to the center of the piece. This can vary by a few inches when hanging art for your personal space. If you are particularly tall, you may need to hang at 62" to the center; or, if particularly short, 58” to the center.
With the strong dollar, now is a good time to buy art from Canada. I found Daniel Cherbuin in a gallery in Toronto.
While I have not generally been a fan of video art, Cherbuin’s work is too smart and well executed to ignore. Acknowledging the realities of current culture in which society knows art and culture from media and the internet instead of direct sources, Cherbuin inserts digital media back into the works of art.
Today I headed off to an early studio visit with Sandrine Hattata in Le Marais. I always prefer the studio to the gallery because you can feel the energy of the work: the choices, the inspirations and value of creativity. Here you see her encaustic paintings and drawing in which she appropriates selections from Master works. As for the rest of the Marais, make sure to bring your patience and a discriminating eye. There is a lot of overly commercial art.
A few years ago I sold a Kevin Paulsen to The Wharton School. I first saw his work at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont. So it was great fun to discover his origins here in Nantucket while on vacation. Both painting and wall paper by Paulsen. Check him out at The Antiques Depot when on the Island.
Installing at The Marriott Fairfield Parker Hotel
in Philly yesterday. Hunt Slonem, Supermaker: Tim Hochstetter both in the secure hands of Atelier - so much fun.
Wonderful 1920's weathervane
by William Hunt Diedrich of Polo Players for sale. It made me think of my friends in the country and the horse world. There are directionals that go with it. Email me if you have interest. Happy Holidays.
Happy Holidays from Duval Art Consultancy. We are celebrating with our new Drew Klotz! May all things work together elegantly for you this season.
There were unusual patterns
in the ice this morning on our pond. Very artistic!
I am not quite sure what this quote means yet or what relevance to the art world it has but certainly worth thinking about.
Valerie Shaff is doing a photo shoot of Pets and People at Wall & Rah Gallery, 24 Front Street in Millbrook, on Dec 10-11th. Take advantage of this great opportunity before the holidays. I will certainly be there.
Street Art Sans Frontieres
always reminds me of the power and purpose of art. Check them out on FB.
Leora Armstrong’s new paintings
are worth seeing. Stop by if you are in the area.
Art inside and out
last night at West Elm’s celebration of their new headquarters in DUMBO.
to The Rittenhouse in Philadelphia on the acquisition of Neil Anderson’s: Earth Song No. 27. I think it is a perfect fit.