Author: Peter Falk (Peter Falk)

Why these frogs symbolize our changing culture.

Why these frogs symbolize our changing culture.

The most unique contribution of sculpture ever to grace a bridge is in the town of Willimantic, Connecticut. Leo Jensen’s huge 3,000-pound frogs sitting atop giant thread spools are symbols of the town’s history. Now they also bring pride, hope, and optimism. Granted, giant amphibians are among the most unlikely sculptures that one might imagine...

May 29, 2020May 29, 2020
The Art Market Puzzle of 2020

The Art Market Puzzle of 2020

Making this puzzle come together At first, I’m a bit overwhelmed staring at 1,000 pieces of this big jigsaw puzzle. They must be reassembled into 19 great paintings, by masters ranging from da Vinci to Kandinsky. The magnitude of the challenge found me daydreaming: What if all those pieces represented museums and galleries in the...

April 17, 2020April 17, 2020
Berenson Fine Art

Berenson Fine Art

When Emilia Ianeva founded Berenson Fine Art in Toronto in 2011 it was clear that her stable of contemporary artists would reflect a wide range of nationalities working in an equally wide range of media. She had earned her Master’s degree in Philosophy in Europe, and published three books there on the subject. She then...

November 24, 2019April 17, 2020
Biggest Lawsuit in Art History

Biggest Lawsuit in Art History

How accidental damage to frames made of corrugated cardboard elicited a $100 million lawsuit. As the expert witness for the defense, I’m pleased that The Art Newspaper recently illuminated the largest “loss in value” claim in art history. Read the full story here. In addition to this 2019 case, Peter Hastings Falk has served as expert witness in...

November 7, 2019April 17, 2020
The Importance of Art Dealer-Scholars

The Importance of Art Dealer-Scholars

The best of art-dealing and art historical scholarship are reinforcing, not antithetical. The eye of the art dealer-scholar comes with the ability to discern true innovation that emerged from particular periods, movements, or styles.  There are numerous examples of museum curators joining with gallery owners to mount significant exhibitions. Historically, the exemplar nonpareil is Paul...

July 25, 2019July 25, 2019
Peter Selz [1919–2019] — Et exaltatum memoriam

Peter Selz [1919–2019] — Et exaltatum memoriam

Peter Selz was the youngest 100-year-old I ever knew. He remained sharp as a tack. His insatiable visual appetite meant he was constantly digesting images — but he only opined when he sensed an innovative spirit.  He was the exemplar of what it means to be an art historian: “It’s a profession from which one...

June 25, 2019June 25, 2019
Managing Artists’ Collections No.2: A Deeper Assessment

Managing Artists’ Collections No.2: A Deeper Assessment

This 2nd newsletter in the series, “Managing Artists’ Collections” explores the next step of management in greater depth. When an artist’s body is gone what happens to their body of work? So many late-career artists have lamented, “What’s going to happen to all my stuff when I’m gone?” Their “stuff” is, of course, the collection...

June 17, 2019April 17, 2020
An Insider’s View on Valuing Art

An Insider’s View on Valuing Art

We love it when our elected artists like Eugene Healy continue to find warm receptions from serious collectors. Healy’s work will be featured in Peter Hastings Falk’s illustrated talk, “An Insider’s View on Valuing Art” When:  Tuesday, June 18th from 6-8 pm. The evening will start with cocktails at 6:00 pm and the talk will begin promptly...

June 13, 2019April 17, 2020
Managing Artists’ Collections

Managing Artists’ Collections

The Starting Point for Practical Advice. Decades should not have to pass before artists or their heirs consider practical strategies to preserve and promote a life’s work and archive. The Dumpster is not a legacy option. Therefore, the big question looms: To whom can artists or their heirs turn for advice? Discoveries in American Art...

May 23, 2019May 29, 2019
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