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It’s Time to Stick Together:

It’s Time to Stick Together:

60 years of Collage in America  curated by Peter Hastings Falk   As  Editor and Chief Curator of Discoveries in American Art I’m proud to announce the new virtual exhibition, It’s Time to Stick Together: 60 years of Collage in America. This early news release alerts you to an advance viewing before the opening on...

August 7, 2020August 8, 2020
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
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

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
This  Month’s Insider’s View: Science versus Provenance

This Month’s Insider’s View: Science versus Provenance

The art world is pretty sophisticated when it comes to establishing authenticity. The first step sees the professional sellers — dealers and auctioneers — engaging a triumvirate of experts who provide stylistic interpretation, provenance, and condition reports. An art historian who is the leading expert on the artist examines the work and anoints it as...

March 12, 2019May 10, 2019
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