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My grandmother was a student along with HC Westermann and Rudolph Weisenborn (I have 3 of their oils) I also have newspaper articles of her works shown along with theirs at several shows in Chicago dating 1940 and on.   I have approx. 300 or more peices of art.  How would I attempt to establish her work for showings and sale?

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These two American modernists you mention intersect in Chicago, Illinois, so I am hopeful you may be from that area, or the mid-west.  If so, I'd encourage you to speak to either David Lusenhop or Valerie Carberry, two gallery owners in Chicago.  Assemble a half dozen hi-resolution photos of your grandmother's works along with the newspaper clippings and full story as you know it, and see what they think.  Better still, go see them with a few of your grandmother's best pieces.  They might wish to purchase the full estate, or perhaps assemble a show of a few dozen pieces to test the waters.  I don't know these galleries, but most owners are flexible and interested in helping you "move the merchandise" as it were. If they are not interested, they can undoubtedly steer you in another direction.

Of the two, Westermann brings far more.  Weisenborn predated Westermann by a decade or so, but brought a freewheeling cubist style to Chicago.  Westermann is aligned with the Chicago Imagists, a group that mixed this modern cubism with emerging pop/comic book illustration art, with a droll/surreal style.  

I like the work of these artists, but I have chosen to focus on earlier American landscapes.  My website is at www.cartwrightfineart.com and my email address is there.  You can send me a shot or two of your grandmother's work, but it would only satisfy my curiosity.  Best for you to consult with gallery owners who specialize in American modern art of this period.  

300 pieces?  All paintings?  Your grandmother was certainly prolific!  

Best of luck,
Stu

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American Fine Art Paintings.
Oils, Watercolors, Sketches. Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Hudson River School, Pennsylvania Academy, Cape Ann artists, Ash Can, Woodstock, Florida Indian River, American Impressionists, etc. I can provide some background about artists and perhaps a rough appraisal or guidance towards obtaining a value. I am acquainted with many of the best American art dealers and auction houses. Original works only, I do not follow the print market. I do NOT field questions about prints.

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I am not expert in European art. I encourage you to send questions on European artists to other experts on this service. NO PRINTS:I encourage you to seek help on prints elsewhere. Two sites come to mind: www.artoftheprint.com and www.philaprintshop.com

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I have been collecting original American Fine Art for over 20 years. I have curated art shows, and I have served as a dealer, providing appraisals and guidance for the last 8 years.

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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