Question May I send you jpegs of our recently acquired large oil landscape including a closeup of the artist's signature (whose name is not totally distinguishable to us)? We will be grateful to have the benefit of any (non-hypothetical) information, expertise or thoughts you offer, especially as to collectability. Please indicate your preferred format if other than jpeg you wish to receive and what maximum bytes may be attached to a single email message.
Bruce B. Bailey and Gayolin D. Bailey
Answer First--Although I may be an 'art expert' I am computer-challenged. I have never heard of 'jpegs.' I certainly don't have a 'preferred format' and have no idea what my max bytes number is. I do know this: collectability is not based on visuals, especially of one piece. It has to do with the artist's body of work, his/her popularity and standing in the marketplace. I won't even go into backing, that is, gallery[ies] that support and promote an artist. Even critical acclaim doesn't get it done. I represented several artists who were in numerous major museums and for whom there is now little or no market for their work. A piece of art, simplistically speaking, is worth what somewhat is willing to pay for it. That means that the piece you bought is worth what you paid, which is okay, because you would not have bought it if you didn't think it was worth it. Enjoy it. alan.
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Thanks for your help, Alan. Enjoy your trip to Italy.
I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.
I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.
Publications ART NEWS, ART IN AMERICA, FORECAST MAGAZINE, MALIBU MAGAZINE, PANTARBE.COM, MALIBU CHRONICLE, POTOMAC ALMANAC, GAITHERSBURG GAZETTE, ART DECOR, REGARDIES MAGAZINE.
Education/Credentials Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University