Preface to the 2011 Pavillion of Art and Design Catalogue

The last decade we’ve witnessed an unprecedented interest in Design as collectible, and more and more people than ever before are finally jumping in. But as in any developing field, there are still plenty of misunderstandings and some serious confusion. What used to be called the “decorative arts” has now been dubbed “design” and is often marketed as limited edition “art”, or sometime referred to as “design/art”. But by casting… Read more

Art Today is More Fun than Gold

The art market today is once again rolling along with plenty of momentum, but so is the real estate market, the euro, the price of grain. The cost of crude oil is back over $100 a barrel and even the battered and bloody stock market has rallied. Commodity prices are strong across the board because people are hungry for hard assets, and gold has been on a roll, roaring from… Read more

Wild at Art

I’ve been studying art and design collectors for more than six years through compiling and editing interviews into two books (titled Collecting Contemporary and Collecting Design) as well as writing a regular column in The New York Observer. My own interests in art and design date back to my college days in the ’80s, when meeting and hanging out with artists like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat had enormous allure… Read more

Roving Eye: The Rolling Eye

Last week the Roving Eye once again rolled through Chelsea in search of fresh ideas and interesting points of view. These days I start my tour with shows of the tried and true, and hope not to find it tired and blue.   My first stop was, of course, the Picasso show at Gagosian on 21st Street, even though I’m feeling totally Picasso-ed out. The recent (and tedious) “Picasso: Guitars… Read more

Roving Eye: A Hunger for New Minimalists

Jacob Kassay, Untitled (detail), 2009
There was plenty to see and think about this past auction week.   The week’s most popular gallery show was the Nate Lowman blockbuster spread across Michele Maccarone’s and Gavin Brown’s galleries. I was told it sold out within hours of the opening. Even if that’s just the gallery spiel, I’m sure it will all sell soon enough.         Lowman’s show was certainly his best yet, even… Read more

Roving Eye: Why I Like the Big Bear with the Light on Its Head

Seagram Plaza
Urs Fischer’s monumental bronze Untitled (Lamp/Bear) (2005–2006), will be offered for sale at Christie’s New York on May 11, estimated to sell for about $10 million. The work is installed in the plaza in front of the Seagram Building until September.
It’s a funny thing, outdoor sculpture—makes me think of kitschy Henry Moore bronzes, garish Calders rusting at the corners, a Mark di Suvero abandoned in a field; perhaps… Read more

When Scotty Beamed Me Up

from MODERN, Spring 2011 COLLECTOR AND AUTHOR ADAM LINDEMANN DESCRIBES HIS FORAY INTO DESIGN, AND COMMENTS ON THE STATE OF THE MARKET   I BUMPED INTO COLLECTING DESIGN in a rather unglamorous way. I was shopping in the vintage furnishings section of the Manhattan store ABC Carpet & Home about eight years ago when I came across mirror-fronted furniture by the 1970s designer Paul Evans. It was really crazy… Read more

Wristy Business

In the second of two essays, the co-owner of the iconic retro-futuristic Ikepod brand explains how his passion for fine art led him to fine watchmaking.   My penchant for collecting contemporary art and design is the roundabout way I actually ended up buying Ikepod and trying my hand at watchmaking. What I felt was missing in the world of watches was great design—not another pocket-watch complication for the wrist… Read more