I made my first art auction purchase recently at David Rago. The piece that I bought is a lithograph by Josef Albers that looks similar to the work on the right (part of his Homage to the Square series). Albers is a German-born abstract artist. He became a professor at the Bauhaus before moving to America where he joined the faculty of the Black Mountain School. It was there that he taught some of the most famous American artists of the twentieth century including Rauschenberg and Twombly. The geometric precision of Albers' work recalls his mathematical background, and it had a decisive influence on the Op art movement that favored "hard edged" abstraction. Since bidding on this piece, I've begun to seek out other sites and venues for art purchases. Artsinbushwick.org is a great site to find out about upcoming art events, and they recently promoted Beta Spaces '08 (where Bushwickers transform their neighborhood into a living gallery space). I also like to attend the final student exhibition at the gallery at FIT to check out the work of the graduating class. Another indispensable reference for the serious young art collector is Smythson's Panama Art Diary. This elegant raspberry crocodile planner features the latest international info on art dealers, art fairs, auction houses, and exhibitions. What resources do you like to use to find out about art related events and happenings or to purchase works of art? Let me know in the comments section.
photo credit painting: Josef Albers, Homage to the Square, 1965, acrylic on canvas.
photo credit diary: http://www.smythson.com