March 2, 2016

Armory Show Panel on Quality and Value in Contemporary Art

Please join us at The Armory Show, Pier 94, in New York for a panel discussion on how experts assess quality  and value  in the current art market.

With the expansion of the art market in the last decade to one that is truly global, the vast amount of information and choices can make it challenging for collectors to determine what works have truly lasting quality.  Art advisors Megan Fox Kelly and Todd Levin will join in a discussion with leading international gallerists Thaddaeus Ropac and Marianne Boesky, moderated by renowned arts journalist and Editor-in-Chief of ARTnews, Sarah Douglas, Friday March 4th at 11:00.  The panel will address the meaning and relevance of quality and value in contemporary art and how experts make qualitative judgements.  

This panel is sponsored by the APAA, the Association of Professional Art Advisors.

December 15, 2015

2015 Art Books for Holiday Gifting

If your family, friends and clients love art and architecture, we have the solution to gift giving this holiday season. We’ve put together a list of our favorite exhibition catalogues, monographs and books published this year about American, Modern and Contemporary art. These publications will transport you to exhibitions around the world and place you within the walls of the world’s most important art institutions. These insightful and beautiful books are perfect for collectors, art enthusiasts and book lovers, and those you wish to inspire… 

Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Picturing the Americas:  Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic

by Peter John Brownlee (Editor), Valéria Piccoli (Editor), Georgiana Uhlyarik (Editor)
$65 | Yale University Press

One of our favorite museum exhibition catalogues from 2015 is Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, published in conjunction with the exhibition co-organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art, currently on view at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, through January 18, 2016. 

As nations in the Americas gained independence in the early 19th century, a pictorial landscape tradition emerged. Picturing the Americas offers the first comprehensive treatment of this genre on both American continents, bringing into dialogue the landscape traditions of artists practicing between 1840 and 1940. The catalogue is brilliantly illustrated with 260 color images, including works by U.S. artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, and Georgia O’Keeffe; Canadian artists Joseph Légaré, Frances Anne Hopkins, and Lawren Harris; Mexico’s José María Velasco, Uruguay’s Joaquín Torres-García, and Brazil’s Tarsila do Amaral.

Exhibition: Art Gallery of Ontario; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil June 2015 - May 2016

Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail
by Jennifer Raab (Author)
$65 |Yale University Press

This book takes you on an adventure around the world as Jennifer Raab analyzes Frederic Church’s stunning landscape paintings.

Frederic Church (1826-1900), considered the most celebrated painter in the United States during the mid-19th century, created monumental landscapes of North and South America, the Arctic, and the Middle East. The book traces Church’s movement away from working in oil on canvas to shaping the physical landscape of Olana, his self-designed estate on the Hudson River, a move that allowed the artist to rethink scale and process while also engaging with pressing ecological questions. Beautifully illustrated with dramatic spreads and striking details of Church’s works, Raab’s reconsideration of Church’s paintings is both insightful and engaging.

November 29, 2015

Art Basel Miami Beach

This week, Miami will once again play host to some of the world’s largest and most important art fairs. The city is now home to more than 20 distinct pop-up art festivals during the coveted first week of December. Collectors, dealers, art advisors and art lovers will all travel to Miami Beach to view and acquire art by established and emerging artists.

Megan Fox Kelly will be at Miami Basel again this year, advising clients on the purchase of art to expand their collections, and working with them to orchestrate strategic sales of works in this international art marketplace.

Here is a guide to the key venues:

Art Basel Miami Beach
When: Dec. 3-6, 2015
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive 
in Miami Beach

Art Basel's flourishing Miami offshoot will take over Miami Beach from December 3 - 6, 2015, with a special VIP opening on December 2nd. 267 international galleries are set to show as part of the fair's main sectors along with numerous events to present art and design throughout Miami Beach through the week. 

Art Basel is comprised of multiple sectors, each of which has its own selection process and committee of experts, who review applications from galleries all over the world and select this year's participants. The nine sectors offer a diverse collection of artworks, including established artists and newly emerging artists, curated projects, site-specific experiential work, and video.

Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as pieces by a new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall.

For fairgoers who are looking for art beyond the booths, as part of Art Basel's show in Miami Beach, the Miami’s Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Street near the Convention Center, will be transformed into a massive sculpture park filled with over 20 large-scale installations, kinetic artworks and an array of performances by leading and emerging international artists. This is the fifth year Art Basel and the Bass Museum of Art have partnered to produce the Public sector of Art Basel Miami Beach. 

Art Basel Miami Director Noah Horowitz gives his forecast for this week's fair in the Observer:

October 9, 2015

The Value of An Appraisal

Having your fine art and antiques professionally appraised and knowing that your valuables are appropriately  insured be can a crucial step in the proper care and management of your collection.   An  understanding of the process and a little preparation will make the process go smoothly.

March 3, 2015

ADAA Art Show: Finest and longest running U.S. Art Fair

The Art Show, this country's most prestigious art fair, opens tonight for a private preview to benefit the Henry Street Setttlement House.  Organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, the ADAA Art Show features carefully curated presentations of some of the finest modern and contemporary artists in the world.

Dorsey Waxter, President of the ADAA spoke with Eileen Kinsella of Blouin ArtInfo about why the ADAA Art Show is so important and how they keep it relevant in the midst of the cacaphony of contemporary art fairs:

We have tried to look carefully at what we do well and what we can do better, especially because of the competition. We have differ­ent constraints because our pool of applicants is from our member­ship which is 180 dealers within the United States. Because our fair is not large – 72 booths – we try to keep intact what we do best, which is to present a wide range of the highest caliber works by the best of our dealers. I think our audience appreciates our fair because there are not many other distractions. Keep in mind that we are a non-profit organization that benefits Henry Street Settlement. The proceeds of the gate go to Henry Street.

Though The Art Show is all about dealers in the US, the works that they present are reflective of the global art scene. Was The Art Show always a little global in its tilt or is it a recent development?

Although The Art Show comprises US dealers, the fair has always had galleries that have exhibited artists from other countries and conti­nents. Our members represent dif­ferent and diverse areas of art and ­often have an international roster of artists. Marian Goodman is a contemporary dealer that has shown a variety of European artists. Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art is dedicated to showing the work of modern Latin Americans. Galerie St Etienne, who have celebrated their 75th anniversary, specialize in the work of German Expressionists. The Art Show has always been as diverse as the dealers we represent.

November 17, 2014

American Embassy in Rome and Rome Film Festival

Robert De Niro, Megan Fox Kelly, Perri Peltz, Mario Sesti at 2014 Rome Film Festival
photograph Matteo Nardone

The European premiere of the HBO documentary, Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr. was celebrated at the 2014 Rome Film Festival. The Fondazione Cinema per Roma and the MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts organized a screening of the documentary by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir, dedicated to the life and work of Robert De Niro, Sr. After the film, Italian film critic, and Rome Film Festival senior programmer Mario Sesti moderated a panel discussion with the artist’s son Robert De Niro. 

In honor of the European premiere of the documentary, United States Ambassador to Italy John Phillips and his wife Linda Douglass hosted a private screening of the film at Villa Taverna, the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. The event was attending by Robert De Niro, HBO filmmaker Perri Peltz, art advisor Megan Fox Kelly, art industry professionals in Rome and other distinguished guests..

September 15, 2014

Art Expo Chicago 2014

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, takes place each September at historic Navy Pier. Now in its third season, EXPO CHICAGO features over 140 of the leading galleries from around the world. 

In addition to the galleries and artists on view, the exposition also includes a Special Exhibitions program, featuring select non-profits and institutions, /Dialogues panel discussions in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EXPO VIDEO, a selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film, video and new media works, and IN/SITU, a curated selection of site-specific projects.

Drawing upon the city's rich history as a destination for arts and culture, EXPO CHICAGO bridges a critical gap for Chicago's contemporary art community by engaging with regional, national, and international institutions and collectors.

Megan Fox Kelly will be at Expo Chicago again this year, advising clients on the purchase of art to expand their collections, and working with them to orchestrate strategic sales of works in this international art marketplace.

In addition to the exposition, EXPO CHICAGO, in conjunction with CHOOSE CHICAGO, the city’s tourism and marketing organization and DCASE, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, introduce EXPO ART WEEK (September 15–21, 2014). With EXPO CHICAGO itself as the centerpiece, EXPO ART WEEK joins together with over 45 of the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions to highlight and align the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago has to offer to collectors, dealers, and art enthusiasts – including museum exhibitions, gallery openings, installations, public art projects, and special dining experiences.


Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

September 9, 2014

New York Museum Shows to See This Fall

Whether you're coming to New York this fall for business, fun, or to see the upcoming art auctions, take some time to see the vast array of terrific shows at the city's museums.  
Roberta Smith of the New York Times highlights the shows of the new season that are not  to be missed:

One of the biggest events for New York is the unveiling of Leonard Lauder’s magnanimous donation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art of over 80 Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures by Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and Picasso.  Through February 16th, 2015.  

The Modern, in turn, will look to the final flowering of an early modernist 
who ignored Cubism with “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” opening on Oct. 12, a show that is bound to reshape the understanding of midcentury abstraction.

Another high-profile effort is the quadricentennial commemoration of El Greco’s death with exhibitions that group 29 of his paintings at three East Coast museums: 15 can be seen at the Met — six lent by the Hispanic Society of America — and three at the Frick Collection in New York (both opening on Nov. 4); 11 others will be on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington (opening on Nov. 2). If these paintings were consolidated in one museum, they would rival the Prado’s holdings in El Greco.

June 26, 2014

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014

The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. Some 350 presenters, 200 sessions, and 3000 attendees comprise the annual Festival, launched in 2005, on the Aspen Institute's campus in Aspen, Colorado.

Imagine some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers, and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world – gathered in a single place, ready to teach, speak, lead, question and answer – all interacting with an audience of thoughtful people who have stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.  

The Aspen Institute produces the Aspen Ideas Festival in concert with its partner, The Atlantic. The mission of the Festival is to create a stimulating and invigorating convocation that links some of the foremost thinkers in the world today with civically-minded leaders in business, the arts, politics, philanthropy, and so forth, who will both share ideas and questions and drive thought to action.

Evening Session
Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. (Film and Discussion)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT on Saturday, June 28, 2014
Robert De Niro, Sr. was part of the celebrated New York School of artists who enjoyed success in his early career during the 1940s and 50s in New York City. But the art market of post-war France offered little opportunity for De Niro. He returned to the United States and continued to paint in relative obscurity. He found solace writing about his hopes and dreams in his journals and poems, hoping that one day his work would be rediscovered. Finally, his dreams were realized, orchestrated by the man who knew him best—his son, the actor, Robert De Niro. A presentation of "New Views: Documentaries and Dialogue," made possible by generous donations from Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.
Paepke Auditorium

Watch the panel discussion here:

June 13, 2014

Basel: The Olympics of The Art World

The premier international art show of its kind for Modern and contemporary works, Art Basel has been described as the ‘Olympics of the Art World,' Over 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars.

Megan Fox Kelly will be at Basel again this year, advising clients on the purchase of art to expand their collections, and working with them to orchestrate strategic sales of works in this international art marketplace.

Art Basel's individual sectors represent every artistic medium: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. Each day offers a full program of events, including symposiums, films, and artist talks, and Megan Fox Kelly will be there as VIP events begin early Tuesday morning. Further afield, exhibitions and events are offered by cultural institutions in Basel and the surrounding area, creating an exciting, region-wide art week.

Art Basel hosts a series of conversations and talks on a range of subjects, including the collection and exhibition of art, understanding art from a geographical and historical perspective, and timely topics concerning the contemporary art scene. Artists, gallerists, art historians, curators, museum directors, publishers, and collectors participate in panel discussions, book signings, and interviews.

June 7, 2014

The Life and Career of Robert De Niro, Sr. on HBO, Monday June 9th

HBO hosted a premiere for the documentary Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. on June 5, 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, followed by a private opening reception and dinner at DC Moore Gallery in Chelsea, where De Niro Sr.’s paintings and drawings are on display and for sale. 

The film will air on HBO on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 9pm. 

Pictured at right are Megan Fox Kelly, art advisor to The Estate of Robert De Niro Sr., Perri Peltz, the film's producer and co-director, and Geeta Gandbhir, co-director and editor, on the red carpet preceding the premiere at MoMA. 

The exhibition continues at DC Moore Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, NY through July 11, 2014.

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June 1, 2014

HBO Documentary Films presents Remembering the Artist

Studio of Robert De Niro, Sr., New York Photograph by Rudy Valdez

Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. 
Film debuts Monday, June 9th at 9:00 pm on HBO

View trailer:

REMEMBERING THE ARTIST is a deeply moving portrait of the painter told by art experts, the artists who worked alongside him, by De Niro Sr. himself via found footage interviews, and most affectingly by his son, the actor Robert De Niro, Jr.  De Niro, Jr. reads from his father’s letters and journals and provides his own moving recollections of his father’s personal and professional struggles, as part of his own mission to honor and preserve his father’s legacy and artwork. Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale University School of Art, Irving Sandler, scholar and critic, art advisor, Megan Fox Kelly, and fellow artists Albert Kresch and Paul Resika explain how De Niro, Sr.'s professional career fell in and out of step with the American art scene--a scene that changed drastically throughout his lifetime.   

REMEMBERING THE ARTIST was directed by Perri Peltz and Geeta Gandbhir and produced by Perri Peltz.  Rudy Valdez served as director of photography and Geeta Gandbhir served as editor.  Music is by Phillip Glass.  Megan Fox Kelly served as Art Advisor.  

The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO June 9th at 9 pm.

An exhibition of the artist's work will open at DC Moore Gallery, New York on Friday, June 6th and will run through July 11th.

January 15, 2014

Sundance Film Festival Premieres Documentary Short
Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.




HBO Documentary Films Presentation Premieres in the Short Film Program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. (Photograph ©1966 Paul Waldman)
In 1945, painter Robert De Niro, Sr.’s work was included in the fall exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery alongside the work of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.  The following year, De Niro had his first solo exhibition at Guggenheim’s gallery, an extremely prestigious honor for a young painter. However, this well-received exhibition would prove to be the highpoint of De Niro, Sr.’s public success. As his work soon fell out of step with the popular art movements of the time, De Niro struggled with poverty and desperation.

The HBO Documentary Films presentation REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. is a deeply moving portrait of the painter told by art experts, the artists who worked alongside him, by De Niro, Sr. himself, via found footage interviews, and most affectingly by his son. Actor Robert De Niro, Jr. reads from his father’s letters and journals and provides his own moving recollections of his father’s personal and professional struggles as part of his own mission to honor and preserve his father’s legacy and artwork.

In REMEMBERING THE ARTIST, Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art, art advisor Megan Fox Kelly, and fellow artists Albert Kresch and Paul Resika explain how De Niro, Sr.’s professional career fell in and out of step with the American art scene – a scene that changed drastically in the years leading up to World War II. In the early 1930s, avant garde European artists, politically oppressed by the Nazi party, came to the U.S. and took up teaching positions, exposing young American art students to the newest trends in European art.  

October 4, 2013

Frieze London 2013

The 11th edition of Frieze London, the leading international contemporary art fair, takes place in London’s Regent’s Park from 17–20 October 2013. Frieze London is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the tenth consecutive year.

World’s leading contemporary art galleries

Redesigned for 2013, Frieze London brings 152 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries to the UK this October. The change in the design of the fair will introduce more sizable public areas and wider aisles as well as a new layout of galleries.

The fair is housed in a bespoke temporary structure designed by architects Carmody Groarke to provide the best conditions for showing and viewing art. Additions to last year’s participants include: Blum & Poe (Los Angeles);Marian Goodman (New York); Galerie Max Hetzler (Berlin); Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg); Maccarone (New York); Overduin and Kite (Los Angeles); and Rodeo (Istanbul).

Exhibitors from 30 countries will participate in the 11th edition of the fair confirming the fair’s position as one of the world’s leading contemporary art events. This year’s gallery list includes those from territories including Brazil, China, Columbia, Hungary, India, Korea, Mexico and South Africa.

August 23, 2013

Artspace magazine: Art in Small Spaces

Advice for collectors from Megan Fox Kelly featured in this leading online contemporary art magazine. 

Five Tips for Displaying Art in Small Spaces

August 1, 2013

Art Expo Chicago

The Second iteration of Art Expo Chicago launches in September 2013 with over 125 galleries.

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, presented over 125 leading international galleries at Festival Hall at Navy Pier this past September. These exceptional galleries represented 17 different countries and 36 different cities, offering a broad spectrum of modern and contemporary artwork.  

February 28, 2013

Megan Fox Kelly in Wall Street Journal

The Ways Art Investors Blow It

Three common mistakes novices fall prey to—and how to avoid them

Adding art to your portfolio can be a lot trickier than putting it on your wall.
With regular investments looking uncertain these days, individuals and financial pros are snapping up artwork to diversify their holdings—and, with any luck, realize big returns.
But with more competition for desired pieces, prices are soaring ever higher and the chances of making a costly mistake are rising too. Here's a look at some of the pitfalls of art investors face and how to avoid them.

October 1, 2012

Frieze London 10th Edition

Frieze Art Fair 2012 opens in London on October 10 with 175 international contemporary galleries. The Tenth Edition of Frieze will include Frieze Masters, a contemporary take on historical art, and Focus, a special section for newly established galleries.

The tenth edition of Frieze London, the leading international contemporary art fair, takes place in London’s Regent’s Park from 11–14 October 2012.

With exhibitors from 35 countries, the tenth edition of Frieze London is the most international event organized by Frieze; confirming the fair’s position as one of the world’s leading contemporary art events. Frieze London is a carefully selected presentation of 175 of the most forward- thinking contemporary galleries and will present new work by over 1,000 of the world’s most innovative artists. This year the fair is once again housed in a bespoke temporary structure designed by architects Carmody Groarke.
The tenth edition features a new section: Focus, open to galleries established after 2001, showing up to three artists.. The Frame section of the fair is dedicated to galleries under six-years old, showing solo artist presentations.

This year, coinciding with Frieze London, Frieze also introduces Frieze Masters, a new fair with a contemporary perspective on historical art. Together the crossover between the two fairs will make London the focus for a broad international art audience.

Douglas S. Cramer, Collector

Christie’s to sell works from the Collection of Douglas S. Cramer as a highlight of its highly anticipated Post-War & Contemporary sales in November 2012.  Cramer exemplifies an art connoisseur with a passion for the new while being faithful to the leading artists of the 20th century, many of whom he counts as his close friends.

Megan Fox Kelly is curator for the collection of Douglas S. Cramer

September 15, 2012

What to Look For in a Work of Art

Learn how to evaluate a work of art and have confidence in your buying decision.

What is important to look for in a work of art? 

Every collector asks this question in some way when considering acquiring a work for their collection.  And it is a question that I must address every time I evaluate a work of art for one of my clients.  The answer begins simply with your taste.  Buying what you like and want to live with, what inspires and excites you, is always the place to start.  Learning how to look, developing your eye, and researching the market so that you can evaluate a work of art before deciding to acquire it takes time.