Art Market Analysis

Blakelock, Stilly Night

“Stilly Night” by Ralph Albert Blakelock

Published on July 16th, 2015 by Alison Kowalski


When Lou secured the purchase of Stilly Night by Ralph Albert Blakelock, he beamed as he told us …continue reading or post a comment

Ralph Albert Blakelock, Shanties in Harlem, 1874, oil painting, Questroyal Fine Art

American Art Week Rewards Connoisseurship

Published on May 28th, 2015 by Lou Salerno

It is nearly impossible to gauge the market for American paintings unless you are an active buyer. Industry professionals try to draw conclusions …continue reading or post a comment

OKeeffe Jimson Weed

Reflections on November’s American Art Auctions

Published on December 4th, 2014 by Lou Salerno

A review of last month’s auction results as seen through the lens of a disciplined analyst would likely be characterized as lackluster, excepting …continue reading or post a comment

Henry Martin Gasser, Waterfront, The Butler Institute of American Art

Five Things You Should Know About Henry Martin Gasser

Published on October 10th, 2014 by Chloe Heins

Henry Martin Gasser’s Snow Along the Waterfront is featured as plate 10 of our new catalogue, Important American Paintings, Volume XV: Now. So far, this painting has received the most attention out of the fifty works included. …continue reading or post a comment

Aggressive Estimates Result in Strong Sales During American Art Week

Published on May 29th, 2014 by Lou Salerno

Silencing the skeptics, the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art market demonstrated its strength across multiple genres. Glowing press releases from both Sotheby’s and Christie’s described exuberant bidding and impressive results …continue reading or post a comment

Choose With Your Heart

Published on April 10th, 2014 by Lou Salerno

What would happen if art was purchased for the right reasons; if we simply chose with our hearts? What if we sought the paintings that allow our most cherished places and memories to live again, so that we could share them with our families? All of us long for art that is a part of who we are. Remember it? …continue reading or post a comment

The Year’s Most Important Sale—Just in Time.

Published on April 2nd, 2014 by Lou Salerno

The long, cold winter depressed the spirits of many collectors. Many lamented the dearth of important paintings on the market and some went so far as to suggest that interest in American art was …continue reading or post a comment

The Votes Are In: Your Favorite American Art Stories of 2013!

Published on January 2nd, 2014 by Chelsea DeLay

Now that 2013 has come to an end and we have rang in the New Year, it seems prudent to pause in a moment of nostalgic reflection and consider the exciting events that transpired over the past three-hundred and sixty-five days.  From an art-world perspective, 2013 was a momentous year—we saw record-breaking …continue reading or post a comment

The American Auctions from a Buyer’s Perspective

Published on December 11th, 2013 by Lou Salerno

The winds of change were blowing long before December’s American art sales began. Enthusiasm has been on the rise since mid-summer, a period that is normally lost to the distractions of leisure and vacations. This was not a typical summer; clients were calling, visiting, and buying fine paintings—a trend that continued virtually unabated thru the fall and escalated as we approached auction week. …continue reading or post a comment

Sargent’s Watercolors Can’t Be Tamed!

Published on December 5th, 2013 by Chelsea DeLay

In the art world, headlines can’t seem to get enough of one specific American artist: John Singer Sargent. Exhibitions have been devoted entirely to his work, his career has been the topic of scholarly panel discussions, and his paintings consistently …continue reading or post a comment