Collecting Art in the 21st Century: Why, Where and How

Cape Museum of Art - ARTfull Thursday 8/3/17 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Alexander Calder goache on paper on loan from a private collector presently on view in the Masters of Abstraction exhibit at Cape Cod Museum of Art. (Courtesy of CCMOA)

For anyone just thinking about collecting right up to the experienced art collector, this panel discussion will offer a wealth of knowledge about collecting art from several perspectives and current trends in the art world.   An informed panel of an art gallery owner, an auction house representative, a museum director and an avid art collector will be moderated by art writer Deborah Forman.

The speakers are:

Berta Walker, owner of the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown and Wellfleet representing the art of American’s oldest art colony from the 1900s to contemporary artists.  Walker was Chairman of the Board of the Fine Arts Work Center helping to establish it as a national leader in resident programs for artists and writers.  She also administered events at the Whitney Museum of American Art for ten years, and founded several galleries in New York City.

Auction House Representative Ingrid Dudek is a Director of Contemporary Art at Bonhams Auction House, based in New York. With 10 years in the auction business, she brings a distinct perspective to the art world and art market having worked in the business in both New York and Asia. Ingrid got her start in the field managing a contemporary art gallery in Beijing well before China's market boom. She holds a Masters Degrees in Anthropology and Art History and an undergraduate degree in Art History.

Museum Director Edith (Deede) Tonelli, Ph.D. has been Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art since 2014.  Before moving to Cape Cod, she was Director of the UCLA Art Museum (now the Armand Hammer Museum), an Assistant Professor of Art History, and Director of a Museum Studies Program for ten years.  She has published numerous articles and exhibition catalogues and is co-author of Art from Cape Cod: Selections from the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Art Collector Leonard Lewis began collecting art in the 1950s.  He says he knew nothing about art, but knew what he liked. One artist led him to another, always choosing work that he thought was good, but not what the experts thought that he should. Today he holds a substantial collection of contemporary figurative art.

Deborah Forman is the author of five books published by Schiffer Publishing: Perspectives on the Provincetown Art Colony, a two-volume history; Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea; Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: People & Places; Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: On Abstraction. Her most recent book, Art from Cape Cod: Selections from the Cape Cod Museum of Art was co-written with museum director Edith Tonelli. She writes a monthly art column for the Cape Cod Times and also writes for several art publications.

This talk is part of CCMoA’s ARTfull Thursdays program.  The museum galleries are open and free from 5 – 8 pm.   


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