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Collector's Catalogue: Vol. 1 Issue 2
by ArtSlant Team

On the Gallery Scene

ArtSlant surveys gallerists in LA and SF about artists who deserve more attention

August is stealth mode in the art world. Shades are pulled, galleries go dark. Everyone is supposedly relaxing at the shore before the September openings. But we all know that this pause in the art calendar is actually an intense time of backroom re-orgs, private previews and strategic positioning, a time for researching and reconsidering, finishing touches and frantic scrambles. All efforts pointing towards the big Fall ta-da.

We take it for granted that galleries exist, that they move the sales of art, that their owners and directors are focused on discovering and promoting artists, educating audiences of art-goers, and building relationships among collectors, art watchers, museums and others to support their artists both financially and through exhibition. We recognize the names of historically important dealers such as Ambroise Vollard, Edith Halpert, Paul Durand-Ruel, Sidney Janis, Leo Castelli or Betty Parsons. We know that collectors rely heavily on specific dealers with whom they have sympathetic leanings, and that every artist serious about their career wants to align themselves with dealers of distinction and commitment. Yet we often downplay the critical position that these seekers of talent play in the scene. For without their sweat and tears, expertise, and sometimes unabashed horse trading, the art market as it exists today and the opportunities available to young artists for development and exposure would look far different.

So in the spirit of anticipatory look-sees, the ArtSlant Team has gone straight to a few favorite galleries for recommendations on artists that are either presenting exciting new work this fall, or those that are under-regarded or early in their careers and poised for attention.

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State of the Art

According to statistics compiled from the US Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census, approximately 74% of the art sales for the year went to Households. The total value of all sales from art dealers was approximately $8,564,335,000, so approximately $6 billion worth of sales are attributable to household purchases. Art is a personal thing!

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Trevor Paglen's work is much more than the mere aestheticization of the American military's covert “black world.” On the contrary, there are few artists who have responded as rigorously or eloquently to the expansion of American defense and intelligence in the wake of 9/11....

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ArtSlant's Collector's Catalogue is a special edition publication focused on bringing new artists and new work to the attention of our worldwide audience of seasoned buyers, committed art lovers, and first-time purchasers. The artists included in our August 2012 Collector's Catalogue can be contacted directly or through their galleries. ArtSlant is pleased to present them for your consideration.

Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/27/12

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