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The Art of Dealing Art

Jay Caldwell

Caldwell Gallery Hudson

I grew up in a family of art and antique collectors, and since 1973 our family business has been buying, selling, evaluating and being moved by fine art and the creative spirit. When I find an exciting piece of new art it gives me nearly the same rush as falling in love, which is one of the reasons I adore my job.

Having bought, sold, and appraised fine American and European artwork for more than forty-one years here are some of our thoughts about the private, and sometimes not so private, aspects of dealing art and today's art world.

Blog entries from The Art of Dealing Art

"Prelude" by Agnes Pelton at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Our Favorite 40 Museums - Part 4

Posted: December 30, 2013 07:58

31. Museum of Fine Arts Boston With the recent Art of the Americas Wing expansion, the allure of MFA Boston has grown exponentially. These four floors showcase artworks from the entire continent – North, South, and Central America with artworks that span over 3000 years. Some of our particular favorites include works by Paul Revere, Thomas Sully, John Singer Sargent, and John Singleton Copley. The art at MFA Boston is not limited to that of the Americas. With an eclectic  collection of nearly half a million objects the museum allows you to explore many other world cultures and time...

"Tunnel of Love" by Henry Koerner at the Yale University of Art Gallery.

Our Favorite 40 Museums - Part 3

Posted: December 02, 2013 07:30

As we continue to celebrate our gallery’s fortieth year in business we encourage you to explore some of these exceptional museums located throughout the US. *Note this list of museums is not in any particular order. To read about some of the other museums on our list click here for part 1 and here for part 2 of this series. 21. Yale University Art Gallery Established in 1832 to open up dialogue between students, faculty, and the wider public, the Yale University Art Gallery is both one of the oldest university art museums, and one of the biggest with a collection which...

Dorothy Dehner "Bolton Landscape"

Dorothy Dehner a Grande Art Dame

Posted: November 22, 2013 06:25

Some days as an art dealer are better than others. Such as the day a great work, by a long admired artist, comes into your life. Dorothy Dehner (1901-1994) is one of my “You had me at hello” artists whose work I first saw more than 25 years ago. I’ve always wanted to own a sculpture by her, but the right opportunity never presented itself. Until now. A lovely little gem has found its way into our gallery, and as is the case with us art addicted folks, into my mind and heart. Please say hello to Ms. Dehner’s unique 1976 bronze (that means she cast exactly one) Bolton Landscape. Ms....

Irene RIce Pereira "Two Triangles" from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Our Favorite 40 Museums - Part 2

Posted: October 28, 2013 10:53

As we continue to celebrate our gallery’s fortieth year in business we encourage you to go out and explore some of these fabulous museums.  *Note this list of museums is not in any particular order. Click here to read part 1 and click here to read part 3. 11. Philadelphia Museum of Art One of the largest museums in the US, the Philadelphia Museum of Art grew out of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition art gallery at America’s first World’s Fair. Their collections showcase impressionist, decorative and modern arts, an extensive collection of arms and armor, as well...

John Leslie Breck before and after conservation.

Deliciously Dirty - Battling Dirt, Grime & Slime

Posted: September 18, 2013 12:50

Most visitors to museums, galleries, or private collections view the art being displayed in presentation ready condition. For historical art, this usually means that somewhere along the way a trip to the conservator was necessary. Few artworks spend their existence in hermetically sealed bubbles, therefore the ravages of time can create considerable issues and challenges for conservators. The skilled hands and encyclopedic knowledge of a conservator are what can make a work of art look superb. In our experience conservators are like restaurants – you can find quick and cheap...

Oliver Ingraham Lay, "Two Friends" from the Everson Museum of Art.

Our Favorite 40 Museums – Part 1

Posted: September 10, 2013 14:39

As we celebrate our fortieth year in business we’d like to share some of the wonderful American art museums which have helped inform our understanding of American and European art. Sometimes built from personal collections, other times put together to fulfill a community need, these forty museums have allowed the public to engage with all types of art. In this four part series we would like to share with you some of our favorite US museums, with the understanding that this is just the beginning. *Note this list of museums are not in any particular order. 1. Everson...

 

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