Ruth Silverman (1936 – 2015)

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Blog Posts | No Comments

Written by Susanna Briselli & Leah Eskin Ruth Silverman, the noted photographer, curator, and author, died in her home in Berkeley, California, on April 10. She was 78. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease. She is remembered for her groundbreaking career as a curator of photography; her influential, award-winning, and charming photography book “The […]

Minding the Hen House: Professional Standards for Art and Antique Appraisers

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Blog Posts | No Comments

Cindy CHARLESTON-ROSENBERG New Minimum Professional Qualifications Standards are Set for an Unregulated Industry The profession of appraising art and antiques has long been challenged by conflicts of interest and lack of regulatory oversight and requirements.   In fact, most countries who have firm standards in place for the appraisal of real property, fall short in regulating […]

Are You Paying Use Tax on Art Bought at Out-of-State Art Fairs and Online? You Should Be.

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Blog Posts | No Comments

Thomas C. DANZIGER and Patricia PERNES The New York State use tax is a bit like your CPA’s love life: difficult to comprehend, and generally of interest only to other accountants. That’s a shame (as to the use tax, that is). This little understood statute actually has important financial ramifications for any serious art collector, […]

The “Gold Standard” of Appraising — USPAP

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Blog Posts | No Comments

Facets of the art world have become more professionalized in the last several decades. As the industry has grown, so have subsidiary disciplines, including curatorial, conservation, and appraisal practice. As little as 30 years ago, an appraisal was commonly a one-page document, with line items for each artwork, a minimal description of the piece, and […]

$2.5 Million Claim Over Damaged Richard Avedon Triptych

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog Posts | No Comments

What is the value of damaged goods? It’s a challenging question, primarily because there are so many factors to consider, not to mention that there is no one answer, much less a “right” answer. Appraising damaged and repaired artwork is especially difficult, because what one collector may consider acceptable, another will find unacceptable. The burden […]

Surprising Findings in Three New NEA Reports on the Arts

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Blog Posts | No Comments

                                  ARTS.GOV Three reports from the National Endowment for the Arts reveal new findings about the impact of arts and cultural industries on GDP, as well as how and why Americans participate in certain arts activities. The data for […]

Collector Sues IRS For $40 Million in Art Taxes Paid

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Blog Posts | No Comments

artnet news | By ALEXANDER FORBES Barbara B. Allbritton has sued the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with the intention of recouping $40.6 million in taxes she and her family paid following the death of her husband, millionaire media mogul and banker Joe L. Allbritton in 2012. As initially reported by Courthouse News, a “notice of deficiency” was […]

Giving Tuesday

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Blog Posts | No Comments

Make a year-end gift to one of your favorite non-profits that support photography. Guy Swanson and I have put together this list of organizations we know and respect for their ongoing efforts and vision. Thank you! Photography Non-profits: Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, […]

What is connoisseurship?

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Blog Posts | No Comments

A couple of years ago I was bemoaning to a colleague that, while I see a lot of really good, solid work, it is becoming less and less frequent that a photograph or series wows me. I told her, quite honestly, that I was worried that I was becoming a snob. My colleague, a woman […]

Tips for Dividing Art in a Divorce or Death

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Blog Posts | No Comments

Fights and Taxes Can Arise When Art Collections Must Be Broken Up THE WALL STREET JOURNAL | by DANIEL GRANT September 21, 2014 Who gets that painting? Of all the fights that can erupt during divorce proceedings or when a family member leaves behind a large estate, some of the biggest take place over the […]

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