Art Purchases I’d Make Right Now

I found out recently that a few pieces in my art collection are worth a lot more than I ever imagined, one piece went up in value more than 22x in the last 10 years. I was debating about unloading one of them to finance travel to Ireland for my 10 year wedding anniversary + Kenya to go stay at Giraffe Manor — a trip the husband and I have wanted to do for ten years.

In the end, I decided not to sell any of my collection because I bought them because I loved them — not because I wanted to just resell and make a buck. I’m not one of those people that buys things only as an investment to sell later. Especially if something was a gift or I know I could never get as good a deal as I got initially.

Anyway, here are some new pieces I would like to have in my fantasy world of la-la…

Chris Berens. I still regret not making it to Scope art fair while at Art Basel Miami to see one of these in person. It is all paint and ink on small pieces of paper, not Photoshop.

James Jean. One of my favorites from him.

I was lucky enough to see many Pavel Filonov works at the museum in Moscow. Wonder how much these go for in the secondary market? A lot I’m sure, as the new generations of rich Russians buy up any art of the Communist days; to them, it seems like a lifetime ago and these are relics.

Aron Wiesenfeld. His work is reminiscent of John Currin, but more interested in nature, and a little creepier. I like his use of lighting and all the nit-picky details in grass, trees, and water.

Lindsey Carr aka Little Robot. There’s a butterfly design she did way back when that I still debate on getting a tattoo of (it is cool, unlike regular lame butterfly designs that people get as tats). This piece is available as a print, so I may have to get myself one. Reminds me of Walton Ford a bit in her new direction.

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