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April 24, 2017

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Tanya Traykovski has been advising art collectors for over ten years. She  researches the best new artists to track, helping people select pieces for their homes and build their collections. Tanya spoke with JOYST about how to start your own home art collection, how she figures out what artists are important and why, and how she works with her clients to frame, install and even store their pieces.

Tell us about your company, Living International Art Consulting.  

My company, Living International Art Consulting, generally starts working with people when they are beginning to collect art for their homes. Once bitten by the collecting bug, some of my clients purchase more works than they can live with for reasons that span from the philanthropic to the financial. We help them make decisions regarding purchases and charitable donations as their collections grow.

What type of people are coming to you for help?

I work with individuals and couples who are just starting to collect art and those who have been collecting for a while and are becoming more serious about building meaningful collections. I’m lucky because most of my clients are genuinely interested in – or even passionate about – art and are seeking works that have historical relevance. My job is to educate them about the artists who are considered to be important and why.

How do you save your users time?

I preview many art fairs worldwide as well as countless New York gallery shows. I then tailor my client walk-throughs to artists that meet my client’s aesthetic, intellectual and budgetary preferences. I also advise my clients on auction records for similar works in the case of more established artists. For new works by highly sought-after artists, in addition to saving clients time in identifying artists, I can facilitate primary market access since I have relationships with many galleries. Lastly, I save my clients money by negotiating discounts on their behalf.

How do you help people choose and buy art for their collection?

I generally discuss interests and tastes with my clients to ascertain what periods, mediums and styles they prefer. Then I’ll often walk through an art fair with them to see what they respond to. Following this, I’ll show them other works by the artists they liked or similar works, ideally in person in the galleries that represent those artists. I’ll also always keep my clients apprised on the emerging artists I feel are most interesting and why. I pay attention to which artists are receiving curatorial and critical attention and keep them informed of key exhibitions and articles.

Can you give an example of how you have helped someone start their art collection?

I encouraged one of my first collectors to shift from prints by famous artists to unique works by emerging artists since value was important to him (and multiples tend to be less valuable than unique works.) He loves living with as well as lending and on occasion donating paintings and sculptures by artists of his own generation to museums, and is pleased that after slightly over 10 years, many of the works he owns have appreciated.

How do you research and identify emerging artists before they gain widespread recognition?

I find that word of mouth among curators, gallerists and critics is key and I’ll often go on studio visits of new artists I have heard about. I also attend the MFA exhibitions at Columbia University, Hunter College and the like.  Although artists’ student work is not their most mature, I go to these shows to identify artists who I can follow in the future. I regularly go to the younger galleries that tend to show ground-breaking artists, attend major international curated exhibitions like the Venice Biennale, and of course, cover the art fairs. I’m involved in several not-for-profit and educational activities in the visual arts through which I am introduced to artists and their oeuvres early on in their careers as well.

Tell us your top tips for managing an art collection once a user buy their pieces. How can you help with things like framing, packing, installation and storage?

Installing is my favorite job of all! I love helping clients put it all together in their spaces, and work with the best art handlers in the business to make sure the process goes smoothly. I know great framers here in New York and have a lot of experience with them because of my work with local hospitals for which we have bought – and framed – hundreds of works. I’ve also been responsible for the packing and storing of many art works over the years so I know excellent businesses in those areas. Lastly, most of my collectors work with collection management data bases like Collectrium to keep track of their works.

What sites and resources do you recommend people turn to for more information on this subject?

The New York Times includes excellent art reviews on Fridays, and Art News and Hypoallergic have good daily online newsletters. Art Market Monitor provides sound market information in their blog as well. I also like the print versions Art Forum. Frieze and Art in America. Looking at art and talking to art historians, dealers and specialists – at fairs, at galleries and at art auction previews – as well as at museum exhibitions of course, is always the best art education.

Anything else you would like to let us know about your business?

No job is too small! In addition to painting and sculpture, I know the print and photography markets very well, and enjoy working with clients who want to add beautiful works to their home in any price point and medium. Living with art – and becoming involved in the art world – is visually and intellectually stimulating, and can be transformative. Engaging with people who are interested in gaining knowledge and expertise about art is a pleasure and a privilege.




The former head of and now a work from home mom with three kids, Cathy knows how to manage a house and career. She’s currently consulting for early stage startups and leading content at JOYST where she is helping women take back time for themselves.



Please read my article on a remarkable exhibition by this talented artist. And if you'll be in Bolzano soon, by all means go see it!

Korakrit Arunanondchai's (b. 1986) first solo exhibition in Italy “Painting with history 3 or two thousand five hundred and fifty nine years to figure stuff out” at the Museion in Bolzano foregrounds personal and collective memory and the transformation thereof in the digital age.

The Thailand-born, internationally-educated multi-media artist's oeuvre draws on myriad art historical references, yet also adds a Southeast Asian viewpoint to the pastiche and eclecticism favored by his global millennial peers. This exhibition showcases Arunanondchai's diverse practice of painting, video and installation in which he often proffers loosely autobiographical narratives.

On the ground floor of the Museion, Arunanondchai opens with the monumental Large History Paintings (Poetry Floor.) Backing the holes in his denim supports with digital photographs of the very flames he used to scorch them, he memorializes the works' own making. The huge scale and gestural brushwork nod to Abstract Expressionism, but Arunanondchai adds body outlines a la Yves Klein and embedded jeans. In the Italian context, these works evoke Alberto Burri's poetic garment-affixed works; but while Burri's incorporated clothing as a mementori mori to the defunct Italian textile industry in the post-war period, Arunanondchai, presents a tongue- in-cheek critique of the ubiquity of the denim uniform amongst global youths.[1]

Upstairs, Arunanondchai presents the conclusion to his Bildungsroman video series Painting with History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 3. The artist's alter ego - the Denim Painter - stars in these films in which fact and fiction, and East and West collide. Referencing the aforementioned Western sources along with Thai Modernists, the protagonist creates a world in which contemporary tools like drones that create sweeping bird's eye vistas, and rap music convey commentary on the life cycle and Thai spirituality. The title refers to his own hard-to-pronounce Thai name, or to the names of Western artists that Thais struggle with. Arunanondchai always collaborates with others, among them friends and family members, musicians, seamstresses and technically skilled workers.

Arunanondchai's installation is compelling. Visitors recline on denim pillows to watch the film in a room where bright colored filters placed in every window intensify the ambient light. Works presented in double-sided metal frames reference the video; in one mirrored painting, figures pose beside a bonfire of denim in a rural setting. When the colored light is reflected in the mirror, the viewer's experience of the artificially-enhanced illumination is accentuated. The colored light also shines on the verso - an installation/sculpture made of post-combustion debris and metal - and a scene that could evoke a post-apocalyptic nightmare is transformed and set beautifully aglow.

Museion, Bolzano, Italy. Through September 11th.


[1]   Jaimey Hamilton, "Making Art Matter: Alberto Burri’s Sacchi," October 124 (Spring 2008): 51, accessed: 04/02/2015.



So far not too bad as far as the Contemporary Art Auction market goes. Records set on works by Basquiat, Richard Prince, Agnes Martin, Mike Kelley, Kerry James Marshall, Olivier Mosset and others. Complete with a moment of levity at Christie's when the auctioneer said Donald Duck instead of Judd!


The Armory Fair's focus on African Art was well-executed and timely; the curators selected a diverse group of works to emphasize plurality, echoing the gallery selections of excellent African and African diaspora art throughout the fair. A standout - Njideka Akunyili Crosby's beautiful diptych homage to her mother that - rumor has it - was purchased by the Whitney Museum at the fair.



We are off to Los Angeles next week to visit the third edition of Paramount Ranch in Malivu, LA Contemporary at the Barker Hanger and select galleries. Blum and Poe is addressing the much-discussed relationship between Korean Tansaekhwa and American Minimalism by presenting works from both movements side by side. Seth Price is opening at 356 Mission. For up-to-the-minute information, please visit @tanyatray on Instagram.

Happy 2016!

We thought more specifics on upcoming art fairs might be helpful. Join us if you can.

LA fairs - January 29-31.

New York - ADAA on March 2-6, Armory and Independent on March 3 - 6 and other smaller fairs around the same time, and then Art New York on May 3 - 8, and Frieze May 5 - 8 and other smaller fairs.

Basel - Art Basel from June 16 - 19.  

Southhampton - Art Southhampton - July 7 - 11.

New York - Independent projects November 3 - 6.

Miami - Art Basel Miami Beach and other Miami art fairs - December 1 - 4.

Join us at the fairs in 2016!

In additional to private advisory for clients who wish to purchase a painting or build a collection, we lead tours at art fairs. All of our guides are art historians who hold Master's degrees and provide engaging, enlightening experiences. Up early in 2016, the LA Art fairs in late January followed by the ADAA, Independent, Pulse, Volta, Context  and  The Armory Show in New York in early March. AIPAD for photography happens next, also in New York, in April, and early May will bring Art Miami New York, Spring Masters and Frieze Art Fair to NYC. See you in Basel in mid-June. and then we begin the summer at Art Southhampton in early July. And that just about wraps up the first six months of 2016!

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