My Curated Room For the Fall 2019 Modern Design + Art Auction

For many years, I’ve been manifesting a desire to curate a room of beautiful art and design objects for an auction house. A few weeks ago, Jason Stein (Director - Modern Decorative Art & Design at Bonhams Los Angeles), made that dream a reality. My challenge was to curate a room filled with my favorite 20 lots from over 400 items in the upcoming auction on October 27th. The 'Modern Design | Art’ sale includes pieces spanning from the early 1900s to present day and ranging in style from stark, modern design to high-style Hollywood, and mid-century treasures to Arts and Crafts furniture. The sale will showcase the best of modern design in a setting that reflects how we live today.

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The Art of Selling Real Estate

This summer while traveling in Indonesia, I confirmed a special collaboration with Getty Images Gallery. For over a decade, I’ve been art staging properties to help individuals, agents, and developers enhance their properties with art. I rarely share installation photos of my work but published this article to demonstrate the art of selling real estate. I enjoy providing art advisory and staging services for the real estate sector and specialize in securing works from established and emerging artists. I collaborate with individuals and developers seeking to elevate the value of their art collections. If you have a project in need of art or want to learn about some of my favorite artists, connect and let’s find a way to work together!

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Celebrated society photographer, Slim Aarons

Years ago in New York, I met Shawn Waldron and we connected around our passion for art. When he joined Getty Images Gallery as the head curator and reached out earlier this year, we brainstormed on how to work together. In recent years, the influence of his work has been increasingly acknowledged and he is now regarded as one of the most influential photographers of his generation. Contact Kipton for pricing. Slim Aarons worked for the leading magazines of the day such as Life, Holiday, Town & Country, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Travel & Leisure, traveling often to attend parties in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue, spending winters in Gstaad or Palm Beach, summers on the French or Italian riviera or all around the Caribbean.

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Get To Know: LA-based artist, Clayton Woodley

Early in 2019, I was introduced to Clayton Woodley and was stunned by his beautiful photography, tenacity, and mission to impact the world through his art. When I created the theme for ‘Conscious Shift in July, Clayton was one of the first artists I asked to get involved. As our friendship grew stronger, he advised me on some of the best places in Ubud, Bali as I prepared for my summer travels. After I returned from Indonesia, we sat down to catch up, began a deeper dive into the motivation behind his work, and in the process, uncovered some incredible stories! If you’re in LA this Saturday, you’re invited to meet Clayton and discover five powerful photographs that will be on display. In the meantime, read on and check out his work!

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Get To Know: LA-based painter, Lindsey Warren

While in New York, and through the arts organization, ChaShaMa, I met Lindsey Warren and fell in love with her work. After I moved to LA last year, I reconnected with Warren and have been following her explosive art career ever since. In curating the artists for ‘Conscious Shift’, Warren’s messaging around mindfulness, consciousness, and love of nature captured my attention. Earlier this summer, I put together this interview to introduce my clients and followers to her process.

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Spectrum of Light

Rotem Reshef works rather physically with her works, pouring various watercolors down onto her canvas on the floor. Her works are known for their expressive and vibrant use of color. Through techniques such as pouring, incorporating both organic and manufactured objects layered into her works, and creating three dimensional pieces, Reshef aims to create a discussion about the planet and her works tie back to not only how the seasons represent a passing of time, but also tie into themes of global warming and how these individual seasons ultimately work together.

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The Importance of Art in Real Estate

Last week, I sat down with Joe Killinger from CBI Commercial to talk about the importance of Art in Real Estate.  The 11 minute video provides insight into my unique process with tips on how one can enhance the value of one’s own home. Joe and I also discussed the process I suggest in order to enhance properties for lease, for sale (both commercial and residential) in order to help the property (or project) sell more quickly.  To schedule an appointment and consultation, connect with me to get started.

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‘Conscious Shift’ Celebrates Mindfulness

I’m very proud to present “Conscious Shift” in L.A. on Saturday, September 14th! This body of work explores mindfulness, consciousness, and the beauty of nature. Get to know this group of nature lovers (Lindsey Warren, Rotem Reshef, Brandon Lomax, Kelsey NaPier, Cris Lapp, Jade Doskow, and Clayton Woodley) and dive into a more philosophical journey of mindfulness and consciousness through the energy of Greg Haberny, Juan Antonio Guirado, Matt Smiley, Theodore Boyer, Renee Phillips, David Paul Kay, and Mr. Brainwash). My goal creating this exhibition was to elevate the viewer’s consciousness while bringing together some captivating works by some some of my favorite emerging and mid-career artists. Message me to schedule a Skype or FaceTime call to learn more!

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ART HOUSED

I’m honored to have been interviewed by Allison Berg for the June issue of Hamptons Magazine. The article breaks down 30 of my favorite artists to collect for three popular Hamptons-style homes: Postmodern Barn, Traditional Shingle, and Contemporary. I began exhibiting young artists from the School of Visual Arts New York in a Wall Street space in 2010 and as uptown collectors migrated downtown to view the art, I witnessed many becoming interested in acquiring the real estate that housed it. Since that time, I seized the moment to differentiate myself from the mushrooming field of art advisers. For over a decade, I’ve been creating beautiful art collections to enhance real estate.

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An Insider's Guide to Frieze Los Angeles

Over the last couple years, Los Angeles has noticeably gained momentum as a leading source of contemporary art.  The Inaugural Frieze Los Angeles unites the art world at Paramount Pictures Studios and features more than 70 galleries presenting a cross section of today’s sought-after artists. Frieze Projects exhibits site-specific installations, sculptures and performances around the New York Street movie set of Paramount Pictures Studios (in buildings, streets, and interior spaces that have been captured countless times in films, photographs, and television shows).

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How Is Art Valued?

As I was settling into my west coast life in Los Angeles over the last year, I had time to reflect on the next steps for my business.  One day during a conversation with a friend, something triggered me and I recognized that the knowledge I had been sharing exclusively with clients seemed to be limiting the growth of my business.  At that moment, I made the decision to launch a video series to share my knowledge more broadly in a public forum.  Three months in, I have grown more confident to carve out a video series that is beginning to resonate.  The third video “How Art Is Valued” provides three tips to keep in mind when valuing a piece of art.

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AT HOME IN HOLLYWOOD

This March I was introduced to Interior Designer David Brian Sanders through mutual friends in LA.  Walking into his Melrose office, I was greeted by his adorable little dog and as I knelt to pet him, I heard this kind voice from the other room who hailed, "Be right there! Would you like a coffee?"  In that moment I knew we would become fast friends -- cheerful and polite gets me every time!  Last week, I sat down with David and picked his brain about his career, hobbies, and goals.  I hope you'll take time to get to know him and reach out to him if you're in the process of designing or redesigning your home! 

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GET TO KNOW: LA-BASED ARTIST, THANKYOUX

When I discovered ThankYouX’s process is painting while listening to music, I wanted to get to know him better. It’s beautiful how music allows stories and sensations to flow through our bodies! ThankYouX gets lost in the colors and lets the can or brush lead his entire body to paint an interpretation of the songs he hears and feels. For the month of November, I’m very proud to have curated the new exhibition, ‘Guided by Sound’ for Soho House West Hollywood. I also included ThankYouX in Episode 2: Top 5 Emerging and Mid Career Artists now on IGTV and YouTube so check it out!

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Get To Know: NY & Tel-Aviv Based Painter, Rotem Reshef

In the Spring of 2010 I was introduced to process-driven abstract action painter Rotem Reshef. In 2011, I was hired by an interior designer to help build a collection of artworks for a new home in the Utah desert. Over the last 8 years, I have been blessed to advise collectors who have purchased works from: New York, Florida, Oklahoma, Utah, and California. Her latest collaboration at Soho House West Hollywood, features 22 paintings which depict the elusive nature of time and of the fleeting four seasons. “Spectrum” is on view (by appointment only) during the month of July.

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Get To Know: New York-based artist, David Paul Kay

In the spring of 2017, I attended the ArtBridge art auction and fundraiser at 75 Wall Street in New York that shifted my course in the art world. I could not have predicted attending that event would open the door to something so relevant and meaningful. As I was selecting artists for the art program at Soho House West Hollywood last year, I reached out to David to discuss how we could create something special together for the private members club.   The result -- "Twelve - CircleOfTime" -- explores the notion of human cognitive approach to time.

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