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Art is Where You Find It>>Aria Hotel Las Vegas Nevada

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Las Vegas Henry Moore 800



Reclining Connected Forms (1969-1974) by Henry Moore in Roman Travertine Marble is stationed outside Aria’s registration desk separating the hotel from its Crystal Shops–a privilege and available to all.

Las Vegas James Turrell

James Turrell‘s installation presents where you catch the elevated tram connecting Aria to either the Monte Carlo or the Bellagio stop.

Las Vegas Masatoshi Izumi 800

Masatoshi Izumi‘s four monoliths of carved basalt each over 16 feet in height titled Cactus Life are perched outside the Aria Hotel’s circle drive entrance.

Fun-filled hanging origami shapes accent Aria’s lobby ceiling.

Las Vegas Hanging Origami

Traveling art appraiser delights in experiencing art in Las Vegas !

Corinne Cain, ASA

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New York’s Affordable Art Fair Rocked !

Saturday, April 4th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, Exhibition news, General | No Comments


March 25 – 29 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City saw an abundance of art purchased by young and old alike!

Arizona’s representative viewed people streaming by with their purchases as gallery owners scrambled to fill vacant walls with new stock on Sunday, the fair’s final day.   Lawrence Cantor, an exhibitor revealed this swarming pace was consistent throughout all 5 days and nights.

Majority of sales were $1,000 – $3,000, but red dots were seen on artworks up to $9,800.

The energy was bright!  Over 70 exhibitors were from the UK, the USA, Korea, Canada, Spain, Italy, Australia, Thailand and the Netherlands.

Large format photographs were eye catching.  There seemed to be a fondness for high def photos of books on bookshelves.  Especially soothing was a ongoing video of a synthesized wave accompanied by synthesized wave sounds available for $100 in either CD or USB format.  Marble, ceramic, glass, bronze and Plexiglas sculptures were available for those lacking available wall space.

Perhaps this concept represents the right means to attract all generations.  One label indicated “Payment plans are available” in tiny print.

Next New York Affordable Art Fair is scheduled for September 10-13, 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

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Comprehensive Guide to Native American Basketry – Bestie Book !

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Book by John Kania

If you haven’t had the privilege of sponging information about baskets from Len Wood in Laguna Beach, California, Gene Quintana in Carmichael, California, John Kania in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Natalie Linn in Portland, Oregon or Terry DeWald in Tucson, Arizona, you must acquire Kania’s book Antique American Basketry of Western North America (2014)

At $125, it is no fun to pay for, but cheaper than a college course.

Anthony Richardson’s photographs throughout are unrivalled!  Nuances presented in the photos, thoroughly explained by the text, educate your eye to condition issues as well as fiber identification.  The only way to improve this book would be to include a kit of different fibers for you to both touch and see.  Maybe this amounts to your invitation to purchase examples of baskets from different areas to lock in your powers of connoisseurship. Education with a “hands-on” opportunity more easily cements retention.

Those of you collecting contemporary basketry still need to have an understanding of what preceded baskets made more recently.

To purchase this book, you can buy it directly from Kania at his website.

Savvy art collecting hinges on a well-informed mind and eye in concert with one another.

Corinne Cain

Available baskets on

Palhik Mana with Tableta Coiled Plaque, Baskets by   Hopi basket

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2015 Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market – Way Closer than Santa Fe !!!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, Exhibition news, General | No Comments

Heard Indian Fair & market

2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ   85004
Sat & Sun (March 6 & 7)
9:30 – 5 pm (Sat)
8:30 – 9:30 am (early bird entrance on Sat for museum members)
9:30 – 4 pm (Sun)
$20 per day

Over 600 exhibiting, vetted American Indian artists
PLUS vintage baskets, pottery & jewelry available inside the Heard Museum’s Gift Shop
via Bill Faust, Charles King, Terry DeWald

Plus delicious Native & non-Native foods & beverages

Celebrating the Art of Basketry
is this year’s theme
Numerous basket-making demonstrators will be at the Fair !!!

See you there !

Corinne Cain of

 Wednesday AZ Republic Newspaper has $5 off entrance coupon for Sunday

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Art Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Imagine untrained individuals dripping household epoxy  glue on the surface of King Tut’s funerary mask.  This incident took place recently at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. However, a similar occurrence took place in a small museum in Arizona approximately three years ago, permanently disfiguring a pristine sculpture made of polished clay.

In Egypt proper protocol was not followed.  Professional conservators were not involved.  Irreversible materials were not used.

Avoid mistakes in handling damaged artworks by seeking reliable conservation referrals.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (referred to in the trade as the AIC) is one source of conservation referrals.

Professional conservators have expertise in different materials, dating from different time periods.  There are specialists in textiles, books and paper, paintings. objects, photographic materials, wooden artifacts.  Some painting conservators are familiar with contemporary pigments, while others are practiced at more traditional materials used during the 19th century or earlier.

Corinne Cain of

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Extremely Happy Ending !!!

Monday, January 19th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Four framed prints for $200, all by the same artist purchased locally.

One of the four is the artist’s single most preferred print.  Currently another impression of this print is offered by the dealer best known for handling this artist’s work for $15,000.

Talk about making someone’s day !

Lovely sharing such uplifting news to someone who bought what she liked:  art with a bonus aspect.

Corinne Cain, ASA

Accredited Senior Appraiser/
Personal Property/ Fine Arts & American Indian Arts

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Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Due to Open Thursday January 15

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Exhibition news, General | No Comments

An abundance of cowboy spurs, saddles, all types of memorabilia First rate historic and contemporary Western paintings and sculptures Superb American Indian paintings, pottery and textiles Arizona women artists’ paintings to include Georgia O’Keefe and Kate Cory A cowboy wall-to-floor mural you can be a part of, for an entirely unique selfie

Enjoy this entirely NEW 40,000 square foot museum located at  the northwestern corner of Marshall Way and First Street in Scottsdale, AZ

 Corinne Cain of

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Fake Norman Rockwell Appraised as Authentic by a “Certified Appraiser”

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

An appraiser purported to be a “Certified Appraiser by the Appraisers Association of America” in 1994 commented “the brush strokes, the painting texture and the draftsmanship consistent with Rockwell’s technique.  The type of faces and expressions are typical of his characters in other paintings as well”.

In spite of the reality that the painting was NOT RECORDED in Rockwell’s archives, the appraiser continued “In my opinion, (it) is an original by Norman Rockwell with all the humor and artistic quality that Rockwell created in all his works”.

The painting was later determined to be an illustration for a Mobil Oil advertisement by Harold Anderson, titled Patching Pants.  Someone had painted Rockwell’s signature over Anderson’s signature.

Value difference was determined to be $20,000, if by Anderson versus over $1 million if by Norman Rockwell.

Unless an appraiser is the leading authority on a particular artist, the appraiser’s opinion of an artwork’s authorship has little credence in the art world.  The appraiser is expected to interface with the leading authority, when an element of the painting’s authorship is in question.  As Rockwell’s archives did not chronicle the painting, due diligence mandates an effort on the part of the appraiser to find support outside of the appraiser’s personal opinion.

Whether an appraiser is certified, accredited or knighted, that individual needs to seek verification outside of his/her personal belief.

Corinne Cain, ASA, Accredited Senior Appraiser, Personal Property/ Fine Arts & American Indian Arts

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LA Art Show January 14- 18 !

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, Exhibition news, General | No Comments


Something for everyone at the LA CONVENTION CENTER, SOUTH HALL J & K, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California  90015

Wear COMFORTABLE SHOES because 200,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring 120 different galleries/ dealers from 22 different countries means you will be on the move !

Expected are no less than 20,000 art works to scrutinize !!!

Jack Rutberg (Jack Rutberg Fine Arts) will likely offer modern artworks of consequence, while Howard Rehs (Rehs Galleries) presents his niche of 19th century paintings and perhaps some contemporary examples.  Michael Verne (The Verne Collection)  hosts a myriad of fine Japanese woodblock prints.

To see who the other 117 dealer/ galleries are:

Purchase tickets online to save a little money and a lot of time, waiting in line !  Here is the link for online tickets.

The more you see, the more discerning you become . . .

Corinne Cain of

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Highest $ Auctioned Art in 2014

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection Alberto Giacometti Chariot Inscribed with the signature A. Giacometti,  with foundry mark Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris and numbered 2/6 Painted bronze on wooden base Height: 57 in.; 144.7 cm Conceived and cast in 1950

Chariot (1950) by Alberto Giacometti
Painted bronze on wood from an edition of 6
Measuring 57″ height X 26″ X 26″
one of only two painted examples
Sold for $90 million at Sotheby’s NY in November 2014

Remaining list is as follows:

Barnett Newman (painting, 1961)    $75 million
Andy Warhol  (Ferus Type, 1963)    $73 million
Francis Bacon  (painting, 1984)    $72 million
Amedeo Modigliani  (sculpture, 1912)    $63 million
Francis Bacon  (painting, 1966)    $62 million
Cy Twombly  (painting, 1970)    $62 million
Andy Warhol  (painting, 1966)    $62 million
Mark Rothko  (painting, 1952)    $59 million
Edouard Manet  (painting, 1881)    $58 million

All but one of the auctions took place in New York (Francis Bacon sold in London).  All but Manet’s artwork was produced in the 20th century.  Five (5) of the artworks were created by American artists.

The top tier of the art market has become $10 million and up.  How many artworks were sold in excess of $10 million at auction ?  We will never know what price thresholds have been with respect to private sales through dealers and brokers world wide.

In 2013 the highest auction price for an artwork ever sold at auction took place at Christie’s New York, at which time Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud sold for $127 million.

'Three Studies of Lucian Freud', by Francis Bacon

Corinne Cain of

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