Rarify: New website aims to connect art and design collectors around the world



Paul Shanley, founder of Rarify(www.rarify.net) a new website for collectors of art and design, asked us to share the news of his site launch on March 9th–today! Rarify aims to connect collectors of art and design around the world, allowing them to showcase their collections and find rare items from like-minded collectors.


Many artists are also collectors and this site may be a place for you to make connections.


The exclusive collectors’ community at Rarify is a place where users can store and showcase their collections, find rare art and design works from internationally recognised artists and connect with like-minded collectors and industry professionals.

Through a sophisticated recommendation engine, Rarify will learn a user’s preferences and recommend artists, designers and collectors they may be interested in.

“We’re really excited to bring Rarify to the art and design world. It’s a place where collectors can showcase their collections and also meet others who share their passion. We’re excited about the energy that this community of collectors will bring with them” said Paul Shanley, Rarify’s Founder.

Shanley, an avid collector himself, started Rarify after realising that the options for art and design collectors to connect and find rare items were limited.

“More and more people are choosing to invest in art and design. But the industry hasn’t really reacted to this and the tools available for collectors to find items they love haven’t really changed. By giving collectors a way to showcase their collections and connect with other like-minded collectors, we’re giving them the ability to find art and design items on an unprecedented level, some of which would usually never be seen on the market again,” added Mr. Shanley.

Users can register at www.rarify.net.

How Do Artists Create and Cultivate Relationships With Collectors


I recently connected with Sofia Perez, editorial director of the Clark Hulings Fund, on the Quora question and answer site. On Quora she asked a question about how artists cultivate collectors. Sofia created an article from the responses she received, including mine. The Q&A has finally gone live on their site. Here’s the link to the article: http://clarkhulingsfund.org/qa-cultivating-collectors/.

Thanks, Sofia!

ArtandOnly A New Online Platform for Art Collectors


Julie Engelmann of ArtandOnly, a Swiss based art collector platform, e-mailed to let us know that since their launch a few weeks ago, they are rapidly attracting collectors from all over the world who have been looking for a new platform that is on the cutting edge of today’s global art market. ArtandOnly has quickly become the première destination for both art lovers and collectors.

I asked Julie how artists are selected for the ArtandOnly site. According to Julie, the ArtandOnly curatorial team evaluates each emerging artist’s background and education, and looks into prior exhibitions and “who and how the artist has been represented so far. Of course the most important part is the work.” Julie said that their team of curators team has a certain vision and will decide about the overall impression of the work– if it is aligning with that vision.

ArtandOnly Founder Frédéric de Senarclens

ArtandOnly Founder Frédéric de Senarclens

Frédéric de Senarclens launched his new venture ArtAndOnly after seven years in Asia running one of the most successful galleries in Singapore.  Now he has taken his passion, expertise and extensive personal relationships with artists, collectors, dealers and gallerists and expanded into the global online market by developing a new and innovative online art marketplace. ArtAndOnly is a powerful and integrated sales platform that connects collectors and artists to a network of  professionals specializing in contemporary art across many disciplines.

“Once you look at the current marketplace you begin to see the limitations of a physical gallery space. By dematerializing the old brick-and-mortar model, we are able to give collectors a unique opportunity to access the global market directly” de Senarclens said.

RIght ronga, Pascal Dombis

Right ronga, Pascal Dombis


ArtAndOnly’s timing couldn’t be more perfect. Artists have also been searching for new ways to access the market, establish direct relationships, and gain greater reach and exposure. This platform provides those connections and exclusive consignments when the other players do not.


Chaos San Sebastian, bronze sculpture, Jedd Novatt 

Chaos San Sebastian, bronze sculpture, Jedd Novatt


Frédéric de Senarclens has set himself apart in another way– “We think buying and selling art online should be a full-service experience. We look forward to being a trusted partner through the entire process, with advice and a personal touch every step of the way” de Senarclens said.


untitled 129, work by Armen Agop

untitled 129, work by Armen Agop

Not only do they offer customized services from search and acquisition to delivery and installation, but their newsletter and editorial blog, Le Journal provides invaluable information on important market trends, updates about artists and their works, and insight from industry experts, curators, and the art world’s most respected writers.

enattente, Yves Dana

entente, Yves Dana

“We are reshaping the art world by providing greater transparency and direct access to the market. Collectors from all over the world have immediately begun to take advantage of ArtAndOnly’s unparalleled platform” said de Senarclens.

You can join the ArtAndOnly network today, and find out more at www.artandonly.com

Aggregation 10, Kwang Young Chun

Aggregation 10, Kwang Young Chun


Connecting With Art Collectors via Artist Catalogs

Will Smith, cut paper and ink, Marco Gallotta

Will Smith, cut paper and ink, Marco Gallotta


PoetsArtists Magazine began publishing a series of full color art catalogs in 2015, of collections of artists’ work that, so far, includes paintings by Jeff Bess, paintings by feminist painter Daena Title that examine beauty and Barbie dolls, the cut paper-work portraits of New York based Italian artist Marco Gallotta, and the hyperreal wet faces of Erica Elan Ciganek, portraits and objects by Stephen Wright, and the nude portrait paintings of Victoria Selbach.

Painted Mask, Jess Bess

Painted Mask, Jeff Bess

Didi Menendez, publishing editor at PoetsArtists Magazine has written a short piece for us titled Connecting With an Art Collector that contains her insights on why art collector really need these catalogs to help them understand the work of any artist.

Artists can submit their art for consideration on the PoetsArtists Magazine site here .

Connecting with an Art Collector

by Didi Menendez


I have been noticing a trend in art collecting recently where the buyer is more interested about the story behind the facade than the artwork. These collectors seem to be perplexed about the meaning of a work. They seem concerned about the originality and motive behind the finished works. Not only do they want to know why a piece was created but also how it was conceived and the mediums used. I think it is because the art being collected by these silent art enthusiasts is being bought by a generation whom have spent half of their lifetime not only in front of a computer screen but also the ones who built the functionalities behind the screen. Even though digital art and photography belong to this conversation, I think the trend is to buy artwork which it is not mass-produced. Genuine and heartfelt pieces of work which adds an undisclosed value to the work being purchased. I think this may be why realism and figurative work may be back the limelight. These new trend may be due to how our society has become digitized to the point that soon we too may become a hallucination. These buyers want to have a connection to the artwork. This is why Facebook  and other social media exists. It allows us to connect to people we normally would not have met otherwise.


Offering, Erica Elan Ciganek

Offering, Erica Elan Ciganek

I realize artists want their work to speak for itself but I feel it is necessary to educate potential buyers as to why you create even if it is a simple answer as to say “This is a fish. This is a truck. This is a chair…” If there is no story behind your artwork that is fine too. Just say that. Some collectors just need to know that “the fish” is simply a painting of a fish but others want to know more. It may be important even necessary for them to understand if “the fish” took months to paint because the artist is a hyperrealist and wanted to show every speckle society and pollution has left on “the fish” and that this particular artist of “the fish” went to such and such a school to learn this technique and studied with so and so. I think the buyers I am addressing want to know this information. I don’t think they really care if the artist used the best linen, canvas, oil paints and brush. They just need to feel a connection. Whether it is love at first sight or not.


Big Boll, oil painting, Daena Title

Big Doll, oil painting, Daena Title


For example, I have been communicating lately with someone whom I went to High School with about art just because I like to talk about art in general. He showed an interest in a hyperrealist colored pencil drawing I had posted on Facebook. I reached out to my friend and asked him if he owned artwork. He said he had a few prints and such. I asked him if I could email him a few of the art catalogs I have been publishing recently and he agreed to see them. He reached out to me after he had spent some time contemplating the works and said the artwork had left him a bit perplexed because he wanted to know “what did any of it mean?”. Since I am representing these artist in not a traditional way as a gallery would but as their publisher I explained each of the works to him which he showed an interest in.  My intention in showing him the catalogs was not to sell him something but to open the conversation about art and possibly open a window for him which may have been closed.


Catherine 3, Stephen Wright

Catherine 3, Stephen Wright

I want to offer you my thoughts on my own recent artwork which is those thread paintings you may have seen me post on Facebook. It occurred to me to try out sewing a painting on canvas because I had seen it done before and I thought I could do it too. When I sew I can’t help but think of my mother. She worked at various factories when I was growing up until my sister and I left High School and found jobs to support ourselves. I also think about how her sewing kept our family from totally falling apart because my father was insane. Lately I have started to collaborate with another artist whom sent me a piece of an artwork she had slashed and I have been sewing it together to make it whole again. I call it the Hyphen series.

Didi Menendez PoetsArtists Magazine

Laukika Apsara, Victoria Selbach

Laukika Apsara, Victoria Selbach

View each artist’s catalog —

Jeff Bess

Daena Title

Marco Gallotta

Erica Elan Ciganek

Stephen Wright

Victoria Selbach

Artists, Don’t Wait For Collectors to Find You: 3 Ways to Connect With Collector Communities


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On-The-Scene Artist-Correspondent Reviews the Art Basel Fair 2012 + Art Miami

New York City artist Blossom Verlinsky sent some shots she grabbed at the current and in-progress Art Basel Art Fair, Miami, and the Art Miami Fair in Florida. Blossom included her commentary on each piece she sent an image for, including mixed media, paintings, collage, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, and textiles– all diverse works by such artists as Kiki Smith, Alexander Calder, Masami Teraoka, Benjamin Edelstein, Li Hui, Adolph Gottlieb, Sigmar Polke, Sissi, Frank Stella, Olga De Amaral, Franck Loret, George Sherwood, Philip Taafe, Fred Tomaselli, Robert Diago, and a painting influenced by mentor Fernand Leger painted by William Klein in 1949.

Here is what Blossom sent yesterday:

The Art at The Art Basel Show was not as exciting as the crowds streaming through, more costumed than dressed(perhaps as the people they wanted to be). There was a great deal of frantic hunting and gathering – not much contemplating of the art itself – I was disappointed by the quality of the art (not the best examples of that particular artist). The Art Basel Show last year had more substance and was much better. Although, one always finds art that speaks to you, that grabs you.

The Art Miami Shows in Wynwood were much more interesting, personal and inventive. I am sending you several images that were of interest to me for various reasons – some artworks
that I had wanted to include were unfortunately un-photographable.

Blossom Verlinsky

Masami Teraoka  'Geisha in Ofuro'  Jacquard Tapestry 115" x 78"  Zadok Gallery, Wynwood, Miami

Masami Teraoka, Geisha in Ofuro, Jacquard Tapestry 115″ x 78″ Zadok Gallery, Wynwood, Miami

Masami Teraoka,Geisha in Ofuro, Jacquard Tapestry 115″ x 78″  Zadok Gallery, Wynwood, Miami
Wonderful take on a traditional japanese subject – had an old world feel.

Li Hui - 'Void and Substance' - An Installation Zadok Gallery, Wynwood, Miami

Li Hui, Void and Substance, An Installation, Zadok Gallery, Wynwood, Miami

Li Hui, Void and Substance, An Installation, Zadok Gallery, Wynwood, Miami
A poetic, dazzling and dramatic construct – The crimson laser and LED lights pierce through the darkness of the 28′ height space. As you wander within the space you become part of the
luminescence – you become lost in it – disoriented.

Benjamin Edelstein, Panoramic Photo of Colorado Canyons printed on pearl paper 40"x90"

Benjamin Edelstein, Panoramic Photo of Colorado Canyons, printed on pearl paper 40 x 90″

Benjamin Edelstein, Panoramic Photo of Colorado Canyons printed on pearl paper 40″ x 90″
Rich colors and textures on a grand scale.

Kiki Smith   'Telepathy'.  Bronze.  95.1 x 56.3 x 4.25"   Galerie LELONG

Kiki Smith, Telepathy , Bronze. 95.1 x 56.3 x 4.25″ Galerie LELONG

Kiki Smith   ‘Telepathy’.  Bronze.  95.1 x 56.3 x 4.25″   Galerie LELONG
An iconic figure, perhaps Aphrodite with her energies as amulets.  Beautifully textured surfaces of varied toned bronze.

Shintaro Miyake  Untitled  Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto

Shintaro Miyake, Untitled, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto

Shintaro Miyake, Untitled, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto
Fanciful painting of comic creatures in time travel – taking off from time itself. Escapism.

Adolph Gottlieb

Adolph Gottlieb

Adolph Gottlieb
A shimmering red orb – a lovely painting.

Sigmar Polke   'Two Heads'   acrylic, lacquer on canvas    Michael Werner Gallery

Sigmar Polke ,Two Heads, acrylic, lacquer on canvas Michael Werner Gallery

Sigmar Polke, Two Heads, acrylic and lacquer on canvas, Michael Werner Gallery
Two heads floating in a landscape of colors and forms.

Sissi, Figure 12, FaMa Gallery, Verona, Italy

Sissi, Figure 12, FaMa Gallery, Verona, Italy

Sissi, Figure 12, FaMa Gallery, Verona, Italy
Snarls of rope, knotted, twisted and tangled – part of her performance pieces that she wears. A lovely arrangement of colored fibers.

Frank Stella

Frank Stella

Frank Stella ( Blossom’s note: I haven’t been able to locate my notes about this painting)
It caught my eye and was so happy in the midst of rather colorless art.

Alexander Calder, Le Chaval-Cailiou,  gouache on paper   29.2 x 42.5"  Waterhouse & Dodd

Alexander Calder, Le Chaval-Cailiou, gouache on paper 29.2 x 42.5″ Waterhouse & Dodd

Alexander Calder, Le Chaval-Cailiou,  gouache on paper   29.25″x42.5″  Waterhouse & Dodd
Reminded me of his circus works – fantastic figures and animals.

Olga De Amaral, Arboles(Trees), linen, gesso, acrylic, gold leaf  90.55 x 66.93"  Nohra Haime Gallery

Olga De Amaral, Arboles(Trees), linen, gesso, acrylic, gold leaf 90.55 x 66.93″ Nohra Haime Gallery

Olga De Amaral, Arboles(Trees), linen, gesso, acrylic, gold leaf  90.55 x 66.93″ Nohra Haime Gallery
A beautiful piece.  An architectural tapestry of golden surfaces of light. Rich interplay of twisted weaves as though from a Pre-Columbian forest.

Franck Loret, Galerie Lelia Murdoch, Paris and Miami

Franck Loret, Galerie Lelia Murdoch, Paris and Miami

Franck Loret, Galerie Lelia Murdoch, Paris and Miami
A large filigree of delicate strands. A mystical wall hanging with reminders of architectural structures – bridges and parapets.

George Sherwood,Seismic Memory, stainless steel 62 x62"  Cynthia Reeves Gallery

George Sherwood, Seismic Memory, stainless steel 62 x62″ Cynthia Reeves Gallery

George Sherwood, Seismic Memory, stainless steel 62 x 62″  Cynthia Reeves Gallery
A wonderful interplay of metallic surfaces – shimmering and mesmerizing.

Philip Taafe, Untitled, Mixed media on panel.  39"x29"   Luhring Augustine Gallery

Philip Taafe, Untitled, Mixed media on panel. 39″x29″ Luhring Augustine Gallery

Philip Taafe, Untitled, Mixed media on panel.  39″x29″   Luhring Augustine Gallery
Lovely painting of textures and colors – reminds me of embroideries.

Fred Tomaselli, Penetrators, photo collage, acrylic, resin on wood panel.  James Cohan Gallery

Fred Tomaselli, Penetrators, photo collage, acrylic, resin on wood panel. James Cohan Gallery

Fred Tomaselli, Penetrators, photo collage, acrylic, resin on wood panel.  James Cohan Gallery
A stunningly colorful painting – richly detailed. Struggle of good and evil in a cosmos.

Robert Diago, No 13 (de la series Entre Lineas), mixed media on canvas

Robert Diago, No 13 (de la series Entre Lineas), mixed media on canvas

Robert Diago, No 13 (de la series Entre Lineas), mixed media on canvas, 78.75 x 59″ Magnan Metz Gallery
Reminiscent of a tapestry – beautifully and richly textured surface. Draws you into the painting where you can linger.

William Klein,Gymnast, 1949

William Klein, Gymnast, 1949

William Klein, Gymnast, 1949.   30″x40″  Hackelbury Fine Art, London
An interesting painting with a direct thread from his mentor Leger.

Sent from my iPadArt–December 10, 2012, Blossom Verlinsky, Miami, Florida.

Also, here is a YouTube video of Basel Miami Beach 2012 –http://youtu.be/bR0GPF4n_Ws

If Only There Were More Art Collectors Like the Vogels

Cover of "Herb & Dorothy"

Cover of Herb & Dorothy

I’ve you’ve read art magazine for any length of time, you’ve probably encountered an article or two about the art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel.  There is even a documentary film about the couple, that you can find and view on Netflix. I wonder why more people don’t follow their example.

Unlike many collectors, the Vogels were not wealthy people. They lived and collected their entire lives on their salaries and their pensions. Mr. Vogel worked nights sorting mail at New York post offices, and his wife was a reference librarian in Brooklyn.

The Vogels did not sell a single piece they owned in nearly 50 years of collecting. “We could have easily become millionaires,” Mr. Vogel told the Associated Press in 1992. He meant by selling their art collection, then estimated to be valued well into the millions. The Vogels amassed more than 5,000 works of art, including drawings, paintings, sculptures and pieces that defied classification. Instead of selling, they gave their collection to the National Gallery of art.

When the Vogels began collecting art in the early 1960 — they were known to many in the art world simply as “Herb and Dorothy”.  The Vogels concentrated largely on collecting conceptual art and minimalism– difficult, edgy work, that stood apart from the better-known abstract expressionist and pop art movements.

Their first purchase was “Crushed Car Piece” by John Chamberlain, who made sculptures from wrecked auto parts. It was not the sort of art that was in strong demand.

The Vogels visited studios and became close friends with many artists, including Sol LeWittRichard Tuttle and the husband-and-wife duo of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They were often the first collectors to open their wallets to buy from unknown artists.

Herbert Vogel died July 22. 2012 at a nursing home in New York City. He was 89.