These are crazy, unprecedented times.  We find ourselves staying and working at home, diligently practicing social distancing for the collective good.  I have always been a huge believer in the power of art and its ability to resonate with everyone and I feel the loss of interacting with it daily.  Numerous museums have gone to online tours, art exhibits have gone virtual, and musicians are doing skype concerts to fill the creative void.  As I am entering day five of isolating, I am appreciating the art on my walls more than ever.  I have been moving pieces in my collection around, creating a new gallery wall and identifying spaces perfect for new acquisitions.  Below is a photo of my dining room with diptych by Matthew Johnson, oil pastel on paper, purchased at Alex Cooper Auctioneers.

I am happy that I can continue to collect works even while staying at home.  Alex Cooper currently has two online only Discovery Auctions live at bid.alexcooper.com with bidding active until April.  Since I moved my collection around and made some room, I spent some time looking at these works and picking my favorites.  With all lots beginning at $20, the Discovery Auctions offer lots of wonderful buys for works of art.

From the auction scheduled to end on April the 1st, I am eyeing the following pieces:

Lot 7201: After Paul Klee “Fish Magic”
Lot 7204: Efraim Modzelevich, Untitled

From the auction scheduled to end on April 15th:

Lot 7940a: Artist Unknown, Early 20th century, Scene in a Park
Lot 7944a: John Ferry, “Camden Yards”

In addition, the Discovery Auction offers amazing opportunities to buy interesting pieces of furniture as well.  This photo, also of my dining room, features a marble top chest of drawers purchased for $40 at an Alex Cooper Discovery Auction and repurposed as a bar, flanked by a little painted chair, also from a Discovery Auction.  (The painting, “Bipolar Betty” is from a local Baltimore artist, Susan Lowe, best known for her recurring roles in the films by John Waters.)

We wish you good health and safety.

Kathleen Hamill, Director, Modern and Contemporary Art | kathleen@alexcooper.com