Yes, I’ve definitely bought things from galleries where I’ve only seen the images online and that number is higher this past year due to COVID-19. I do buy pieces from online auctions, usually benefit auctions, many of which go through Artsy. I probably look at the Artsy website almost every day. For instance, right now I’m really interested in a lot of the artists that are currently in a group show at Jenkins Johnson Gallery
and I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get to the gallery, so I was on Artsy looking at all of the works in that show.
Artsy: So you feel comfortable buying work without having seen it in person?
C.S.: I would prefer to see the work in person first, because so often it’s a completely different experience, but yes, I’ve bought a lot of pieces sight unseen. Usually though, I’ve seen other examples of that artist’s work in person. So with the Vaughn Spann, for example, I hadn’t seen it in person, but I’ve seen a lot of his other rainbow paintings and other works in person, so I had an expectation of what it would look like and feel like.
Artsy: It seems like you find out about new artists by going to fairs and galleries, talking to friends, or going on Instagram. Are there other ways?
I find out about many artists through going to group shows. I went to the group show at Company Gallery in February because
had a piece in it and I really like his work. And then when I was there, I found all these other artists whose work I really loved. Also, there are certain gallery programs with artists whom I really like, so I always pay extra attention to their shows, especially the younger, smaller galleries. In the past couple of months I’ve just bought two pieces from LatchKey Gallery
by artists whom I was not familiar with before,
. I’ve gotten to know the founders of LatchKey and trust their taste, so I’m always interested to see the artists they’re showing. Same with others like 1969 Gallery
and Deli Gallery. Max Marshall at Deli has such a great eye and I know that with any show he does, the artists will be really fantastic.
Artsy: Who are the artists that you’re excited about now, who are in your collection or maybe aren’t yet?
In terms of artists whose work I’ve bought in the past few months, Danielle Mckinney, who is about to have a solo show at Fortnight Institute, which is another gallery program I really love. And Fortnight also works with Sally Han, whose work I don’t own yet but would love to have one of her portraits. I’m really excited about a large triptych I bought by
from 1969 Gallery and I would love to get a piece by their twin,
. I recently have gotten works by Brianna Rose Brooks, who I think is an up-and-coming star; they’re represented by Deli Gallery. And another Deli artist whom I think is spectacular is
. I just got a tiny, tiny piece by
and I would love to get a larger one as well. And something else I’m really excited about, slightly different, is a piece I commissioned over the summer by the artist Scott Walker. It’s an embroidery of a vintage photo of my mother when she was a teenager. I love it so much and he did such an amazing job; it really looks like a photograph but it’s all done in embroidery.