Monthly Archives: October 2009

Cruise Ship Art Auctioneer: Not Your Average 9-to-5 Job

THE ART AUCTIONEERS representing Park West Gallery on cruise ships around the world certainly lead extraordinary lives. Though dedicated to their work and conducting Park West art auctions at sea, cruise auctioneers also get to have fun exploring the exotic locations they find themselves in – all while meeting fascinating people along the way.

For more information or to apply for a cruise art auctioneer position, please visit www.plymouthauctioneering.com
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Park West Gallery, Plymouth Auctioneering, cruise art auctions at sea

Without question one of the best career decisions I ever made was to work with Park West as an Art Auctioneer. I am an American and I was raised in Mission Viejo, California. When I was young I never got to travel further than Arizona. Everyone dreams of having that great jet-setting job traveling the world earning tons of money. When I finally decided to become an Art Auctioneer on a cruise ship I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was scared because I knew very little about art; actually all I knew for sure was that this job was like nothing else I had ever encountered.

The training shoreside was intense, and the first four months on the job was a blur. As an Associate Art Auctioneer it was all about hard work and dedication, and you are constantly learning new things. Everything you do is preparation for the final phase: to become a Principal Art Auctioneer on your own cruise ship.

Needless to say, at some point pretty early on in the job I found myself typing away on Facebook on a Tuesday during a day off in port. One of my old friends was chatting with me while on a break in their cubicle at their 9-5 job. They asked me where I was, what I was doing, and what this new job was that I had gotten myself into.

I told them that I was on Cozumel Island in Mexico at a beach resort. I was lounging by a pool drinking cheap Coronas at No Name Bar (trust me, you will love it when you get there) after spending the morning SCUBA diving on some of the world’s best reefs. My new girlfriend from Sweden was sitting next to me and she was chatting with other shipboard friends from England and South Africa and Romania and Thailand. I was an art auctioneer / art dealer representing the world’s largest art dealer and I live and work on cruise ships all over the world.

My friend of course quickly replied “LOL – what are you really doing.” I think it was at that point that it hit me. I had found that dream job.

Working with Park West takes a lot of determination, hard work, creativity, people skills and a can do attitude. There are plenty of easy and fun days when the ship is in port and plenty of long hard days when the ship is at sea. The work is hard but the rewards are huge. This is not a 9-5 office job – you wake up in a new country every morning. You live for free on a luxury cruise line and have friends from all over the world. You have the opportunity and privilege to work with world class original artwork from some of the world’s greatest living artists and even some of art history’s greatest masters. The first time you ever pick up a 300+ year old Rembrandt your heart races; then it races even more when it sells to an excited client. You work with fun and happy guests who are on vacation and you can educate them and enrich their lives. You are part of a very strong team made up of top of their game outgoing go-getters who are wonderful to work with and call your friends.

Working with Park West is the best move I have ever made in my life, and I cannot wait to see what the next 5 years have in store for me, because somehow it just keeps getting better.”

Jason C. | Art Auctioneer
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Matisse as Printmaker at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Henri Matisse is an artist of classical greatness and one of the strongest influences on the art of the 20th century. The Park West Gallery Collection is one of the world’s finest, showcasing fine art by masters including Henri Matisse. Browse the Park West Gallery – Matisse Collection >>
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Henri Matisse. The Blue Eyes, 1935. ©2009 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – The Baltimore Museum of Art presents the first comprehensive exhibition on the printmaking of the great French artist Henri Matisse. Matisse as Printmaker features approximately 170 works of art spanning 50 years of Matisse’s career. More than 150 prints, as well as a selection of related paintings, sculpture, drawings, and books are included, providing compelling evidence of the important role printmaking played in the evolution of Matisse’s visual ideas.

Matisse as Printmaker loosely follows the chronology of Matisse’s career, from the artist’s earliest print in 1900 to the last in 1951. Examples of every printmaking technique used by Matisse — etchings, monotypes, lithographs, linocuts, aquatints, drypoints, woodcuts, and color prints — are included. Almost all of the prints involve serial imagery with the artist showing the development of a reclining or seated pose, the integration of models within interiors, the study of facial expressions, and the transformation of a subject from a straight representation to something more abstract or developed.

Illustrated books such as Poésies de Stéphane Mallarmé (c. 1932), Pasiphaé (1944), and Jazz (1947) demonstrate Matisse’s brilliant innovations in the presentation of serial imagery. The artist’s brief experimentation with color printmaking is represented with three impressions of the color aquatint Marie-José en robe jaune (1950) and a print titled La Dance (1935), which captures the composition of his first version of the mural intended for Albert Barnes. Though most of the exhibitions and research to date have focused on Matisse’s painting and sculpture, the rich variety of media and subject matter in Matisse as Printmaker significantly advance the scholarship and public awareness of this understudied aspect of Matisse’s oeuvre. These works are rarely on view to the public due to their sensitivity to light.

Matisse as Printmaker is now on view through Jan. 3, 2010

For more information, please visit www.artbma.org

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Artist Birthdays October 30 – ALFRED SISLEY

ALFRED SISLEY (October 30, 1839 – January 29, 1899)

  • Nationality: British
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Impressionism
  • ARTiFact: Because of his lack of salesmanship, Sisley’s work did not sell and was not appreciated until after his death. As a result, he spent the end of his life in poverty.
  • Artist Quote: “Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Flood at Port-Marley, 1876.

Alfred Sisley. Flood at Port-Marly, 1876.

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Artist Birthdays October 29 – RONALD BROOKS KITAJ

R. B. KITAJ (October 29, 1932 – October 21, 2007)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Pop Art
  • ARTiFact: He was one of several artists to design a post-it note in celebration of 3M’s 20th anniversary in 2000; it was auctioned on the internet and sold for $925, making it the most expensive post-it note in history - a fact recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Artist Quote: “A lot of good and regular art gets made because of who you talk to. No one is immune to human contact and art is not made in a vacuum.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): The Autumn of Central Paris, 1972-73.

R. B. Kitaj. The Autumn of Central Paris, 1972-73.

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An Interview with the Artistic Director of the Museo Picasso Málaga

Pablo Picasso is unquestionably the most famous artist of the 20th Century. Since 1969, Park West Gallery has been a reliable resource for the artwork of Old and Modern Masters, including Pablo Picasso.
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Picasso Museum, MalagaBorn in Malaga, Spain  (on October 25, 1881), Pablo Picasso left his birthplace when he was very young and eventually settled permanently in Paris. The artist promised to return to Malaga when democracy was restored, unfortunately this did not occur in Picasso’s lifetime; he never returned to the city he cared for so deeply.

The Museo Picasso Málaga is home to over 155 Picasso artworks created throughout the lifetime of the artist. In this video, the new artistic director of the museum, José Lebrero Stals, explains the origins of the Museo Picasso Málaga and the works comprising its permanent collection. He also discusses how Picasso’s artwork relates to contemporary artists and continues to influence so many artists working today.

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Artist Birthdays October 28 – FRANCIS BACON

FRANCIS BACON (October 28, 1909 – April 28, 1992)

  • Nationality: Irish-born/British
  • Field: Painting
  • Art Movement: Expressionism
  • ARTiFact: He considered becoming an artist only after attending a Paris exhibition of Picasso drawings during the summer of 1927.
  • Artist Quote: “I don’t think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Crucifixion, 1944.

Francis Bacon. Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, 1944. © TATE

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Park West Gallery – Connecting Collectors with Artists

Tim Yanke. Butterfly (figure 11), 2009.According to Park West artists, a major highlight of being represented by Park West Gallery is the chance to meet the art collectors in person. Park West artist Tim Yanke often attends Park West art auctions and many happy collectors show their appreciation by sending him thank you notes upon receiving their artwork…
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We received the painting this week and wanted to send along our thanks. We are really pleased with the piece – the colors are great and you certainly personalized it for us! Thanks for the dedication on the back – it makes it even more special. The entire piece is a great reminder of the wonderful time we had in Santa Fe.”

Merle & Donna G.
Calgary, Canada

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Thanks for helping make our VIP cruise experience so enjoyable. We would love to have your family over for dinner the next time you are in South Florida.”

Alan & Noa L.
Parkland, Florida

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Ron, Ronnie and I want to say thank you for his Butterfly picture along with the saying on the back. That was so sweet of you. Ronnie really loved it and it will go over his bed in his new apartment.”

Dori S.
Wallingford, Connecticut

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Artist Birthdays October 27 – ROY LICHTENSTEIN

ROY LICHTENSTEIN (Oct. 27, 1923 – Sept. 29, 1997)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting, sculpture
  • Art Movement: Pop Art
  • ARTiFact: His first work to feature the large-scale use of hard-edged figures and Benday Dots was Look Mickey (1961); the piece resulted from a challenge from one of his sons, who pointed to a Mickey Mouse comic book and said, “I bet you can’t paint as good as that, eh, Dad?”
  • Artist Quote: “I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Crying Girl, 1963.

Roy Lichtenstein. Crying Girl, 1963.

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