From tonights reception – all the Georgetown girls (minus Elizabeth Wilson!)
Today was a non-stop day. I had my second business day. The morning started out with the Auction Process. The director of auctions of Sotheby’s came in to talk to us about all things auction (did you know you could bid online now?) Quite intense. The next session was the first of our art law class. Another class with tons of new information, but all very cool. (Export tariffs, reserve price vs market price..yikes!) Then after that I had my group session for the week where we talked about the state of the art market. This is a smaller group where we get to talk more than listen. We were split into groups and had to argue either the art market is on the way up, or the way down. I had the way down and almost found it too easy to defend. We’ll see! I think I am glad though that I want to work in museums, and not an auction house. I also went to the library in school and picked up books on Rubens for my essay that is due next week. I’m looking forward to writing it. It will be my first real art history paper!
Tonight, school had a reception at the Josh Lilley Gallery, which is owned by two alumni. It was for all different units so I was able to catch up with the girls from Georgetown who are doing Decorative Arts, and Arts of Asia and Their Markets. The gallery was very much a white cube gallery. Not the history museums I am use to working in!
Today was my first real Art Business classes. The art business has some classes together (close to 70 people), and also seminars and smaller lectures split up into groups. The classes today were titled, Art Market Analysis: An Analytical Framework for Understanding the Art Market. Something I am brand new to. One slide had a diagram of influencers of the art market, with pictures of people who are artists, gallery owners, curators, art critics…and the teacher asked who could name people on the screen, and in the end everyone was named. I had no idea who any of them were. Such a different world from museums!
This evening we were invited to the Royal Geographic Society for a viewing of The Noise of Ice – Antartica. Italian photographer, Enzo Barracco’s exhibition of images he took inspired by Ernest Shackleton’s expedition in Antartica. This was particularly interesting to me because Elizabeth and I went to a gallery in DC this past fall where they showed (and were selling) prints from Shackleton’s exhibition taken by photographer Frank Hurley. While quite different from one another, it was great to see both! Elizabeth and I went together, and had dinner first at Racine, a French bistro in Knightsbridge. I had steak and pomme frites! It was my first steak since leaving the states, so it was beyond delicious. Now I am full, tired, and ready to sleep after a long day!
It is Monday, but still the weekend, which is weird. Today was less eventful than the previous two, mostly because I was exhausted from all the walking. I went to the grocery store, and to a place that is the London version of Staples called Ryman. I picked up some folders and a two-hole punch. The folders here have two small rings towards the center instead of the USA spread out three. I wrote out my schedule in my planner and on my calendar up to spring break. There is a lot going on, between now and then including three mini presentations, an auction law exam, a visual analysis test and an object analysis essay. Enough to keep me busy!
I also went back to the Wallace Collection with Elizabeth to pick out our objects for our analysis essay. I decided on a Rubens’ painting called The Rainbow Landscape. I read just a brief description on it and know I will be able to find enough research to write an essay. I emailed the librarian at the collection to see if I could come in review their research and books. Exciting!
I’m looking forward to the week, school has a few visits planned in addition to class. More on that when the time comes.
What I found on my walk today to Spitalfields