A curators paramount job is to assist the collectors development and education, so the collector can formulate and refine a clear vision for their own collection. The primary objective is for the collector to express their personal aesthetic through the art they choose to surround themselves with. Instead of imposing their own viewpoint on a collectors vision, the curators mission is to persistently insist on the purchase of the highest quality artwork appropriate to the collectors aesthetic.
Levin AG takes great pride in developing lasting relationships with collectors. The process begins with discussions, allowing the collector to share the past history of and future goals they have in mind for their collection. Our firm also reviews the collectors current registrarial procedures such as cataloguing, storage, insurance, and museum loans. If requested, we create and maintain a proprietary, fully-catalogued collection database, provide complete oversight of art insurance policies, ensure all appraisal valuations are current, and administer all financial arrangements.
In the initial stages of formulating a collection, connoisseurship develops through education. Our firm understands that collecting is a favored part-time avocation. We schedule gallery and museum visits, auction previews, art fair attendance, and private meetings so that whatever time a collector makes available is filled as efficiently and enjoyably as possible. We will organize images of available work for your review, create a dedicated research library for your personal edification, or present a series of hour-long mini-lectures with visuals at the collectors leisure.
Experienced collectors require an alternative curatorial methodology, usually focused on deepening their existing collection with key additional works. Larger, longer established collections also confront expanded registrarial issues, and reviewing the collections management organization is necessary to maximize efficiency. Seasoned collectors sometimes fall into a comfortable pattern of working repeatedly with the same handful of gallerists. While time-honored art world relationships should be maintained and strengthened, it is wise to continually groom new relationships, as artists constantly move to, or are shared between, newer galleries with increasing regularity. New contacts also introduce new artists and artistic practices to the seasoned collector, continuing the process of connoisseurship.