At Sarasota Antique Buyers we absolutely love collecting modern art. It’s such a wide field of practice that we are never ceased to be amazed at the different pieces we discover amongst estate items, or that are brought to us by curious owners looking to sell. Modernism includes paintings, sculptures, and even furniture, so our clients come from all different backgrounds.
Most of what we buy doesn’t come from experienced collectors, but from regular Sarasota residents who are curious if the items they have hold any value. Some of the modern art we’ve purchased came from a lucky client who found an interesting painting at a garage sale and brought it to us for a free market analysis. Others were family heirlooms, or were found covered in dust in the attic. We have discovered countless antiques during the estate liquidations we provide.
Do you live near Sarasota and have a lost masterpiece in your possession?
The term modern art is typically used to describe artists that have discarded the traditions of the past in favor of experimentation, and encompasses those artistic works that were produced between the early 1860s all the way through the 1970s. This includes:
- Abstract Expressionism
- Color-Field Paintings
- Modern Photography
- Modern Sculptors
These movements are more important than many realize. In fact, many of the artists who fall into this category are either directly or indirectly responsible for the vast variations of style that art as we know it has today.
Identifying Modern Art
This category encompasses many different flavors and techniques so learning to identify what is and isn’t modern art isn’t as simple as recognizing an individual artist, let alone determining its authenticity.
When it comes to this area of art collecting, there are just too many fantastic artists to name; from the cubist designs painted by Josef Albers, to the color-field paintings of Robert De Niro Sr., to the Surrealist works of renowned Salvador Dalí.
Quite often, artists, such as Josef Albers mentioned above, never signed their own works; the pieces can change hands several times before the right kind of scrutinizing eye has a chance to identify it as a valuable piece of history. And because the style of each artist can vary so drastically, the only definitive way to know if you, have a piece of true modern art in your possession, and have an authentic piece with real value, is to take it to someone in Sarasota with extensive experience in the field who has the connections necessary for an accurate appraisal.
We’ll look at the condition, artist, age, and authenticity to determine if the old painting you have might be worth more than you realize.
Sarasota Antique Buyers
With over 22 years of experience and gathered knowledge, we are the number one antique and modern art dealer and appraisers in Florida. It is our passion and thirst for knowledge that drives us to discover everything we can about the unknown items our clients bring us. And it is this determination and resolve that has allowed us to discover, time and time again, exceptionally valuable pieces in collections and estates that were previously overlooked.
Our services include:
- Estate Liquidations
- Free Market Analysis
- Antique Auctions
If you would like to learn more, or are interested in our services, please don’t hesitate to call us in Sarasota at 941-726-0401, or use our contact form on the right side of this page. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you discover the true value of your old painting!