Art Buying

A 4 Second Explanation on How the Art Market Works

A 4 Second Explanation on How the Art Market Works

Buying art it tough. DUH that’s why we have a business. And the main reason WHY it’s tough? THERE ARE TOO MANY OPTIONS. It’s like trying to order on Seamless Web — option overload. One simple way to break it down, and focus on art that’s best suited to your interests (whether you’re buying, looking, sourcing for someone else) is to break it down by market: PRIMARY MARKET and SECONDARY MARKET. Here’s a tutorial:

The Deal with 1:1 Designer Consults

The Deal with 1:1 Designer Consults

Some of you may have seen me on Instagram in fancy headphones talking about our designer consults. First, the headphones are these and they offer better sound/make me feel important, and second, here's what a designer recently said about our consults: 

The Best + Worst Vendors

The Best + Worst Vendors

Guys: running a biz takes a village, and I’m happy to share my latest secret to life long happiness: VET YOUR VILLAGE.  Make damn sure that they check all the boxes. And before I praise my favorite vendors ever, let’s spell out those boxes: 

The Deal With Auctions

The Deal With Auctions

The big Spring Auctions are coming up in NY and at our recent team meeting, said team had some questions.  And I had answers that we were all surprised to learn, and I hadn’t previously shared. I spent a few years at Christie’s, went to Sotheby’s institute (which provides a useful window into auction house life) and dealt with the major houses through other jobs, so the way these auctions work is ingrained in me. Here’s how they relate to you, budding and curious art fan:

Mason Lane Goes North

Mason Lane Goes North

Big News:  Our friend Laura Mann is taking Mason Lane beyond Brooklyn.  

Bigger News: She has GREAT. TASTE.

Laura Mann is an art and design groupie  based in Toronto. She’s bringing in a whole NEW roster of artists, galleries, and creative ideas that don’t make their way south of the border. So, with that, we are pleased to introduce Mason Lane Canada.

A Lot of Current Projects are Looking Very Good

A Lot of Current Projects are Looking Very Good

Our current projects go through many phases from initial site visits to final installs, and it's rare that we're doing a lot of installs all at once. BUT, that moment has come lots of installs for 3 projects are happening simultaneously. Funnily enough, art installers are ALSO having a moment and my go-tos are all booked/having babies/not available, so this is a new juggle. Not all current installs are necessarily the FINAL situation, but seeing this kind of progress is objectively exciting. Here are the updates: 

Tips for Artists Who Enjoy Selling Art

I've recently learned that quite a few artists follow me on Instagram, which is SUCH a fun fact since I thought my following them was one sided.  But considering I have this audience AND an informed point of view on the art buying process , I thought I’d share some unsolicited advice for artists who enjoy selling art.

Project Hey Hey NJ

Project Hey Hey NJ is a major house project of our summer and progress is happening. Here's the story: Nice couple with cute baby moved to this quaint yet expansive NJ home one year ago…

What Makes Art Good?

Art ranges in price from $0 to hundreds of millions of dollars, and a common misconception is that it's totally subjective.  YES, it is, but so is food, fashion, music, and many other things in life and there's still a general consensus on what's good quality and what's not. Art is no different, except that in general, people are less confident assessing it because they're not nearly as exposed to art as they are to food, fashion and music.

ICYMI: The Deal with Barnaby Lane x Mason Lane

Raise your hand if you saw our announcement on Barnaby Lane x Mason Lane. And raise your hand if you were excited and confused. WELL, curious enthused fans, I'm happy provide some clarity on how this happened, WHY it's a big dealio and how it benefits people near and far.  

Lower East Side Gallery Guide: FAMILY EDITION

The New York gallery scene is one of the best in the world, but it's also SUPER intimidating; there are so many options that aren't always apparent or welcoming, and figuring out a route that's family friendly (i.e. near some snacks) is so tricky.  I'm into art and efficiency, and as a mama I'm always all about family-friendly anything. SO, I wanted to share some ways to approach the New York gallery scene and have your kids enjoy the ride with you.  

Our OCD and How It Makes Your Life Better

Recently I publicly stated (on Instagram) that I hate computer problems and hired a "tech consultant" to make them go away. Well, I am pleased to report that IT WORKED. Our Techie not only fixed my computer problems…

Artist Profile: Meet Jill Nathanson

Today, we're meeting Jill Nathanson, a contemporary painter whose work feels summery and uplifting, and stands out from your typical pretty abstracts. Her solo show at a New York gallery just opened, so find out what you need to know about the hows and whys of her work. 

The Story of a Pic

The Story of a Pic

Does anyone remember me blasting this sunset pic on Instagram circa 2016, then again 3 months ago, then again last month at least 8 times? WELL, loyal followers, the latest update is that IT HAS FOUND ITS HOME! And it's one of our favorite recent installs... here's the story: 

A Few Artists We've Recently Discovered

Our biz is about matchmaking people with art. And the more art we know about, the better we can matchmake. BUT importantly, I'm picky about what I recommend to clients... I'm hired for my taste, so I have to like an artist's work before even pitching it to a client, and sometimes it takes a lot of looking before finding pieces I like. Here are three new artists I've recently discovered and like. Their work is going right smack into our newly organized database (woot woot!) and you mayyyy see some on a big brick Soho loft wall very soon. 

Three Things to Know About Buying Photography

A lot of people are into photography.  It's affordable (relative to unique pieces like paintings), relatable (who hasn't taken pics?), and prolific (since it can be re-printed).  But beyond consciously or subconsciously recognizing these facts, many people's knowledge of the field is limited. And commonly, despite their declared interest in it, they don't reallllly want to pay a lot of money to buy a photograph vs a painting.  ("Because it's a photo, and I could have just taken that myself...") There's no shame in this hesitation/reasoning, and I've heard it 100 times. But here are a few fun facts to note when declaring yourself a photo fan, and particularly when buying photography: 

5 Reasons Why March Has Been Awesome

I like to end the month on a positive note so here are 5 of the BEST reasons why March has been awesome. 

1. Art fairs took over our lives: So many fairs, so little time. Click to read more!