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At any time read of Lynne Drexler?  Up to a pair of several years in the past, you could be excused for not being aware of of her.  Born in Newport News, Virginia, in 1928, Drexler moved to New York in the 1950’s and analyzed with famous modernists Hans Hofmann and Robert Motherwell.  She was a next-era participant in the Abstract Expressionist motion and had a solo clearly show in 1961 at Tanager Gallery, a perfectly-regarded artists’ cooperative gallery which was component of the downtown scene.

Lynne Drexler, 1960

But that was pretty considerably it.  She married a further artist, taught at different schools about the state, and moved again to New York in 1967, turning out to be just one more of the myriad artists doing work in the town without having illustration by a revered business gallery.

Drexler and her husband purchased a summer season spot on Monhegan Island off the coastline of Maine in 1971, and by 1983 she was divided from him and dwelling on the island entire time.  She died there in 1999, leaving powering a studio full of paintings.  Her auction final results in the 15 decades pursuing her dying were really modest, a couple hundred to a several thousand pounds, advertising typically at New England auction properties.  Due to the fact 2019, having said that, her market place has exploded. 

What is likely on?  I was talking with a buddy, an important collector and a income manager who brings the identical finger-to-the-pulse recognition to the art market place that he provides to the stock current market.  He has the courage of his convictions: he purchased his Drexler painting privately in the low 6 figures a small more than a 12 months back, paying out about two times what the auction file for the artist was at the time.  Since my close friend acquired his function, Drexler’s paintings have started offering on a regular basis at big New York auction residences for charges very well into six and even seven figures.  The Concert, an oil on canvas measuring about four-by-four feet, marketed for $1,043,380 like high quality at Sotheby’s Hong Kong before this thirty day period.

Lynne Drexler, The Concert, 1959.  Photo courtesy Sotheby’s.

Drexler’s work is the subject matter of not one but two reveals at essential New York galleries at the moment, Berry Campbell Gallery downtown, and Mnuchin Gallery on the Higher East Side.  There was not too long ago a lengthy posting on her and her function in the New York Instances.

How has a reasonably unfamiliar artist gotten so very hot so rapidly?  Some of it may well be described by savvy administration by Berry Campbell, which handles the estate and experienced a large team of paintings to operate with.  Some of it is thanks to the point that works by women artists are very incredibly hot right now (as are these by artists of coloration), as museums try to make up for a heritage of neglect.  Some of it might basically be the end result of publicity obtained by deep-pocketed dealers.

But why Drexler, as an alternative of a range of other gals artists of her technology who were being gifted painters and who struggled in opposition to the very same male-dominated institution?  Any hot sector raises doubt: is this a bubble which will burst, a market place becoming manipulated by shadowy forces?  Or will Drexler be placed firmly in the canon, as Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler have been, with her paintings continuing to sell for 7 figures as theirs do?  Time, as they say, will convey to.

Again in the days of the Dot.com increase, a late mate of mine who experienced a seat on the New York Stock Exchange mentioned to me, “Reagan, I really do not have an understanding of the valuations of most of these on the internet companies.  I’m hesitant to place a ton of money into them.  But when a educate is barreling down the keep track of straight at you, it does not do to set your hand up and say, ‘Stop! You are not supposed to be on this track’.”  He gambled a very little in the new sector, produced a couple of bucks, and pulled out as the dot.com sector began to tank.

Of course, with Drexler, no make any difference what you paid out, you are going to have a wonderful painting to cling on the wall.  No issue what her market does, if you like the get the job done, you’ll gain.  But your get may perhaps not be a acquire measurable in dollars and cents.

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