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Advice from a major Italian art collector

Collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Photo © Andrea Basile)

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo grew up with collectors, and started collecting pill boxes and American costume jewelry.  Now she buys contemporary art – plenty of it.  

Her collection has grown to around 1,500 pieces  since she started collecting in1992, plus another 3,000 photographs, both historic and contemporary.  Among the artists in her collection are Ian Cheng, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Cindy Sherman and many others.  Many of her pieces have been loaned to museums, municipalities and curators over the years. (See some of the art in the Re Rebaudengo collection in this article visiting her home in Turin. )

“To begin with my collection grew out of my friendships with artists who were approximately my age. I was interested in the way artists from my generation saw the world in which we were living,” she told Art Fund in 2018. Re Rebaudengo started collecting work after she graduated from Torino University, where she studied business and economics. Since then she has collaborated with shows stretching from New York to Shanghai to Venice.

She started and leads  a foundation to support living artists by commissioning their work.

Re Rebaudengo recently was interviewed, with two other major international art collectors, about the changes buffeting the art market, museums and artists. As part of that wide ranging interview, she gave emerging artists some valuable advice:

“It’s …not good for the artists to join a big gallery when they are too young, because when you’re in a small gallery, you can experiment, you can fail, you can grow. When you’re with a big gallery, you have to constantly prove that you are good,” she told ArtNet News.

The “big” galleries she refers to are mainly the global giants Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Pace or David Zwirner.  They are powerful; they collectively run 41 gallery spaces representing more than 300 artists.)

Her son Eugenio Re Rebaudengo  appreciates contemporary art and he developed Atuner, which curates art to sell online and at international pop up shows in “ambitious venues.”

His mother believes the pace of selling art moves faster today, compared to the leisurely pace earlier when she could discuss a piece with her art advisor. “Everything in the art market happens so quickly now,” Re Rebaudengo told ArtNet.  

Emerging artists who want to keep up will heed the wisdom from major international collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and others who value artists as well as their creations.

Mint uses art and photos with the creators’ permission. Thanks to photographer Andrea Basile for this photo.

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Why artist Judy Bowman believes in Mint

Artists Charlene Uresy and Judy Bowman at the first Mint Masterpieces.  Judy Bowman will be involved again this year. (Photo © Barbara Barefield)

Judy Bowman’s success as an artist started after she retired from her career as an educator. Yet if Mint Artists Guild had been around when she were a teen, she wonders whether she might have pursued creating and selling art more earlier in her life.

A new video, created by Mint marketing lead and board member Kelly O’Neill, shares Judy’s story – and her appreciation for Mint.

The award winning collage, mixed media and more artist, also shared some advice she would give her 18-year-old self.

“If you keep plugging at it, you’ll get there. … Keep doing it because you’re going to be a success. You’ve got the drive. You’ve got the energy.”

Judy has supported Mint Artists Guild with her time and experiences, her art and more. She serves on the honorary committee for Mint Masterpieces, our party with a purpose on Oct. 19.  Buy your tickets now and enjoy art, music and fine food in a major art collector’s eclectic home. Or please follow Judy’s lead and donate to Mint today!

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Space it out in preparing for major event

Trinity Brown creates and sells jewelry – often a lot of it – at the Mint tent at the Palmer Park Art Fair.

At a recent Mint workshop, she shared how she sometimes has procrastinated on finishing work, adding the hooks to earrings the night before the fair and created many pieces in the final days beforehand.

This year, though, she is getting ahead, ordering jewelry making supplies easier. She is setting aside some stock specifically to sell to Palmer Park Art Fair patrons on June 1 and 2, and will not post it online ahead of time. (She sells on her website and on Instagram and Etsy too.)

“Give yourself some time” to create art for a major event, she told Mint Learn and Earn artists in her Teens Teaching Teens segment.

“Space it out” when you’re creating art.

Avoiding last minute preparations sounds simple, and it will give artists time for special commissions and other serendipity that shows up two days before a major show.

– © Vickie Elmer, 2019 for Mint

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The works must be conceived with fire in the soul, but executed with clinical coolness.

Joan Miro, a Spanish painter and sculptor whose father was a watchmaker.