Victoria Burns, an adviser who was based in Chicago for nearly 30 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2013, says that the educational value of a fair like Expo “can’t be compared”. The institutional interest and dedication of the region’s collector base make for ideal conditions for dealers who have what she calls a long-term view.
Named for the hometown of an early developer, Manhattan Beach, located a few miles south of LAX is a rare, still sleep seaside enclave at the edge of the bustle of greater Los Angeles. It is on one of the small town's charming, pedestrian-only "walk" streets that Vicki and Seth Kogan came upon what would eventually become their home.
Along with a notable Los Angeles interior designer and architect, a Long Beach couple starts anew on a walk street in Manhattan Beach and creates an art-filled dream home layered with hand-selected pieces that make a big statement.
“One eye sees, the other feels,” said Swiss-German painter Paul Klee describing art. For South Baybased art advisor Victoria Burns, this delicate duality applies not only to her personal tastes but also the satisfaction of her fine art collecting clients.
This exhibition was curated to coincide with the exhibition “American Art in the 20th Century,”at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin in 1993. That exhibition had only two photographers, Man Ray and Cindy Sherman, so this exhibition was to illustrate what was happening in the medium at the end of the 20th Century. The exhibition traveled from Berlin to Milan and London and was accompanied by a color catalog in all three languages.
The biggest news at this weekend’s Art Chicago did not involve the fair—or at least that fair. Whispers during the Thursday-night preview spread further on Friday and were confirmed at a press conference on Saturday: Merchandise Mart Properties, which purchased the ailing event last year, had invested heavily in both the Armory Show and Volta (the latter is a three-year-old emerging-art fair held in Basel).
“We’re cultural entrepreneurs,” says Victoria Burns, a Glencoe art advisor whose Palm Treo is filled with names like Peter Sellars and Lawrence Weschler. Burns is using that device to help breathe new life into Art Chicago, the important local showcase that nearly expired last year.