What Is Art?

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Art Consultant Valentina Tintori. Photography by Nilo Jimenez Photo2USA

WITH OVER 18 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE REALM OF INDEPENDENT ART ADVISORY, VALENTINA TINTORI HAS BEEN CURATING PERSONALIZED, CONCEPT DRIVEN COLLECTIONS, SEEKING TO ATTAIN THE PROPER COMBINATION OF AESTHETICS WITH INVESTMENT VALUE. THIS IS HER STORY…AND SOME ARTISTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON.

By Annabella Goshen

 

Traveling around the world could be considered my routine”, explains contemporary art consultant Valentina Tintori. An Art Historian with a solid educational background comprising international degrees in Museology in Art History, Learning Processes and Contemporary Art, who founded the Latin Art Journal, was a college professor in Venezuela and worked at Acquavella Galleries, Belle Arts Museum and the Cisneros Foundation, she is currently a private art consultant and curator in charge of developing relations with museums, auction houses and galleries all while promoting emerging Latin American and contemporary artists. Her responsibility is centered on supporting art selections for clients, thoroughly researching artists, analyzing their work, price, provenance, and condition of their pieces, including the acquisition, negotiation, registry and care of these pieces.

However, the most important issue for Tintori is defining what is art. For her, “Art is the product of a passion; it is joy, happiness, freedom and love. It’s all human expression carried with discipline and perseverance based on concepts and developed with good technique.” Nowadays, the aesthetic appreciation of art has changed and it is no longer evaluated under the parameters of beauty or simply art. Today, measuring art is aimed at the intellectual scope. This is the reason why it is difficult for many to understand art. Consequently, while the viewer is appreciating art, the task is more demanding and wider, while being even more pleasant.

Using this approach to art, Tintori has become a regular bidder at art auctions such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Dorotheum, Phillips de Pury and Bonhams, picking up incredible pieces. Asked about some artists to keep an eye on, she immediately mentions Olafur Eliasson, Jose Davila, Arturo Herrera and Anish Kapoor.

OLAFUR ELIASSON

Eliasson’s art spans sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations. His work is shown in museums, galleries and is incorporated in architectural projects around the world. This artist grew up in Iceland and Denmark and currently lives and works in both Copenhagen and Berlin. He founded Studio Olafur Eliasson and he has exhibited in the 50th Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art, Martin-Gropius Bau, the Tate’s Modern’s Turbine Hall, and more. In 2012, Eliasson launched his Little Sun, which refers to both a small, solar-powered LED lamp and a global project to provide clean, affordable light to communities without access to electricity. The piece Five circle rotation was created in 2008 with mirror, aluminum and rubber. Measuring 74 2/3 x 31 1/5 x 15 3/5 inches, this work harnesses Olafur’s interest in the interplay between perception and perspective.

JOSE DAVILA

Davila was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1974 and through the use of common materials creates objects and sculptures. He embraces Minimalism and Arte Povera, and consults in architecture construction and formal artistic production. He has exhibited in the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Bass Museum of Art, Museu do Arte Moderna, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo and more. This work is Untitled and measures35 x 35 inches.

Art is the product of a passion; it is joy, happiness, freedom and love…

ARTURO HERRERA

Herrera is a Venezuelan visual artist who incorporates a combination of abstract shapes with cartoon characters, creating half obscured portrayals that evoke memories. His works of art are sculptures, wall paintings, photographs, collages, felt wall hangings and reliefs. He has presented his works in galleries such as the Galerie Max Hetxler, Galeria Helga de Alvear, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva and many more. His piece titled Rapt #2 was created in 2011 with mixed media on paper with wool felt, measuring 86.625 x 59 x 4.75 inches.

ANISH KAPOOR

Kapoor is an Indian sculptor currently living in London. His sculptures demonstrate geometric or biomorphic form, which have been integrated with granite, marble, limestone, pigment and plaster. His sculptures have been known to distort space. He has exhibited at the Grand Palais, Kensington Gardens, Rockefeller Center and others. His work is Untitled, created in 2013 with copper and lacquer 47 x 47 x 10 inches.

ELIZABETH NEEL

Elizabeth Neel is an American artist who received her MFA from Columbia University. She has exhibited at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Pilar Corrias Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and Sculpture Center. Her works have delved on the symbols of decomposition and preservation.

This work of art is titled Percher on the Screen, measuring 108 x 79 inches.

TINTORI’S PURPOSE

The main purpose of her work is to educate and support those sensible to art to help them create an art collection that is legitimate and which has an artistic, historical contribution. Tintori says, “I work for art lovers, those who sit in front of a piece as if they were listening to a wonderful opera. An artwork extends itself, moves, transforms, educates. You cannot measure how broad and transforming this world is, at all levels.”

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