Adrian Gottlieb,
Adrian Gottlieb, "Mesquite Sunset," 2022, oil on panel, 28 x 40 in., T.H. Brennen Fine Art (Scottsdale); featured in the November/December 2022 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine

From the Fine Art Connoisseur November/December 2022 Editor’s Note:

Seeking America’s Top Collectors

Most of the artworks illustrated in this issue have been owned, or will soon be owned, by a living, breathing collector. It is, first and foremost, collectors that Fine Art Connoisseur aims to serve and inspire, and for that reason we have been running lengthy Hidden Collection articles ever since this magazine was founded.

In addition, since 2015 we have highlighted America’s leading collectors of contemporary realist art in a shorter format — two pages dedicated to an individual collector or a couple. So far, this unique initiative has covered 82 separate collections, and now we are busy planning our next crop, to appear in the March/April 2023 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur.

Fine Art Connoisseur art magazine NovDec22 cover
On the Cover: Terry Strickland (b. 1960), “Phoenix Rising” (detail), 2022, oil on panel, 16 x 12 in., 33 Contemporary Gallery (Chicago)

There are great collections — many still being formed — in every region of this country, and no one person could possibly know all of them. Though our research is well underway and we already have some terrific names in hand, I hereby invite you to send me suggestions or nominations for other collectors. Our criteria are simple: they must be U.S. residents (still living) who have collected, or are continuing to collect, superb contemporary realist art created any time after 1980.

Ideas are welcome from everyone: the collectors themselves, their friends, families, dealers, advisers, curators, etc. Please just send me an e-mail ([email protected]) and I will move it forward. Rest assured that our team is discreet; all communications with col-lectors will be virtual, and we will not turn up unannounced at their homes to take photos! The individuals selected will have an opportunity to fact-check everything, and in fact, they themselves will provide the photos to be illustrated. That said, it’s our editorial team’s decision who goes in, and who doesn’t.

In every field of human endeavor, role models are essential. Art collecting is no different, and we fully expect to be inspired by what our next group of connoisseurs have accomplished. Thank you for giving this request some thought; we look forward to sharing our findings with you next March.

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