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Arch + Company 2009

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Let there be Art!

Let there be Art!


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  • 1. Arch + Company Fine Arts Toronto + Grand Cayman www.ArchArt.Ca www.AntonioArch.com
  • 2. Thoughtfully placed Fine Art can do wonders to help enhance your brand Arch & Company Fine Arts provides support and advice to corporate and institutional collectors wishing to lift morale and enrich their corporate culture by building purposeful collections of fine art and meaningful public installations in their workplaces. 2
  • 3. Art makes people happy! Its true; thanks to magnetic resonance and CT scan research, we know that art can and will lift the mood and boost the morale of people sitting near it. Art affects the dopamine centres in a positive way, much the same as hearing a favourite song or unexpectedly running into an old friend. 3
  • 4. Arch & Company Fine Arts is a leading source for curatorial services to the corporate, institutional and private collector. We create innovative art programs that inspire creativity, spark innovation and lift morale. Clients worldwide depend upon us to build and manage their collections, discover new artists and report art market trends as they happen. We are pleased to be endorsed by The Law Office Management Society (TLOMA) as an official vendor and service provider. Arch & Company is a member of the Toronto Board of Trade, the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) and a proud supporter of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands 4
  • 5. Collections Management Integrational services and collection rotation; assessment of acquired and prospective works. 5
  • 6. Confidential Brokerage Acquisition and sales amongst major, established and emerging Art markets; client representation in negotiations and at auction; research and location of Art per client requests; quality assessment and valuation of potential purchases. Project Management Restoration and conservator services; framing and reframing; packing, shipping, delivery and installations; site specific commissions, portraits, commemorative and memorial sculptures. 6
  • 7. Our Mission Arch & Company Fine Arts has a threefold mission; we advise individual, small business, corporate and institutional collectors wishing to enrich their corporate culture and improve public relations by building purposeful collections and public exhibitions of fine art in the workplace. Other services include portrait and memorial commissions and confidential brokerage. Secondly, we strive to promote the infinite variety of affirmative and research based Fine Art across the globe and broker its finest to collectors, investors and public institutions worldwide while simultaneously seeking out exceptional new talent from emerging art markets for our established clients. Arch & Company also represents a select roster of talent and curates a portfolio of work by Canadian and International Artists. 7
  • 8. What if your workspace Antonio Arch is an Art Consultant based in Toronto could feel as glorious and Grand Cayman, specialising in bringing as your favourite museum? creativity and innovation to private and institutional clients by building purposeful collections and meaningful installations of Fine Art in their public spaces. He is an active member of the Toronto Board of Trade and the Canadian Liaison of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA). 8
  • 9. Art in a public place has the capacity to educate, enlighten and inspire visitors, especially clients... Fine Art has a profound effect on Public Relations; it reinforces investor and client confidence by conveying your pride in your Have you ever considered what art in the workplace does for morale? The results are so incredible that we’re still trying to find ways to tangibly measure the increases in job satisfaction and productivity. Great art tangibly improves job satisfaction, productivity, camaraderie, creativity and the sense of well being that only a thing of beauty can bring about. Have you ever witnessed employees gathering at the water cooler to catch up on office gossip? Art in a public area is just like that water cooler, only it looks better and people won't gossip; they will regard, reflect and share ideas. If you want your employees to think creatively, you must first offer them the raw materials of lateral thinking. 9
  • 10. Arch & Company Fine Arts provides support and advice to corporate and institutional collectors wishing to lift morale and enrich their corporate culture by building purposeful collections of fine art and meaningful public installations in their workplaces. Pablo Picasso once said that "art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Imagine what it can do for offices. 10
  • 11. Art pays for itself! Art is the only investment that gives you a little bit of return every time that you look at it. If that isn’t reason enough, you’ll probably find at the end of the fiscal year that your purchase of Canadian Art was fully tax deductible. Fine Art is an equitable investment in beauty. 11
  • 12. Art Screams at you. It sends a message without you having to say a word. Your art collection tells the public that you care deeply about your corporate culture. Not only that, it’s a hard copy receipt for your dedication to the arts. Fine Art has a profound effect on Public Relations; it reinforces investor and client confidence by conveying your pride in your organization FAQ’s: Frequently Asked Questions when Working with an Art Consultant Q: What is the single most grave mistake collectors make when buying art? A: Buying art for its investment potential or letting a vendor convince them that the purchase is an excellent investment. It’s very difficult to predict whether or not an artist or piece is a good investment in the long term and the chances are that 12
  • 13. the person trying to sell you the piece is not equipped to give you that sort of investment advice. Arch & Company for example, will never speculate on the investment potential of a work of art; that is unless you are retaining us to report on the art market. If you want to invest in art, find a mutual fund that pools money to make purchases of blue chip art for investment and later sale. Q: What exactly is an art consultant? A: The title is relatively new, having been coined and come into wide use and career descriptions for only the last thirty years. It came about as a result of shrinking budgets for public funding and the advent of corporate curating and private patronage. Whether you are an individual collector, outfitting a company’s headquarters or managing a collection, you will want at least one Art Consultant with whom you have a good working relationship and level of trust. Q: Then what is an art advisor? A: This is an entirely different sort of professional who comes in during the planning stages to help decide that one percent for art is to be spent; to qualify as an Art Advisor the person cannot represent an interest in a museum, vend an inventory, represent an artist or be paid or in any way renumerated or rewarded by an artist or artist’s representative and is to be paid only the consulting fee agreed upon by the developer. Q: And an Art Dealer? A: A dealer is a vendor, usually an employee or shareholder of a gallery whose goal it is to sell, sell and sell to meet their bottom line. There’s nothing wrong with using dealers and galleries as long as you understand their MO and that it may run counter to the long term mission of your Art Program’s mission statement. Q: So which do we need? A: If you are building from the ground up, revising your foundation’s collecting policies, using art in a park or other public space, you will want to begin by consulting an Art Advisor, or Advisory Firm. The Advisor once will retained will consult gallerists and consultants to determine the best possible Fine Art for your project and offer suggestions. If your company is embarking on a renovation and already has Fine Art, a program and an employee committee in place, then look for a consulting firm or Art Consultant. Also use a consultant for services such as collections management, conservation, or to find out how to integrate two collections as a result of a marriage or merger. If you are confident that you know exactly what you want, how much you want to spend and are comfortable negotiating with a retail business, then visit a gallery and Dealer. 13
  • 14. Q: If we hire a Consultant will we only be shown art from their inventory or artists whom they represent? A: Absolutely not. You should depend on your Consultant to give you a broad range of choices in art, services and a scope and range of offerings that is only limited by your tastes, your mission or your budget. You should expect an Art Consultant to keep you in the know about any and all new work available, regardless of location, ownership or their stake in the sale. Q: We had someone come in during the last renovation to spruce the place up with some art. Do we really need to do this again so soon? A: If you are happy with your space and find your environment pleasing, then no. You don’t. But consider something as inexpensive as a dusting off and rotating of your collection helps the human eye to see it all as if for the first time. If your collection is beginning to look its age, then bringing in a consultant to help you to re-evaluate your needs is certainly going to be a lot more cost effective than just going out and buying some new art. Q: So what you’re trying to say is that there’s some subtle connection between the kind of art we place in our office and the kind of people who walk in the door? A: Yes, absolutely and there is nothing subtle about it. Not only do people stay longer in offices with art, they are more comfortable and installations of Fine Art in the workplace have shown to attract and retain talent. Imagine that in the current talent crunch, attracting the best people can be dictated by the art on your walls? Q: What are some sound alternatives to galleries and dealers for building a collection? A: Visiting artists in their studio is can be an exciting excursion and educating experience for young collectors. If you are not working with a consultant who will arrange this for you, try finding art and artists you like through societies and associations that they are members of. Auctions can be a lot of fun once you are a little more seasoned, know what you are looking for and what you want to spend. Q: Where do most would-be collectors get duped and separated from their money for less than desirable product? Where do you recommend against buying art? A: Cruise ships! 14
  • 15. It improves productivity. Art is a gift to the people around you. The installation of new art invokes pride and inspires dialogue between people who normally don’t have an opportunity to communicate. 15
  • 16. Fine Art makes the working environment more pleasant. When Art is placed in public areas, people tend to gather, communicate, and share ideas. It gets people interested, curious and thinking creatively. U nless you are operating an art fund on behalf of wealthy clients, in the art business, or an affluent spectator who buys art for immediate profit, the best way to invest in art is to buy only the art that you love to own. With this strategy you can never lose, because you will have something you love regardless of its value in the outside material world. The truth is that there is great art everywhere, and its value is often independent of its price. For example, a family's photo albums are usually among their most treasured possessions, yet they have almost no real monetary value. Likewise, art, unlike any other commodity, appeals to us for reasons far beyond its monetary value. Art involves our emotions, and with ownership comes pride, prestige and pleasure. There is the thrill of the, the © Arch & Company Fine Arts pleasure brought by the comments of others, and the joys of becoming a collector. Yes, the art that you love pays you dividends every day!" Alan D. Bryce. Art Smart: The Intelligent Guide to Investing in the Canadian Art Market. Dundurn Press, 2007 16
  • 17. Sales & Service Notes 1. Items not purchased by Arch & Company which are left on consignment and/or approval are often not insurable to their full replacement value and must be equally insured by the consignor’s household, studio or company’s insurance. 2. We do not offer an exchange, refund or trade-in policy due to the delicate nature of fine art and antiquities’ post installation vulnerabilities; any items accepted for exchange, partial or full refund are done so entirely at our discretion and magnanimity. 3. Restoration and conservation are performed by qualified professionals; Arch & Company is however not responsible for inherent changes in colour, texture or archivability of media as a result of such services. 4. Deposits are comprised in part by labour, hardware, materials purchased, storage, moving and installation fees and thus cannot be refunded. 5. We do not make any implied or express representation concerning investment potential of Fine Art sold; we are not financial consultants and the items purchased are ony guaranteed to be of the size, period, medium, artist and has been accurately described according to the rules of archival description to the best of our knowledge and ability. 6. Contracts and bills of sale are to be construed enforced under the laws of Canada. Buyer agrees that exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any legal, due diligence or equitable action be the laws and courts of Canada. 7. Due diligence research will be carried out by the Consultancy or their authorised agents; the Consultancy therefore will be responsible for the results of such research and any and all expenses incurred as a lack of due diligence, errors or omissions will be paid and/or borne by the Consultancy or their insurers. 8. At no time do transactions supersede the UNESCO Convention of 1970 on cultural property, antiquities, looted items or the spoils of war. The Consultancy reserves the right to decline to broker or ship art or antiquities which are not accompanied by certificates of authenticity, documents attesting to provenance or copies of catalogue raisonnee ARCH + COMPANY FINE ARTS www.Archart.ca 84 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5R1B9, CANADA +1(416) 928 1287 www.AntonioArch.com P O Box 165, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, B.W.I. +1(786) 228 7019 17
  • 18. A proud supporter of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) Please think of the environment when deciding whether to print this catalogue 18

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