Unearthing Museum Treasures


Although many collectors know that provenance research is important in regards to Old Masters, they assume it is a useless endeavor for contemporary art.  But, the history of early conceptualism, minimalism, and performance art is still evolving. It is possible to find gems in the marketplace, which have incredible historical importance, that can inform our understanding of an artist’s working process. In 2007, I purchased a Sol LeWitt white formica cube on behalf of clients from Wright Auction House. The piece itself had no confirmation on provenance and the exhibition information was scant.  The piece had never been reviewed, nor had we any curator’s scholarship on which to rely.