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MICHAEL FINDLAY

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is a Director of Acquavella Galleries, which specializes in Impressionist and Modern European works of art and post-war American painting and sculpture and represents contemporary artists such as Miquel Barceló, Jacob El-Hanani and Wayne Thiebaud.  Findlay directed one of the first galleries in SoHo in the 1960’s and ran his own gallery there 1969-1977. He was the first dealer in the United States to show the work of Joseph Beuys and Sean Scully and the first New York dealer to exhibit John Baldessari, Hannah Wilke, Stephen Mueller and Billy Sullivan. In 1984 he joined Christie’s auction house and was head of the Impressionist and Modern paintings department until 1992 when he became International Director of Fine Arts and a member of Christie’s Board of Directors.

Since 2001 Mr. Findlay has served on the Art Advisory Panel for the Internal Revenue Service of the Treasury Department of the U.S. Government. He is the President of the Art Dealers Association of America Foundation and is on the boards of The New York Foundation for the Arts, Christie’s Education and The British School and Universities Foundation and is on the Advisory Council of the Appraisers Association of America.  His first book “The Value of Art” (Prestel, 2012) is in its fifth printing and has been translated into German, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. His second book, “Seeing Slowly—Looking at Modern Art (Prestel, 2017) will be released in Chinese in December, 2020.  Mr. Findlay has two children and is married to the contemporary quilt artist Victoria Findlay Wolfe. They live in Manhattan & East Hampton.

PAST SEMINARS

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VISUAL ART  |  HISTORY

Passion & Patronage: Great Collectors & Collections from Impressionism to Modern Art

From van Gogh’s notorious supporter and subject Dr. Paul  Gachet to Bob and Ethel Scull, the controversial champions of Pop Art, the seminar explores the Who, What and Why of collecting. We will first explore collecting Impressionism, which appealed to a coterie of European, American, and Japanese collectors as disparate as a Swedenborgian Missionary from Basutoland, a French margarine magnate, a wealthy couple from Naugatuck on a Paris honeymoon, and a young Japanese aristocrat educated at Rutgers University. Then, we will move on to collecting Modern art.  Who was the young civil engineer with thirty Chagalls who dreamed of a museum of Jewish Art in Moscow in 1920? Who was the twenty-eight year-old costume jewelry salesman who borrowed $7000 and used the New York telephone directory to buy one of Picasso’s most famous paintings?