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Gallery Talk: “The Nature of All Things, Drawings and Paintings by Victor Koulbak”
February 5, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Experience The Nature of All Things, Drawings and Paintings by Victor Koulbak during a gallery talk with Alan Salz.
About the speaker
Alan Salz has been the director of Didier Aaron, Inc., in New York since 1982. With branches in Paris, London and New York, Didier Aaron specializes in important Old Master and nineteenth-century paintings and drawings; it also promotes contemporary artists whose styles intersect with the gallery’s high-quality inventory recognized around the world. Having graduated from Colgate University in 1975, Alan pursued graduate studies at Harvard University, where he concentrated on French and Italian Baroque painting. Despite his professors’ hopes for his eventual placement in academia or the museum world, Alan always knew that he wanted to be an art dealer. He held several positions in the European Paintings Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while an undergraduate and graduate student, including an Andrew Mellon Fellowship, but it was his summer jobs at the Wildenstein Gallery when he was in high school and college that truly confirmed his future.
The art world has changed dramatically during the decades that Alan has been associated with the firm. Didier Aaron has sold works by artists such as Titian, David, and Fragonard to institutions such as the Getty, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but that caliber of art is nearly impossible to find today. Indeed, exhibition catalogues written in the early 1980s make clear that the supply of major Old Masters is steadily drying up. On those rare occasions when such works do become available, their extraordinary prices make them virtually impossible for a gallery to acquire for resale. Concurrent with this change in available stock has been a shift in the taste of collectors: most of them pursue contemporary art, an interest fueled in part by an abundant supply, rather than seek out older paintings, furniture, or objets d’art. The gallery eagerly awaits its next Koulbak exhibition, to open in October 2015.