Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Is Art A Good Investment? Visiting Monaco Wealth Management

Francis Bacon's
1969 painting titled
"Three Studies of Lucien Freud" sold for a tidy $142,405,000
 at Christie's NYC.

So what's up with the outrageous prices paid for art held in the International Art Markets?

Ballet Russes by August Macke, 1912
My personal interest in Monte Carlo began as I studied Dance History. I bumped into a fabulous character named Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929).

Diaghilev founded & directed the magazine
WORLD OF ART (Mir Isskoustva) which was published for a period of 6 years, primarily funded by Czar Nicholas II. In 1906 Diaghilev organized an exhibition of Russian painters in Paris at the Fall Salon in the Grand Palais. Thus he began his exporting of the Russian visual & performing artists to the galleries & stages of Europe.

This included composers Stravinsky & Debussy. Painters being Picasso & Matisse, with dancers being Nijinsky & Pavlova.
From the halls of famous dance figures, this visionary leader saved the lives of many artists as they were harbored in Europe during war. Many then came to America seeking freedom & a safe place to work.

In my mind I have always equated artistic wealth with the famous BALLET RUSSES DE MONTE CARLO, although this title refers to companies founded after the death of Diaghilev.

Wealth Management, with expertise in the arts, is a feature of

Quote "World record art sales as super-rich snap up Freuds, Koons, and Warhols...$142m spent on Bacon triptych represents just fraction of global demand for art sending avalanche of cash to auctions."

It has long been my theory that art is our ancient global language so for me, channeling the power of money into the power of art is a natural. I appreciate the expertise & financial acumen offered by those in Monaco, they obviously have a positive attitude which goes hand-in-hand with the abundance they live within.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jason Lim Conductor Creates Intrigue

Recent prize winner Jason Lim 
is Founder, Executive & Artistic Director @

Please view orchestral video link:


MOLLOY:  Where did the inspiration for the name of your performing group come from?

LIM:  First, I wanted to give my orchestra a more exotic name rather than the name of a city or a place. The inspiration came from my fascination with mythology & the reference to every man's  journey & struggles, which I could certainly relate to.

MOLLOY:  When did you first begin playing a musical instrument?

LIM:  I started playing the piano when I was ten years old. Later when I was twelve, I started the violin, then later switching to the viola. My love for music developed from that point.

MOLLOY:  What led you to being interested in becoming a conductor, which I might add, seems to me, a daunting task?

LIM:  When my interest in violin began I saw a video of Simon Rattle, & from then on I knew I wanted to become a conductor.

Jason Lim currently works in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area & oversees the many challenges & opportunities revolving around pursuit in the classical performing arts.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rosenberg Family Art Collection Gaining Attention Worldwide

@nytimesart, April 26, 2013
Paul Rosenberg, world renowned art dealer in Paris, had his collection looted by the Nazi regime in 1944. The lawsuit continues as interest in justice for the ruinous destruction of German culture develops.

Crated off in a train to who knows where, for three generations the family has been seeking the art which has found itself in museums and private collections.

Picasso, Renoir, Braque, & Cezanne originals are but a few of the works that have been lost.

The Museum of Modern Art does have within its archives correspondence with family members with letters to the elder Leonce Rosenberg. Letters also include artists notings associated with Galerie de l'Effort Moderne and its Bulletin.

History unfolds and tells its story about who received and coveted these priceless works. Many have found their way into state run collections in foreign countries. Policy leaders had been threatened by the non-verbal messages being displayed in bold colors and radical forms.

Cezanne (1839-1960) painted subjects of mortality as her became obsessed with death ideas in the later years of his life.