Louis M. Salerno
903 Park Avenue (at 79th Street), Suite 3A & B
New York, NY 10075
Louis M. Salerno: Questroyal’s collection is comprised specifically of 19th- and 20th-century American Art. Our inventory is deeply rooted in the tradition of the Hudson River School, and also includes pieces by American Impressionists and Modernists from the 20th century.
LS: We have over 400 artists represented in our inventory. My personal favorite is Ralph Albert Blakelock. He was a “mad genius” and was best remembered for his moonlight night scenes, which earned him the reputation as “the painter of darkness.”
LS: Since we don’t represent any living artists, we are on a constant search for the best quality examples of 19th- and 20th-century American Art that have the best values. At Questroyal Fine Art, we own the paintings that we sell, so we only select paintings that are worthy to collect.
LS: We recently expanded at our 903 Park Avenue location and have just opened a new gallery wing. We have also taken on an additional researcher and administrative assistant to ensure that we can efficiently contend with the increasing amount of activity, both at Questroyal and in the American Art market.
LS: A major Hudson River School painting worth over seven figures!
LS: While most of our buyers are typically over the age of 50, different paintings have the ability to draw interest from various age groups and locations across the country.
LS: Our next important sale will be the Hudson River School exhibition, which is a longstanding Questroyal tradition. Our selection will feature some the finest examples of American landscape paintings, and will take place in early March 2013.
LS: Art fairs can be helpful towards gaining exposure, but they are not absolutely crucial. Some of the best client relationships form when a client walks through the doors of the gallery.
LS: It has become increasingly clear that clients understand the value of experience—they have become adept at listening to the advice given by established dealers and galleries.
LS: The Internet is a very important and helpful resource. It has given us the opportunity to increase our outreach and develop valuable connections with clients, museums, and art professionals.
LS: artnet is a very useful tool that helps us determine market value, and also to see if similar works are saturating the market.
LS: Discover what you love, find a dealer you trust, educate yourself, and NEVER stop asking questions.
LS: The New-York Historical Society is currently hosting Nature and the American Vision, which features 45 Hudson River School paintings by artists such as Thomas Cole, John F. Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper F. Cropsey, and Asher B. Durand.
LS: I go to about six events per year, and they typically focus on art that is relevant to our gallery.
LS: Ralph Albert Blakelock, Sanford Robinson Gifford, and Albert Bierstadt.