Eclectic Collecting – Exploring Contemporary Art Forms


Exploring various mediums and contemporary art forms is essential to building a comprehensive and compelling collection.

As an art enthusiast and/or art collector, you may be interested in contemporary art and the unique facets of each medium. This session will explore the different contemporary art forms, including photography and sculpture, to assist you in your journey toward beginning or enhancing your contemporary art collection.

When it comes to contemporary art, there is no one right way to collect. You may choose to focus on a specific artist or theme, or you may prefer to assemble a more eclectic collection of pieces. Whichever route you decide to take, it is important to do your research and purchase pieces that you truly love.

One contemporary art form that has gained popularity in recent years is photography. Unlike traditional paintings, which can be composed of a variety of mediums, photography is created solely with the use of a camera. This medium can be used to capture everyday objects or moments in a new and interesting way.

Sculpture is another popular contemporary art form. Like photography, sculpture can be created from a variety of materials, including metals, glass, and stone. Sculptures can be realistic or abstract, and they often examine themes such as relationships between people and nature or the human experience. When selecting sculptures for your collection, it is important to take into account both the aesthetics and the meaning behind the work.

No matter what kind of contemporary art you are interested in collecting, doing your research and selecting pieces that you connect with on a personal level is essential. By taking the time to build a thoughtful collection, you will be able to enjoy your contemporary art for many years to come.

You will be introduced to the unique facets, dictated by each medium, including photography and sculpture, to assist you in your journey toward beginning or enhancing  your contemporary art collection.

Panel Discussion: Aimee Pflieger, James Cavello, Dr. Barbara J. Bloemink and Cheryl Sokolow

Our expert panel is made up of Aimee Pflieger, a USPAP certified appraiser who has appeared on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow as a photography expert; James Cavello, President and co-owner of Westwood Gallery; Dr. Barbara J. Bloemink, an author and consultant to international museums; and Cheryl Sokolow, founder of C Fine Art.

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Aimee Pflieger

Aimee Pflieger has acquired over 20 years’ experience working at arts related organizations, including research roles at the Indiana University Art Museum and in sales positions for prominent modern and contemporary art galleries such as Valerie Carberry Gallery in Chicago and Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. Additionally, Pflieger acted as a Senior Specialist of Modern and Contemporary Art at...

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James Cavello

James Cavello is President and co-owner of Westwood Gallery since 1995. He is an award winning Curator, film producer and respected art expert and advisor. He began his art career in the late 1980’s serving as President of the Park Slope Artists Council, a non-profit organization with over 300 artists. He organized exhibitions in alternative spaces, both national and international....

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Barbara J. Bloemink

Dr. Barbara J. Bloemink is currently a consultant to international museums and a guest curator/writer with an international blog on global contemporary art in all media. Formerly the Curatorial Director of the Smithsonian’s National Design Museum in New York, she has also served as the Managing Director of the Guggenheim & Guggenheim Hermitage Museums in Las Vegas, the Director and Chief...

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Cheryl Sokolow

Cheryl Sokolow has over 20 years of art world experience with a Master’s Degree in Art History and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Art History and Anthropology. She serves on the Board of Directors for ATOA and is an active member of the Woman’s Art Dealers Association and ArtTable. Beginning her career in the Gallery world as an Art Advisor, she later moved into the digital space...

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