To accompany this wonderful Indian Summer climate we are enjoying, why not drop by Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips DuPury within the next two weeks. "Pre-Sale Exhibitions" will be showcased for viewing with open access to the public.
"...Before the big sales, the auction houses will be filled with multimillion-dollar masterpieces and blue chip contemporary artwork, and are open to everyone, not just the art elite..." New York Times
Take the opportunity to indulge yourself in a wonderful viewing experience that will be a monumental memory.  This artwork consigned for sale to the public at auction arrives directly from private collections - some of it hasn't been seen for decades, and perhaps will never be seen again in your lifetime.
This Fall Auction Season is expected to be exceptionally strong due to the state of the global economic climate.  Many international buyers are expected to be on board for the chance to acquire the objects of their passion or asset investment allocation.
Be there, or be square!
For further information check websites for dates and location

Viewing hours vary by day and auction house. Usually the viewing ends the morning of the sale, but Web sites should have the details.
CHRISTIE’S 20 Rockefeller Plaza (49th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas). Impressionist and Modern art viewings, Friday through Wednesday morning; postwar and contemporary art viewings, Nov. 6-10 (morning); (212) 636-2000,
SOTHEBY’S 1334 York Avenue, at 72nd Street, Manhattan. Impressionist and Modern art viewings, Friday through Tuesday morning; postwar and contemporary art viewings, Nov. 5-9 (morning); (212) 606-7000,
PHILLIPS DE PURY & COMPANY 450 Park Avenue, at 57th Street. Contemporary art viewings, Saturday through Nov. 7 (sale Nov. 8); (212) 940-1200,




While visiting the FRANCIOS BARD exhibition at Axelle Fine Art, the model for one of the artist's paintings arrived unexpectedly at the gallery (photo above). The portrait of his hands is a typical composition by Bard.
"His paintings are of the simplest of all subjects, be it a shoe, a leg, a torso, a foot, a dog, or a face, which will take on a tragic and magnificent dimension. He manages to translate all his intimate emotion into a two-dimensional art work; each painting is an endless exercise of composition, rhythm and struggle, and the use of multiple layers of oil accentuates the feel and dynamic mood.
Bard’s paintings can be described as edgy. There is a dark, urban quality to his paintings that evoke both a sense of danger, loneliness and alienation of modern urban life."
Impressive is the uncanny skill of the artist in capturing an exact  fabrication of the textures of all the inanimate objects that appear in each painting. BARD's process of application of oil paint, the scraping and scaring marks to the canvas is unexpected and a wondrous deviation from most traditional European painting of this genre, This technique allows the work to move forward, albeit derivative, into the realm of new Contemporary Art for the 21st Century.
Axelle Fine Art is located at 525 West 25th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).