Recent Articles
Drew Doggett on his art and photography
Meet the Artist
Drew Doggett – 'I select subjects that are extraordinary to share the world’s beauty'
Orit Fuchs on her art
Meet the Artist
Orit Fuchs – ‘I come to the studio six days a week - and start dreaming!'
Alberto González Vivo talks about his art
Meet the Artist
Alberto González Vivo – 'I think if the work has the desired effect on me, it will have that effect on others'
5 things to look out for in the Celeste Dupuy-Spencer edition
Close Look
5 things to look out for in the Celeste Dupuy-Spencer edition
Lindsay August-Salazar on her inspirations, influences and ideals
Meet the Artist
Lindsay August-Salazar – “Art has the capacity to expand my deeper drive and interest in human expression'
Colleen Blackard - 'I want to build worlds to share'
Artist to Watch
Colleen Blackard - 'From an early age I found it easier to communicate with gestures and pictures than with words'
Bepi Ghiotti on his photographs of rivers and mountains
Meet the Artist
Bepi Ghiotti - 'An artwork is never still although what it represents might seem like it is'
Catherine Opie tells us how she got this amazing shot
Catherine Opie tells us how she shot this powerful photograph at the first ever women's march
Meet the Artist
Rey Zorro - 'When we went on holiday we’d put chairs on the beach to look for UFOs in the night sky. This was normal at home; we never spoke about it as being ‘out of this world’
Meet the people behind Assembly
Meet the Dealer
Meet the people behind Assembly - a new kind of gallery
The Artspace Art for Life Interview with Adam Clayton
How I Collect
The Artspace Art for Life Interview with Adam Clayton
Celeste Dupuy-Spencer on her new Artspace edition
Artist to Watch
'I was really trying to paint what it feels like to be living in the fall of human civilization' - Celeste Dupuy-Spencer on her powerful new Artspace edition
William Eric Brown on the latest Artspace auction
Meet the Artist
‘I’m most comfortable in that state of unknowing - is it real or imagined?’ - William Eric Brown
TM Davy on his benefit auction contribution
Meet the Artist
'Unhappy and happy flow back and forth like a tide making art. I’m working to be OK with that' – TM Davy
Anthony Goicolea on his new Artspace Edition
Meet the Artist
'I am most inspired by those weird transitional moments or in-between states where things undergo metamorphosis' - Anthony Goicolea

Living With Art

How To Use Art Theory To Curate Your Collection


How To Use Art Theory To Curate Your Collection

In Claire Bishop’s book, Radical Museology, the New York-based art historian argued that the global market climate of the last two decades has given rise to a new type of art museum, one that functions primarily as “a populist temple of leisure and entertainment” rather than as a space for research or education. She offered an antidote to the scourge of corporate “starchitecture”, suggesting that institutions with historical collections have become the most fertile testing grounds for what she terms “multi-temporal contemporaneity”, a fancy way of considering the cultural and historical context of new work through inclusive, relativistic curation. Museums took notice immediately, and today, the ripple effect of her theoretical findings is evidenced not only in state-sponsored white cubes, but the walls of local galleries and collectors' homes. 

Bishop identified three museums that had successfully avoided the pitfalls of modern museology—Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, and Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MSUM) in Ljubljana—noting that each of these examples pairs collected historical work with newer acquisitions to create content-based, forward-thinking exhibitions. In Bishop’s opinion, this “anti-presentist” approach not only helps repair viewer relationships with institutions, but restores humanist values in the public sphere. 

This technique is applicable to the modern collector, too. Two pieces paired in conversation enrich, deepen, and engage each other in space, elegantly cracking open each other’s worlds.  Here are 5 unexpected pairings between historically significant and new, fresh works, available now through Artspace. 


Rene Magritte, La Page Blanc, 1965 and Dominique Labauvie, Pleiades, 2019

Rhapsody in blue, but make it calming—these plangent reveries interact beautifully with one another in situ. Aside from the self-evident color palette synchronicity, each piece balances a calming tonal landscape with that signature destabilizing "what the hell?" quality Magritte more or less patented in his Surrealist hey-day. Labauvie's intaglio static and creeping golden lines lend a contemporary version of that tell-tale tension to streamlined abstraction; one might even argue that Magritte's re-constitution of figurative signifiers is a form of abstraction unto itself. La Page Blanc and Pleiades both center organic orbs of blankness in deep, blue expanses, compositional modalities that magnetically draw the eye. 

La Page Blanche, 1967, lithograph, 17.72 inches x 23.62 inches, 2010 edition of 275, $1246, available from Artspace

Pleiades, 2019, metal relief intalgio print, 28" x 37", edition of 7, $3500, available through Artspace


Ralf Peters, Tankstelle Sud, 2005 and Yozo Hamaguchi, Walnut, 1979

Are you afraid of the dark? These two pieces speak to the psychic murkiness of the urban-natural dichotomy.  German conceptual photographer Peters specializes in capturing the otherworldly aspects of transitional, mundane spaces like gas stations, at once deeply impersonal and archly felt. It's little wonder that the German language has upwards of thirty different words to describe loneliness, a type of cultural specificity Japan also shares; Hamaguchi's Walnut speaks to carnal longing and isolation with an urgency atypical of most still-lives. Both pieces burn more slowly than most viewers might expect of photography, adding to the layered, emotional resonance of each print. The compositional dialogue between the pieces—dark, deft, and expert in terms of negative space deployment—is especially savory. 


Tankstelle Sud, photographic C-print, 13.78" x 16.93", edition of 25, $921, available through Artspace

 Walnut, 1979, Mezzotint, 29.73" x 22.25", $7200, available now at Artspace

Tomislav Nikolic, To hear you now, to see you now, I must look outside myself, 2017 and Robert Motherwell, Untitled, Octavio Paz Suite, 1987

There's little more satisfying than pairing color with black and white, and these two selections do one better; they're essentially compositional inverses of one another, as Nikolic's abstract color study gathers speed in the margins, whereas Motherwell's gestural kanji-inspired exclamation feels more centrally weighted. Despite their differences, the affectual and spatial reverberations of these two pieces both function expressionistically, and even Nikolic's piece has a direct correlation to the Color Field artists of the '50s and '60s - Motherwell's era. 

To hear you now, to see you now, I must look outside myself, 2017, Acrylic painting on linen, 14.57" x 12.60", $5632,  available on Artspace

Untitled (Octavio Paz Suite), 1987, 13.50" x 10.50", signed and numbered by the artist, $5500, availble at Artspace


Nicholas Krushenick, Untitled, 1965 and Marta Minujin, All the Lovely People, 2010 

Geometry becomes an uncontrollable force in this entropic Pop pairing, as there's nothing more dynamic than a veritable festival of stripes. Loud, proud, and bound to garner attention, these two pieces bandy to each other with befitting effervescence, electric, wild, and multitudinous in equal measure. Despite their graphic sensibilities, the most exciting aspect of these works has to be their distinct but parallel relationships with figuration, more explicit in Minujin's hodge-podge of bipedal forms, but equally seductive in Krushenick's iteration, swelling and bending with a truly human want. 

Untitled, 1965, Silkscreen print, 40" x 26", edition of 150, signed and numbered by the artist, $1000, available on Artspace

All the Lovely People, 2010, Limited edition silkscreen, 22.50" x 30.00", edition of 190, $1200, available on Artspace 

Joan Mitchell, Untitled from Carnegie Museum of Art Portfolio, 1972 and Charline Von Heyl, Nightpack (The Lost Weekend), 2014

Across the decades, these two painters speak to each other’s intuitive, furious deployment of negative space with unparalleled flair. Each piece is its own testament to gesture as a means of emotional communication and expository world-building, making environments out of the 2-dimensional canvas space. Mitchell, a legend and tastemaker long ensconced in a painterly canon, sets scribbly pace mirrored by Von Heyl's slower, exploratory flirtations with the planar edge; an un-tamed ferocity lives within both sets of brushwork. This pairing represents an opportunity to see two important, chronically underrated female painters box with one another in real life, a truly exciting experience to behold. 

Untitled  from Carnegie Museum of Art Portfolio, 1972, folded lithograph, 15" x 22", edition of 1000, $1000, available now on Artpsace

Nightpack (Gothic), 2014, aquatint, 52" x 42", edition of 10, $8500, available on Artspace 



Why The Upper East Side Is the Best Place to See Art in New York 

Get What You Want: How to Use Artspace's Free Advisory Services


a treasure trove of fine art from the world's most renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. We offer exclusive works you can't find anywhere else.


through exclusive content featuring art news, collecting guides, and interviews with artists, dealers, collectors, curators and influencers.


authentic artworks from across the globe. Collecting with us means you're helping to sustain creative culture and supporting organizations that are making the world a better place.


with our art advisors for buying advice or to help you find the art that's perfect for you. We have the resources to find works that suit your needs.


Artspace offers you authentic, exclusive works from world-renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Collecting with us helps support creative culture while bringing you art news, interviews and access to global art resources.