Passion Statement

 

 

redM is an online

biographical dictionary...

...that is a natural sequential extension of Peter Falk's massive printed 3-volume opus, Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975. That publication was lauded by critics as “the most significant research tool ever published in the field,” winning the Wittenborn Award for the best art reference book published in North America, given by the Art Libraries Society.  It also won the American Library Association’s “Outstanding Academic Title.”

This new publication has several big differences:  It goes beyond the previous 1975 cutoff date. It's illustrated with numerous artworks. It's only online. (The pre-1975 biographies can be found online at our sister company, Artprice.com.)

The most significant feature of redM is that it is the only online publication in the art world whose artists are identified, vetted, and elected by an Art Advisory Board, composed of a dozen distinguished art historians, art critics, former museum directors and curators, gallerists and auctioneers. Members of the board offer their frank and expert opinions on the quality of an artist’s work and its significance within the major movements of the 20th century.

The redM Art Advisory Board focuses on identifying true vision and innovation as manifested in the imagery, style, and technique of an artist's body of work relative to the complex scope of the many movements and "isms" in art history. We have two categories of artists.

Most featured here are categorized as "Discoveries" and we expect that they will continue to develop and mature as they receive greater critical recognition. We continue to encourage their developments and reinforce their achievements through partnerships with affinity galleries, museums, and other online platforms.

Innovative art knows no age boundaries, nor boundaries of gender, nationality, or religion. Therefore, our artists designated as "Discoveries" may be young and emerging, mid career, late career, or deceased. Only a smaller number of these artists will be designated the second category, our highest, which is "Masters" (noted at the begining of their biographical essays). We stand behind our practice and our decisions.

Regardless of whether an artist is elected as a Master or a Discovery, as scholars we are proud to contribute each biographical/critical essay along with a body of art worthy of greater recognition as a compelling chapter in art history.  For some, we even curate exhibitions that are innovative and visually compelling — reinforced by equally compelling back-stories. Our satisfaction comes from being a catalyst for significant discoveries and rediscoveries that connects artists and their estates with new avenues into the art market. Finally, compelling new choices are being presented to serious collectors, art dealers, and museum curators.

In short, here are

Discoveries that Matter.