MISSION

 

 

Here is a growing encyclopedia of well-researched discoveries.
Art historians and critics illuminate their historical significance, leading to curated exhibitions.

The Artist Discovery Group (ADG) is a natural online 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 publication has three big differences:  it goes beyond the previous 1975 cutoff date to the present. It's illustrated with numerous artworks. And of course, it's only online. (The pre-1975 biographies — all 60,000 of them — can be found online at our sister company, Artprice.com.)

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

The ADG Curatorial 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. Innovative art knows no boundaries of age, gender, nationality, or religion.

As scholars we contribute each biographical/critical essay along with a body of art worthy of greater recognition as a compelling chapter in art history.  We curate exhibitions that are innovative and visually compelling — reinforced by equally compelling biographical narratives. 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.

These compelling new choices are presented to serious collectors, art dealers, and museum curators. In time, we hope some may be awarded our highest category — redM — which is an acronym for Rediscovered Master and is signified by its logo.

 

We stand behind our practice and our decisions.

"We are identifying excellent artists who have not as yet received the full recognition they deserve."

— Peter Selz (PhD) is the "Dean of Art Historians in America" and founder of the Berkeley Art Museum. 
      The New York Times has called him "Mr. Modern Art."