MISSION

 

 

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

redM 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 redM 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 redM 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.

Most of our artists are elected to our Artist Discovery Group. Some have passed away. But others may be young and emerging, mid or late-career. 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 online platforms. We expect that a number of our featured artists will in time be moved up to our highest category — "Masters" (as noted at the begining of their biographical essays) — which is a rarely used term and relatively smaller number.

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.

Compelling new choices are presented to serious collectors, art dealers, and museum curators.

We stand behind our practice and our decisions.

"redM is 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."