By Ainslie Gatt, on 08-Sep-2010

With disruption in the art market this year due to the Cooper Review’s proposal to ban investment art in Self Managed Super Funds, and the Resale Royalties scheme kicking off, many in the arts community are questioning the viablity of the industry in these unsettling times.

Perth’s Stirling Fine Art directors, John and Angie Best have decided to step out of the secondary art market, in order to focus on the primary art market, with 166 artworks from their collection up for auction in McKenzie’s September 14 auction.

The Best’s  have operated in Perth over the past 10 years, curating exhibitions and selling privately. They built a reputation for dealing in artworks at a level which was a first step for buyers into the secondary market, specialising in artworks with values between $500 to $20,000.

The auction offers a good collection of well presented contemporary artworks, with the majority being offered unreserved.

The artworks consist of a selection of conservatively priced oils and works on paper including  Robert Dickerson’s Two Women (Lot 16 ) 74 x 55cm,with an estimate $7,500-$10,000.

David Boyd is represented by two works from the  Music and the Angel series (Lots 8 & 60) estimated between $4,500-$6,000 and Children by the River Bank (Lot 90 ) 29.5x37cm, estimated between $10,000-$12,000, last traded at Sotheby’s Melbourne in 2006;

Pro Hart’s Grasshopper (Lot 92 ), 60x45cm, estimated between $13,000-$18,00, is illustrated in his book: The Undiscovered Pro Hart, which comes with the artwork.

There is also a good range of etchings by John Olsen and Robert Dickerson and a Brett Whiteley signed screenprint 46/75 (Lot 48 ) estimated between $4,000-$6,000.

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About The Author

Ainslie Gatt works as an independent Art Consultant and is deeply committed to the promotion of the Visual Arts industry. Specialising in fine arts management, Ainslie has operated in the industry since 1995. She is Past-Vice President and Committee member on the council of the Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Ainslie studied the Bachelor of Art degree in Communication and Cultural Studies from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia and is currently completing the Certificate of Museum Studies at Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley. Ainslie is the Visual and Performing Arts Editor for VIP Perth lifestyle magazine.