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Kathryn Markel

What you need to know when you buy fine buy art

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1975-1985 – Kathryn Markel Fine Arts – New York, NY.
For ten years, I owned a public gallery on 57th Street that specialized in works on paper – both original prints and unique works of art on paper such as watercolor, collage, and pastel. However, as overhead went up in the early 80′s, I couldn’t force a commensurate rise in the prices of my works on paper by emerging artists that I sold, and had to close my public space. The experience taught me that if you wish to sell relatively inexpensive works of art, you must invent another business model that doesn’t involve the high overhead of a public New York Gallery, or, if you need to have an expensive gallery, you must sell expensive works.

1985-1999 Markel/Sears Works on Paper
In 1985, Macie Sears, my partner, and I started this new business model based on selling wonderful, but well-priced works on paper by emerging artists with minimal overhead. We were primarily open by appointment, either in our own homes or our small space on Broadway and Prince Street. Since our prices were low and we marketed primarily to corporations, which buy large numbers of works at a time, Markel/Sears proved a success. 

1999 – Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Reopens - 
On the 15th of June, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts reopened at 560 Broadway.


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