Art auctioneer offers collection of tips

April 15, 1994|By John Dorsey

Robert Monk, vice president for contemporary prints at Sotheby's auction house in New York, will lecture on collecting contemporary prints Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff auditorium.

The lecture is one of two events this weekend leading up to the museum's Contemporary Print Fair a week later.

Mr. Monk's topic will be "Collecting Opportunities for the '90s, Or, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Collecting Original Prints But Were Afraid to Ask." Among subjects under discussion will be why you don't have to be rich to become a collector.

Mr. Monk has been a dealer and a scholar in the field.

He worked for the Leo Castelli Gallery and headed the Lorence Monk Gallery before joining Sotheby's in 1992, and has spent 15 years working on a systematic catalog of the prints of contemporary artist Bruce Nauman.

Admission to the lecture is $10, $5 for museum members. For information, call (410) 396-6323.

Tomorrow there will be a seminar on "Prints in the '90s" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the museum's Kress study center, conducted by Jan Howard, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs. Attendance is limited to 25 people. Admission is free, but space must be reserved. Call (410) 396-6345.

The Contemporary Print Fair, to be held April 24, with a preview reception the evening before, will bring 22 dealers to the museum to show and sell their prints. The dealers are from Boston, New York, San Francisco, Washington, Hamburg, Germany, and Baltimore. For information on the fair, call (410) 396-6345.

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