Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Debra Force

Second-year students in the WUDPAC program each get to invite a guest speaker to Winterthur to give a talk. I chose to invite Debra Force, an American paintings, drawings, and prints specialist. Debra has had an incredibly accomplished career. She was the senior vice president and head of the American Paintings department at Christie's in New York where she organized over 40 auctions of American art. She went on to be the director of American Art at Hirschl & Adler Galleries and then director of Beacon Hill Fine Art. In 1999, Debra formed Debra Force Fine Art, which offers American art and provides appraisal and consulting services related to areas of American art. Click here for a link to her web page. Debra's face may be familiar to you, as she is often on PBS's Antiques Roadshow. Debra spoke to us about condition, conservation, and their affect on the market value of artworks. The lecture was fascinating and packed with real-world examples. I know my classmates enjoyed her talk immensely because they were still talking about it in the lab later in the evening! I would like to thank Debra for coming to Winterthur and Brock Jobe for recommending her as a speaker.

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