ArtWatch International is a non-profit 501(c)3 incorporated in the state of New York in 1992 as an international advocate for the voice of art in the conservation and stewardship of historically significant works. It was founded by Columbia University art historian Professor James Beck to serve as a watchdog organization in the arena of cultural policy, protecting works of art and the public interest from vested private and institutional interests. We operate on a project by project basis, establishing task forces to determine the levels and methods of engagement in specific conservation, restoration and cultural policy issues and problems. Some problems have been addressed through scholarly work and publications, other through advisory and consulting arrangements, still others by symposia, debate, lecture forums, and intensive work with the media.
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Remembering the Consequences of Mishandling Art.
Ruth Osborne Every so often it is useful – indeed, instructing – to take a glance at the current environment in the art world and see what recent developments show about what the future holds. For ArtWatch, this means considering again the consequences of collections across the country that we have seen dismembered or mishandled over the past few […]
Recap: 2016 James Beck Memorial Lecture
This year’s 8th annual James beck Memorial Lecture was hosted last Thursday evening at The Art Students League of New York in midtown. Alternating between London and New York, ArtWatch holds this event each year to honor memory, scholarly efforts, and unwavering commitment to artistic stewardship of its founder, Professor James Beck. Since Beck’s passing […]
Frank Mason Painting Raffle to Benefit the Preservation of the Historic Salmagundi Club.
Ruth Osborne Our 8th annual James Beck Memorial Lecture was a brilliant gathering of those invested in the making of art and the stewarding of its well being. We were proud to have this year’s lecture hosted at the Art Students League of New York, an historic institution that has been instrumental and innovative in art […]
ArtWatch International Presents the 2016 James Beck Memorial Lecture and Reception
ArtWatch International, Inc. is pleased to announce our seventh annual James Beck Memorial Lecture. Each year ArtWatch holds an annual James Beck Memorial Lecture and reception to commemorate the scholarly career and the principled stand of its founder, Professor James Beck. The lectures, organized by Michael Daley, the director of ArtWatch UK, provide a platform for […]
Donald’s Demolition: Reckless Jackhammering of Artistic Heritage to Make Way for the First Trump Tower.
Ruth Osborne What to do with some iconic sculptures on the façade of a historic building that is being razed for a new glass tower? Well, you could remove them intact and give them to the museum just blocks up the street. Or you could forget about salvaging architectural remains altogether and just smash them along with the rest […]
Architectural Restoration & the “Blank Space”
Ruth Osborne What is a restorer to do when only a fragmented portion of a historic building, or work of art, remains? News reports this month have been lauding the 10-year long conservation on a terribly wrecked picture by 16th century Italian artist del Piombo at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. But what happens when […]
Recap: Historic Preservation Panel
Ruth Osborne What Do the Last 50 Years Tell Us About the Next 50? That was the question of the night earlier this month when three individuals from organizations across the city came to The Salmagundi Club to discuss the challenges and successes of historic preservation in New York, and how we can learn from these past […]
ArtWatch International Presents: 2016 Panel on Preservation
ArtWatch International is pleased to announce that on April 7th, it will be hosting a collaborative lecture and panel with other respected colleagues involved in the historic preservation of art and history in New York City. This event will be free and open to the public, hosted at The Salmagundi Club on 5th Ave. See below for […]
The Uncertain Future of Local History & Preservation.
Ruth Osborne Last week, we saw a significant decision that will shape the future of architectural preservation and local history in New York City. And perhaps not for the better. On Wednesday, the City Council held its final hearing on Mayor de Blasio’s “Zoning for Quality & Affordability” (ZQA) plan, which last week was approved (9-3-1) […]
Recap: Art, Law and Crises of Connoisseurship Conference 2015
Ruth Osborne Last week in London, a rather remarkable gathering was held at the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House. Our sister organization, ArtWatch UK collaborated with colleagues at the Center for Art Law (USA) and the LSE Cultural Heritage Law (UK) to host the Art, Law and Crisis of Connoisseurship conference on December 1st. The […]