Real Art Muse has learned from many Muses along her way.
Combining their strengths and softness with wisdom. According to ancient Greek mythology – a muse is the personification of knowledge and the arts while being a goddess of inspiration. I like to add that a muse is driven to do good deeds. This can be a tall order in modern times, but I still try to live up to this goal.
There will always be challenges when trying to bring real estate and art together – my more lofty aspiration.
Greg Miller had been in touch with me over the years and was planning a visit from his Texas home this past summer specifically with the goal in mind to look at real estate for a possible home/studio in the Hamptons. I was asked by him to to show he and his wife Barbara around and give them the lay of the land. Their last visit was several years before when Greg had rented a home in Montauk which motivated him to come back and consider a Hamptons retreat, where he could work and surf while spending time with his collector friends.
I had spent my summers ever since I was an infant going to the Hamptons with my various parents and for the past 13 years as a part time resident. I combined a keen understanding of the artist’s needs and put together a list of suitable properties, in advance of his visit.
During their visit I set up for them to see my real estate recommendations combined with making some local real estate connections and RealArtMuse hospitality. I gave them a sense a thorough overview of what the different hamlets offer focusing on an area called the Springs, which I had recommended. It helped that Greg had also seemed enthusisatic about this idea, so we were both on the same pageThe challenge is showing a vast range of properties, within a budget, including land vs. renovated and tear downs homes, while explaining the pros and cons of each property. I personally like to mix in some cultural hampton highlights along the way. Especially in this case since their is so much history and still is, an artist’s haven.
Recently I visited the old James Brooks and Christine Park home on a 11 acres, which was purchased by the town of East Hampton preservation fund. Many of the homes that DeKooning, Motherwell, and Pollack lived in still exist and in the case of the Pollack Krasner House can be visited. In addition, many famous living artists live and love the Hampton’s such as Cindy Sherman’s with her home and artist studio in the Springs – EastHampton, NY
The dynamics of this particular deal did not work out as smoothly as I had planned. One of the local brokers I introduced the Millers to and who was not acting exclusively for them reinserted himself after I already negotiated a deal and got an accepted offer by Sothebys, who represented the seller of the property.
The broker I introduced the Miller’s to decided and convinced the client that he was their broker on the deal and he decided that I deserved less then what I was due. When the client decided it was best to work with the broker who I introduced them to after the home was already negotiated by me, I realized that my hands were tied. The title of the artist’s artwork “Dependable” was an omen of what was an unexpected turn for the worse. On the other hand in a real estate and in an art deal…I take great pride in being “Dependable”! So, my advise was to stay calm and carry on and hire a sensible lawyer. I hired a local lawyer in the Hamptons, Theresa Quigley and with her voice of reason while weighing my legal options gave me insight and a game plan.
Once a lawyer is involved it usually means trouble. I hired Theresa to avoid legal action. The real estate and art world have a great deal of misunderstandings. I usually recommend an arbitrator who can weigh in on both sides and make a final decision. Teresa was good at guiding me through the process and making sure my name was on the commission agreement. With the help of Rylan Jacka of Sotheby’s, who represented the seller, my name was on the contract for sale which I negotiated on behalf of the Miller’s new home on Talmage Road in the Springs, East Hampton
I had faced the prospect of getting nothing for my contact and contributions.
In the end, after some intense weeks of negotiation, I decided it was best to take less then what I deserved. I settled on a lesser commission, in order that everyone could be a winner and the Miller’s got their prize.
After a recent chat with the Judge Burke of Southampton, who represented the buyer, he shared his wisdom as a lawyer and a judge. “People need to know when to let go and stop fighting – something is better then nothing.” One good turn might not have ended up working 100% in my favor. However, I settled for 33%.
A year ago even the likes of the reputable Metropolitan Museum with a mission statement written back in 1893 had to fight a lawsuit, which exemplifies how
the Metropolitan Museum
can be considered to be shortsighted but not greedy.
After months of negotiations, the wise Judge Kornreich (who I have experienced in court)
reminded the storied institution when they signed a lease with the city in 1878 that the admission was free 5 days a week, and the intent of the 1893 law which gave the Met State support was so “Admission is defacto free for all.” A penny is now accepted, however their is a “recommended or suggested fee” of $11-$25 for adults. By the way, the MOMA charges $25 for adults, except for free Friday nights, so the MET is actually a bargain
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