Art Link International is located just a two-plus hour drive across state, in Lake Worth, a place in which they’ve been established for 72 years. But owner Howard Brassner and Director Barbara Womelsdorf are by no means tied to their bricks and mortar location. “This is where serious collectors come to find new art,” Brassner observes, referring to Naples International Art & Antique Fair, which ends today.
“We do 20-30 shows a year,” Barbara confirms, “and have done 11 so far in 2012.”
That’s an important factor for those who visit their booth. It underscores not only a commitment to meet new people and cultivate new clients, but an understanding of the kind of art that people want that is based on boots-on-the-ground, empirical evidence. And what most collectors truly appreciate in today’s pressed-for-time viewing environment is the type of variety that gives them genuine options and realistic alternatives.
“Nobody has the depth and breadth of inventory that we have,” Howard underscores, “starting with European paintings, extending into Florida paintings, and including the most extensive collection of 19th century American art you’ll find anywhere.”
Into the latter school falls William Merritt Chase, “the dean of American impressionism” and founder of the Chase School, which later would become Parsons The New School for Design.
Art Link’s repertory does not stop there. Art Link also offers collectors modernist and abstract works by Paul Klee and Father of Russian Futurism David Davidovich Burliuk. But perhaps the most popular spot at Naples International is the space where Howard and Barbara hung their pop culture compositions. That’s where you’ll find a stream of the hip and the curious, many of whom file by with quizzical expressions painted across their features as they study works by Dali, Richard Pettibone and Peter Max, and Mr. Brainwash’s Mickey and Goofy.
Of course, Brainwash is a story that mandates separate coverage.