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Dear Friends,

In this wonderful year of anniversary celebrations, we have taken time to reflect on some outstanding achievements over the last 50 years. An incredible number of you have come to the gallery to share in all of our appreciation for Anthony’s 50 years with Gladwell’s. We thank you for that. We have treasured your kind words and friendship. Your tributes, cards and gifts have been deeply touching and have meant so much to Dad.

As we celebrate these incredible milestones, we should not and do not lose sight of the importance in planning for and considering what comes ahead in the art market.

To prepare ourselves for the future and to ensure we are making the correct decisions in the art world, we endeavour to use our extensive experience and knowledge, with the aim of Gladwell and Patterson staying ahead in the ever-changing face of technology and communication. Whilst striving to achieve excellence, we stay true our core values as a family business, placing quality of service, integrity and personal client relationships above all.

At the beginning of May, Cory and I attended a superb conference entitled ‘Creating the Future’ hosted by our bank Weatherbys. Our perceptions of how the world will change were challenged beyond measure. I have been thinking long and hard about how this will affect the art world going forward and I want to share with you this brilliantly written article by Olafur Eliasson, which was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2016. I believe it touches upon some very valid points about the importance of art in this fast-changing world, and reminds us to take a moment to pause and enjoy the beauty of art around us, to embrace the true value that art can bring.

Olafur comments that “…one of the great challenges today is that we often feel untouched by the problems of others and by global issues like climate change, even when we could easily do something to help. We do not feel strongly enough that we are part of a global community, part of a larger we. Giving people access to data most often leaves them feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, not empowered and poised for action. This is where art can make a difference. Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body, and mind. It can make the world felt. And this felt feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action.”

He continues that art encourages us “to cherish creativity and to search constantly for new ideas; artists aim to break rules and find unorthodox ways of approaching contemporary issues. This is one way that art can engage with the world to change the world.” Olafur concludes “that by bringing us together to share and discuss, a work of art can make us more tolerant of difference and of one another. The encounter with art – and with others over art – can help us identify with one another, expand our notions of we and show us that individual engagement in the world has actual consequences.”

We are entering an era where the speed and diversity of technological change will bewilder the majority of us, while revolutionising our lives in every way. With socio-economic developments we will indulge more sophisticated tastes and this will mean that more people than ever will buy art. It is our contention that there will be even more yearning for the classical paintings and sculptural pieces that rise to prevalence during times of cultural wealth. It is inherent in our psyche that through art we are able to connect with ourselves, to pause and to reflect.

Kind regards,
Glenn

 

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