Portfolio Naples February 2017 - Page 49

MASTERWORKS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM By Lily Ng Marlissa Gardner Above: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Variation on ‘Poison Oasis’), 1981, (b.1960- d.1988) 65 x 61 in. Acrylic, gold paint, oil stick on canvas Small photo right: Marlissa Gardner and Jeffrey Dering flank Basquiat’s Untitled (Variation on ‘Poison Oasis’), 1981, (b.1960- d.1988) Opposite page: Mario Carreño, Cortadores de Guano, 1943, (b. 1913- d.1999) 74.25 x 57 in., Oil / Mixed Media / Paper Mount on Wood As she pulls the heavyweight, brown paper from the large frame, Marlissa Gardner’s eyes widen at the vivid colors of the painting before her. Gardner was arms’ length from “Cortadores de Guano” painted in 1943 by Havana artist, Mario Carreño Morales, (b.1913-d.1999), the 20th century Cuban artist whose work is now avidly sought in the art world. Gardner, a Naples-based art con- sultant, unveiled the work in Miami dur- ing Art Basel week this past November. Finding treasures, unearthing them, and bringing them to the public eye are endeavors reserved for adventurous archeologists, but Gardner’s travels in the art world prove just as revelatory. Her savvy for masterworks has brought her in touching-distance of rare and rarely-seen Rembrandts, and Rubens, in addition to modern masterworks from Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali and ultra-contempo- rary works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Banksy. “Truly, this experience never grows old,” Gardner reveals. “For me, these are breathtaking moments, and are key to why I chose this line of work. I truly appreciate the fortune of seeing these priceless works up close.” Mostly, the works are part of private collections. Collectors and buyers call upon Gardner to calibrate their collections, develop a burgeoning collection, or diversify their portfolio with purchases of fine art that escalates in value over time. PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 47