EVENT RECAP: The Art of Collecting -Where Passion Meets Investment Panel

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EVENT RECAP: The Art of Collecting -Where Passion Meets Investment Panel

Panelists Sara Lee Hantman of SEA VIEW Gallery and Adam Miller of The Pit, L.A. joined Komo Founders, Charlie Manzo and Sarah Schwarzbeck for an intimate conversation on The Art of Collecting: Where Passion Meets Investment at Little Beach House, Malibu this fall.


About Komo Art: Komo began in 2018 as an art advisory specializing in collection management, curatorial projects, and artist commissions. Built from 25+ years of cultivating relationships with artists, collectors, galleries, and institutions around the world, the Komo team recently launched a community and platform for artists and makers featuring curated collections of their work. 



Adam D. Miller

Adam D. Miller was born in Bellevue, WA (1982) and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Sacramento in 2005. Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include The Future Perfect NYC, Gattopardo Los Angeles, Lefebvre & Fils Paris, and a 2 person exhibition at the Newsstand Project Los Angeles with Ryan Schneider, among various other exhibitions. In 2012 he was selected as one of Art Review’s “future greats”. Miller is also the co-founder of the artist-run gallery The Pit in Los Angeles, as well as the lead designer and owner of Reaperware, a functional ceramics line that launched in 2023. He has curated dozens of exhibitions in California and New York including at The Torrance Art Museum, Verge Center of the Arts in Sacramento CA, the Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles among others. He has also designed, edited, and published dozens of artist publications through The Pit’s former Risograph imprint.


Sara, Lee Hantman

Sara Lee Hantman is the founder and director of SEA VIEW, a contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles that occupies a historic concept space built by MacArthur Genius Grant winning artist, Jorge Pardo. Inviting transhistorical dialogues between artists and designers within an intimate domestic context, Hantman has curated exhibitions with emerging and established artists such as Etel Adnan, Kelly Akashi, Kathryn Bradford, Julie Curtiss, Jessie Homer French, Ana Mendieta, Jorge Pardo, Shio Kusaka, Salvo, Alison Saar, Frank Walter, Robin Francesca Williams, and Miranda Fengyuan Zhang. With over ten years of experience placing artworks with the world's leading museums and private collections, Hantman was previously the senior director at Various Small Fires as well as the director of Venus Over Manhattan's satellite gallery in Los Angeles before opening her own gallery in 2023. She lives in Los Angeles.


Charle D. Manzo

Charlie Manzo, co-founder of Komo and Director of Advisory at Winston Art Group, has 20 years of experience in the art world. His knowledge of the contemporary art market was established through previous roles at major galleries such as Pace Gallery, Gagosian, and Metro Pictures. Charlie has been experience as a gallery director, independent curator, and artist liaison. In 2018 he co-founded Komo as a private advisory group to build private collections worldwide and has placed works by artists such as Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter, Agnes Martin, Mary Corse, Cindy Sherman, Anish Kapoor and more. He is an expert in post-war & contemporary art with an ardent love for Minimalism. 


Key Takeaways:

1.  Buy what you love. Investment potential should come second to buying something you want to live with, because it’s always easy to buy but not always easy to sell in the art world.

2. There's no crystal ball when it comes to investing in art. Work with a trusted advisor or gallerist to ensure you understand the context of the work, the movements that influenced the work, and where the artist is showing now and going to show next. 

3. Sell Responsibly. Expect to sell at some point, but not right away. Sometimes work must be held for 5, 10+ years before identifying a buyer and seeing a return, and it's wise to work with someone you trust to sell works from your collection in the right way. 


Listen to a recording of the event here:


If you're interested in joining events like this in the future, share your email with us at komoart.com or reach out directly to Charlie and Sarah at hello@komoart.com. 

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