Art of the American Spirit: A Practical Introduction to
American and California Painting
ABOUT THE EXPERT
Scot Levitt, Director of American and California Paintings
for Butterfields, began developing an appreciation for art early, helped along
by exposure to some of Europe's greatest museums while on childhood trips with
Levitt did his undergraduate work at Colorado College in
Colorado Springs, Colo., graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art
History. From there, he went on to become the director of a prominent gallery in
Colorado Springs, and then to London, where he spent a year studying with
Sotheby's Works of Art program.
Levitt joined Butterfields in 1984, working first in San
Francisco and then in Los Angeles. As director of American and California
Paintings, Levitt has helped to established Butterfields as one of the nation's
top resources for California artwork.
As a collector, Levitt looks for a variety of examples of
American artwork. "I look for good quality that I can afford, which means
the $2,000-and-under category," Levitt says. "It is not always easy to
find those treasures, but it can be done. And I spend a lot of time
For more background on American painting, Levitt
recommends the "Art Across America" series of books by William Gerdts.
Many of these illustrated volumes, which explore both historical and regional
schools of American art, are available through the Barnes & Noble Web site.
He also suggests that collectors interested in specific artists check the AskArt
Web site (www.askart.com), which provides a wealth of information about American
painters ranging from biographical data to the latest sales prices for their
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