2017 Annual ARCS Convention in San Antonio

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Joshua Baer – Qualifications as an Appraiser

Joshua Baer is president and managing partner of Joshua Baer & Company in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Joshua Baer & Company specializes in the appraisal, purchase, resale, and restoration of Navajo blankets, antique Native American art, New Mexican tinwork,

Spanish Colonial furniture, and vintage American photography. Joshua Baer & Company has been a New Mexico Corporation since October of 1987.

Since 1985, Joshua Baer has performed more than two thousand appraisals of Navajo blankets and rugs. Baer has acted as a consultant to auction companies dealing in Navajo blankets, including Bonham’s of San Francisco, Christie’s of New York, Heritage Auctions of Dallas, and Sotheby’s of New York. Individual appraisal and consultation clients have included Tony Berlant, Donald Ellis, Steve and Laurene Jobs, Ralph Lauren, Arthur Levitt, Linda and Stanley Marcus, Hal Riney, Gerald Peters, Helen Schwab, Jack Silverman, Gaylord Torrence, Mark Winter, and other private collectors. Between 2003 and 2004, working on a pro-bono basis, Baer appraised all of the classic Navajo blankets in the collection of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Joshua Baer has advertised appraisal and consultation services in the Santa Fe Yellow Pages, American Indian Art Magazine, The Magazine Antiques, and online at westernpictures.net and navajoblanketappraisals.com. Baer has appraised Navajo blankets which were donated to the Navajo Cultural Museum in Window Rock, Arizona; the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California; the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado; El Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe; the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Baer has appraised works of antique ceremonial art which were repatriated to the Acoma, Apache, Hopi, Jemez, and Navajo tribes.

In 1996, Joshua Baer testified as an expert witness in a court case involving commercial values of Navajo blankets (Burke vs. Harmon; Lincoln, Nebraska, June, 1996). Baer has appeared on CNBC (January, 1997), on NBC (January, 1997), and on CBS (October, 2000) as an appraiser of antique Native American art, and as an authority on the market for Navajo blankets. On January 14, 1997, Baer was featured in USA Today as a prominent dealer in Navajo blankets. Between February, 2000, and February, 2001, Baer performed online appraisals as the Native American art specialist at auctionwatch.com.

Joshua Baer is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, with bachelor’s degrees in Art History and English Literature in 1974. Baer is the author of three books about Native American art: Collecting The Navajo Child’s Blanket (1986),

Twelve Classics (1989), and The Last Blankets (1998). Baer’s articles on Native American art have appeared in Hali Magazine, The Magazine Antiques, Tribal Art Magazine, and the Santa Fean Magazine. Baer has written articles about Navajo blankets and prehistoric Southwestern pottery for auctionwatch.com.

In 1986, Joshua Baer curated an exhibition of Navajo child’s blankets for Morning Star Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1992, Baer curated Space and Design, an exhibition of classic Navajo chief’s blankets, for the Monterey Peninsula Museum in Monterey, California. In 1998, Baer curated The Last Blankets, an exhibition of nineteenth and early twentieth century Navajo double saddle blankets. The Last Blankets appeared at Joshua Baer & Company in Santa Fe, and at the Winter Antiques Show in New York City. In 2001, in cooperation with the San Francisco Folk Art Museum, Baer curated The Rio Grande Serape, an exhibit of historic Navajo, Rio Grande, and Saltillo serapes for the Tribal and Textile Show at Fort Mason in San Francisco, California.

In March of 2012, Baer appraised the Chantland First Phase Chief’s Blanket, which later sold at auction for $1,800,000, then a record price for a Navajo chief’s blanket. In 2015, Baer appraised the Denman Ross First Phase for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Standard Appraisals include the Replacement Values of the works being appraised. Custom Appraisals include Replacement Values and Fair Market Values of the works being appraised, and recommendations regarding how, when, and where to donate or sell the appraised works of art.

Joshua Baer is available for consultations regarding auction consignments, auction estimates and reserves, bidding representation at auction, long-term management of private or corporate art collections, and the cleaning and restoration of Navajo blankets. Consultation fees are based on the nature of the consultation, the research involved, and the client’s ability to pay for the consultation. Pro-bono appraisals and consultations are available by request.

Contact Information
email: newmexico@newmexico.com
Telephone: 505 699-4711
Web: www.navajoblanketappraisals.com
 
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To long of a post...my attention span was lost after the third paragraph. No disrespect to you but if you truly want to get your message across for the love of god break it down. Similar as you did to your rug making plant. Adult learners learn differently. Honestly no disrespect to you. I aprecate the knowledge you give me. Honest feed back.
 
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Perhaps I am out of touch with reality... do you enjoy reading posts like that?
I don't.
But then agin I'm so wrapped up in my first world problems I might be wrong...hashtag grow a set and say your honest opinion...
 
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Randy Hyde is the reigning President of ARCS. He will likely address any questions one may have. He is a man of few words and to the point. Robert Mann is too. Mr. Mann may provide insight on his upcoming presentation at ARCS.
 
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Yeah, it's a really hard read? I've never met Josh but he strikes me as a classic overachiever.


Below is an outline fo the event



- Lara August of Robot Creative, an award-winning creative and marketing firm that specializes in print and web design will be talking about the latest trends in marketing.
-Barry-Wehmiller institute will focus on employee’s and employee retention because marketing doesn’t matter if you can’t hire and retain talent to help grow your business an issue with many small businesses

-Scott Ring of Woodard’s cleaning will talk about his plant “going solar”
-Robert Mann will talk about his operation quest to recycle their was water for reuse the pros cons and costs
-Bill folds will tell us about his rain water capture system he uses in his wash plant to cut water costs
-Joshua Baer will be talking about Navajo rugs, the Navajo rug market, and the changes in taste, designs, and collectability.
-Robert Mann of Robert Mann Oriental Rugs will share some of his knowledge that has made his company the cleaner for high-end collectibleSW textiles. Just about every 6-7 figure Navajo blanket sold in the USA goes through his shop for cleaning and repair. Robert will cover cleaning concerns color run removal and reweaving..most likely this will lead to an interesting Q&A
-A tour of the Southwest school of art. We will explore various weaving projects at the school and take you beyond just rugs to the fundamentals of weaving world
-San Antonio museum and explore their collection of art
-A private tour of the Tour the Alamo


And Beer!
 

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