The Houston-based art advisor Kimberly Landa talks about her favorite works in the October selection on Platform.

In their own words

Building collections and educating my clients on the impactful nature of art is my professional objective. Personally, I’m an avid reader, photographer, and an obsessive collector of small-scaled art that stuccos my NYC apartment along with a multiplying book and sneaker collection. You could call me a tightly curated hoarder.

I’m the Vice President at Kinzelman Art Consulting, a comprehensive arts advisory and management firm based in Houston. Our diverse range of clientele allows me to mingle with artists of all medias and price points, which has been the cherry on top of a fun and exciting career. I’m currently in New York, completing my Master’s Degree at NYU and working on select independent projects. I find working closely with new collectors to be the most rewarding, as I enjoy growing alongside them as an advisor.

Corey Ruecker, Santa Cruz 1
Oil, fabric dye, and natural pigments on linen, 46.0 × 33.0 inches, 2022. $4500

This piece offers a wonderful glimpse into the artist’s imagination, and a fun play on perspective. I love the idea that somewhere lies a terrain with massive, swirly flowers that tower over the birds, and a pulsating Rothko sky. The layered surface could be deconstructed day after day, always discovering new sweet spots. Browse the work.

Sarah Alice Moran, Double Double Swan
Acrylic on canvas, 40.0 × 32.0 inches, 2022. $4000

It’s fun to theorize about what might be going through the swan’s head in this moment. Is he having an existential crisis? Perhaps he’s praying? Wondering why there are suddenly four of him? Or, is he just admiring himself, while we admire him? The hands whirling around the composition add another layer of question. Browse the work.

James Morse, Blue Afternoon
Oil on linen, 30.0 × 36.0 inches, 2022. $8300

Artwork that doubles as a portal or window always nails it for me. It has the ability to transport the viewer to an entirely new setting, and can really open up a room in the same way a mirror does. Beyond its title, Blue Afternoon is perfectly melancholy. I like that the shadows don’t quite make sense, and that you can feel the presence of a person despite the absence of a figure in the frame. I would imagine whoever lives here drinks a lot of warm coffee and is a vigorous writer. Browse the work.

C. Meng, "A Copy?"
Acrylic on canvas, 32.0 × 24.0 inches, 2022. $4500

There is a subtle humor to this piece reminding us that sometimes art doesn’t take itself as seriously as we do. However, many details can be read into if the viewer wishes to people watch or put on their art history cap. It’s interesting to question why C Meng chose to omit certain details from Guston’s Couple In Bed. Maybe that’s what the couple is discussing, as the title alludes. I love so much about this painting, all the way down to the washy rendering of the wood floor...And, it’s a two for one special!  Browse the work.