Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary is dedicated to establishing relationships with clients to realize the purchase and/or sale of fine artwork. Our company specializes in representing artists and works with a connection to Western New York.
We take pride in our increasingly visible role over the past decade (formerly operating as 20th Century Finest), presenting some of the area's most important artists and art events.
2015: “Hollis Frampton,” an exhibition and sale at CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Collaborative programming involving multiple arts organizations included Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo Chamber Players, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, and Western New York Book Arts Center. Also, in 2015, Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary announced the exclusive representation of the photographic print work of Hollis Frampton.
2013: "The David Anderson Charitable Trust Collection." Renowned art dealer and Martha Jackson scion David Anderson (1935-2009) left instructions that a portion of his private print collection be sold to benefit his favorite Buffalo institutions. Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary was engaged by the estate to facilitate this disposition. Beneficiaries included the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the University at Buffalo Foundation. The sale of over 400 works on paper was held at UB Center for the Arts.
2010: Representation of Catherine Burchfield Parker (1926-2012). The beloved watercolorist selected Brownrout to represent her during her lifetime and after her passing. He has continued to present her work—honoring Parker’s memory, increasing her market, and building the reputation of her artistic output. Parker is part of a Western New York legacy; her father, Charles Burchfield, is one of America’s most lauded watercolorists.
2009: “The Private Collection of Charles Rand Penney Western New York Art.” Near the end of his life, Penney (1923-2010), an arts patron, philanthropist, lifelong collector of cultural artifacts, and namesake of Buffalo’s Burchfield Penney Art Center—began to deaccession his private collections. He chose Brownrout to conduct a one-day sale of the remainder of his Western New York art, to ensure that the pieces stayed in the region and in public hands. He had previously donated a large portion of that collection to the BPAC as a foundational part of its holdings.
We work with individuals, private collectors, and organizations seeking art appraisal, purchase, sale or consignment. Our services include art consultation for the home, small office or large corporation. We handle single works of art and entire estates.
Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary is focused on extraordinary client support. With our clients, we attain beneficial results to build, refine or disperse their collections. Our art advisory services are complemented by our strong relationships with dealers, galleries and regional institutions.
It is among our goals to add value to the artist's work we represent. We are committed to ongoing research, updating existing resource materials to support this goal. In addition, we use creative strategies to increase appreciation of and interest in the artists and artworks represented—this includes authoring articles related to Western New York art, and presenting informative and entertaining exhibitions and sales at select venues.
We welcome inquiries from those seeking to determine value, buy, sell or consign works of art.