Spalding Nix conducting a live auction at the 2016 Collector's Evening at The High Museum of Art.



Fine art specialist Spalding Nix will discuss how to to evaluate, explore and respond to art.  Mr. Nix will analyse how a painting works, what its pictorial elements are and how they relate to each other.


Spalding Nix will reveal his five “rules” for collecting art as well as the best ways to get the most out of the sale of your collection.

3.  MILLENIALS DON'T POLISH SILVER:  Personal Property in the 21st Century 

Spalding Nix will discuss how the market for fine art and antiques is changing between the Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials.

4. WOMEN IN ART HISTORY:  Overcoming Conditions & Customs

That centuries of women artists have created professional, provocative, and appealing work is no longer a well-kept secret.  Nonetheless, there are still many discoveries to be made, as Spalding Nix chronicles nearly ten centuries of women artists, from the embroiderers of the Bayeaux Tapestry to the Guerrilla Girls.


Follow a light-hearted presentation to learn how to identify important periods in American decorative style and understand how those styles evolved to become the treasures we inherit and collect today.

6.  10 RULES FOR COLLECTING ANTIQUES:  Determining Age in Furniture 

Spalding Nix will reveal his top ten rules for collecting antiques.  With an emphasis on detecting age in furniture, Mr.  Nix will discuss everything from methods of construction to patina with tips for everyone from the fledgling collector to the seasoned connoisseur.

7.  IS THIS SEAT TAKEN?  A History of Period Style in Chairs 

Spalding Nix will lead you on an exploration of chairs and their place in culture through the ages.  Mr. Nix will trace the chair’s emergence in ancient Egypt and examine various forms of seating from classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Renaissance era, to the classic designs of today.

8.  INSPIRED BY GEORGIA:  Paintings in & of Georgia from the 18th & 19th Centuries

Beginning with the earliest surviving works of art about Georgia by Philip Georg Friedrich von Reck from the 1730s and finishing with arguably America's premier African American artist at the turn of the century, Georgia based Henry Ossawa Tanner, Spalding Nix will discuss the history of painting IN & OF Georgia during the 18th & 19th centuries. 

9.  18th CENTURY FRENCH FURNITURE:  From Sun King to Revolution

10.  THE ART OF THE STEAL:  A Discussion of Art & Art Theft

Art theft as a criminal enterprise has become a global multi-billion dollar industry, third only to drug and arms trafficking. To illustrate the reasons why criminals steal art, Mr. Nix discusses international case studies of high profile heists with a cast of players including vicious mobsters, extremists, playboys and small time hoods.

11.  REMBRANDT & THE FACE OF JESUS:  Overturning the History of Christian Art

12.  THE HISTORY OF THE LOUVRE:  From Wolves to Pyramids