Day in a Canoe – Breck Kling: An Affinity for Art

In this episode, Nathan and Breck discuss:

  • Art as an investment and the value it holds from a monetary and aesthetic standpoint
  • The rise of fine art as an alternative asset class
  • The role of an art consultant in the buying and selling process of fine art 
  • The impact Breck’s grandfather had on his life and the community they lived in thanks to his influence as the founder of Xerox
  • How family values and community involvement shape who you are

Key Takeaways:

  • There is a hunger for people to understand art as an asset while also appreciating the aesthetic of the works itself.
  • Follow your passion and find a way to incorporate it into your work each and every day.
  • Determining the impact you want to make with generational wealth starts and ends with your family dynamic. Finding common ground, a shared vision and how you orient together is key to a successful family experience.
  • Embrace your strengths, have sure footing, and maintain a bit of a practical planning view to see the bigger picture in life.

“Art is about context, and the reason why art is in our museums is because it resonates with a moment in time.” —  Breck Kling.

About Breck Kling: Breck is an Acquisitions and Collection Management Specialist and Fine Art Consultant that has been with Heather James Fine Art since 2017. He spends his time between Palm Beach Florida and Jackson Hole Wyoming. First introduced to HJFA as a collector, Breck’s collection includes works by Robert Rauschenberg, Chuck Close, Takashi Murakami, Yoshimoto Nara, and Dana Schutz. He was a longtime board member of the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, and was an advisor to the first VOLTA art fair in Basel, CH, in 2005. Breck has sat on the board of his family’s foundation (www.wilsonfdn.org) for over 25 years and he is also a co-founder and a trustee of Silicon Couloir, a network for entrepreneurs based in Jackson Hole. 

Breck’s passions are art and meeting new people.  He spends the majority of his time meeting new collectors and helping clients navigate collecting decisions . Breck’s perspective as a collector and decades of experience in the artworld offers his clients unique insights at any stage in their collecting process.  Breck has also assisted collectors in selling works by Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Pat Steir, Andy Warhol, Willam de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Motherwell, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, James Rosenquist, Alexander Calder, and Zao Wou-Ki among others. 

Breck spends winters in Palm Beach and enjoys time with his two kids, golf and recently discovered pickle ball. 

Connect with Breck Kling: 

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  • Email: nathan.mersereau@planningalt.com

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Birmingham, MI 48009

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