Armand Bartos, Principal

Armand Bartos is a private dealer with over thirty years of experience dealing in significant 20th century art. He specializes in Post War and Contemporary Art, with a particular focus on Abstract Expressionism, early Pop and Minimal Art and in 20th Century European Art. Armand brokers works of art on behalf of private collectors in the United States and abroad. His sales have included important works by Calder, Chamberlain, deKooning, Frankenthaler, Johns, Leger, Lewitt, Matisse, Mitchell, Motherwell, Nevelson, Picasso, Pollack and Warhol, among others. Armand also works with museums and has placed works at MoMA, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., LACMA, the Pompidou and The Ludwig Collection, among others.

Armand works with a broad range of collectors to find the best possible works within their collecting interests and budget constraints. He works with experienced collectors to find specific works or to hone their collection, as well as with younger collectors to educate and advise them in the early stages of building a collection. Throughout his career Armand has been an important resource not only for collectors, but also for art advisors, private dealers and museum curators around the world.


Armand offers several advantages over the auction houses for collectors. Along with his high level of expertise, Armand offers discretion and privacy in all transactions. He works specifically for his clients, with their individual interests and needs foremost in his mind. Importantly, he is able to work with smaller commissions than the auction houses, which is better for both buyers and sellers.

Additionally, Armand offers other services including certified appraisals, and advice concerning insurance, restoration and conservation, shipping and framing. See OTHER SERVICES.

Armand Bartos started his career at Christies, as Director of Christie’s Contemporary Art in New York, a subsidiary of Christies Manson and Wood in the in the early ‘80s before founding Armand Bartos Fine Art, and going out on his own as a private dealer. In spring of 2008, while continuing his private dealing, Armand also established a public gallery space with the specific goal of mounting important exhibitions focusing on ideas and trends which had been not been sufficiently explored by museums and other galleries. The exhibitions included the examination of the use of words, appropriation, and serialism in 20th Century Art. (See FAIRS / PAST EXHIBITIONS). In spring of 2011, Armand closed the gallery to return to what he likes best, namely finding great works of art and helping collectors, both new and established, to build their collections. Armand served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sculpture Center from 1989 through 2001, and Chair Emeritus through 2009. He has been a member of the Columbia University Art Advisory Council since 1992.