Lisa Darms is a USPAP (IRS) compliant art appraiser with expertise in photography, contemporary art, archives, and avant-garde ephemera, and an Associate Member, Appraisers Association of America. Lisa has a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from NYU, in addition to Masters degrees in photography and archives management. As a former curator of Special Collections at NYU's Fales Library, Lisa has a comprehensive understanding of art, rare books and manuscripts, and historical artifacts, including the condition issues unique to each.
Photography: Lisa has worked with photography for over 25 years. Before receiving her MFA in photography in 2004, she was a custom printer for Modernage in Manhattan, and for the Washington State House of Representatives. She has taught photography and photo history at the University of Washington, NYU and Manchester Community College, and was an intern to the photo appraiser Sarah Morthland. She completed Gawain Weaver's 4-day intensive The Care and Identification of Photographs in 2011.
Contemporary Art: Lisa studied postwar and contemporary art in graduate programs at NYU and the University of Washington, and has special expertise in experimental art, artistic avant-gardes, and New York artists from the abstract-expressionists to the Pictures Generation. She was a curator and managing archivist for the esteemed Downtown Collection of New York artists' archives for almost eight years, and writes regularly about contemporary art, especially as it relates to archives. She has spoken on art and archives at the New Museum, New York Art Book Fair, Haverford College, New York University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her book on artist David Wojnarowicz's audio journals will come out in 2018.
Books, Archives and Manuscripts: Lisa holds a Masters in History and Archival Management from NYU, and studied book history and illustration processes at Rare Book School with Mark Dimunation and Terry Belanger. She developed and taught a course in NYU's graduate program on the history of photography and print that focused on cultivating the ability to identify these processes. She is regarded as an expert on zines and punk ephemera, and was the curator of the Riot Grrrl Collection at NYU's Fales Library. She has published widely on the subject of archives in Archivaria, American Archivist, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Quarterly and Archive Journal. Her archival work has been featured in the Village Voice, The Believer, Rookie magazine and the Paris Review blog, among others.
Appraisal services include:
- Insurance appraisals
- Damage and loss appraisals
- Appraisals for financial planning
- Valuation for sale/re-sale