Burton Marinkovich Fine Art, which opened near Dupont Circle in 1993, has a tiny gallery space but big aspirations. Partners Royce Burton and Andrea Marinkovich advertise their marketing niche as "prints and paintings by modern and contemporary masters." The modern art from the first half of the 20th century may include works on paper by such names as Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Fernand Leger, or from illustrated British books. The gallery also deals in prints by late-20th-century artists, including Richard Diebenkorn.
Marinkovich, who hails from Nebraska, said she likes the idea that "people walk into this gallery that's kind of messy, with the atmosphere of maybe a professor's office or research library, and they're charmed by the European salon style of a very tiny gallery." She says the gallery seeks to show a "thoughtful selection of art that would enhance someone's collection." It has "a lot of sales in the $400 to $2,500 range," and another group of sales in the $18,000 to $60,000 bracket, she reports.
Burton Marinkovich is located at 21st and P Streets, just south of the Indonesian chancery. Visitors must buzz to enter the building, which is shared with other offices. The art is hung in the reception area, which overlooks the street, and in the white-walled gallery space, which is made more intimate by a fireplace.
-- C.J. Mills