Ruth | Catone | Goulding partners with collectors, both new and experienced, in meaningful and lasting dialogue, providing the access, research, and expertise necessary to build collections of enduring value.
The firm, focused on art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, foregrounds the passions, interests, objectives, and ambitions of our collectors and frames their purposeful engagement with the art world. We are unencumbered by any other agenda or financial interest.
Our relationships with collectors often last decades. Similarly, we have cultivated deep, long-term relationships with offering agents, from large multinational galleries and seasoned auction professionals to young and emerging gallerists, as well as discreet private dealers and collectors. These collaborations—bolstered by our meticulous coverage of the global market and by our unimpeachable reputation as honest, thoughtful, and diligent partners—enable us to provide expansive and leveraged access for our collectors in a competitive environment.
Over the past two decades, our firm has compiled an unrivaled database of 70,000 artworks privately offered by galleries, dealers, and other agents: an exclusive and proprietary dataset that enables us to make shrewd valuations and offer market context well beyond what can be derived from publicly accessible auction price records. Coupled with our 7,000-volume library, we are uniquely positioned to build out the matrix of art historical and financial market analysis essential for well-informed acquisition decisions on both the secondary and primary markets.
Information is only useful when coupled with the expertise to distinguish true substance and value from fleeting trends. Our collaborative team’s expertise, developed through decades of research, relationships, and experience in the market, guides our collectors to works of significance and informed decisions about them in a field rife with noise and distraction. We provide nuance, context, and detailed interpretation in evaluating art offerings tailored to the interests and needs of our clients, as well as candid insight into the subjective and often opaque shifting indicators of critical and financial value in a dynamic and volatile arena.
With careful judgment, we work with our collectors to seamlessly embed the practice of collecting within their existing professional endeavors, personal relationships, and broader assets. Our discreet, long-view approach builds strength on strength, identifying and reinforcing the web of curatorial, personal, and relational meaning that informs our collectors’ interest in art. Our strategic counsel over time aims to elevate each collection as a vital component of our clients’ cultural engagement, ensuring that its creation represents more than a series of transactions. Judgments about enduring value for our collectors transcend considerations of financial worth, and our work extends to partnering with our collectors and their teams on philanthropic goals and commitments, generational and estate planning, as well as personal business endeavors and relationships.
The enduring value of a collection lies not only in the conceptual and analytic energy involved in its formation, but in the continual custodianship of the objects that comprise it. We are a full-service advisory covering the conceptual and technical aspects of collection building and management, assisting our collectors and their offices to manage the full complement of third-party resources necessary to protect, present, and maintain object-based collection value over time. These services include databasing, shipping, insurance, installation, storage, conservation and materials analysis, museum loans, disaster preparedness, legal affairs, and public relations.
ANDREW RUTH holds an undergraduate degree from Tulane University where he received the Louisiana Legislative Scholarship in history and the history of art, as well as a master’s from New York University in arts administration. Over the past forty years, he has served as assistant to the director at Midtown Galleries, assistant director at Barbara Mathes Gallery, and director of Marisa del Rey Gallery, where he curated the Biennale de Sculpture in Monaco. In 1996, he joined Art Advisory Services, where he became partner in 1999. In 2004, he founded Ruth|Catone with Gabriel Catone.
RACHEL CARR GOULDING
RACHEL CARR GOULDING graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in the history of art, where she earned the A. Conger Goodyear Fine Arts Award for outstanding work in her major. She earned a master’s degree in modern art with distinction from the Courtauld Institute in London and an MBA from Columbia Business School. With over twenty years in the field, Rachel began her career in the Photographs Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Sotheby’s. In 2003 she joined Art Advisory Services, where she spent the following eight years. She joined Ruth|Catone in 2011, becoming a partner in 2015. In 2022, the firm changed its name to Ruth|Catone|Goulding. Rachel serves on the board of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with her husband, Peter, and two sons, both of whom are avid squash players.
BECCA SOBEL joined Ruth|Catone|Goulding in 2023. She graduated cum laude from Middlebury College with a degree in the history of art and architecture and earned a master's degree in contemporary art with merit from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. She was previously an Online Sales Associate at David Zwirner and an Assistant Editor for Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers.
ELISHA OSEMOBOR joined Ruth|Catone|Goulding in 2022. She holds a bachelor’s in art history with a minor in francophone studies from Bowdoin College. Previously, she worked as a gallery assistant at Samuel Owen gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a summer intern in the Medieval Art Department and the Met Cloisters where she pursued summer-long iconographic research for the Cloister’s permanent collection. She was previously a curatorial assistant at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art where she co-curated an exhibition of works by Helen Frankenthaler and Joe Sandman.
LINDA BERNAL joined Ruth|Catone|Goulding in 2022. She holds a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture from the University of North Texas and a master of fine arts in sculpture from Brooklyn College. Currently, she is pursuing a master of science in accountancy. She has worked in the art world for over 10 years and has previously held positions at 303 Gallery and Art Crating.
GABRIEL CATONE graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in the history of art. He was assistant to the director in charge of public programming and press at the Yale Center for British Art before joining Art Advisory Services in 1996, where he was named partner in 2003. In 2004, he founded Ruth|Catone with Andrew Ruth. He serves on the board of trustees of the Chinati Foundation/La Fondación Chinati in Marfa, Texas, and on the board of the Association of Professional Art Advisors.
RANYA HUSAMI GHANDOUR
DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL CLIENT SERVICE
RANYA HUSAMI GHANDOUR joined Ruth|Catone in 2008 while completing her master's degree in modern art and curatorial studies at Columbia University. She previously worked at Christie's New York in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department, and curated the U.S. representation at the 12th International Cairo Biennale in 2010-2011. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College with a degree in the history of art. She is based in Dubai.
Michele Amicucci joined Ruth Catone Goulding in 2023. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she began her career as collections manager for a private collection and then registrar at Wexler Gallery. After moving to New York, she held registrar roles at Jack Shainman Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, the KAWS studio, and most recently, Di Donna Galleries. Michele graduated summa cume laude from Temple University with a degree in the history of art and holds a master’s degree from the University of the Arts for museum studies.
ANNA SIDO joined Ruth|Catone|Goulding as a collections manager in 2022 after more than five years as a registrar for exhibitions and collections care at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. She interned in the Development Department at the Museum of Modern Art in 2014 and returned in 2016 to join the Capital Campaign’s Research Department. In 2015, she interned in both the insurance and collections management divisions at the Haven Art Group in Chicago. Anna graduated with honors from Scripps College in Claremont, California with a dual degree in Art Conservation and French studies in 2015. As a recipient of the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Foundation Scholarship, she then completed her master’s degree in the history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 2016.