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YIVO Unveils Lost Jewish Documents Thought to Have Been Destroyed During the Holocaust

RBA assisted with the hand carry of ten historic documents from Lithuania to New York.  Click on the link to find out more.

YIVO announcement

Accessible Art Fair New York

RBA is proud to announce that we are partnering with Accessible Art Fair as their preferred shipper.  Originating in Brussels, this is the first time this fair will be held in the United States.

When: November 1st - 25th 
Where: The National Arts Club

Accessible Art Fair

Accessible Art Fair Brussels

Yeshiva University Museum: Portraits of Memory – Works by Bernice Eisenstein

Toronto artist and author Bernice Eisenstein’s solo exhibition at Yeshiva University Museum in NYC uses portraits and arrangements of objects to explore the varied and complex subject of memory.  Eisenstein’s drawn portraits combine text with imagery of prominent figures from the first half of the 20th century.  Her found and created objects are carefully grouped to supplement the portraits.   

RBA gathered all artworks for the exhibition from the artist herself in Toronto as well as from lenders in Massachusetts.   

The exhibition was open until May 8, 2016.

Bernice Eisenstein at the YU Museum
Image: Collaged and folded edition of Felix Salten's Bambi: A Life in the Woods

Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940-1978

Organized by the Americas Society, the exhibition, Modern: Design for Living, sought to contextualize the explosion of modern design in Latin America within the larger framework of postwar economic growth and social and political change occurring in countries like Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico in the later 1940s to 1950s.    Modern design was viewed by governments as a way to stimulate development and innovation within local industry.  The exhibit also looked at how Latin American designers, architects, and entrepreneurs were influenced by the Bauhaus movement and other European avant-garde groups while also drawing upon their own traditional materials and artistic cultures.    

Moderno also traveled to the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX in October 2015.   

RBA imported all loans from Mexico, Venezuela, and Brazil and delivered them to the Americas Society.  Upon completion of the exhibit at the Blanton, RBA then returned all loans back to their lenders in Latin America.

Moderno at the Americas Society

Moderno at the Blanton Museum

“INAUGURATION at rue du Mail”

Triple V celebrated the grand opening of their second gallery space in Paris with an exhibition featuring a variety of artists such as Michael Scott, John Tremblay, James Angus, Blair Thurman, Alex Brown, Servane Mary, and Ohad Meromi, among many others.   

RBA collected, crated, and shipped the artworks from the U.S. to Paris for the exhibition.
Triple V

Collectrium Announces Partnership with International Fine Art Transport and Storage Specialist, Racine Berkow Associates

RBA is joining the growing list of Collectrium’s partners as the first US-based logistics partner. RBA clients will enjoy the benefits of bringing together the tools and services a collector needs to manage and care for their works, all in an experience that’s engaging, intuitive and easy to use.

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Racine Berkow discusses concerns and considerations when relocation items in your collection with Collectrium collection management specialist, Akanksha Ballaney.

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RBA's Crate Shop

RBA is proud to announce the grand opening of our crate shop at our new Long Island City facility.

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AT&T Cargo View Video

RBA is featured in a promotional video for AT&T's Cargo View with FlightSafe® program.  See first-hand how AT&T Cargo View with FlightSafe helps a Manhattan based fine art transporter monitor and protect priceless assets shipped across the globe.

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Ross Lewis: Dancing with Rope

Ross Lewis is an American artist and arts educator who is internationally known for creating art that engages with the Chinese literati tradition.  He studied Chinese landscape painting, calligraphy, and Mandarin in China and Taiwan.  As a result of these experiences, he has come to develop a distinct visual language that bridges key aesthetic and philosophical sensibilities of the Eastern artistic traditions to his Western context.  His Rope Paintings series is a result of his departure from traditional brush calligraphy, instead using an ink-soaked rope as his drawing tool.  

Lewis’s first major academic solo exhibition in China, “Dancing with Rope,” at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, featured his most recent breakthrough series, “Rope Paintings,” in which he departs from the conventional use of the Chinese brush, using instead an ink-soaked rope as his drawing tool.  

Curated by art historian Dr. Shen Kuiyi, the exhibition showcased approximately fifty works, including Chinese landscape inspired paintings, early works from his studies with Chinese painters in Taiwan and China, and photographs and videos of his installation projects from around the world.

The exhibition traveled to the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Museum in Chongqing and the Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art in Guangzhou.

RBA picked up all works from Ross Lewis, crated them, and shipped them to Beijing for exhibition at the Today Art Museum.

Today Art Museum

Ross Lewis

Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors

Pawel Althamer’s exhibition at the New Museum in New York represented the first major U.S. museum show of his work.  The exhibit included “Draftsmen’s Congress,” an interactive work; a sculptural workshop in which Althamer and his collaborators produced new works during the course of the show; and various sculptures and performance videos, including “Self Portrait as the Billy Goat” (2011) and “So-Called Waves and Other Phenomena of the Mind” (2003–04).  Althamer is known for his experimental models of social collaboration and for using “the visibility and resources of the organizing institution to benefit different local communities.”

For this exhibition, RBA imported sculptures from Warsaw and London and organized the return of these works to their lenders upon completion of the show.

Pawel Althamer

Image Credit: "Pawel Althamer: The Neighbors" Courtesy New Museum, New York.  Photo: Benoit Pailley

Royals & Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs. Recent Photography by George Osodi

This recent exhibition at the Newark Museum in New Jersey featured 40 near life-size portraits of Nigeria’s regional rulers by Nigerian photographer George Osodi.  These vibrant photographs capture “the personalities of the rulers, the splendor of their dress, and the details of their settings.”  Examples of royal clothing and regalia from the Newark Museum’s collection were shown alongside the portraits.  

RBA arranged the collection of all portraits from two locations outside London, shipped them to New York, and delivered them to the Newark Museum.

Royals & Regalia

Image Credit: HRM Deinmowuru Donokoromo III, The Pere of Isaba, 2012.  Photography © George Osodi/Z Photographic Ltd 

RBA's Inaugural Party & Happy Holidays 2015

We are extremely proud to post a photo of the RBA team from our Inaugural Party in October, taken in our brand new Viewing Room.  
The whole RBA team would also like to thank our clients and vendors, both within the United States and abroad, for the opportunity to work with you this past year.  We hope to continue these strong relationships with all of you - and build new ones - in the coming year.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

"Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-Creation in Contemporary Chinese Art"

The fourth century Buddhist cave shrines at Dunhuang have inspired visitors for hundreds of years.  This exhibition at the China Institute in New York showcased how the murals and sculptures in Dunhuang influenced 20th and 21st century Chinese artists.  It also explored the "historical, literary, artistic, and conceptual legacy of Dunhuang."  

RBA imported, transported, unpacked, and brought all elements of this project into the gallery space.  The works traveled from China and Taiwan to New York City.


"Michelangelo and Versilia"

"Michelangelo and Versilia" was a recent exhibition presented by the Italian Consulate, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, and the four cities comprising the Medicean Versilia - Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Forte dei Marmi, and Stazzema.  This exhibition illustrated the centuries-old speciality of the region, that of the extraction and manufacture of marble, and "highlight[s] the historical and artistic figure of Michelangelo in the Versilian area."  The Italian Consulate showcased three drawings by Michelangelo that were loaned by the Casa Buonarroti Museum, as well as works by modern stonemasons and sculptors from Versilia.  

RBA facilitated customs clearance and transportation of the Michelangelo drawings to and from the Institute.

Michelangelo and Versilia


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Our new state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot warehouse in Long Island City offers:

- Our own CRATE SHOP managed by a well-known industry veteran
- Available STORAGE space
- On-site PARKING
- Local fine art trucking, handling, and installation
- Easy walking distance from the 33rd St #7 stop

In addition to our expanded in-house local trucking, packing, storage, and art installation services, we will continue to provide the full menu of international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and project management services we have been offering for the last 28 years.  

Our track record speaks for itself!

“Africa Now – Political Patterns”

“Africa Now – Political Patterns” traveled to the Seoul Museum of Art as the first exhibition in Korea to present contemporary African art, post-colonial, diaspora, and non-Western art. It featured more than 20 artists reflecting on racial, multicultural, religious, and identity issues in contemporary African societies.  

 RBA gathered all the works in NY and Washington, D.C., had them crated, and shipped everything to Seoul by air.  RBA also handled the return shipment.

Africa Now

“TAPAS: Spanish Design for Food”

The AC/E (Acción Cultural Espanola) and the National Hispanic Cultural Center organized the traveling exhibition “TAPAS: Spanish Design for Food.” RBA handled the transportation, installation, de-installation, and storage of 37 crates and flight cases to the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

 TAPAS features a survey, a tapas sampling if you will, of Spanish design, art, and trends as applied to cuisine and the act of eating. The exhibition is divided into three sections: the Kitchen, the Table, and the Meal.  

National Hispanic Cultural Center   
TAPAS: Spanish Design for Food  

“Andy Warhol: Time Capsules”

This unique Andy Warhol exhibition features eight of Andy’s 600 time capsules that he made from 1974 until his death in 1987. The choice of these eight capsules was influenced by the 1989 “Songs of Drella” concept album by Lou Reed and John Cale that honored their friend and mentor Andy Warhol. These time capsules are dated or titled cardboard boxes filled with objects from Warhol’s daily life: photos, newspaper clippings, personal notes, books, drawings, letters, etc. They are mini cabinets of curiosity that reveal a more private (side of) Warhol.  

RBA had the pleasure of organizing the transportation of these works from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to Paris, France, where they reached their destination at MAC, or Musée d’Art Contemporain, in Marseilles.  

2015 Must-See Exhibitions in France   

Andy Warhol - Time Capsules  

"Time Capsules" of Andy Warhol   

Warhol Capsules

RBA Partners with AT&T: The Racine Berkow Story

We are excited to announce a collaboration with AT&T featuring their innovative product, Cargo View with FlightSafe®.

This amazing cargo tracking device allows GPS tracking, shock watch, temperature monitoring, and pilferage alerts, all in real time.  RBA tested the new tech on a valuable work of art that was part of a major exhibition in Asia.  Both President Racine Berkow and the client followed the trip using the Cargo View dashboard.  Based on the successful trial, RBA will now offer AT&T Cargo View with FlightSafe® as a value-added service.  

A video of this collaboration is now available on our home page.

Cargo View Case Study

"Unity of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas"

Alexander von Humboldt was an 18th century Prussian geographer, explorer, and naturalist who traveled through South and Central America, avidly recording everything he discovered.  His findings and observations, especially those relating to botanical geography, influenced later artists such as Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt. 

The Americas Society's exhibition on Humboldt featured paintings, drawings, maps, scientific instruments, and first edition publications by Humboldt himself as well as other artists, scientists, and explorers he influenced.

Alexander von Humboldt

"Other Primary Structures"

This 2014 exhibition revisited and expanded upon the 1966 Jewish Museum exhibition, "Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors," the first museum survey of Minimalism.  "Other Primary Structures" reinterpreted this theme to show that Minimalist and even post-Minimalist interests were present globally and not just in America and Britain, featuring sculptures made in the 1960s by artists from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  

RBA coordinated the logistics for all the international loans and provided interim storage in our TSA-approved CCSF.

Image: Installation view of Others 2, the second part of the exhibition Other Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum, NY.  Photo: Kris Graves.  Left to right: Kishio Suga (Japan, born 1944), Diagonal Phase, 1969/2012; Oscar Bony (Argentine, born 1941, died 2002), Sinusoid or Structure, 1967; Ivan Kožarić (Croatia, born 1921), Red Sign, 1969. 

Other Primary Structures

Brian Nissen in Sight. The First 25 Years

Brian Nissen en la mira. Primeros 25 años was a retrospective exhibition on the first 25 years of Nissen’s artistic work.  It featured  120 works of art organized in 10 chronological lines corresponding to different thematic explorations, both technical and formal.  This exhibition was curated by Pilar Garcia in hopes of providing an overview of the different issues and concerns regarding plastic production.  Nissen draws on his British and Mexican heritage in his artwork, juxtaposing ancient symbols with contemporary materials and techniques, and experimenting with textures, volume, and organic forms.  The exhibition also featured audiovisual documentation of public projects the artist has completed in Mexico.

Brian Nissen

“A Sense of Place,” a permanent exhibition by Daniel Hauben at Bronx Community College, NYC

In 2009, Bronx Artist Daniel Hauben was commissioned to create original artwork for a new library and instructional building designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects that was being constructed on the campus of Bronx Community College. Two large paintings and twenty smaller ones were completed in December 2011 for inclusion in the interior design of the building.  The artist contacted RBA in June 2012 for assistance with the installation of these beautiful paintings.  RBA coordinated with the artist, architect, and construction supervisors to create a plan for the installation.  Our team was on site for two days making sure that every detail was perfect.  The building is now open for the college students’ use and the paintings add a wonderful, warm historical feel to the interior.  You can see some of the works that were installed as well as other artwork by Daniel Hauben at his website.

BCC Newsletter

The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

Prêt-à-Papier is Isabelle de Borchgrave’s interpretation of the key periods in fashion history. The exhibition consists of over 25 historical costumes and haute-couture dresses, in styles ranging from the late 17th to the early 20th century inspired by period paintings and historic gowns in museum collections. Upon first glance, the dresses appear to be made of the finest materials and textiles. In reality, this unique Belgian artist has created brilliant illusions made of paper!  RBA imported this magnificent exhibition from the artist’s studio in Brussels to the Hillwood Museum in the heart of Washington D.C

RBA Names New Vice President

RBA (RACINE BERKOW ASSOCIATES, INC.) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean L. O’Malley as Vice President and Operations Manager, effective August 1st, 2012.

O’Malley joins RBA as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary and expansion. With more than two decades of experience in the international fine arts packing, shipping and handling business, O’MALLEY most recently served as General Manager of the New York office of one of America’s largest fine art transport companies.

O’Malley was elected to the Steering Committee of ICEFAT (International Convention of Exhibition and Fine Art Transporters) at their annual conference in Helsinki in October 2003 and served in that capacity until October 2010. He has participated in professional panels at the American Association of Museums conference and been a guest speaker at New York University. He was chosen as part of a select group of industry professionals to consult with 3M on packing material applications. O’Malley graduated with BA degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University which he earned while serving in the United States Navy.

“Sean’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable as RBA continues to add in-house fine art handling and storage services to our established US and international freight forwarding and customs brokerage business,” said RBA President Racine Berkow.

ANDY WARHOL: 15 Minutes Eternal

Sponsored by BNY Mellon, the largest touring exhibition of Andy Warhol's Pop Art opened in Singapore on March17, 2012. The exhibition, “Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal” organized by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh will continue to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo throughout 2012/14. The exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the acclaimed American painter, printmaker and filmmaker. For the first time, Andy Warhol’s famous “MAO” paintings will be shown in China. This comprehensive exhibition features over 300 paintings, photographs, and offers insight into one of the most important artists of the Twentieth Century. RBA was selected to coordinate the transportation and shipping of this exhibition.  Racine Berkow accompanied the Warhol’s  Director, Eric Shiner, and representatives from BNY Mellon to China to preview potential venues for the exhibition.

PHOTO: Visiting the construction site for the new Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum with members of  the BNY Mellon delegation and museum staff.

RBA Returns Sunken Treasure to Spain

Accepting a challenge of almost “Mission Impossible” proportions, RBA succeeded in helping Spain export a treasure trove of antique coins, weighing 17 tons and valued at $500,000,000 from a storage facility in Florida to Madrid.  When a U.S. court ruled in Spain’s favor, RBA accepted the task of getting the cargo swiftly and safely to MacDill Air Force Base where two waiting Spanish C-130 transport planes would whisk it out of the country. With cooperation and assistance from both the United States and Spanish Air Forces, RBA supervised inventorying, packing, and transport of the cargo salvaged from the vessel, Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, for its final journey home.

Chubb Article

Daily Mail Article

In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations

Curated by Meridian International and sponsored by the US Department of State, this exhibition features 81 reproductions of photographs and documents that recount the rich, historical ties between the United States and Afghanistan. These facsimiles, dating from 1911 to the 1970s, follow the first collaborations between U.S. and Afghan engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs; the numerous official visits between U.S. and Afghan leaders; and the face-to-face exchanges that connected ordinary citizens from both nations. Subsequently, the State Department commissioned Meridian to create six smaller copies for travel around Afghanistan. One copy of the exhibit opened at a public venue in Kabul in July 2011 and, together with the satellite versions, will help advance America’s cultural outreach efforts. In June of 2011 RBA had the challenging task of shipping the exhibition to Kabul.

The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting

RBA was appointed by The Rubin Museum of Art to help them gather some of the objects shown in their exhibition, “The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting” . This exhibition was shown at The Rubin Museum in New York from September 3, 2010 - May 23, 2011. 

The exhibition chronicled the development of the Beri Style of painting. This painting style which is distinguished by dark indigo blue toned backgrounds, predominant red tones, decorative scrollwork, and other features, reached its zenith from 1360-1460 when it was adopted as Tibet's universal painting style. One of the challenges in mounting the show included shipping a delicate painting from the Los Angeles Museum of Art to New York in a cost-effective manner that was in accordance with museum standards.  Racine Berkow wound up accompanying the work on a FedEx freighter from Los Angeles to Newark Airport.

Pompeii The Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius

Curated by the Soprintendenza di Archaeologica Napoli e Pompei (SANP), and organized by Running Subway Productions, Pompeii The Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius presented the catastrophic destruction and subsequent preservation of the city of Pompeii after the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Through displays of body casts, fragile frescoes, gold coins, jewelry, basic utensils, burial urns, gladiator armor, and even a loaf of bread preserved by the volcanic ash, the everyday existence of the citizens of Pompeii comes to life.  RBA is proud to have assisted with the import, delivery, and return to Italy for this fabulous show.

Discovery Center

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977

RBA is enormously pleased to have been the principal transport company for the acclaimed exhibition Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977,which has concluded its year-long tour at Dia:Beacon and CCS Bard.  Co-organized by Dia Art Foundation and CCS Bard, the first North American retrospective of the work of Blinky Palermo (1943–1977) was curated by Lynne Cooke and has traveled from: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (October 31, 2010–January 16, 2011) to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (February 24–May 15, 2011) and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Dia: Beacon (June 24 - October 31, 2011).  RBA coordinated the logistics for all the international loans from several major museums and lenders in Germany and Switzerland.  These loans were accompanied by several couriers and required the highest level of care and handling.


The Air Freight Forwarders Association selected RBA as a spokesperson to demonstrate how the new TSA regulations impacted on smaller  specialized freight forwarding companies. CNN visited our warehouse and we appeared on television across the USA.

Beloved Civil War-Era Artifact Returns Home

RBA assisted THE CITADEL with organizing the transport of its  historical  emblematic flag, “Big Red”, to return to the school for a special 150th anniversary.

The Citadel
Big Red

Newark Museum Presents “Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s-50s”

RBA assisted the Newark Museum in coordinating the importation of loans from numerous Latin American countries for inclusion in this ground-breaking exhibition. After the Newark viewing, the exhibition will travel to Fort Worth, Texas before the works are returned to their owner/lenders.

Newark Museum

New Year - New Truck

RBA is pleased to announce the addition of a new air-ride, climate-controlled truck to our fleet of vehicles. Our new 20 foot, high cube vehicle will be used primarily in New York City and the tri-state area for local fine art transport and for cartage to and from the airports.  

Our team of professional fine art handlers is available for the full range of art handling services including installations, de-installations, soft-packing, crating and local transport. Our rates are competitive.  

Call or email our office for bookings and availability.


RBA arranged and supervised the packing and shipping of several dresses once belonging to the late Princess Diana of Wales. They were transported from Kensington Palace in London to Orlando, Florida. The dresses were hand-carried aboard British Airways by Racine Berkow. An additional cargo shipment containing dresses and gowns designed by Catherine Walker Studio was returned to the designer’s atelier in London.  RBA also handled the transportation of the dresses as they traveled around the United States for exhibition.

Princess Diana Dresses

Dresses - Pittsburgh

DIA: BEACON: “Antoni Tapies: The Resources of Rhetoric”

Dia and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, organized an exhibition by the venerable Spanish artist in which his works are compared to the works in Dia’s collection of American and German art from the Sixties and Seventies. RBA coordinated the transportation of these works, including several extremely large and oversized canvases.


The RBA team, under the watchful eye of  Patricia Sherwin Garland, Senior Painting Conservator of the Yale University Art Gallery, rolled and packed seven works from the Corvus Art Center in New Haven to ship to Qatar.

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RBA Wins Contract to Relocate the Robert E. Lee House

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia

RBA was awarded the contract to relocate the contents from the historic Robert E. Lee House overlooking Arlington National Cemetery. The contract was a public tender based on specifications prepared by the National Park Service. The winning bid was selected through a combination of price, credentials, and references.

Contents from the house, including mirrors, paintings, and period furnishings were removed from the premises and put into storage at a temporary location while the house is being refurbished.

The photo at left illustrates the scissor lift used to take some of the furnishings out the window because they were too big to be carried down the narrow stairwell.