Joel Straus, ISA, Fine Art



Joel Straus
ISA member since Jul 17, 2009

(773) 769-1166 (Mobile)
(773) 769-1997 (Office)

230 E Ohio St.
3rd Floor

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Joel Straus is the Principal at Straus Art Group. With over 30 years of experience, Joel works with private collectors, galleries, and museums worldwide.

Beginning his career at Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago, Joel sold works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and other modern and contemporary masters. As the Assistant Director Joel developed trusted relationships with clients around the world. In 1995, he formed Joel Straus Consulting to begin independently curating major public art collections and projects nationwide. Now as Straus Art Group, the firm’s focus is on appraisal and a range of client advisory services including art procurement, sales, and estate planning.

Straus Art Group's collecting advice recently brought $21.1 million at Sotheby's Auction, with the sale of 'Past Times' by Kerry James Marshall.

Joel was a founding director of Expo Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council.


  • Art - 20th Century
  • Paintings
  • Paintings - Contemporary American
  • Photography & Photographs
  • Prints - Modern & Contemporary


  • Appraisal Review
  • Estate Tax
  • Insurance Claims
  • Non-Cash Charitable Donations
  • Tax Deductible Gifts

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Art - 20th Century
  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Prints
  • Sculpture