Fresco: A painting technique, perfected at the time of the Renaissance, in which pigments suspended in water are applied to a damp plaster surface. As the pigments dry, they become a part of the plaster or wall surface.
Brush up on your art speak.
World Water Day
“We must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource,” said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Today is a very important day; it is World Water Day. Access to clean water has always been the foundation of human development, and it continues to be so to this day. Thankfully, most of us can now take this for granted.
However, the United Nations estimates that some 800 million people still do not have access to clean water. This crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
Find out how you can help.
Takashi Murakami turned a real-life model into anime-based art. Her overt sex appeal fuses stereotypes of Japanese culture with the iconography of anime, distilling Murakami’s iconic style in a single image.
Dranoff Fine Art
There’s absolutely nothing better than starting your Wednesday morning with this in your mailbox!
“I wanted to tell you how happy I have been with my Artnet website. I’ve been a member for 12 years, and over that time I’ve met great collectors from all over the world. I’ve developed ongoing relationships with people from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and of course the US. Some of these clients I’ve never met, yet they have acquired substantial works without having seen the works in person, which always amazes me. A lot of it I attribute to the credibility of Artnet. I am still getting new collectors regularly from the site. The other day I put up 7 new works online, including a Keith Haring painting, Alex Katz painting, Sol Lewitt gouaches, Louise Bourgeois works on paper, and more. Within the next 24 hours I received more than 15 inquiries about all of these works, and sold the two Lewitts and the Haring that day. It was really quite amazing! I would heartily recommend Artnet to any art dealers with blue-chip works for sale, as a means to quickly sell works, and over the long term build up a high quality client base.”
-Glenn Dranoff, Dranoff Fine Art.
We’re thrilled; thank you, Glenn!
Conceptual artist Barbara Kruger is best known for her photographs featuring provocative statements on issues surrounding commercial culture, feminism, and identity politics.
Pictured is her 2012 work, Culture Vulture. Browse more artwork from our Text Me: Art and Language auction.
Art & Finance
With an ever evolving art market, now is the time to learn more about and increase our efforts to foster innovative dialogue on art and finance.
Join us and Deloitte for the annual Art and Finance Conference, which has taken place alongside prestigious fairs such as Art Basel Miami, FIAC, and Frieze. This year the conference will take place at TEFAF, one of the world’s oldest and most respected fairs of Fine Art.
ProjectArt is a ground-breaking organization that’s developing a new model of arts education, which lets youth in New York act on their artistic visions while building their self-esteem and helping them advance as all around achievers.
Each semester culminates in student work being shown professionally at participating Contemporary Art galleries in New York City, overseen by curators.
In its two years, ProjectArt’s arts education program has served over 300 youth and brought awareness for the critical need of arts education.
We would love for you to join us and ProjectArt for a benefit gala on Saturday, March 9, at One Bryant Park, to enjoy hors d’ouvres, cocktails, and spectacular skyline views of New York City.
Brush up on your art-speak: Learn about art categories, media, styles, and more right here.
Valentine’s Day shouldn’t come as a surprise, and yet it sneaks up on too many of us. This year, forget flowers and chocolate—nothing says amour more than a beautiful work of art.
Roxanne Lowit has photographed thousands of personalities from the worlds of fashion, art, theater, film, and society. Subjects have included Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Yves Saint-Laurent, and Johnny Depp. After three decades of shooting, Lowit has single-handedly created the backstage scene and changed fashion photography forever.
Pictured is her 1993 work, Kate Moss III, which is part of our à la mode: Fashion Photographs auction.
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
Some weekend reading:
In The $12 Million Stuffed Shark, Don Thompson explores the money, lust, and, status of the art world in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work valuable while others are ignored.
Drawing on interviews with past and present executives of auction houses and galleries, artists, and the buyers who move the market, Thompson takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the peculiar world of Modern Art.
Find it on Amazon.
Investment or Status?
Despite the global financial downturn and all the current talk about austerity, affluent art lovers have been snapping up Old Masters and Contemporary Art in record-breaking auctions throughout the year.
But do the buyers see their purchase as a profitable investment opportunity, or is it just a status symbol?
We hope everyone made it through Hurricane Sandy last night! Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the storm! Stay safe, folks!
Since our New York phones and email are down, please call +1-917-587-6926 for support.
Ride out Frankenstorm with some of these fantastic art books.
The NY Art Book Fair
This fair is the world’s premiere event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, and periodicals, presented by 283 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from 26 countries.
Check out a couple of amazing artnet Monographs online before hitting the fair!