Start your Monday morning with something caffeinated and a look at these beautiful and serene artworks by 17th, 18th, and 19th Century American and European masters.
Cold, drizzly fall days are best spent indoors with some good drinks and great art.
From Vietnamese Contemporary artists to Diane Arbus, here’s our guide to this weekend’s gallery hopping.
When you pay high for the priceless, you’re getting it cheap.
The Gallery Network
Just a quick shout out to some of the fantastic galleries around the world who have joined our Gallery Network!
1. 2 Rules Fine Art—Marietta, GA, USA
2. ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING—Berlin, Germany; Beijing, China
3. Art Now NY—New York, NY, USA
4. BD Barcelona Design Gallery—Barcelona, Spain
5. Catherine Green—Tesuque, NM, USA
6. Center Street Studio—Milton, MA, USA
7. David David Gallery—Philadelphia, PA, USA
8. Fouladi Projects—San Francisco, CA, USA
9. GBG Arts—Caracas, Venezuela
10. Sin Sin Fine Art—Hong Kong, China; Bali, Indonesia
11. Taymour Grahne Gallery—New York, NY, USA
12. universal arts Galerie Studio GmbH—Munich, Germany
Pictured: Taymour Grahne Gallery
Whether you’re on your balcony or the beach: here are a few thrilling and interesting art books to relax with this Summer.
Chose from some of our favorites such as "Seven Days in the Art World", "I sold my Andy Warhol Too Soon" or “The Art of the Steal: Inside the Sotheby’s-Christie’s Auction House Scandal.”
How quickly could you come up with a few excuses if the IRS decided to pay you a visit?
Check out how Jim handles the situation when they show up at his gallery in the latest episode of The Madness of Art!
When in France
Vacationing in France? Here is some essential French art vocabulary that will give you a little je ne sais quoi.
London Auction Season
Between Hong Kong, Venice, and Basel, it’s time for a quick stop in London. In the UK capital, auction houses are gearing up for the coming weeks’ sales, from Old Masters to Contemporary Art.
Hoping to top last year’s US$1 billion total, Sotheby’s and Christie’s have put more than US$300 million worth of their most expensive works on public show until June 11, in an effort to inspire a bit of impulse-buying before the sale.
Pictured is a star lot in Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on June 28, a Jean-Michel Basquiat diptych that is price upon request (around US$23 million, according to Reuters!)
This year, Christie’s estimates of around US$388 million are lower than sales of just under US$600 million in 2012, although Sotheby’s US$562 million estimate this year is much higher than last year’s US$385 million.
It seems like the art market is yet again defying the gloomiest of economic predictions.
This discriminatory Contemporary Art scene inspired the Guerrilla Girls to start a finger-pointing campaign using the poster as a public vehicle of knowledge. The first posters were posted in New York’s SoHo in 1980, a then central location for the Contemporary Art world.
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.