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The Cultural Rise of Chelsea & New York’s Place in the Art Market

History of Chelsea and the NY Scene The first gallery district developed in lower Manhattan in the early 1880s, and consisted of a few galleries set around City Hall. These were all for wealthy clients and housed primarily European work. Work was always shipped over from Europe, with the exception of the Babcock Gallery, which…

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Inequality within the Art Market

Tiers within the Artworld Firstly, it is important to understand that there are many alternative tiers within the Artworld. These are the various different subsets and networks that consist of Artists, buyers, collectors, gallerists, curators and consultants. From the Artist selling paintings for $1000 each and making a successful living, right through to celebrity living…

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The Top 5 most Expensive Paintings of all Time

Picasso - Les Femmes d'Alger

5. Jackson Pollock, “No. 5, 1948″—$140 million ‘No. 5, 1948’ measures 2.44 x 1.22 m, and is an iconic example of Pollock’s work, and his importance on the history of painting itself. Sotheby’s sold the Painting for $140 million at auction in 2006. Jackson Pollock was one of the figureheads within the American Abstract Expressionist…

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10 Album Artworks that Deserve to be Framed

1 – Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ One of the most instantly recognizable album covers ever created, this image is striking for its simplicity. Peter Saville, the designer, took the pattern from a graphic of an Astronomical Radio wave image of a pulsar. The minimal black and white colour scheme, along with the haunting, angular and…

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Susan Copich: Beneath the Veneer of Suburbia

'Witching Hour' by Susan Copich

Susan Copich is a renowned American Photographer, famous for her provocative and insightful series ‘Domestic Bliss.’ These artworks are tragicomic instances that reveal her hidden thoughts and inner darkness. The photographs are at once stark, funny and brutally honest metaphors and portrayals of suburban American life, and touch on something much deeper within the human…

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An Interview with Doug Bloodworth

Doug Bloodworth - Monopoly

Doug Bloodworth is a well-respected and highly renowned photorealist Artist. He delights in depicting such beloved and familiar touchstones of Americana as Keebler fudge stripe cookies, M&Ms candies, Coke bottles, Monopoly games, Batman comics, and The New York Times crossword—in mid-attempt—all blown up to large 4-foot-by-5-foot canvases. The hyper-real depictions of the pop culture flotsam…

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Why is Art such a Valuable Investment?

Art Auction

According to the 2015 TEFAF art market report, the international art market is now worth more than 51 Billion Euros. In 2015, Pablo Picasso’s ‘Women of Algiers’ (Version O) was sold for $179,365,000 at Christie’s auction house. The painting had been expected to exceed $140 million, but the final price was far higher than anticipated…

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10 reasons why you need creativity in your life

Creativity

Creativity is a vital and essential aspect of progress, innovation and success. As Einstein said ‘Creativity is seeing what others see, and thinking what no-one else has ever thought.’ Here is why developing your creativity will benefit you in everyday life. Cathartic qualities A creative pursuit can become a great outlet for venting steam in…

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Life through a Digital Lens: The Evolution of Photography

Camera Selfie

Recent developments in digital technology have rapidly and unalterably changed the course of photography. With huge numbers of the world’s population now possessing smart phones, we constantly carry around a tool that allows us to both take and consume photographs 24/7. This has in turn shaped the way that we see and understand the role…

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A Moveable Feast: The Joyful work of Matthew Carden

Matthew Carden’s prestigious, playful and warm-hearted photography is widely collected and internationally renowned. A widely respected pioneer of miniature and food photography, he combines these skills with a passion for pop culture icons and paraphernalia. Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s, his subjects are drawn from a huge personal archive of…

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