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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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Important Ideas that changed Art Forvever – Fauvism

Fauvism

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Impressionism was widespread and popular. The way that the movement worked to capture the effects of light on its soft and serene landscapes and city scenes had also captivated widespread public attention. The movement was named after Monet’s highly respected and famous ‘Impression: Sunrise’ painting. Fauvism was born…

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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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Important Ideas that Changed Art Forever – The Proto Renaissance

Proto Renaissance

Important Artists: Giotto, Duccio When we look at a painting, one of the most fascinating aspects about the work is its connection with the grand historical tradition of painting. The act of painting has been a continuous evolution that has stretches back throughout human history, and each canvas is bound together by invisible ties to…

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Important Ideas that Changed Art forever – Surrealism

Salvador Dali

Major Artists: Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Andre Breton  ‘Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.’ Salvador Dali Surrealism was a reaction against logic, and a wild artistic trip into the unconscious mind. Andre Breton had concluded that if logic and order had led the…

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Important Ideas that Changed Art Forever – Pop Art

Key Artists: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake. Pop Art emerged in post war America in a climate of optimism, consumerism and hope. The advertising industry was flourishing, guiding people towards what they should now purchase and where they could go to get it. Abundance meant more food and more choice, and this…

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