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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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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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Important Ideas that Changed Art Forever – Abstract Expressionism

Jackson Pollock - Autumn

What is Abstract Expressionism? Abstract Expressionism is a form of painting that championed individual self-expression as the central driving force for creating a work of art. It developed in the 1940’s and 1950’s in the US, and is easily recognisable for its large-scale canvases and gestural brushwork. In most examples, the artworks were created by…

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Important Ideas that Changed Art Forever – Minimalism

Tilted Spheres

Key Artists: Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt What is Minimalism? In New York City in the Mid 1960’s, artists such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin were beginning to become disillusioned with the principles of abstract expressionism. Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, artists at the forefront…

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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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Ideas that Changed Art Forever – Land Art

Nancy Holt "Sun Tunnel"

Bored with the confines of traditional mediums, a selection of Artists in the 60s, 70s (and beyond) turned towards the vast and untamed places that existed beyond the confines of the gallery walls and the city limits to create Land Art. They began to travel into the vast deserts and expansive wild places across America.…

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Art Fairs: Reflecting and Shaping the Market

Art Fair

What are They? The major art fairs are huge dates in the international calendar of the Art World.  Prestigious occasions such as Art Basel, TEFAF (the European Fine Art Fair) Art Miami, dOCUMENTA and Frieze bring together artists, galleries, curators, critics, collectors and art enthusiasts from all around the world. They are opportunities for galleries and…

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