Sunday, January 31, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The project, which was mentioned in a previous article, intended to permit users to list their art workshops for free.
Should the authors restart the project, The Art Inquirer will inform its readers.
More information and comments at Peggy's blog.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Born in 1974 and having spent his youth in Europa, Asian and the Caribbean, Jason deCaires Taylor graduated in 1998 with a B.A. Honours in Sculpture and Ceramics from the Camberwell College of Arts, part of the Univertisty of Arts London.
Award winning underwater photographer and fully qualified diving instructor, Jason created in Grenada, West Indies, the world's first underwater sculpture park.
Besides the artistic component, his sculptures have the purpose of creating artificial reefs to serve as inhabitat for marine life, resulting in a mutual benefit for art and nature.
With several projects acomplished, Jason is working on "The Silent Evolution" instalation, in Cancun.
Consisting of 400 life-sized figurative works representing the visual and social changes in humans during the past centuries, this project will be part of the world's largest underwater art museum.
Jason deCaires Taylor is currently the Artistic Director of the recent Cancun Underwater Museum, in Mexico.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
There are many many ways of selling art, but it's not simple to convince most of people to buy it. People like to see art and giving the right circumstances they would like to own it, however there is still the thought that art is something inaccessible and only reserved to some.
More than often they think that it might not go well with their decoration, although we know that art should be acquired for its own value and taste, not to go with the decoration.
So, how are we going to convince people that they can own an original work of art ?
It's simple, we are not going to simply tell, we are going to show them.
We know that it's not easy to sell art and artists are always searching for creative ways to convince collectors to buy their artwork, sometimes without the desired success.
One of the things that you may want to try is to place some of your works in the houses of your friends and neighbours at zero cost; I know that you're thinking "I could rent them", but that's another article.
This procedure can bring benefits to both parties.
Your friends and neighbours will seen an improvement in the decoration of their home, they will impress their visits (afterall they "own" a work of art) and they may even earn a comission by giving your contact and if a sale is made.
For you the benefits are also worth mentioning, such as having your art shown in a home environment, thus giving people an idea of how it might look in theirs, you will save space in your place and you can set the value of the percentage that you are willing to pay, instead of the usual 40 to 60 percent charged by galleries.
You won't be conditioned to programs, giving you the chance to arrange the exhibition timing according to your needs.
However before embarking into this, make sure that you have registered files of your works, proving that you own them.
I don't want you to lose a friend or prejudice the good relations that you have with your neighbours, so I'm not going to tell you to ask them to sign a paper.
Share your comments and ideas with us.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This is the fourth episode of a series of seven about the life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571–18 July 1610).
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Friday, January 15, 2010
In February 2009, the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, offered by Christie's (France) and Bergé & Associates, realised 373.9 million Euro ($483.8 million), setting a world record for the most valuable private collection sold at auction and highest total for an auction in Europe.
This article was written with the help of documentation, kindly provided by Matthew Paton (Christie's)