November 23rd, 2015
Is It Important to Know What Kind of Art Sells Best?
By Barney Davey – Art Marketing News FAA
The Question Vexes Many Artists.
In some ways, it’s impossible to give an accurate answer to what kind of art sells best. It’s too broad. Are we talking original paintings, sculpture, mixed media, digital art or reproductions?
Picasso’s painting above holds the record for the most expensive painting sold at $106 million. That’s one way of looking at what kind of art sells best. No doubt it offers little insight into helping you decide on the type of art you make.
Florals and Landscapes Dominate?
Many of you know I worked nearly two decades for Decor magazine during its heyday as the most successful publication serving retail art galleries and picture frame shops. Over the years, Decor magazine frequently surveyed its readers to ask what sold best in their shops. Not surprisingly, landscapes and florals perennially topped the list. They go in any decor and are as non-controversial as you can get.
Somehow, florals didn’t make the cut on this HubPages article, Top Ten subjects for art that sells. Otherwise, I agree with the suggestions it offers. The question for you is, “What do you do with this information?” I can see how knowing this and researching the resources below can help you. However, I think they should only slightly modify and not completely affect your creative process.
Source: Art Marketing News by Barney Davey Fellow Artist from Fine Art America
November 21st, 2015
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October 15th, 2015
While the recent upsurge of feminist activity in this country has indeed been a liberating one, its force has been chiefly emotional—personal, psychological and subjective—centered, like the other radical movements to which it is related, on the present and its immediate needs, rather than on historical analysis of the basic intellectual issues which the feminist attack on the status quo automatically raises.1 Like any revolution, however, the feminist one ultimately must come to grips with the intellectual and ideological basis of the various intellectual or scholarly disciplines—history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, etc.—in the same way that it questions the ideologies of present social institutions.
If, as John Stuart Mill suggested, we tend to accept whatever is as natural, this is just as true in the realm of academic investigation as it is in our social arrangements. In the former, too, “natural” assumptions must be questioned and the mythic basis of much so-called “fact” brought to light. And it is here that the very position of woman as an acknowledged outsider, the maverick “she” instead of the presumably neutral “one”—in reality the white-male-position-accepted-as-natural, or the hidden “he” as the subject of all scholarly predicates—is a decided advantage, rather than merely a hindrance of a subjective distortion.
October 13th, 2015
The artist Eric Fischl remembers the time a friend waved a catalog at him to alert him that one of his paintings was up for auction for six figures in London. In reality, the work was a fake, but so convincing, Mr. Fischl said, “I thought I was losing my mind.”
Brushes with forgery like that one two decades ago, and concerns about his legacy and estate, prompted Mr. Fischl to appear in London on Monday to vouch for a new authentication system that would let artists sign their works with specks of synthetic DNA.
The method is being developed at the Global Center for Innovation at the State University of New York at Albany. The school said it had received $2 million in funding from the ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, which specializes in art.
September 19th, 2015
In a world where machines can do many things as well as humans, one would like to hope there remain enclaves of human endeavour to which they simply cannot aspire.
Art, literature, poetry, music - surely a mere computer without world experience, moods, memories and downright human fallibility cannot create these.
Meet Aaron, a computer program that has been painting since the 1970s - big dramatic, colourful pieces that would not look out of place in a gallery.
Source: BBC News – By Jane Wakefield – Technology reporter
September 17th, 2015
There will always be a critic who dislikes an artist's work. But some artists throughout history have faced more than just one dissenting voice. These artists, now studied and revered, were once criticized, ridiculed and rejected. What unites them is their breaking of the mold: while their paintings span different genres and styles, they all reveal creativity and fearless innovation that helped to define watershed moments in the history of art.
Source: Madelaine D'Angelo @ Huffington Post
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September 17th, 2015
Pinterest has become an invaluable tool for concept artists and illustrators alike – we discover why from the pros who use it.
While the female-dominated social media platform Pinterest may have a reputation with whimsical home-decor ideas – it can also serve as an invaluable tool for concept artists and illustrators.
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Source: Creative Bloq – words by Alice Pattillo
September 7th, 2015
Artist José Parlá reaches new heights
CBS News September 6, 2015
A former street artist, José Parlá’s works are anything but Off The Wall. In fact, they can now be seen in many a high-profile location, including one of the very highest of all. Rita Braver reports:
It is one of the most symbolic buildings in the nation: the new One World Trade Center, rising resolutely after the devastation of September 11, 2001.
The art of José Parlá
And what was chosen to greet visitors as they enter? A mural — not about the attacks, but about moving forward. It’s a mural about resilience.
From the beginning, artist José Parlá says he knew it had to be a powerful piece: “It’s a mural about strength and unity. And I see it more about people coming together, like the diversity in New York City. So it celebrates New York.”
August 12th, 2015
Too often in interior design, we see wall art treated as an afterthought. It’s what gets dealt with last, long after the final coat of paint has dried on the walls and all of the furniture has been artfully arranged, if it gets dealt with at all.
But, we’re here to argue that by relegating wall art to the side lines, you’re missing out on an amazing design opportunity. When chosen thoughtfully, the right wall art can provide for the entire room. Dare we say it, but we think wall art matters most in interior design.
However, if you’re a little nervous to give wall art such a prominent role in your design plans, don’t worry. Use this post as a guide on how to accurately choose pieces that will mesh with your existing space and you will have a harmonious interior. By Tara Mastroeni
August 9th, 2015
Artists are the ultimate entrepreneurs. That’s why a trip to a museum is so inspiring for founders.
BY SAMUEL BACHARACH
Co-founder, Bacharach Leadership Group (BLG)@samuelbacharach
Who is more entrepreneurial than an artist?
They have new ideas. They meet resistance. They have to mobilize support. Half the time they don’t even know if they are going to succeed, and very few of them actually make it to the galleries of our major museums.