HOW TO AVOID BUYING FORGERIES.

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The article below should serve as a wake-up call to anyone purchasing investment quality fine art. The sum involved in this case was approaching seven figures, however, this type of thing can happen at any price level. Obviously, the more money involved the greater the temptation to commit fraud, and as we see here, even a well-heeled professional with a … Read More

New Technology may Fight Forgeries in the Art Market

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Art value is reliant on originality. This is tracked and recorded through copyright and provenance. The system is not always perfect. Forgeries and plagiarism can slip through the cracks. However, new advancements in technology may be the key in solving these issues. Blockchain, the program that made Bitcoin possible, is finding new uses in encryption. This software could provide the creative … Read More

Don’t Get Burned Buying Fine Art!

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Aside from the usual art scams such as being sold fakes and getting ripped off by galleries and dealers who grossly overcharge for artworks, collectors face another existential threat, which is the topic of the article below. The collector in this story is not a novice and should have known better, but hey, we all make mistakes. One of the … Read More

Be Smart When Hiring an Art Appraiser

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Art appraisals are an important part of assessing value for an artwork. This is needed for selling art, donating art, and for some tax and financial purposes. Due to the shifting nature of the market, it’s best to appraise art every 2-5 years. There are several factors to consider when hiring an art appraiser. An improper or biased evaluation could misrepresent … Read More

Money Laundering and the Art World

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Despite the best efforts of governments and financial institutions around the world, money laundering still accounts for roughly 2-5% of global GDP, or $1-2 trillion dollars annually. As the market for fine art continues to grow and become more readily accepted as an asset class, it has become a popular means for criminals to launder money. Transactions involving artwork are being used … Read More

What Makes an Alice Neel Portrait Special

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Portrait artists are tasked with capturing the soul of their subject. Painter Alice Neel commented that she would have gone into psychology if it wasn’t for art. This is evident throughout Neel’s career. Each work is focused on the character and inner workings of the subjects. The paintings are deeply personal in an unflinching and soul-bearing way. The hallmarks of … Read More

Diego Rivera: Defining Mexican Art

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Diego Rivera sought to capture the spirit of Mexico and, in doing so, become one of the country’s most iconic artists. Best known for his large scale murals and controversial politics, Rivera was instrumental in the birth of Mexico’s artistic Renaissance. He blended European and American elements and remade it into something distinctly Mexican. To understand Mexican art, Rivera is … Read More

An End to Art Forgery?

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It’s doubtful they will put an end to forgery altogether, but these technological advances have the potential to make a serious dent, especially when taken together. Some of these techniques are a bit controversial, but one thing is for sure: the art world needs them.   These Four Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery Artsy Editorial By … Read More

Why Now? Investing In Art

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This Huffington Post article makes a case for investing in art, and more specifically in an art fund. While I agree that art can be a beneficial and important part of a well diversified portfolio, I am strongly opposed to the idea of investing in an art fund. These funds have had very little success in making money. In fact, … Read More