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

Daniel Ridgway Knight: Celebration of the French Countryside

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Daniel Ridgway Knight’s works are best characterized for their openness. Each scene features bright, open sky and a sense that the landscape does not end at the edge of the canvas. The pieces are vibrant and stunningly beautiful. It is a celebration of the outdoors and idealizes the lives of his favorite subject, French peasants. French peasant women were among … Read More

Avoid Buying the Wrong Art at the Wrong Price

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Whether you’re an avid collector and art fair aficionado, or you have an interest in attending and purchasing artwork at a fair, this article published on MarketWatch.com, presents a number of interesting and useful tips on how best to navigate a purchase. Collectors should be aware of the tendency to purchase quickly at fairs, meaning that less time may be spent on due diligence and negotiation. … Read More

Authenticity and The Only Opinion That Matters

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The never-ending flow of fakes into the art world is unfortunate, but a fact of life in the industry.  However, the mere presence of fakes is not the only issue at play; the market becomes yet more dangerous when one considers the number of art professionals taking advantage of buyers by calling themselves authentication. These unqualified “experts” often charge thousands of dollars … Read More