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

Collecting Abstract Expressionism

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Abstract Expressionism is a vast and inclusive genre. What sets it apart is not color or technique but intent. The Abstract Expressionists sought to convey spontaneity and raw emotion through abstraction. Many viewed art as ascension to something deeper and more spiritual. Folk lore and the primitive unconscious are often cited as sources of inspiration. From Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings … Read More

Understanding Artist Estate Valuations

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Judging art value is to weigh several factors at once. Current sales, auctions, and market trends must be examined and this data then needs to be projected into the future. There are different factors to consider for upcoming artists, the established, and the deceased. When an artist passes away, several hundred works can potentially hit the market at once. This … Read More

Legislative Changes: Expert Art Opinions and Authenticity of Art

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Laws for art authenticity

It is vital to understand how the law affects buyers and sellers of art. Over the past several years various authorities or artist experts have ceased authenticating works of art as a means of protecting themselves from lawsuits.  Recently, there have been movements to change the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law. This law outlines several things, including protections … Read More

High Tech Collectors and The Art Market

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High-Tech-collectors

A new breed of fine art collector has come into the art market – tech company executives. A recent Business Insider article details the impact of these new collectors and the changes on the horizon. With greater demand comes fluctuations in prices. You can expect to see drastic changes in auction numbers and the value of art. The sizable number … Read More

How to See the Realism of Alice Neel

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Artist Alice Neel

Alice Neel was painting in New York in the late 1920s.  The magic in her work was her incredible ability to capture the spirit of her subjects so expressively and completely. You can not look at Neel’s paintings as simply a portrait.  They are much more and require the viewer to truly see the person through the artist’s eyes.  She … Read More