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How Do Artists Find Gallery Representation? We Asked Galleries and This Is What We Learned   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/31/16

How and why an artist comes to be represented by a gallery is a seemingly mysterious process, one of many parts of the industry that exist behind a veil of secrecy. Yet for an artist who has committed to making a living from their art, it is naturally a topic of some interest, one we wanted to look into a bit further. While our exploration hardly threw the entire process open—if anything it highlighted what an individual and idiosyncratic process establishing gallery representation is—we did... [more]

Aukje Dekker Makes Patrons Decide When Her Paintings Are Finished—And It Could Cost Them   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Aukje Dekker at Vriend van Bavink Project Space Pacific Place April 8th - April 23rd
Posted 3/29/16

I’m not a gambling man by nature, never quite understood the allure of the blackjack table or roulette wheel. But when Aukje Dekker invited me to a game of Stick or Twist I couldn’t resist. The game starts at 150 euro. Dekker’s ante is an empty canvas. When she adds something to the painting my deposit increases by 50 euro. At every stage she asks me whether I’ll “stick”—in other words, buy the work as is—or “twist,” and go for another round. I... [more]

Kusama in the Morning, Prince Before Bed: Susan Hancock on Collecting and Living with Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 3/30/16

Art collectors strike a delicate balance between patron and artist. Though emerging creatives view collectors as a golden ticket to success, stardom, or just their next meal, mid-career artists view their relationship more as a shared dialogue constantly shifting the scope and focus of their endeavors. A shroud of mystery often pervades collectors, radiating with the air of inherited privilege and market control. Susan Hancock, the owner of the former Royal/T Gallery in LA’s Culver City... [more]

Inside the Private Collection: Sydney L. Moss' Japanese Netsuke   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/2/15

Private collections are often born of a profound personal interest—a genuine passion devoted to a very specific subject or object that extends beyond financial return. In their devotional breadth and depth, private collections sometimes inadvertently become talismanic, unearthing artwork that might have otherwise remained distant. Perhaps it's that magical fascination that inspires public explorations and attracts new audiences. One such unusual and influential collection is that of Sydney L. Mos... [more]

Want to Invest Culturally? Buy Museum Bonds   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/3/15

Weapons manufacturers and tobacco industry are an obvious no-no. Most banks are iffy taking into account the financial sector’s ethical track record. The same is true for the fraudulent likes of Volkswagen. Times are tough for investors with a conscience. Where can you deposit your money and be sure it won’t have negative effects? Well, you could invest in a museum. The Cobra Museum in Amstelveen offers bonds to help finance its shows. Last year’s From the Guggenheim Collection to the... [more]

Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 11/4/15

What goes on behind the closed doors of the artists' studio has always fascinated the layperson. What do they do in there? Creative spaces appeal to our aesthetic imagination—they're often laden with eclectic objects, designed to benefit the artist's productivity. Psychologically, the interior architecture of the studio is perhaps assumed to be a reflection of the artist's thinking. But in the post-industrial economy, the spaces artists work in have had to change and adapt to a more migrat... [more]

Knock-Off Art and Tales of Artistic Production in Advanced Capitalism   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/27/15

I was recently at an art fair where one gallery—that shall remain nameless—presented the work of a young artist in a solo booth. The work, while distinct in some ways, was at the very least derivative of Anish Kapoor’s wall mounted discs. Enameled aluminum panels in sweeping gradients, they were perfectly suited to the market of the fair: take it home, put it on a wall. They were robust, large works that shouted “wealth.” Sold for $800-$2000 apiece. By the third da... [more]

Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/27/15

In today's mode of techno-voyeurism, we're constantly peeking into the factory to see how the sausage is made. The artist's studio has always had an allure, the inchoate site of creativity, the setting for private practice—like an escort's boudoir, the biggest mystery is, what do they do when they're alone in there? We zoom in closer to see what artists keep on their most personal work space: their desk. What does it reveal about them, or about their art? We invite artists from very different... [more]

The Broad Collection: Inside LA's New Free Art Museum with Director Joanne Heyler   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 8/26/15

The Broad Museum’s September 20 opening in downtown Los Angeles is just under a month away. “You had to remind me of that,” Joanne Heyler laughs—her humility doesn’t quite feel nervous, more pragmatic. If there is anyone capable of executing the huge task ahead, it’s her. “Ars longus, vita brevis. I’m living that,” says Heyler, describing her long-standing career with the Broads. Heyler began working at The Broad Art Foundation back in 1989, and... [more]

Why Collect Artist Books and Zines?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/22/15

“Ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them.” —Walter Benjamin [1] Brooklyn-based publisher and curator Blonde Art Books recently organized its third annual Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair (BABZ). A three-day event, BABZ featured a few dozen independent publishers hawking their goods, plus workshops and performances throughout the weekend. The presence of something like BABZ is no... [more]

Kamiar Maleki Turns a Passion for Collecting into an Exhibition—with an #InstagramTwist   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Oliver Clegg, Richard Höglund, Christopher Kuhn, Kasper Sonne at Ronchini Gallery July 2nd, 2015 - August 29th, 2015
Posted 7/22/15

They say that for an art collection to have impact it must have a strong focus, a direction. For London-based collector and patron Kamiar Maleki, son of mega collectors Fatima and Eskander Maleki, that direction is found in the works of emerging artists, primarily young abstract painters. He’s looking for works that, in some way, speak to our time. And since digital media and social networking primarily characterize our time, for Maleki’s inaugural exhibition as curator he has put together... [more]

Is the Internet Living Up to Its Promise as Democratic Equalizer of the Art Market?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/15/15

On June 20, the Berlin-based online auction house Auctionata sold an 18th century Chinese clock. Created by a Guangzhou workshop, the musical and automaton clock is ivory-mounted and adorned with figurines and pagodas set in a mountain scene. The bidding started with 300,000 euro. A mere ten minutes later the final bid of 3.37 million euro was made, setting a new online auction record. The buyer is an art world fixture: businessman Liu Yiqian, owner of the Long Museum in Shanghai. More remarkab... [more]

Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/14/15

In today's atmosphere of techno-voyeurism, we're constantly peeking through the keyhole to see how other people live. The artist's studio has always had a certain allure as a site of creative aspiration and the setting for private artistic practice, like the escort's boudoir it ignites our imagination. But what do artists keep on their most personal work space, their desks—and what does it reveal about their art? Exclusively for our Collector's Catalogue, we invite artists we know from v... [more]

From Private Collection to Mega-Museum: the Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 7/14/15

When private collections take on major dimensions, rather than donating works to existing institutions, the collectors who pioneer them tend to go public and open museums. This growth has led to a recent boom in museum-building globally. The private collection of Jochen Zeitz will be at the core of one such new mega-museum, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA) opening in Cape Town, South Africa. The Thomas Heatherwick designed building, which will boast 65,000 square feet of exhibition spa... [more]

San Francisco Collecting Taps into Intrinsic Value of Art   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/15/15

Collecting art as a narcissist hobby is the most virulent kind of collecting, whereas collecting as a means of humble support seems to be the approved model—at least in San Francisco. A recent art panel in the city attempted to discern a difference between San Francisco and Los Angeles collectors. Moderated by LA gallerist Mieke Marple (Night Gallery), the panelists were Sofya Polyakov of Noun Project (LA), Sabrina Buell of Zlot Buell art advisors (SF), Jessica Silverman of Jessica Silverman Gallery (S... [more]

Artists' Desks   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/13/15

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" —Albert Einstein The art voyeur has often fawned over the luxury artist's studio, and even seen the artist's bed—but the superior furniture item to any working person is surely their desk. Desks are a synechdoche for 9 to 5 imprisonment and paperwork drudgery, a statement of power and efficiency in the office regime, a dumping ground of daily deitritus—but what does a... [more]


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