Saturday, July 19, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral
CAPE CORAL, FL - $20 million in world renowned artwork is on display right here in Southwest Florida. Picasso, Dali and Warhol - those are all names you can see in a new art exhibit in Cape Coral.
"It's probably the most financially valuable commercial exhibition that's taken place in Southwest Florida history in a fine art gallery," Modern to Pop and Beyond Exhibition curator Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz said.
The world renowned artwork now hangs at Gallery 928 in the Westin Cape Coral Resort.
"We have very special security systems within the space here, not unlike what you would find in a museum," Spoutz said.
It's an exhibition of modern to pop art and beyond that showcases dozens of famous photographs and famous paintings.
"This is the last photo shoot that was taken of John Lennon before he was assassinated," Spoutz said. "These are by Salvador Dali who's one of the founding surrealist artists."
And it is all for show and for sale; with some of the most expensive pieces selling for upwards of $4 million.
"It's absolutely incredible to have a piece of history like this here," Spoutz said.
Exhibition creators say the big price tags will bring buyers from around the world to Southwest Florida.
"People purchase it for social and political status. Or, of course in many cases, they purchase it because they just love it," Spoutz said.
The exhibit is free to see. It starts Friday night at 6 p.m. and will run until January 2, 2015.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
This is a one of a kind original.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
When you think 'Boston arts,' the big names come to mind, like a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, or a night at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. But the vein of cultural influence runs much deeper than the obvious art institutions in the city. In fact, the 2014 Arts Factor report, culled by ArtsBoston and longtime partner and sponsor Bank of America, found that the arts in Boston is a $1.4 billion sector.
The first-time study, according to ArtsBoston's Catherine Peterson, proved just how powerful of a force Boston's art scene is in the city.
"[It] really shows what a powerful impact we have on the region, beyond what people do know already," said Peterson. "There's an incredible wealth of variety here in Boston, and it's letting people know that there's a rich, vibrant cultural community that they can take part in."
Peterson also echoed one of they key points made by the Arts Factor study: Boston boasts more arts and cultural organizations per capita than any other U.S. metro area, with 50 organizations for every 100,000 residents. This intensive community pumps $1 billion worth of direct spending into the community through admissions, with an addition $450 million dollars coming from revenue earned outside of admissions.
Bank of America's Bob Gallery said that from a business standpoint, the arts not only draws people from other industries and students in, it keeps them in the region. Peterson added that the number of jobs that the arts brings to the city aren't going anywhere, either.
The arts sector adds 26,000 jobs to the Boston economy, and according to Peterson, "those jobs aren't going to be outsourced."
To put some of the numbers that the Arts Factor found during research into perspective, the report found that enough people visit Boston's art institutions to sell out Fenway Park 488 times, meaning 18.3 million attendees per year are utilizing the city's art and culture resources. Meanwhile, and speaking of sports, 4.5 times more people visited art and culture institutions than Boston's sports teams – the Celtics, Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox – put together: 4.5 million sports attendees versus the 18.5 million art attendees.
And contrary to popular belief, engaging in the arts doesn't have to be expensive. According to the data, 40 percent of people who visited for free. According to Peterson, the median cost of admission throughout 2013 was $16 due to the number of free events, made possible by partnerships with companies like Bank of America, which, according to Gallery, "realize the public good, the economic impact and the public good of supporting arts and culture."
To learn more about the Arts Factor report, and some of the stats they discovered, check out the infographic below, and visit ArtsBoston to download the complete report.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
Artist Nichole McDaniels
Nichole creates impressive works on canvas using stencil, custom hand
worked backgrounds and a heavy resin that is melted into the canvas.
Must see in person to appreciate!
The number one searched art term is "Nature"
The word nature is searched online more than any other word.
More people choose images of nature, trees, flowers, creeks, rivers, the beach, mountains
and wildlife in nature over all other subjects including celebrity portraits.
The image above is a high def photo that can be viewed as a print
on canvas metal or paper. Click the image to view.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
The Starry Night is a painting by the Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view outside of his sanatorium room window at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (located in southern France) at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, part of the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, since 1941. The painting is among Van Gogh's best-known works and marks a decisive turn towards greater imaginative freedom in his art.
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The Old Guitarist is an oil painting by Pablo Picasso created late 1903–early 1904. It depicts an old, blind, haggard man with threadbare clothing weakly hunched over his guitar, playing on the streets of Barcelona, Spain. It is currently on display in the Art Institute of Chicago.
At the time of The Old Guitarist’s creation, Modernism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism had merged and created an overall movement called Expressionism which greatly influenced Picasso’s style. Furthermore, El Greco, Picasso’s poor standard of living and the suicide of a dear friend influenced Picasso’s style at the time which came to be known as his Blue Period. Several x-rays, infrared images and examinations by curators revealed three different figures hidden behind the old guitarist.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
A picture released by the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation/VEGAP shows a newly identified painting by Spanish artist Salvador Dali titled "Libre inclinacion del deseo" (Free inclination of Desire) and "Simulacre de la nit" (Simulation of the Night). Picture: AFP / GALA-SALVADOR DALI FOUNDATION
Monday, May 12, 2014
Clara Berta hosts regular art classes at her downtown studio.
is a passionate, award-winning mixed-media artist of Hungarian heritage. Inspired by her love of nature and the beauty she sees all around, her highly textural abstract works often evoke the deep blues of the ocean she loves, or the golden glow of a Tuscan sunset from her trips to Italy.
Berta has concentrated on abstract expressionism through painting and unique monotypes. Her paintings and prints explore themes such as the ebb and flow of memory, the significance of personal heritage, renewal, the passing of physical time, desire, passion, and love. Her large-scale abstract works often include recycled reminders of her travels, bits of fabric, or eco-friendly / organic materials such as palm bark. Manipulating the texture with many layers of paint, she will work and re-work her canvases, layering, scraping, piling up textures to give added dimension, creating works that intrigue and invite the viewer in for closer inspection.
Believing that art offers therapeutic relief from the challenges and stress people face in their daily lives, Berta shares her beliefs and abilities by teaching advanced painting techniques and collage classes in her beautiful sunny loft/studio in downtown Los Angeles. Growing up in a culturally rich and stimulating environment, a Hungarian enclave in Romania, Berta moved to Chicago at the age of eleven. She relocated to Los Angeles when she began her formal education, receiving a BA in Psychology from Antioch University.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
PETER MAX. Printed Image signed: "Peter Max/1988". Color, 8½x6 postcard. Depicts his 1986 painting, Lady on Red (With a Flowering Vase), from his "Ladies of the 80's" series, which also included Deco Lady, Lady By Window, Lady With Degas, Lady With Flowers, Nude and Vase and Zero Amarillo. Peter Max, born in Berlin in 1937, spent most of his first ten years in Shanghai, and then traveled the world with his parents before immigrating to the US in 1953. Already an award-winning graphic artist and designer, Max burst on the cultural scene in the 1960s, first with his "psychedelic art" and then with a new concept, "cosmic art." Max, who works in many mediums, has been the official artist for the Grammy Awards, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Woodstock Music Festival and 5 Super Bowls. He has decorated a Boeing 747, a Dale Earnhart racecar, and 265 murals on the US border. He has designed popular US and UN stamps, painted five US Presidents, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dalai Lama. He painted individual portraits of 356 firefighters who lost their lives heroically on 9/11, presenting these portraits to the families, and then at President Bush's request designed 356 more for the firefighters' memorial. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 17x20¾.
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Monday, April 28, 2014
Online art sites do not threaten galleries and auction houses in the same way Internet availability has undermined the traditional movie, book and music businesses, Hiscox said.
But the willingness of younger buyers to make their first purchases over the Internet along with the rapid growth of online sites pointed to the future of the sector, it said in a statement.
"Young collectors are looking for art work which is easy to buy and available at a wide range of prices," Robert Read, Hiscox's head of fine art, was quoted as saying.
"Online art platforms cater for all tastes and budgets, but are particularly effective for those just starting to collect—opening up the art market in a way that is hard to replicate in the real world."
London-listed Hiscox, which underwrites cover for oil rigs, kidnappings, fine art and vintage cars, estimated the value of global online art sales at $1.57 billion in 2013.
In its second annual report on the online art market, in conjunction with market research company ArtTactic, Hiscox projects this figure will grow to $3.76 billion in 2018.
The report's findings are based on a survey of 506 international art buyers on ArtTactic's client mailing list, Twitter and Facebook, Hiscox said.
"Based on these figures, online art buying accounts for 2.4 percent of the estimated value of the global art market, which in 2013 was $65 billion," Hiscox said.
Internet retail giant Amazon had launched its Art portal in the past year and online auction house eBay was reportedly planning a rival platform, it said.
"Significant increased investment into platforms like Paddle8, Artsy and Artspace indicates continued confidence from investors and belief in the long-term potential of these businesses," Hiscox said.
Complementary buying opportunities
Online-only sales would not replace galleries, auctions and other traditional sales channels, it said, but provide an alternative buying opportunity and additional revenue stream.
"The findings indicate that online art e-commerce will not exist as a separate entity—it will augment and co-exist with what is happening in the real, physical art world," Hiscox said.
The report did find, however, that future generations of collectors were likely to make their first art purchases online, with almost 25 percent of 20- to 30-year-olds surveyed for the report saying they first bought art online without seeing the physical piece.
Although 39 percent of respondents said buying art online was less intimidating than at a gallery or auction, having a bricks-and-mortar presence instilled confidence, with 90 percent of online buyers purchasing from a physical space before turning to websites.
Limited edition prints were a popular entry point for online buyers, the report said, with 55 percent of those surveyed having bought a print online in the last 12 months.
The report found that 44 percent of buyers said they had spent more than £10,000 ($16,800) purchasing art and collectibles online so far, with 21 percent of this group saying they had spent in excess of 50,000 pounds.
Nevertheless, seeing the physical object remained important, with 82 percent of those surveyed saying the most difficult aspect of buying art online was not being able to inspect it. — Reuters