Friday, August 15, 2014

Leon Black’s publishing firm Phaidon agrees to buy Artspace Marketplace

By Chris Witkowsky

Leon Black-owned 
Phaidon, a publisher of books and digital products in creative arts, has agreed to buy Artspace Marketplace (, an online market for fine art collection. The acquisition increases Phaidon’s access to global art collectors.
Press Release
Phaidon, the world’s leading publisher and distributor of books and digital products in the creative arts, today announced a global partnership with Artspace Marketplace, Inc. (, the leading online marketplace for discovering and collecting fine art. The acquisition establishes a global community for art enthusiasts and professionals, artists, collectors, non-profits, galleries, and cultural institutions. Artspace is being acquired by a Phaidon affiliate company.
By acquiring Artspace, Phaidon increases its direct access to global art collectors who are also consumers of its art and design books and multimedia products. Additionally, Artspace benefits from Phaidon’s global distribution and retail presence, sales organization, and relationships with artists and those in the design community.
“We are thrilled with the investment in Artspace. We look forward to enriching the experience of our audience and expanding our reach through new initiatives, including retail presence, product development, and the joint creation of original content,” said Keith Fox, CEO of Phaidon.
“We founded Artspace to bring more art into people’s lives and to help artists, galleries, cultural institutions, and non-profits reach a broader audience. Our mission is enhanced by Phaidon’s iconic brand, legacy of excellence, and international reach,” said Catherine Levene, Co-Founder and CEO of Artspace. “We look forward to building our future together.”
For more information, visit
Phaidon ( is the world’s leading publisher and distributor of books and digital products in the creative arts. Phaidon has offices in New York City, London, Berlin, Madrid, Milan, Paris, and Tokyo, with worldwide distribution. 
Phaidon’s beautiful, illustrated books are treasured worldwide for their outstanding content and award winning production. Today, Phaidon has over 1,500 titles in print, featuring the finest creative work from leading innovators in all areas of the arts, architecture, design, photography, cinema, travel, food and children’s books. Phaidon is owned by the family of Debra and Leon Black. Leon Black is the Chairman of private equity firm Apollo Global Management.
Artspace is a leader in the digital marketplace for fine art. Its mission is to make it easy for consumers to discover and collect fine art from renowned artists, galleries, and cultural institutions worldwide.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Art Blog

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The Night Café (French: Le Café de nuit) is an oil painting created by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in September 1888 in Arles. Its title is inscribed lower right beneath the signature.

Old Masters art
Self Portrait with Beret and Turned up collar

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn 15 July 1606– 4 October 1669) was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch Golden Age painting, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative, and gave rise to important new genres in painting.

Impression Sunrise

Oscar-Claude Monet  14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise), which was exhibited in 1874 in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his associates as an alternative to the Salon de Paris.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Art classes downtown los angeles supportive environment

Find out more about art classes with award winning artist Clara Berta, who conducts
workshops in her studio loft downtown Los Angeles.

abstract art workshops
Clara Berta is an award winning artist who places works in both commercial
and residential settings.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kiera Knightley portrait Art

kiera knightley
This is an original drawing with pencil acrylic pencil and acrylic paint
on paper. Hand worked by artist Dan Twyman
Click image to see available prints.
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Cubans Get a Dose of Surrealism at Dali Exhibit

HAVANA, CUBA -- Art appraiser Alex Rosenberg has spent decades hanging the forbidden fruit of Cuban art in New York galleries. This week, he opened the minds of Cuban art lovers by exhibiting a collection of the work of the surrealist painter Salvador Dali (1904-1989) in Havana. It is the first time a major collection of the Spanish-born surrealist has been shown on the island.
The exhibit is entitled “Memories of Surrealism” and opened at the National Museum of Fine Arts.
surreal art
Viewers enjoying the "Memories of Surrealism" at the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. The exhibit comprises major works by the late surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.
“It is a very important exhibition because it illustrates the flexibility that Dali had”, said Rosenberg, who selected 95 lithographs and etchings from five different periods that span 50 years from Dali’s portfolio. Rosenberg’s goal was to give “the people here the opportunities to see the range of Dali´s work”, a man he describes as a “genius” and “personal friend”.
In the catalogue distributed at this week’s opening, Rosenberg reminisces about one of their favorite New York haunts, the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel where he first met Dali and commissioned original pieces. Rosenberg also published over 150 editions of original Dali prints.
Many of the Dalis displayed in Havana come from Rosenberg’s personal collection. He is also the president of the Salvador Dali Research Center, sponsor of “Memories of Surrealism”.
Wilfredo Benitez, of Cuba’s Ludwig Foundation, an organization that promotes Cuban art, believes this exhibit is a milestone for Cubans drawn to Dali’s work, especially because few people can afford the luxury of visiting museums in other parts of the world.
Kentucky exchange student Naomi Williams plans to see the exhibit this weekend. “After all the terrible news this week from the Ukraine and Gaza, I need to experience something that reminds me there is beauty in the world.”

Friday, July 25, 2014

Paul Gauguin 1.7 Million at Auction

When Menzies Art Brands director Rod Menzies caught wind of the sale of a long lost Brett Whiteley painting in New York in May, he expected much more competition.
He was braced for a fight from collectors, institutions and auction houses to secure the 1968 work, Paul Gauguin on the Eve of His Attempted Suicide, Tahiti, which had been held in the US since its creation by Whiteley, one the most collectable of Australian artists on the current market.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

$20 million art exhibit on display in Cape Coral 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

Artfully done images of Japanese actors from the 1950's and 60's

Images with Tishiro Mifune and other actors from the 1950's
and 60's.
Subject: Samurai

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rino Gonzalez hand painted photo realism

hand painted photo realism
"Classic Reds"
Rino Gonzalez
This is a one of a kind original.
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obtain original or limited edition works by this artist.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tishiro Mifune Art prints

Films that featured artists such as Tishiro Mifune and others, often had nice movie still created in
black and white. Click image to view larger.

japanese vintage films

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Boston's Arts Community is a $1.4 Billion Economy Booster, According to a New Report

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

Nichole McDaniles Art

fine art resin canvas stencil
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!
stencil arts

The Number One Searched Art Term online

nature art prints
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




renoir posters
Luncheon of the Boating Party by Pierre-Auguste Renoir remains the best known and most popular work of art at The Phillips Collection, just as Duncan Phillips imagined it would be when he bought it in 1923. The painting captures an idyllic atmosphere as Renoir's friends share food, wine, and conversation on a balcony overlooking the Seine at the Maison Fournaise restaurant in Chatou. Parisians flocked to the Maison Fournaise to rent rowing skiffs, eat a good meal, or stay the night.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

starry night poster
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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Pablo Picasso Old Guitarist

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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

Experts find elusive Dali paintings

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

BARCELONA - Two oil paintings, including one owned by Yale University in the United States, have been certified as being the work of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali, officials said on Tuesday.
Art experts from the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation knew that the two works existed but up until now they had been unable to locate and authenticate them.
"We had identified the works but we did not know where they were or how to link them to Dali. We thought they were made by him but we had to verify," the director of the foundation's research department, Montse Aguer, told AFP.
"These are works from Dali's surrealist period. Both are very significant. They depict dreamlike landscapes that are typical of Dali, with shadows and big pedestals."
The two paintings were painted in 1930 and they were put on display by Dali only once, in separate exhibitions.
The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, located in the mustachioed artist's native Figueres in northeastern Spain, discovered the existence of the works through press clippings about the exhibitions that were published at the time.
One painting, Free Inclination of Desire, which depicts a large rock along with ants, keys and other random objects, was shown in an exhibition in 1935 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of Spain's Canary Islands.
It belongs to the art gallery of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Simulation of the Night depicts a veined hand on a column in a barren landscape and appeared at an exhibition in San Francisco in 1965.
It is in the hands of a private collector who does not wish to be identified.
Dali, who is praised by some as a creative genius for his striking and bizarre images, died in Figueres in 1989 aged 85.