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smART Collecting – The Best Art Collectors

Collecting Fine Art – The Best Art Collectors. People collect art for many different reasons. The best collectors acquire art for its esthetic significance. These collectors discover and develop themselves through their collections; they acquire art as a means of expanding, enriching and cultivating their personality.

smART Collecting – Determine The Value of New Art

Art does not have an absolute value. The price of art is determined solely by how much people are willing to pay for it. When you’re attempting to determine the value of new art, you have to look beyond the work of art itself and think about market forces: How many people are interested in […]

smART Collecting – Baroque Artistic Style

smART Collecting – Baroque Artistic Style

  Apollo and Daphne, 1622-1625, (Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy) Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) Baroque is the name given to the vigorous style that dominated art and architecture in the 17th century. Baroque art in its purest form was produced only in Catholic countries, often as part of the decoration of churches. Italy, France, Spain and Flanders, which at […]

 

smART Collecting – Herb Vogel and Dorothy Vogel, World-Class Art Collectors

Collecting Fine Art – Herb Vogel and Dorothy Vogel, Art Collectors. The incredible true story of a postal worker and a librarian who built a world-class art collection.

smART Collecting – Sculpture

Sculpture was the first and most ubiquitous form of artistic expression. The earliest sculptures appear to have been created by modifying found objects that suggested either animal or human forms. As tools and technologies developed, artists progressed from carving bone, wood, and stone to manipulating and firing clay, then to casting in bronze. Sculpture is […]

smART Collecting – Subject Matter, Form & Content

smART Collecting – Subject Matter, Form & Content

Collecting Fine Art, Subject Matter – Form & Content

 
smART Collecting – 20th Century Sculptor – Alberto Giacometti

smART Collecting – 20th Century Sculptor – Alberto Giacometti

The roots of modern sculpture lie in the early days of the 20th century, when European artists fell under the influence of primitive African art. At the same time artists were beginning to realize the expressive power of abstraction. Alberto Giacometti was a pioneer of the new sculptural forms. Alberto Giacometti – Swiss/French (1901-1966) One of […]

smART Collecting – Composition

smART Collecting – Composition

The Punished Son, 1778 (Musee Du Louvre, Paris, France) Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805) Composition refers to how the artist has arranged the elements of the work of art and it is a dominant contributor to the subject matter of the piece. To achieve a successful composition, the image has to work as an integrated whole, whether […]

smART Collecting – 20th Century Sculptor – Constantin Brancusi

smART Collecting – 20th Century Sculptor – Constantin Brancusi

The roots of modern sculpture lie in the early days of the 20th century, when European artists fell under the influence of primitive African art. At the same time artists were beginning to realize the expressive power of abstraction. Constantin Brancusi was a pioneer of the new sculptural forms. Constantin Brancusi – Romanian/French (1876-1957) “When you […]

 

smART Collecting – American Abstract Expressionism, 1940s to Late 1950s

Collecting Fine Art, American Abstract Expressionism, 1940s to Late 1950s

smART Collecting – What Art Dealers Do

Art dealers enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience. In addition to educating perspective and established clients at their own galleries, many dealers accompany collectors to artists’ studios, museums, art fairs, auctions and other galleries in order to encourage a well-informed approach to acquisitions. Dealers advise their clients about lending and donating art, insurance, framing, conservation, […]

smART Collecting – Educate Your Eye

Collecting Fine Art – Educate Your Eye, Figure Out Why You Like What You Like. Your goal as an art collector is to educate your eye to identify esthetic significance and artistic merit so that you can select the finest works in their chosen fields.

 
smART Collecting – Taos, New Mexico Transcendental Painting Group

smART Collecting – Taos, New Mexico Transcendental Painting Group

Untitled – Abstract Composition by William Lumpkins “Art should concern itself, not with imitation, but with creation.” – Emil Bisttram Emil Bisttram was considered modern compared to many other Taos artists. Toward the end of the 1930s, he began to believe that spirituality could be expressed forcefully in abstract terms. His concept of the transcendent […]

smART Collecting – The Pictorial Qualities of Color, Light and Shade

smART Collecting – The Pictorial Qualities of Color, Light and Shade

Drawing of Woman Sewing, 1639 Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669) The pictorial qualities of color, light and shade blend with subject matter, form and content, and composition to create an overall harmony in a painting. Color Color plays a vital role in the experience of a work of art. Color helps both to sharpen our […]

SmART Collecting – The Smithsonian Archives of American Art

“…a repository of inestimable value, like the art world’s Fort Knox.”– contemporary art collector and friend of the Archives Founded in Detroit in 1954 by Edgar P. Richardson, then Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Lawrence A. Fleischman, a Detroit executive and active young collector, the initial goal of the Archives was to […]