smART Collecting

smART Collecting – Viewpoint and Perspective

The goal of most Western painters is to make it look as if the picture painted on a flat surface is three dimensional with depth as well as breath. Using the visual devices of viewpoint and perspective an artist can create this illusion to represent the real world. Picture plane describes the flat surface of […]

smART Collecting – Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Baroque Flemish School Artistic Style

smART Collecting – Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Baroque Flemish School Artistic Style

The Elevation of the Cross, 1610-1611, (Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium) Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) Sir Peter Paul Rubens dominated Flemish art and ranks as one of the archetypal figures of the Baroque style, his work being full of warmth and energy. Baroque art was produced only in Catholic countries, often as part of […]

SmART Collecting – Collecting the Work of Emerging Artists

Many art collectors and dealers seek out the work of emerging artists before they become stars and before the price of their work soars. Where do you find these emerging artists? The hot places to discover new artists are through prominent Master of Fine Art programs where students are just beginning to share their visions […]

 

smART Collecting – Art Title Insurance

Art title insurance offers the benefit of protecting the legal title of your art pieces. This is a relatively new concept and it is achieved by insuring your title to an art piece at the moment of purchase. It works similarly to real estate title insurance by protecting you from fraud in an industry that […]

smART Collecting – Art Fairs for Collectors

Art fairs are a great place to start a collection. New collectors can use fairs to develop their eye and find a direction. As a new collector, you can come in and see many galleries as well as take advantage of programming like a lecture or a demonstration that might be useful when you’re just beginning […]

smART Collecting – Part III: What To Look For In A Work Of Art

Part I – Eye appeal, Subject matter, Period, Medium, and Signature  Part II – Reputation, Condition, Authenticity, Provenance, Publication and Exhibition History, and Originality Part III – Guarantee, Quality, Rarity, and Value  Guarantee. New collector’s best approach to collecting is to buy art from ethical dealers and to get a guarantee in writing. The guarantee […]

 

smART Collecting – Part II: What To Look For In A Work Of Art

Part I – Eye appeal, Subject matter, Period, Medium, and Signature Part II – Reputation, Condition, Authenticity, Provenance, Publication and Exhibition History, and Originality Part III – Guarantee, Quality, Rarity, and Value Reputation. An artist’s reputation is of crucial importance in the art field. A work by a widely recognized artist is always valued more […]

smART Collecting – Part I: What To Look For In A Work Of Art

Part I – Eye appeal, Subject matter, Period, Medium, and Signature Part II – Reputation, Condition, Authenticity, Provenance, Publication and Exhibition History, and Originality Part III – Guarantee, Quality, Rarity, and Value Eye appeal. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but some paintings are not appealing to most people. Those that lack eye […]

smART Collecting – Do Your Art Buying Homework

Art collecting is one of the few completely emotional buying decisions you will ever make. For that reason you should prepare yourself before beginning your quest for art. Following are a few helpful tips. Determine your goals for acquiring art. Do you want to fill a blank wall, are you interested in developing a collection, […]

 

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 […]

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 – 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 – Reading Paintings, Iconography and Allegory

smART Collecting – Reading Paintings, Iconography and Allegory

The Consequences of War, 1637-1638, (Galleria Palatine, Florence, Italy) Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) Most art has a purpose and a message. The ability to read or interpret a painting and to recognize its subject matter is often crucial to the understanding and subsequent enjoyment of it. Iconography is the study of the subject matter of […]

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 – American Abstract Expressionism, 1940s to Late 1950s

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