The international art market jolted into high gear this week on both sides of the Atlantic.
In New York, collectors including CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, tennis great John McEnroe, and Blackstone Group LP Vice Chairman Tom Hill flocked to fairs during the city’s annual contemporary art frenzy known as Armory Week. In London, Impressionist and modern art auctions bounced back from last year’s doldrums as the U.S. stock market rose to fresh records and non-British buyers benefited from the pound’s post-Brexit decline.
“There’s much more activity in the art market again,” said Philip Hoffman, chief executive officer of London-based Fine Art Group. “People are coming back who held back last year. The stock market in the U.S. is helping. People feel richer and they are spending money on art.”
On the auction front, Sotheby’s was the biggest winner. A landscape by Gustav Klimt fetched 48 million pounds ($59.3 million) to lead the company’s 213.9 million pound week — a 69 percent jump from the equivalent sales in 2016. Christie’s tally rose 38 percent to 161.9 million pounds as the top lot, Paul Gauguin’s “Te Fare (La maison),” sold for 20.3 million pounds.
In the U.S., Wednesday’s VIP opening of the Armory Show marked the beginning of the major fair season.
The main event in New York was quieter than in recent years. Shortly after 11 a.m., Cooper and his entourage were the only people at the Jack Shainman Gallery’s booth showing bejeweled jackets by artist Nick Cave and a charcoal and pastel portrait of a young man by Toyin Ojih Odutola.
You make me smile, 2016
Galleri Nicolai Wallner]
As the global ultra-rich snap up trophy artworks and build collections scattered around many homes and storage facilities, art services are becoming an increasingly important part of wealth professionals’ offering to help these collectors manage their financial lives.
A Thursday panel at Deloitte’s U.S. Art & Finance Conference at The Armory Show featured five art and finance professionals discussing the evolving relationship between art and financial services.
It launched with Philip Hoffman, founder, and CEO of The Fine Art Group, harking back 18 years to when he was planning the launch of his art investment fund, The Fine Art Fund. Hoffman recalled how at the time, “everyone said it was very crude” to approach art as an asset class, since “art was about passion.” Fast-forward 18 years and now everyone’s doing it, he said, ticking off the names of banks with art services departments.
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I would like to share with You all this article I received written by Josh at RedBubble.com.
Because I think it is of extreme importance to all of Us artists who post and share our Artworks thru Social Media. Hope You enjoy and find useful.
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One of the most common conversations I have with artists is about marketing and more specifically social media. The benefits of being on social media is something we bring up frequently and most recently in our Tips for Promoting your Art on Instagram. Having a strong and engaging social media presence can contribute greatly to your work being seen by more people, gaining new fans, and even more sales. With all of the new changes and optimizations to popular social media platforms, like Instagram stories, it’s becoming easier to use social media as your main marketing effort.
Even so, there are still many artists that are wary about putting their work on social media. The main concern is the possibility of theft. Uploading your latest and greatest work of art, only to find that someone has shared the work and claimed it as their own, or worse yet offered it for sale somewhere. Since there are so many benefits for putting your art in the social world, we have some tips here that will help discourage those with sketchy plans of snagging your art, and even keeping your name attached to the images in a snazzy way.
This is the most common solution and one many artists turn to. Watermarks can be very effective at protecting your work, but they can often be distracting and even negatively affect the chances of the art being shared. However, there is still a way to share your work and add a watermark that integrates with the image in an almost seamless way. Instead of just slapping on a large watermark directly in the center of your image and then lowering the opacity, try to create a watermark that not only represents you as an artist but also fits the image in a pleasing way.
The example below shows a drawing by RB Intern/Artist Julia Gingras. Notice how she added a graphical watermark that fits with the work, and also shows her web address. In other images she has posted to Instagram, she used a white version as well. Also, as the drawing is tilted it not only gives it a pleasing view but it’s harder to crop out the watermark. A business card could also be used and added to the scene when taking the photo.
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