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What Makes Art Sell? 10 Questions That Establish the Value of a Painting

Philip Hook | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Philip Hook

Two years ago a version of Edvard Munch's The Scream fetched $120 million at auction. Last year a Francis Bacon portrait reached $143 million. To the outside world, the pricing of art is a mystery.

A Vincent Van Gogh Still Life Is Up For Auction, All You Need Is $30 Million

AP | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — A bouquet of wildflowers painted by Vincent van Gogh weeks before his death is going on the auction block in New York City. Sotheby...

These Days, Artists Assume Their Primary Dealers Will Work for Them on the Secondary Market, Too

Daniel Grant | Posted 09.19.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

When artists agree to be represented by a gallery, they usually work out with the gallery owner -- formally or informally -- the terms of their understanding. One expectation, which may or may not be stated explicitly, is that the dealer will keep track of the artist's work even after it has been sold.

The Creative Class with Paddle8: Tips for Launching a Successful Startup (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

In just three short years Paddle8 an innovative marketplace infusing technology and art has held hundreds auctions with over $100MM in bidding activity and raising over $25MM for charities.

How Abstract Art Can Change The Way You See Waste And Consumption In America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts

If you're a human being who goes on the internet or wanders outdoors from time to time, you know this is a precarious time for planet Earth. While oft...

Spectacular Auction Results Aren't the Real Art World News

John Seed | Posted 07.14.2014 | Arts
John Seed

Honestly I would like to see stories about auction prices covered as financial news: a few graphs and charts would tell the story just fine. That way, art critics and bloggers could devote their time to reporting on some more fresh and compelling art world stories.

Yes, 'Piss Christ' Is Up For Sale Once Again

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.14.2014 | Arts

There's nothing more entertaining than when a controversial cultural relic resurfaces to incite anger all over again. Such is the case this week (albe...

Where Jean-Michel Basquiat And Mark Twain Meet

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts

Gaze upon Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Undiscovered Genius Of The Mississippi Delta," and your eyes are forced to dart from one ambiguous scribble to the n...

Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels Auction to Include Jewels From Eydie Gorme's Estate

Karin E. Baker | Posted 06.28.2014 | Style
Karin E. Baker

Sotheby's New York is auctioning a collection of exquisite jewelry, much of it vintage, on April 29. The group of baubles, from such venerable jewelers as Harry Winston and Cartier, includes pieces from the private collection of the late singer Eydie Gorme.

Artist Resale Royalties Haven't Hindered Art Trade or Helped Artists in the U.K.

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"In general, I think resale royalties is a pretty good idea," said painter Chuck Close, who with other artists and artists' estates filed in 2011 a cl...

How 'Moonrise, Hernandez' Came to Be One of the Iconic Photographs of the 20th Century

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The early prints of "Moonrise, Hernandez" showed what Adams actually saw that late afternoon in 1941, with the moon becoming visible in the sky while the sun was just sinking below the horizon; the moon was dim, while the sky was gray and open.

Unflagging Commitment

Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel

Our flag, like our city, is a palimpsest of histories and a visible record of the past.

Bull Market: Today's Billionaire Egomaniacs Have Turned the Art World Into a High-Stakes Poker Game -- But the Loss Is Ours

Jay Fielden | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Jay Fielden

What is clear is that against the elegant backdrop of such noblesse oblige is a growing breed of money changers whose idea of cultural enrichment involves buying and selling works of art as if they were trading them on the New York Stock Exchange.

The 'Superstar' Of Antique Stamps Could Cost You $20 Million

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 02.14.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — It could be called "The Little Stamp That Could." Three times in its long history, the 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century Bri...

Finding Truth in Business and Beyond

Christine Bader | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Christine Bader

The metrics and values by which we construct business success comprise what we believe to be a false narrative of the world, which means serious risks to the world's most vulnerable communities.

Record Prices for Norman Rockwell is Tip of the Illustration Art Market

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.26.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Out-of-town guests and people who just went in for a drink called the hotel management to complain, local newspapers and bloggers all voiced their dis...

London's Superpowered Russian Week: Cocktails, Controversy & a Communist Kiss

Simon Hewitt | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

There was controversy wherever you looked during London Russian Week in late November. And I'm not just talking about the blink-and-you've-missed-...

The World Of Soviet Sport In 20th Century Russian Art

Posted 12.30.2013 | Arts

Images of sparring boxers, relentless cross country skiers and triumphant Olympic parades -- these are but some of the artistic symbols that were used...

Man Wins A Picasso Painting For Just $138

AP | Posted 12.20.2013 | Arts

WEXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A man looking for art for his new home has won a $1 million Picasso painting with a $138 raffle ticket. Jeffrey Gonano told the...

Bruce Springsteen Memorabilia Could Fetch Big Bucks

AP | Posted 12.05.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Tramps like us, baby we were born to bid. A handwritten, working lyric sheet for Bruce Springsteen's 1975 hit "Born to Run" could s...

7 Contemporary Russian And Eastern European Artists You Should Know

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.02.2013 | Arts

Sotheby's recently had an art world revelation. It dawned upon the iconic auction house that collectors from Russia and Eastern Europe are arriving at...

A Celebration of Latin American Art

MutualArt | Posted 01.27.2014 | Arts
MutualArt

New York's art market has taken on a Latin American flair as Pinta NY returned to the city for the seventh year, followed by the upcoming Latin American Art Modern and Contemporary sales at Christie's and Sotheby's this week.

Bay Psalm Book Smashes Record In Auction

Religion News Service | David Van Biema | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) On a dark, damp and expensive Tuesday night at Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan, one of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm ...

Ruth Asawa's Late, Meteoric Rise From Obscurity

ARTINFO | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

In 1947, a 21-year-old Ruth Asawa spent a summer in the rural Mexican town of Toluca, where she saw looped wire baskets for sale in a local market. Fa...

Misery Loves Company

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Sotheby's brought a lawsuit against Minor (it won); Minor countered with a lawsuit against Sotheby's, claiming the auction house failed to disclose critical financial elements of the consignment (he lost).