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Ebook: Managing Relationships in the Art Market

June 19, 2017

For aspiring art advisors and new art collectors This Ebook addresses the relationship between art advisors and art collectors – from both perspectives. It describes the idiosyncrasies of the art market and why they are problematic for new art collectors. The Ebook further discusses the ways in which art advisors provide value to their clients. Over the last century the perception of art has changed…

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Stephen Bulger Gallery to Open New Space at 1356 Dundas Street West, Toronto

June 12, 2017

After nearly 15 years in their current location, Stephen Bulger Gallery have finally found a new gallery space in their neighbourhood that is large enough to accommodate their ambitions to be one of the world’s leading commercial galleries for great photographs of all types. On September 9, 2017, they open the doors of 1356 Dundas Street West to welcome visitors in a purposefully designed space…

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The 57th Venice Biennale 2017: Getting to the Art of the Matter

June 7, 2017

© Barbara Hoffman, 2017 Barbara T. Hoffman is a preeminent international art lawyer with an undergraduate degree in art history. She has been a passionate follower of the contemporary art scene for years and a regular attendee at the Venice Biennale since the early 1980’s. She has written frequently on law, art and politics for a variety of publications and is a member of the…

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The Issue of Fake Paintings Within Indonesian Modern Art

May 18, 2017

In April 2012, during the opening of the exhibition Back to the Basics, at the OHD Museum in Magelang, Central Java, the most senior collector and supporter of Indonesian modern and contemporary art, Dr Oei Hong Djien (OHD) exhibited paintings by late Indonesian master’s that were yet to be seen in public. OHD’s museum houses several thousand fine-art pieces, spanning a century of work, by…

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Art As An Asset Class?

April 28, 2017

During the Hellenistic Period, 4th – 1st century BC, the Greeks first developed the taste for art collecting, valuing it for aesthetic purposes rather than religious or civic significance. The impulse to invest in art however is a new phenomenon. The 17th century diarist John Evelyn noted that ‘even Dutch farmers pay high prices for paintings, which they resell at “very great gains”’. The digital…

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A Wider Array of Artists and Collectors

April 20, 2017

The trend toward globalization is creating an art market that includes a wider array of artist as well as collectors. When it comes to artists, Latin American art provides us a great example of this shift. Kaeli Deane, Head of Sale for Phillips Latin American Art department, says that Latin Americans typically purchased work created by artists native to their home countries. For example, Mexicans…

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5 Questions on Art & Digital Copyright Law (Part 2)

April 7, 2017

With the dual phenomena of increase in art world wealth and the ease of exploiting content online, self proclaimed specialists and bloggers in “art law” and digital copyright law are multiplying. Recently named one of 51 High Wattage Women in the Art World, Barbara T. Hoffman’s writings and cases have generated legislation, influenced the development of the law and created important precedents for the creators…

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Art Collecting 101: Finding Gems (Without Breaking the Bank)

April 3, 2017

Art is one of those investments that pays off in the future and you can enjoy it in the here & now. While you should choose pieces that speak to you, it’s also wise to consider their potential to appreciate in value. But where to start? Julia Wehkamp and Amanda Dunn are co-founders of One Art Nation, a platform that empowers both emerging and established…

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5 Questions on the Need for Art Law (Part 1)

March 31, 2017

As the art world becomes more complex, so does the need for qualified legal professionals. Barbara Hoffman of The Hoffman Law Firm, who practically invented “art law” forty years ago, shares her insights into how this need developed. You are one of the pioneer practitioners of art law. What are the characteristics of the field of art law? An art lawyer addresses the subjects of…

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VIDEO: Collecting Art – Have You Been Bitten by the Bug?

March 28, 2017

What tips could you give to first time art buyers? Why did you start to collect art? How have you grown your collection over the years? Where have you purchased art and do you have a preference? Joined seasoned Toronto based collector, David Angelo, as he provides advice on building a collection by educating yourself about the process and selecting pieces that tell the story…

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