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The Art Lawyer’s Diary: Prospect 4 – The Lotus in Light of the Swamp

November 28, 2017

Art lawyer, Barbara Hoffman had the opportunity to attend the VIP/press opening for Prospect 4, New Orleans’ citywide international contemporary art exhibit founded by Dan Cameron, former senior curator of the New Museum, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In producing works in response to the current cultural, socioeconomic and environmental landscape, Prospect 4’s artists represent a form of symbiosis: they have grown…

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5 Questions on Art in a Digital Era

October 26, 2017

New digital technology and an influx of online art businesses are changing the way we research artists and art professionals, build and manage our collections and even crack the most advanced art forgers. Hear from Jessica Paindiris, CEO and a Founder of The Clarion List, as she discusses the rise of the online art market and the affect it is having on the global art…

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The Art Lawyer’s Diary: Out of Africa – Reflections on the Opening of Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA, the Joburg Art Scene and the Power of Ought

October 13, 2017

On Friday, September 22, the first public institution dedicated to contemporary art and the art of the diaspora in Africa, Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA, opened to a sold out weekend of more than 50,000 visitors, with 5,000 visitors per day since. Zeitz (not Zulu, Xhosa or even Afrikaans, but the name of its German founder) MOCAA’s aim is to represent and give voice to contemporary…

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Creative Technology Can Be Disruptive. Just Like Many of the Women Working with It

October 2, 2017

Galleries and art fairs are showing a growing array of digital work. This new creative technology can include installation, video, interactive, virtual reality, and forms that are yet to be invented. When speaking to a gallery owner at a recent art fair, it was explained that many children have become so accustomed to touching the interactive art that when they come upon a regular painting…

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Best Practices in Art Advisory – The 101 Program for Art Advisors

September 13, 2017

Collecting art is exciting, intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding. And if you know what you’re doing, it could also be worth your while financially. So how do you get to know the art world and make sure you buy quality art at a reasonable price? Well, unless you are willing to spend years acquiring the expertise required to confidently navigate the art world, it’s smart…

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5 Questions on Becoming an Art Advisor

September 8, 2017

This may come as a surprise but the opacity of the art market is not just confusing for art collectors, it’s also confusing for emerging art advisors. Annelien Bruins, CEO and Senior Art Advisor of Tang Art Advisory, shares her expertise on how to become an art advisor and the role they play. What does an art advisor do? An art advisor advises emerging and…

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Where Did Pop Art Come From?

September 1, 2017

Pop Art is an impactful art movement in Britain and the US that emerged in the mid-50s and flourished in the 60s. The term “Pop Art” was coined in 1955 by Lawrence Alloway, a British curator and critic. Pop Art was the art of popular or “material” culture and was a revolt against the status quo and the traditional views of what art should be. It was a…

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Ai Weiwei to Receive the 2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship in Toronto

August 25, 2017

6 Degrees has announced that Ai Weiwei will be coming to Toronto to receive the 2017 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship. The great Chinese artist and activist will accept the award on Wednesday, September 27, at Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning in Toronto. Among the most renowned and revered of living artists, Ai Weiwei’s remarkable career has been characterized by boldness,…

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Art Changes with the Times. Apparently so do Collectors.

August 18, 2017

The aesthetic value of art is almost impossible to quantify and the emotions that it elicits can be priceless. But what about the actual cost. This is where art finance is helpful. It’s the component of the art market that enables us to know the monetary store of value in a piece of work. This dollar value is important because it gives personal collectors, institutions,…

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The Art Lawyer’s Diary by Barbara Hoffman: Grand Tour – Documenta 14, Skulptur Projekte 2017, Mondrian

August 8, 2017

With a scheduled business trip to Amersfoort, Netherlands (yes, I am still practicing art and cultural heritage law), I took the opportunity to travel six days earlier to continue what the art world has called “The Grand Tour”: from Venice, to Kassel (“Documenta”) and Münster (“Skulptur Projekte”). Whilst the “Grand Tour” included Basel, my self-guided exploration and added visits to Piet Mondrian at the Gemeente…

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