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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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ELIMINATING ART WORLD BORDERS THROUGH EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY

July 28, 2017

Leading online and experiential art network, One Art Nation, unites art collectors and experts around the world The online art market is experiencing rapid growth like never before. Today, collectors can buy art from almost anywhere in the world without ever having to leave home. But purchasing is only one part of the puzzle. More than ever, online resources are helping eliminate barriers by providing…

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Building a Collection Can Take a Lifetime. Don’t Rush the Details When Selling Your Work

July 24, 2017

Art collectors spend years building up a collection of work. Many rotate their art between walls and storage. Depending on the value and/or cultural significance of the work, some collectors may also loan out work to institutions such as galleries and museums. That being said, collections often evolve with times, taste, and financial considerations. There are many reasons why a collector might want to eventually…

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The Primary vs Secondary Art Market

July 12, 2017

The art market is split up into the primary and secondary market. If an artwork comes straight out of an artist’s studio, by way of a gallery or a contemporary art fair, it’s most likely being offered for sale for the first time. This is the primary art market when the price for the piece is also established for the first time. Galleries and collectors…

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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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