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It Doesn’t Have to be Pretty to be Influential. What Drives the Price of Great Paintings with Matt Beasant

May 17, 2016

Artists are emotional, irrational and completely unhinged from reality. At least that’s what some people would have you believe. This same criticism is often placed on the art market when talking about pricing. Evan Beard, National Art & Exotic Assets Executive, dispels this notion by showing us tangible aspects of the market that can drive prices. Evan starts with a story of a famous work…

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Contemporary Art Market Predictions with Matt Beasant

May 5, 2016

Even the best picture frames won’t make you want to put your investment statements on display. This is one of the reasons why art is so compelling; as it ascends in value, you get to enjoy it on your walls. These days we take for granted that paintings can be used as a store of value. In fact in the last twenty-five years, contemporary art…

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As I See It with Bruce Helander – Zero to Seventy in Two Hours

May 3, 2016

For much of the country, the winter months are just something people put up with, as there is little hope of warm weather during that season. As a boy growing up in Minnesota, I experienced a climate that reminds me of the TV programs “Life Below Zero” and “Deadly Catch,” where the floating, freezing cast is thrown about in miserable storms, with bone chilling rain…

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5 Questions on Art Conservation & Restoration with Wendy Partridge

April 13, 2016

Wendy Partridge, a Paintings Conservator at ICA Art Conservation, shares her expertise and experience by answering some frequently asked questions. When should one consult a conservator and what services can a conservator provide? Conservators are experts in the long-term preservation of cultural property. Their activities include examination, documentation, treatment, and preventative care. If you are an individual collector, you might want to consult a conservator…

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As I See It with Bruce Helander – Swimmer’s Ear

April 1, 2016

The headline on the editorial page of the March 27, 2016 edition of The New York Times, “Who has the Candidate’s Ear?,” got me to thinking, just for a moment, which presidential candidate might bring the most positive influence and support to the art world. JFK and Obama had first class art in the Oval Office. Nixon couldn’t comprehend contemporary art, but, ironically, initiated the…

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As I See It with Bruce Helander – Shark Tale

March 8, 2016

Sharks seem to be everywhere these days, and one of the most extraordinary sightings is the annual blacktip shark migration off the southeast coast of Florida, with more than 10,000 of these creatures taking advantage of warmer waters during the winter months. Not surprisingly, it keeps one on the beach and out of the Atlantic. Another impressive discovery was when I spotted photographer Chris Leidy’s…

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As I See It with Bruce Helander – Once in a Lifetime

February 5, 2016

Although I was aware that Mother Nature had initiated one of the biggest blizzards in the New York weather record books, as a Florida resident it was still pretty shocking to see the perpetual white blanket of snow covering everything in sight as I looked out the window of the JetBlue aircraft began its descent to a just-cleared landing strip at LaGuardia Airport. I was…

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5 Questions on Public Art with Marc Pottier

January 5, 2016

With his extensive experience in curating public art projects, Marc Pottier shares his insights on the role public art plays in shaping culturally vibrant communities and what must be considered. What is the process for proposing public art in a location, and what kind of restrictions do you encounter? With Public Art, creation starts from the pedestal, opening new dialogues and situations, creating a museum…

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As I See It with Bruce Helander – Canvassing the City

January 4, 2016

Nobody seems to know exactly when the very first murals came about, but there is sound evidence that around 30,000 BC in southern France primitive man began to draw images on cave walls, creatively documenting their lives and aspirations. Many ancient murals in Egyptian tombs from around 3000 BC have survived, as well as Pompeian walls unearthed in nearly mint condition after being hidden for…

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As I See It with Bruce Helander – Painting is Alive and Well

November 25, 2015

Upon reports of his ‘passing’ Mark Twain famously announced, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” This observation also might be utilized in reaction to perpetual news items and reviews that contemporary painting, suffering from a lack of quality and uniqueness, is on its way out. This honored craft is thought by many as basically dead in the water. Perhaps the main villain that…

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