One of the world’s most prominent art collectors, Agnes Gund and her daughter Catherine Gund, both signed a letter urging all candidates for the 2020 U.S. Presidential election to call for a wealth tax. She is quoted “Those of us in the richest 1/10 of the richest 1% should be proud to pay a bit more of our fortune forward to America’s future,” the letter reads. “We’ll be fine—taking on this tax is the least we can do to strengthen the country we love.”
When you hear the name Coachella you’d be forgiven for your mind leaping to one thing; the famous annual Coachella music festival. But the Coachella Valley is also making waves on the contemporary art scene as the home of Desert X, a biennial contemporary art show now in its second edition. Desert X was founded in 2015 ‘to bring the finest international artists to the Coachella Valley to create art, engage viewers and focus attention on the valley’s environment.’ The first edition was held in 2017.
Running February 9 to April 21, 18 artists have created site-specific installations in an area spanning 55 miles, influenced by the varied, often barren landscape, its people, history, architecture and economics in an effort to explore how art behaves outside of institutional walls. Neville Wakefield, the Desert X artistic director, said, “What’s exciting about a site-specific show, which is what this is, is that really the place is the curator. The place creates and curates the objects, and I think the experiences.”
Read the Artnews Article here.
It’s early February which can only mean one thing; the contemporary art spotlight falls again on Mexico City, playing host to two of Latin America’s major art fairs from 6-10 February.
The bi-annual Zonamaco is running its 16th edition showcasing over 180 galleries from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Expect to see big names, new galleries, innovation and experimentation in the exhibition spaces and the concurrent conference program. Zonomaco will also be holding its Diseño, Salón and Foto exhibitions alongside the main event at the Centro Citibanamex.
Now in its sixth year, the Material Art Fair will be once again holding court at the Frontón México after a hugely successful 2018 edition in the same location. 73 exhibitors from 37 cities in 22 countries will be representing next generation, emerging and established commercial galleries, as well as not-for-profit and artist-led exhibition spaces. As artists, galleries, buyers and celebrities alike descend on CDMX, there are parallel events, gallery openings, talks, conversations and performances all against the stunning backdrop of Chilangolandia, the City of Palaces.
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It’s no secret that money market investors are in the business of chasing the best possible returns. What we think of as traditional assets, that’s to say stocks and bonds, have performed poorly in recent years amid ongoing market volatility; 2018 saw significant swings and was one of the most turbulent years on record.
Meanwhile, the art market grew 12% in 2017 to an estimated $63.7bn with the USA holding the number one position, according to a report published in March 2018 by Art Basel and UBS. This growth continued through 2018, increasing c.10.6% as at November, outperforming stocks and bonds and coming in ahead of other luxury assets including fine wine and classic cars. The chart reproduced above was published in the Wall Street Journal in December 2018, a sure sign that investors are taking notice.
As they seek to enhance returns in tough markets, investors find themselves increasingly looking towards luxury alternative assets for their returns potential and as a means of diversifying their risk. So-called ‘real assets’ tend to be uncorrelated to large market swings and provide something more tangible for an investor; gold was the traditional preserve of the real asset however it too has struggled. At this point, art is becoming a more compelling proposition for many.
You can download and read the full Art Market Report here.
Tickets are now available for the 2018 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball! Attended by like-minded Houstonians recognizing the value of reading and creative writing, the evening includes lively readings, a talk by iconic travel and fiction writer Paul Theroux, book-themed table decorations, and engaging conversation with fellow literary enthusiasts. Stay after the gala for Postscript; drinks with writers at the Houstonian bar.
Proceeds from the 2018 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball make possible Inprint’s low-cost or free literary performance activities for adults and children; writers workshops for the general public, senior citizens, K-12 teachers, veterans, healthcare providers, and more; and support for the nation’s top creative writing students in Houston.
Next week is the Art League Gala Myth & Symbol honoring the brilliant Lynn Goode as Patron of the Year and Trenton Doyle Hancock as ALH's celebrated Artist of the Year. If you haven't already, tickets and tables can be purchased through the Art League website: http://www.artleaguehouston.org/2017-gala/ or by calling directly at 713-523-9530.
In addition to the gala, the online auction is now live! For more information and bidding, please visit: https://paddle8.com/auction/art-league-houston/.
Fresh Arts, a nonprofit organization in Houston is pulling together #texasartistsstrong, a pop-up exhibition & fundraiser for local artists impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The event will be on Saturday Sept. 9th, 2017 at Spring Street Studios with Cocktails and light bites from 2 to 7pm.
Guidelines and submission information can be found here.
Thank you, Glasstire for spreading the word!!!
More than anything, I love to learn and am constantly adding to my own library. When clients and friends ask for book recommendations on art, I like to point them to the basics first. Here is a short list of essentials that cover art history, a little bit of theory, the fundamentals of the art market and a really nifty guide to deciphering 'ArtSpeak".
To jumpstart your own art library, Phaidon has bundled a great starter selection for you. GENIUS.
The Story of Art: Luxury Edition: Exquisite cloth-bound edition of the classic art-history text – the perfect gift for every art connoisseur and student.
Vitamin P3: The next installment in the popular Vitamin series - the world's hottest painters, selected by international expert.
The Art Book: An accessible A–Z guide to artists from medieval times to the present day.
Painting Beyond Pollock: A lively and accessible history of European and American painting from the mid-20th century onwards.
Body of Art: The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries.
Art Cities of the Future: Forget New York, London and Paris – the old establishment is being challenged by a new order of art communities seizing the contemporary art agenda around the world.
Art in Time: An up-to-date guide to the most significant art styles and movements from the present to antiquity.
Art & Place: The most spectacular, uplifting and outstanding examples of site-specific art in the Americas.
Cave Art: A comprehensive, accessible guide to prehistoric art in Europe and beyond.
The Elements of Sculpture: The essential viewer’s guide to experiencing sculpture.
The 21st-Century Art Book: A complement to the landmark The Art Book, The 21st-Century Art Book is an accessible guide to the best of contemporary art made since 2000.
Sculpture Today: A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated overview of contemporary sculpture.
Wild Art: From pimped cars and graffiti to extreme body art, ice sculpture and flash mobs, this book has them all.
An Anthology of Changing Ideas says it all. Art in Theory 1900 - 1900 is the companion book to Art in Theory 1648-1815 and Art in Theory 1815-1900. A complete survey of the theories underpinning the development of art in the modern period.
In it's Seventh Edition, The Visual Arts: A History is an authoritative survey of up-to-date and wide-ranging history of art available in a single volume.
Taschen's Art of the 20th Century is your be-all, end-all guide to art of the 20th century
Written by eight of the most highly respected curators working today, Defining Contemporary Art, tells the story of two hundred pivotal artworks from the past quarter century.
I really like Michael Findlay's book, The Value of Art: Money, Power, Beauty and recommend it for new clients who are interested in collecting art. It breaks down the contributing elements, including commercial, social and essential qualities that determine the value of an art work in an easy to digest guide.
We have all picked up and then immediately put down the onerous gallery press release. Laden with International Art English or ArtSpeak, art writing gets a bad wrap. In it's third edition, critic Robert Atkins defines various terms and ideas in ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present. This is a great reference for beginners and seasoned professionals.
Author Ossian Warn is Head of Content at the Lisson Gallery and one of Britain's best known art critics. Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art provides a straightforward guide to understanding contemporary art based on the concept of the tabula rasa – a clean slate and a fresh mind.
I have no idea if this book is any good, I just really like the title.. Why Your 5 Year Old Could Not Have Done That is Susie Hodges passionate and persuasive argument against the most common disparaging remark levelled at modern art.
The 2017 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball
There is still time to get tickets for the Inprint Poets & Writers Ball on Saturday, February 18th. The black tie event welcomes New York Times bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld for an evening of spirited readings and book-themed table decorations. Proceeds from the Ball help to support Inprint, a cornerstone of the arts and literature community in Houston, TX.