WHAT TO COLLECT # 18. SONDRA PERRY

Sondra Perry is an American artist who was born in 1986. Sondra Perry has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. There have been numerous articles about Sondra Perry, including ‘Sondra Perry’s Typhoon wrenches my soul but Ian Cheng’s AI is merely soulless – review’ written by Jonathan Jones for The Guardian in 2018. Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 2015; A Curious Blindness, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York (2015); Of Present Bodies, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA (2014);…

Artists Support Themselves Through Freelance Work and Don’t Find Galleries Especially Helpful, New Study Says

A study based on a survey of more than 1,000 practicing visual artists sheds light on the economics of making art. Matt Johnson, “Movie Money (1.75 Million Dollars in a Gym Bag)” (2018), carved wood with paint, 13 x 21 x 15 in, in 303 Gallery’s booth at Frieze New York 2018 (photo by the author for Hyperallergic) The majority of visual artists working today make less than $30,000 per year, according to a study released this week. Conducted by the Creative Independent, a publication affiliated with Kickstarter, the study draws on responses from 1,016 artists working in the US,…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 17. ANNETTE KELM

Annette KELM was born 1975 in Stuttgart, Germany. She currently lives and works in Berlin. Kelm is interested in typologies, models of mass production, the function of objects and the nature of their representation, and stylistic developments in patterned textiles, design, and technology. In her work she conflates several genres in single images or in series on a single motif that combine a variety of artistic, historical, and cross-cultural references. Taken with large- and medium-format analog cameras and individually printed by hand, her carefully composed pictures appear not unlike advertisements. But their sense of precise objectivity is undercut by artifice…

Visit to Basel 2018

Art, it is a good way to entertain when you have dinner with friends in your house – just like talking about expensive wine or travels you now can talk about your existing art experience. Art is always about stature. With Art Significator You will be proud of your art collection. Masha Melnik From Art Basel, Switzerland 2018

WHAT TO COLLECT #16. AVERY SINGER

“I feel incredibly free when I have an art idea. Being an artist is almost like, a pursuit of this feeling of freedom. I love that feeling. I live for that.” – Avery Singer Avery Singer was born in 1987 in New York, where she continues to live and work. Painting almost exclusively in tones of black and white, Singer’s canvases teeter between abstraction and figuration. Employing the 3D-modeling software, Google SketchUp, to create an under-drawing, Singer applies acrylic paint to the canvas via an airbrush, creating images that are both digital and analog. The artist’s conceptual considerations are bolstered…

Five artists under 50 who are rising up the auction rankings

Five artists under 50 who are rising up the auction rankings: Image copyright GETTY IMAGES Image caption The Sick Leaves by Cecily Brown ▪ Cecily Brown – a London-born artist whose works fetched $14.8m last year – up from $613,000 in 2016. Image copyright GETTY IMAGES Image caption A la Warhol by Njideka Akunyili Crosby ▪ Njideka Akunyili Crosby – the record price for a work by this Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist, who is in her 30s, reached $3.4m this month. Image copyright GETTY IMAGES Image caption Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was nominated for the 2013 Turner Prize ▪ Lynette Yiadom-Boakye –…

How Not to Be Seen by Hito Steyerl

The German artist Hito Steyerl addresses the way digital images are created, shared and archived. Her film How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational (2013) takes the form of an instructional video which flips playfully between ‘real world’ footage and digital recreations. Inspired by Monty Python, the work balances critique and humor, showing how ‘not being seen’ has both oppressive and liberating possibilities. Steyerl works across video and installation as well as delivering performative lectures. She appears in this work as a performer, making herself visible to us, in contrast to the conventional invisibility of the artist, seen…

WHAT TO COLLECT #15. ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA

Born 1969 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She lives and works in Berlin and Almaty. Artist Statement “My educational background is in the Soviet Russian, avant-garde school of Futurism, which I combine with the nomadic aesthetic of post-Soviet, contemporary Kazakhstan that I have been exploring in recent years through photographic and video work. I use specific modes of expression in modern and contemporary art as a vehicle to investigate my personal archaic atavism as a certain mystical anthropomorphism. In other words, I explore the nature of a specific Egregore, a shared cultural psychic experience, which manifests itself as a specific form of…

6 Rules for the Entrepreneurial Collector by Sylvain Levy.

Building art collections has always been a diverse and a personal adventure. Today we can add a new profile to the different types of collectors: the entrepreneurial collector. Original article: 6 Rules for the Entrepreneurial Collector https://blog.vastari.com/the-entrepreneurial-collector-sylvain-levy-dsl/ All the fields of our society are impacted by individuals who has invested in changing history, not just making money. Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos are among these entrepreneurs focused on change. How can art collectors be inspired by Elon Musk’s disruptive thinking? Below, I’ll share 6 points that should always be considered by the entrepreneurial collector. 1. A…

WHAT TO COLLECT #14 . GUDA KOSTER

Guda Koster is a Dutch artist who creates living sculptures and performances, which the photographs are the results of. Koster’s works are created in parallels of time, space and textile.In her works Koster uses fabrics, colours and patterns that underline the codes and meanings our clothing conveys How would you describe your works? I make installations, sculptures and photographs in which clothing plays an important part. Clothing doesn’t just have a function but also conveys a message. In our everyday lives we communicate identity and social position primarily by means of our clothing. Clothing can be seen as a visual…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 13. NAUM GABO

Naum Gabo, original name Naum Neemia Pevsner (born August 5, 1890, Bryansk, Russia—died August 23, 1977, Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.), pioneering Constructivist sculptor who used materials such as glass, plastic, and metal and created a sense of spatial movement in his work. Gabo studied medicine and natural science, then philosophy and art history, at the University of Munich in Germany; he also took engineering classes at the Technical University in Munich. In 1913 he walked from Munich to Florence and Venice, viewing many works of art and architecture along the way. Early in his life he changed his name to Gabo…

WHAT TO COLLECT #12. Lisa Kellner

Lisa Kellner has created and installed room-sized installations and two-dimensional works throughout the United States since 2006. Her work has been exhibited at the Bellevue Arts Museum (WA), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY), the Brooklyn Arts Council (NY) and the Weatherspoon Museum (NC), among others.  Also, Lisa has worked with galleries including Ascent Contemporary (NY), Project 4 (DC), BravinLee Projects (NY) and JoAnne Artman (LA).  Lisa’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Sculpture Magazine among others.  Lisa created site-responsive installations at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (FL), the Center for Maine Contemporary…

WHAT TO COLLECT #11. Marina De Caro

Born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina Body, behaviour and space; intuition, sensitivity and perception; experience and knowledge: these are the key words of Marina De Caro’s work. De Caro develops her poetics from the field of drawing towards the realms of sculpture and performance. Her spatial and action-based works often incorporate soft wearable sculptures especially designed to invite the viewer/performer to experience an unpredictable regard on the everyday, on bodily and social behavior and norms. In her drawings and experiences, De Caro disrupts the given, abruptly. A most refined and irreverent master…

WHAT TO COLLECT # 10. LIONEL SMIT.

Today I went trough the exhibition of Emerging and Established Artist Lionel Smit at the museum of Contemporary art in North Miami Beach. Lionel Smit was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1982. He creates monumental portraiture works on canvas, sculpture, silkscreen, video and public installations. Smit’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces. These include a solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki and various public sculptures of his being featured in the USA including Union Square, New York City. Smit’s painting, Kholiswa, received the Viewer’s Choice Award as part…