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Playing the Art Market: Citibank Guides Collectors Through Section 1031

“Art is an investment” is a cliché for good reason. Because for some collectors, that Mark Rothko piece hanging above your desk is the creative equivalent of 10,000 shares of Apple stock purchased at the $6 mark. Just as other commodities are bought and sold, so too is art. When it comes to capital gains, […]

And Art for All… GE Capital’s Win-Win Luxury Financing Program

It’s a familiar scenario: You walk into your local big box electronics retailer and, while admiring the impossible-to-miss, state-of-the-art 3-D home entertainment system on display, one of the store’s helpful salespeople informs you that you can take that very same system home with you today and pay no interest until 2013… Now imagine you’re at […]

Work of the Week: How Time Flies, by Abbie Kozik

At the heart of Abbie Kozik’s art are two points: One, there is beauty in resilience and survival. Two, to know beauty, we must experience what is ugly. Kozik’s inspiration springs from the balance in nature between growth and destruction, beauty and ugliness. How Times Flies depicts the destruction-growth dichotomy of beetle kill. Kozik, recently […]

Work of the Week: Dogus Interruptus, by Jeff Leedy

Wait! This is ART! I’m not supposed to laugh, am I? Yes you are, because this art is by well-known fine art humorist Jeff Leedy, who defines his work as “The collision of the Impressionists and The New Yorker.” Leedy won a gold medal in the New York Society of Illustrators’ first Humor Show, beating […]

Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts Experiences “The Pleasure Principle”

Chalk & Vermilion Fine Arts has loaned two oil paintings—La Dialectique appliquée and Les Grands rendez-vous—and a 1950 sketch by renowned Belgian surrealist René Magritte to “The Pleasure Principle,” a traveling exhibition that just completed a run at the Albertina Museum in Vienna. Featuring 250 works from public and private collections throughout Europe, North America […]

Mark Ryden’s Cabinet of Curiosities

He has designed album covers for Michael Jackson and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, painted a guitar for Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and had solo exhibitions around the world. Now Mark Ryden is the subject of Mark Ryden, Pinxit, a brand-new, limited-edition book from TASCHEN. Mixing pop art and surrealist themes with techniques reminiscent of the […]

10 Must-Follow Tweeters

Twitter. Though it may be hard to tell sometimes, this .com phenomenon is filled with more than just succintly-worded snark and daily updates on the lives of celebrities. For inhabitants of the art world in particular, Twitter can actually be useful. For creative advice, business tips, news and inspiration—all in 140 characters or less—check out […]

Work of the Week: Dean Loucks’ The Art of Motoring Circa 1910

“I call my signature method of painting ‘The Art of Removal,’” says artist Dean Loucks of his unique style, in which he utilizes an array of unique materials and tools—including paints, reducers, thinners, a paint gun, razor blades and an airbrush—to give his subjects an organic, vibrant feel. “The great thing is that you can […]

The 10 Most Inspiring Cities

Movement, stillness. Light, darkness. People, places. History, present, future. Inspiration comes from a variety of sources and reveals itself in many forms. But conscious or not, place is a key part of any artist’s ritual. Whether it’s a city you’ve visited once in your life or a special hideaway you take off to every year […]

Wine and Art Share the Spotlight at Wine by the Bay

When Stefano Campanini decided to bring together two of his greatest passions—art and wine—he did more than just drink some Bordeaux and visit an art gallery. Instead, the long-time gallerist—and co-founder of Miami’s Etra Fine Art gallery—brought this fitting duo to the entire Miami art community by opening Wine by the Bay, a fine art […]