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The Success of SURTEX

The Success of SURTEX

For all those interested in getting their artwork licensed, there was just one place to be from May 20-22, 2012: New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center, home to SURTEX, the world’s leading trade show for the surface design market. Approximately 300 exhibitors were on hand to share the works of over 1,000 artists, designers, […]

Celebrity Portraitist Peter Engels’ Live Painting of Richard Branson to be Auctioned Off for Charity

Celebrity Portraitist Peter Engels’ Live Painting of Richard Branson to be Auctioned Off for Charity

The clock was ticking when portraitist Peter Engels sat down to paint billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson. While most of Engels’ signature celebrity portraits—subjects of which have included Nelson Mandela, Grace Kelly, Steve Jobs and many more—take three to four weeks to finish, the Virgin Group founder’s mug had to be committed to canvas in only […]

Deedee Morrison Shines Her Borrowed Light in Oklahoma City

Deedee Morrison Shines Her Borrowed Light in Oklahoma City

Renewable energy. Science and technology. The natural world. Many of the varied interests of public artist Deedee Morrison find form in her new kinetic sculpture Borrowed Light, created by the artist for Oklahoma City’s Pioneer Library System. The 9-foot-high piece is composed of five aluminum columns carved with an intricate, almost delicate, design, which is […]

A Blast from the Past, Courtesy of AFP and the Cannes Film Festival

A Blast from the Past, Courtesy of AFP and the Cannes Film Festival

Film. Fashion. Celebrities. Since the Cannes Film Festival first began in 1946, photographers have been on hand to capture high-profile celebs on film, giving everyday Joes a look at actors and directors walking the red carpet and schmoozing with their fellow A-listers. For the 65th annual festival, which kicked off yesterday and runs through May […]

Telling the Story of Portrait of Wally

Telling the Story of Portrait of Wally

The history Egon Schiele’s 1912 oil painting Portrait of Wally is one that seems too incredible to be true. Purchased by Jewish art collector Lea Bondi in the years before World War II, the painting was stolen by a Nazi art dealer and later turned up at the Austrian National Gallery, where it had been […]

The Scream Heard ‘Round the Art World

From mugs to mouse pads, The Scream has adorned just about every textile on the planet, becoming a universal symbol of angst and disillusionment in the process. But with its record-breaking auction price of just under $120 million at Sotheby’s last Wednesday, Edvard Munch’s masterpiece has become a sign of the times for the fine […]

Work of the Week: He Only Flossed The Ones He Wanted to Keep 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 […]

The Ins and Outs of Defining Contemporary Art

The Ins and Outs of Defining Contemporary Art

The history of contemporary art can be a difficult thing to qualify, not least because it’s something that’s still growing and changing. The last 25 years have seen seemingly countless artists rise to prominence—but which of them will we still be talking about 25 years from now? With their book Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years […]

Dale Chihuly, The Man Who Grows Glass

Suspended from the ceiling like delicate crimson parachutes, Chihuly’s flowers reflect the light. Their petals do not wilt, but will shatter if they fall, so they are carefully secured by metal twists and rods. As part of a new installation by Washington born-and-based glass artist Dale Chihuly, this 100-foot chandelier of flowers combines the vivacious […]

Discover Your Licensing Future at SURTEX

If you can imagine seeing your artwork on dishes, linens, gift wrap or wallpaper, then consider whether licensing your art is a viable pursuit. There’s no better way to become immersed in the art licensing market than to attend SURTEX®, the only B2B trade show dedicated to art licensing, and considered to be the source […]