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Is there a fine art to illustration?

Is there a fine art to illustration?

The line between fine art and illustration is blurrier than the art world acknowledged just a few decades ago. Find out what sets illustrators apart from fine artists, and what brings them together.

Exhibiting 101

Exhibiting 101

Despite today’s fast-paced world of social-media marketing and networking, there’s still no substitute for meeting customers and prospects in person. And there are few better places to accomplish just this goal than at a trade show.

Photographer Charlie Carter chooses path of tradition

Photographer Charlie Carter chooses path of tradition

Meet artist and photographer Charlie Carter. Clinging to the traditional means of the gelatin silver process, photographers like Carter continue the practice through the use of film and silver-coated papers.

Two young artists to watch for

Two young artists to watch for

Earlier this month, the Creative Self-Expression contest honored two up-and-coming artists for their winning work. Sponsored by The Great Frame Up, a custom framing and art retailer, the two young artists each received a $2,000 scholarship from actress and artist Jane Seymour, spokeswoman for the Creative Self-Expression Foundation. “The Creative Self-Expression Foundation’s goal is to […]

Anatomy of an art colony

Anatomy of an art colony

Throughout the country, art colonies give artists the tools they need to create, sell and hone their craft and to network with other artists.

Inside the mind of an art critic

Inside the mind of an art critic

Richard Speer doesn’t spook easily. As art critic for Willamette Week, Portland’s highly regarded alternative weekly newspaper, Speer has strolled through galleries in and around the Oregon city for more than a decade. He’s seen unsettling creative work, including William Pope.L’s giant reverse image of the United States made out of 5,000 rotting hot dogs. He’s also seen an upscale-gallery show featuring the paintings of Rama—a 21-year-old Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo. Still, when Speer walked into Breeze Block Art Gallery in Portland’s Chinatown arts district last March, he felt as if he’d entered a haunted house … albeit one from someone’s bland, colorless childhood.

Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

All eyes turned to Basel, Switzerland as collectors and art lovers flocked to the Art Basel, SCOPE Basel and Volta9 art fairs. Art Basel, one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs, annually showcases work from over 300 international galleries. This year an estimated $2 billion worth of art is on sale and includes both […]

Venice Biennale showcases art from 88 countries

Venice Biennale showcases art from 88 countries

The Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art fair, launched its 55th exhibition on June 1. This year’s fair represents work from 88 different countries and features renowned artists like Ai Weiwei, Ahmet Güneştekin and Jeremy Deller, as well as up-and-coming faces Marya Kazoun, Zanele Muholi and Tavares Strachan. At the June 1 awards […]

Amazon.com to launch fine art gallery

Amazon.com to launch fine art gallery

Amazon.com, the powerhouse of online shopping, will join forces with galleries to develop an online art marketplace this summer. Last week, Amazon invited several galleries to an informational event held in New York City. The email invites read: This summer Amazon is planning to launch a Fine Art Gallery where customers will be able to […]

Record-breaking sales suggest ‘new era’ in art market

Record-breaking sales suggest ‘new era’ in art market

This month, a contemporary art sale at Christie’s in New York brought in $495 million—the highest total in auction history. The sale included works by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat, establishing a total of 16 new world auction records, with nine works selling for more than $10 million and 23 for more than […]