What exactly constitutes this type of art?
Excavation methodologies have evolved from the simple basket and pickaxe used in the earlier centuries, and prices have risen to a headline-worthy status—but our passion for connecting with and collecting prehistory remains as strong as ever.
Long regarded as a “minor craft”, ceramics have emerged from the annals of antiquity and shelves of granny’s china cabinet to become a platform for social commentary, a place to confront tradition, and a medium in which to explore form over function.
When selecting a new painting for the wall, a prospective buyer typically migrates toward an art gallery, art fair, or an auction house to fit the bill. But Amazon.com and other online platforms want buyers to consider another option.
There is a healthy market in the trade of our flotsam and jetsam. From baseball cards to paper contracts to antique jeans, if there is a seller, there is a buyer, and often at surprising values.
Occasionally, and despite our best efforts, damage suffered by art and antiques is beyond our control. But not always.
With a furtive sweep of black ink applied in mere seconds, a multi-million dollar Mark Rothko painting went from pristine presentation at the Tate Modern to damaged and likely devalued thanks to the handiwork of Vladimir Umanets.
Early manifestations of public art were memorials, behemoths feting victories of warfare or commemorating leaders. Today, public art’s relevance is manifold as a vehicle for, commentary on, and reflection of social, political, and cultural experience and change.
While talk of Egyptian art at auction typically bends one’s thoughts toward antiquity, the sale of artist Mahmoud Said’s The Whirling Dervishes for over $2.5-million could be seen as a turning point in the fluorescence of the Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art market.
Sometimes the loan of an art object to a cultural institution can be more than an act of philanthropy, a contribution to scholarship or a strategic financial calculation; it can be an act of peace between nations.