The Art Trade: A Complex Industry

July 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

Art IndustryIf you’ve ever purchased a piece of art, a painting, or maybe even a sculpture, you’ve probably wondered how that piece got from the artist to your local art gallery. It’s possible that the artist who’s work you purchased, was a local artist, who placed his or her piece in the local shop on consignment. This means he or she will only be paid if and when their piece is sold. If however you’ve purchased a piece of art from a popular or well collected artist it’s likely come from a larger art gallery who carries many pieces which have been collected and purchased over many years. There are many stops for a piece of art from the artist to the gallery. We’ve decided to explore the many stops in this complex process to give you a better understanding of journey your piece of art might have taken.

The Artist’s Studio

This is where all the magic happens, the inspired artist, energized by organic protein shake recipes from this site, works diligently and passionately, for nights on end to produce an amazing piece of art. Working madly from the inside of their garage, with only a few garage door parts standing between them and the outside world, they balance on the edge of insanity producing their heart’s desires and dreams. This, they do all for your personal entertainment and intrigue. Many artists choose to purchase or rent lofts with large open open spaces large enough to house several working projects at once.

Focus of the Piece 

The interest and intent of the artist’s piece can range from Christmas tree ornaments to painting vehicles. One artist we encountered only paints vehicles, his specialty being Jeep Wranglers. After tedious and detailed artwork is applied to the vehicles exterior he puts up these Jeep Wranglers for sale online here at a huge markup and makes a great living. The same artist, keeping a focus on vehicles makes various sculptures from a variety of car tires. At the time we visited his studio he had recently maxed out his tires plus credit card found here purchasing just over thirty over-sized off-road tires. A few months after our visit we learned that these oversized tires were eventually melted together into a tower over 100 ft. tall, which the artist later sold for over five hundred thousand dollars. That’s quite a nice return on investment!

Dealers and Transportation

Dealers are the glue that keeps the Art industry together. Ok, so I’m a little biased being a dealer myself. At the least we can say that we’re an integral part of the industry. We spend time to learn about and visit all the up and coming artists to get a sense of the work they are completing at any given time, and to connect these artists with clients who may be interested in purchasing their work. These buyers could be gallery’s, or foundations, and in some cases they are actually just individual art collectors. After making the connection, it’s the dealer’s job to broker the deal for the art at a “wholesale” price. Now, depending upon the popularity of the artist’s works, and/or the number of years they have received recognition in the industry, this “wholesale” price can be quite pricey.

Art Sales

Finally after a back and forth negotiation with the artist on one side, the buyer on the other, and the dealer/broker in the middle, the buyer receives the art. Often the buyer purchases a large number of pieces from a given artist in order to put them all on display at a genre-specific event. These events can be exclusive to one artist, or may include pieces from a number of different artists, generally producing similarly styled work. Most artists who have gathered a following and made a name for themselves in the art world sell only their work in a given exhibit. Others are “headliners” so to speak, but allow others to sell their works as well, and take a commission from the sales of any of their works as well.

Having taken the full journey, you’ve now been given insight into the life cycle of a piece of art. It’s likely next time you make the trip down to your local art gallery you’ll see just how much goes into allowing you to purchase your cherished works of art.

The Business of Artistic Fashion

July 24, 2013 at 2:18 am

Artistic FashionFashion is more than an artistic statement, it’s a business. As the era begins, the fashion industry is ruled by the dictates of Paris couturiers. However, many couture houses in Paris found themselves in financial difficulties in the 1950s. With an ever-dwindling client base, haute couture must reinvent itself or parish. Couturiers must become businessmen, not just designers, and broaden their reach to a new middle-class audience to remain profitable. Couturiers expand into ready-to-wear garment and licensed products, such as hosiery, neck wear, jewelry, and cosmetics, exchanging their name for profits. Profits made from licensing agreements and mass-produced ready-to-wear garments help sustain haute couture, especially in the “Big ‘80s” when conspicuous consumption reigned.

The growth of the middle class during this period expanded the demand for ready-made clothing. The active American lifestyle demanded clothing that moved. American designers stepped up to the challenge, reinterpreting Paris fashions for the American woman and man. One such example is the brand Tom Ford Cologne found here. Although women might always turn to Paris for overall style, especially in formal wear, over this fifty-year period, they increasingly turned to American designers for their “daywear,” known now as sportswear.

American designers also discovered a new market in the 1950s: children. The post-WWII baby boom resulted in an unprecedented birth rate and a new demand for children’s wear that was unique, not miniaturized versions of adult clothing. As the decades progress, the children’s market was further segmented in preteen, teen, and college markets, each with its own look.

The expansion of retail operations, both high-end department stores and mass merchandisers, promoted the American vision of fashion. As manufacturing techniques improved and sizing became standardized, the quality of ready-to-wear clothing improved drastically over the course of the decade. The rapid production and distribution methods also meant that a new fashion trend, once only available to the elite, could now be instantly reproduced at all price points. The same fashion trends could be found at Chanel, Macy’s, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Wal-Mart simultaneously.

The fashion industry, like any good business, also learned the importance of targeting its audience. Whether it was the Mickey Mouse Club in 1955 or MTV’s House of Style launched in 1989, fashion used the new medium of television to promote its message. The most forward promoters were also quick to adopt cable television (The Home Shopping Network) and the Internet to reach their audiences twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Advertisers also utilize TV shows and movies with sites like watch-movies.net. Additionally, shoppers are increasingly being targeted by mobile and other online retailers. More information regarding these marketing plans can be located at Hotmail customer support, Comcast phone number, and  Safelink contact number.

Fashion is increasingly ready whenever, wherever shoppers live.

Freedom of expression land you in jail?: Get the right help.

July 23, 2013 at 2:21 am

Artist in JailEveryone has an opinion and, hopefully, the freedom to express that opinion. Speech or various artistic forms of expression are bound to have opponents and sometimes it can have unfortunate consequences. In the United States, we are protected by the first amendment which gives the freedom of speech/expression. However, there are still limitations and these limitations go by the names of libel and slander. Libel is defamation by print or another other form other than spoken word or gestures. Slander is an untruth about someone spoken with malicious intent. Art comes in many different forms, whether it be a street performer or Picasso, and any time a piece of art is made it comes with the implication that someone may possibly be offended by the message. A street artist in New York was arrested for placing ads on bus stops that poked fun at the NYPD by saying “Drones: Protection When You Least Expect It”. He was arrested by the police, which the irony is not lost on, but proves that there are limits to how far an individual’s freedom of expression goes.

Other examples of art having bad consequences: an American photographer created a controversial photo entitled “Piss Christ” which depicted Jesus on the cross submerged in a bottle of urine. The photograph elicited controversy for decades.  Another artist by the name of Anna Sin’kova, a resident of Ukraine, was found frying eggs over an eternal flame that burns in remembrance of fallen soldiers and the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. A video of the act exists and reveals that there are police officers watching Anna perform the stunt, but did not try to stop here. However, three months later she was arrested for “desecrating a grave.” She was refused to be released on bail.

Sin’kova says that she sees the placement not as a grave, but a “propaganda for a totalitarian communist regime.” To her, the old memorial does not resonate the same way it does with others. There are those that do agree with her, however, and see her actions as acceptable within the rights of her expression and have raised their voices in her defense. She says that upon her return from jail she will fight for the causes she believes in. If she wasn’t prohibited from being released on bail she might have been able to get back to that cause sooner. Unfortunately, bail can be denied for a variety of reasons in different countries. If bail is denied, the defendant is allowed to apply for bail at their court hearing. Unless there is a strong reason to deny bail, the defendant will be released. If an artist is arrested after putting a piece of their work on display they should seek bail, especially if they feel that they were wrongly accused of libel or slander for their work.

Having a lawyer that can successfully defend your case using the amendment rights will help ensure the case swings in you favor. In the unfortunate event that you have been arrested, keep calm and know that you have rights protecting you, but don’t rely on your rights alone. In order to ensure that you’re out of jail in time to prepare your case with a qualified defense attorney, you need to choose the right bail bonds company to secure your freedom. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. You need to focus on finding a bail bondsman who is both trustworthy and nearby. If you call one bail bonds company, and they tell you they will be there shortly to bail you out, and never show up, it could mean several more days in jail before you can get ahold of another and make your way out. Many times, it’s family members making these phone calls on your behalf, you need a qualified bail bondsman to get the job done. With regard to their being nearby, lets say for the sake of argument that your loved one was arrested and brought to jail in Los Angles. If they call a bail bonds in Whittier, or Orange County bail bonds, such as ChiefBail.com, they can usually be there in about an hour to get them bailed out. If on the other hand you reach a San Diego bail bonds company, it could literally take hours for them to arrive.

Above all, don’t make the mistake of taking you or your loved one’s arrest lightly. It’s a serious event when anyone is arrested, and even more serious when someone’s freedom of expression rights are being trampled on. Take the right steps post-arrest to ensure you or your loved ones are bailed out and on the path to justice as soon as possible.