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What You Need to Know about the Emerging Art Market Right Now

Recent art-news headlines haven’t presaged good things for the emerging art market. Earlier this fall, articles were filled with the anxiety-inducing assertions: “Collectors Abandon Emerging Art” and “That $100,000 Painting Bought to Flip Is Now Worth About $20,000.” But amidst this week’s strong sales at emerging art fair NADA and Art Basel in Miami Beach’s emerging sections Nova and Positions, these somewhat sensational declarations have been called into question.

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The Art Collector's Guide to Paris

City of love, city of light, Paris proudly occupies a place in many hearts for its importance as a leader of culture, of romance and of art. So many notable figures in art, philosophy and literature have made a home in Paris that even the city’s graveyards have become tourist attractions.

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Kathleen Elliot's Liberties

"What is real? How does one know? I have been immersed in these questions for over three decades through studying the intersection of philosophy, linguistics, biology, and spirituality. These questions provoke contemplation and curiosity. I try to bring this mood to my work, inviting viewers to be surprised, to wonder, to question and reconsider, to embrace curiosity and uncertainty. These are the moments in which we are most alive." -Kathleen Elliot

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This Swiss Couple Built One of the World’s Most Significant Collections of 20th-Century Art

In turn-of-the-century Paris, a young man from Bern named Hermann Rupf, an employee at Galeries Lafayette, struck up a friendship with Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, an intern at a stock brokerage. The pair quickly discovered a shared passion in art, and together they devoured all the culture that the city had to offer in the early 1900s.

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Best Wines to Collect (and Drink) This Season

Even those new to wine collecting have probably already heard about the expected gems being offered at auction this season, from bold Napa Cabs from Screaming Eagle or magnum-sized bubbles from Dom Pérignon, tucked into the bucolic countryside of Champagne, France. While these types of wines are always showstoppers at auction, they really only scratch the surface of what’s available to today’s auction-savvy wine lovers.

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What Do Curators Actually Do? The influence of curators, explained.

What is the role of the curator in the contemporary art world? Often working behind the scenes in an opaque job, curators actually greatly influence the art we see in galleries and museums, and, as a result, help determine which art critics write about.

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How to Buy, Wear & Keep Hermès Scarves

Founded in 1837, the French luxury house Hermès was established as a bridle and harness company for equestrian pursuits. In 1937 - one hundred years later - the design for the first Hermès scarf was born. The scarf or carré, meaning ‘square’, was based on a woodblock drawing by Robert Dumas, a member of the Hermès family. It was made with raw silk from China, which was spun into yarn before it was woven into fabric and screen-printed.

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Celebrity Collector Tommy Hilfiger Plays the Art Market

In the early 1980s, the designer Tommy Hilfiger met the artist Andy Warhol. “He brought me to his Factory and showed me his art,” Hilfiger recalled on a telephone call. “At the time, I wasn’t in a position to buy it, which is too bad, because it would have been a great investment.”

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Go-To Watch Complications For the New Collector

Generally speaking, when we hear the word “complication,” there’s a certain negative connotation; something has unexpectedly gone wrong. In the world of watchmaking, however, this is not the case. The term “complication” refers to any function the watch can perform beyond telling the time. It can take years for a watchmaker to gain proficiency in just the assembly process, let alone in creating a complication from scratch.

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Women Artists: The Game-Changers (and the Changing Game)

"We say art should look like the rest of our culture. Unless all the voices of our culture are in the history of art, it’s not really a history of art, it’s a history of power." - The Guerrilla Girls

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How does one start an art collection?

How does one start an art collection? Thoughts on the answer seem to be a mixture of the serendipitous and the sublime. Collecting is a relationship with art discovered through persistence, and a developing love for the work itself. Just ask David Bowie.

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Infographic Timeline: The History of Glass

The history of glass stretches back over 3,500 years, spanning the globe and embracing different cultures along the way. Today glass serves so many essential functions that a world without it is hard to imagine but how did it evolve from the early glass objects of the Bronze Age to the highly advanced and multifunctional material we know today?

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A visit to the George and Dorothy Saxe Collection at the MH de Young

An introduction to the Dorothy and George Saxe Collection at the MH de Young Museum, San Francisco: a visit to the museum’s collection, and the San Francisco home of Dorothy Saxe.

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What Is The Role of Art Advisors? Here's what you get when you hire a consultant.

What is an art advisor, and what role does she or he play in the art market?

As the contemporary market has grown, more and more collectors are chasing a finite number of works by brand-name artists or hot up-and-comers, and they want to be sure that they’re making the right choice. Advisors help collectors buy art by offering a variety of services to simplify the acquisition process.

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Confessions of a First Time Art Collector: Edward Zeng

A meeting with collector Edward (Qiang) Zeng on May 12, two days after he made a splash with his purchase of Yves Klein's Untitled Blue Monochrome (IKB 108), at Christie's postwar and contemporary art evening sale.

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