Today, the signature of an artist on the work he or she created is accepted as a matter of evidence of authorship, so to speak. We assume that artists sign the most important, most valuable works they have created, differentiating themselves from other artists, and we take that as absolute proof that the artist created that specific work. But, does an artist’s signature mean any more (or less) than this?
Urban art is a different breed of animal for many art collectors. However, it has exploded in popularity along with the increase in the display of large-scale public artworks. It is easy to understand why collectors, both young and old, would want to add these fascinating pieces to their homes and offices. There is a big difference between a work of art on the side of a bur or abandoned manufacturing plant and artwork in one’s office or living room.
Established in 1988, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent organization of fine art, antiques, and design. The TEFAF New York Fall event covers fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920. As the world’s most buoyant art market, New York City provides the ideal context for a TEFAF Fair outside Maastricht, and allows a vital, transatlantic meeting ground for a global community of dealers, collectors, curators, interior designers and art-and-antiques enthusiasts.
History buffs thrive on the stories that shape our world: Where we have started, the experiences which have shaken the world, and how we arrived at our current location. In the world of art, this history, the journey which a work of art has travelled to arrive at its current location, is called Provenance. From the French word, provenir, meaning “to come from,” it is more than just the story of a work of art’s life or a timeline of ownership; it validates and confirms its value to the owner, even though it can be met with delight or grief, depending on the conclusion. Loosely considered the “title chain” of a work of art, you will find a vast array of different combinations of proof within the provenance of any work of art.
The terms urban art and street art have, in recent years, been used interchangeably. But, should they be? All urban areas have streets, but we don’t designate all work created in an urban environment “street art.” And where does graffiti fit in this picture? Let’s delve into some of the differences—whether universal or not—between what can be considered urban art and street art.
ASIA NOW is Europe’s first boutique art fair devoted to contemporary Asian art. Founded by Claude Fain and Alexandra Fain, ASIA NOW aims to present the new perspectives and issues for contemporary Asian art and its market: the value of its artists, its potential for development and its rising stars.