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The Provocation Column

The Provocation Column

Meeting Keith Haring

By Regina de Con Cossío

B. Reading, Pennsylvania, 1950

Most expensive Artwork Sold: Untitled , 1982

Sold price: 6,537,500

As I am contemplating a painting by Keith Haring hanging on my wall, I remember what the artist once said: “Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination, and encourages people to go further.” The street artist who reached out to the world with his simple characters and illustrations, spread a strong and vital social message through his artwork. Looking at his work is like diving into a unique world. To illustrate that, let’s consider the pieces I have in front, on my wall. “The Game” and “Pop Art” are two works on paper and painted with pen markers. Both signed in 1985, they depict scenes full of Haring’s recognizable motifs like the little dancing figures, angels, barking dogs, radiant babies crawling, and angels. The naive impression one gets at first sight with his cartoons and illustrations vanishes easily when facing the vacuum, emptiness and social claims represented in his paintings.

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The Provocation Column, Trends in Art

Trends and Developments in the Art Finance Industry

By Regina de Con Cossío

Art and finance are tied together closer now than ever before. An increasing number of collectors understand the value of art as more than an attractive asset; the investment value of art collection has become an activity worth investigating further as confidence in the art market grows rapidly, along with sales. 

Of the aspects of art and finance which are growing consistently, these are some of the most widespread trends which are likely to develop and expand in the future:

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Art Advisory, The Provocation Column

An Interview with José Chi Dzul

By Regina de Con Cossío

For José Chi Dzul, the visual arts are a space for experimentation to project ideas and discourses about the culture system, the art system and society in general. Born on July 16, 1990, his first approach to the visual arts happened through the label technique. “Although many think that it is not an artistic manifestation, I say the opposite because it has techniques and knowledge: there is an analysis of visual composition that provides a powerful message that abstract thought produces. For many it is only a job. However, working with signage is working with written language to connect experiences and thoughts. ”

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Art Advisory, The Provocation Column

Documenting your Artwork

Photo: Andrew Russeth

By Regina de Con Cossío

When you purchase a few pieces of fine artwork, your first thought is likely “Where shall I place these?” You are excited to showcase your art and begin enjoying it. However, it is important to consider the “what ifs” involved in your (expensive) purchase, and protect your investment. Documenting your artwork is one way to do this, and there are steps you can take to ensure a good start to your art collection.

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Artists, Curator's Journal, The Provocation Column

The Aesthetics of chance Joshua Jobb

By Regina de Con Cossío

“To know x=to know (Everything – x)”
René Dumal, Pataphysics and the revelation of laugher

Natural Interventions presents a solo show by Mexican artist Joshua Jobb. His pieces of art works around concepts such as chance, play, accident and the unexpected. His artworks use materials designed for a context that through his intervention suddenly become something else.

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