The Provocation Column

The Provocation Column

Book Review: The Value of Art by Michael Findlay

The valuation of art is a fickle thing; so many non-concrete factors come into play in the art world, a volatile one where art careers and collections can be easily changed based on emotions rather than traditional explanations. The Value of Art offers readers assistance in deciphering this complicated world. Combined with humor and wit, Michael Findlay provides explanations to guide art lovers through the twists and turns of the art world, yet reminds us that first foremost, one must find artworks to LOVE.

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The Provocation Column, Trips

Travel Istanbul: Artistic Growth Among Unrest

In recent years, Istanbul has made news headlines, but not for anything one looks forward to. Attacks, a government coup, and a tightening of security and strengthening of government control have aided in a more negative atmosphere and prying eyes from outside of this historic city. However, opposition in attitudes foster artistic creativity, and Istanbul’s display of this creativity is blossoming. In this ancient location, where old and new are cherished together, the clash of historical cultures has created a dynamic city, where extremes coexist. Now ripe with museums, galleries, and home to the Contemporary Istanbul Art fair and the 16th Istanbul Biennial in 2019, it is well overdue to highlight some of the outstanding places to find fine art in Istanbul.

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Art Theory, The Provocation Column

Contemporary Art: What It Is and Some Little-Known Influences

Photo Courtesy of Sybaris Collection

Contemporary Art seems to encompass all types of art in today’s world. But in its simplest form, it refers to all types of art created “today”; but what does “today” mean in art terms? It is generally accepted that contemporary art period began at the end of the modern art period, around the mid- to late-1960’s.  One defining factor of contemporary art is the focus on ideas or interests, rather than the beauty or appeal of the artwork. Additionally, under the umbrella of contemporary art, one can name several movements, including:
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Art Advice-How to Bid in an Art Auction
The Provocation Column, Tips for Art collectors

Art Advice: How to Bid in an Art Auction

An art auction is thrilling; the beauty of the art work, the rush of the auctioneer’s sing-song chatter, the excitement when the hammer drops. Even online auctions have a sense of urgency when the countdown clock is nearing the end and bidders vie for the final bid before the timer runs out. But before you reach for your buyer number or raise your hand (whether to scratch your nose or purchase a work of art), are you truly ready for the fast pace of an art auction?

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The Provocation Column, Tips for Art collectors

Financial Benefits of Collecting Art

Art is emotional and for many, not associated with financial benefit. With works of art, one is attracted to art; the style, genre, colors, story, and sometimes even the artist who created it.  However, if you could obtain something that could give you pleasure and reap financial reward, wouldn’t you consider it? Although art collecting is often associated with wealthy individuals who are looking only to fill their homes and businesses with beauty, there is a financial side of building an assortment of artworks. Let’s consider some of the advantages of collecting art.

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Art History, New Collector, The Provocation Column

The Origins of the French Salon

When one considers the “society” aspect of the art world, images of highly educated, art professionals and dreamy-eyed, flamboyant artists may come to mind. Whether or not this may represent a true picture of the art world (hint—it doesn’t), it leads to the question “How did this exclusive atmosphere originate?” The world of art and philosophical discussion was borne in the French Salon.

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