Affordable Photography at Troika Editions – artmarketblog.com

Affordable Photography at Troika Editions – artmarketblog.com

Sand Blaster By Bill Jackson

Sand Blaster By Bill Jackson

In August of 2007, Jen Bekman launched the online art store 20×200 (http://www.20×200.com) with a mission to make fine art available to everyone. Bekman’s concept of selling one print in a range of physical sizes and edition sizes at varying price levels caters to everyone from the serious collector to those who just want something to decorate their home. Each week two new works are released one of which is a photographic work and one of which is a work on paper. The prints range in size and price from 8″ by 10″ prints from an edition of 200 which cost $20 to 40″ by 30″ prints from an edition of 2 which cost $2000 with other options in between.

Jen Bekman’s US based 20×200 had the niche all to themselves until the UK based Troika Editions opened for business in April this year. Troika Editions is a new online gallery with a focus on contemporary photography which offers a new photographic image for sale each week made available as limited editions prints which vary in size, price and edition number just like 20×200. All their prints come with a certificate signed by the artist and a unique edition number which is what one would expect from anyone selling a top quality fine art edition. According to the Troika editions website “Each art work will be offered in the same three sizes, small, medium and large; in the same three edition runs of 300, 30 and 3; at the same prices of £35, £350 and £3500. All you have to do is decide which one you like.”

The artists whose work is chosen to be sold as limited edition prints by Troika are carefully selected by a curator because of their current success and future potential. The website states that “Troika Editions showcases exciting and beautiful work by photographers with a pedigree. These are the next photo stars; they have won awards, published books and had exhibitions. We believe they are artists to watch in the future”.  So far things look good for Troika editions with the current offerings appearing to be highly desirable and top quality. I’m a particular fan of the slightly eerie but very intriguing work ‘Sand Blaster’ by Bill Jackson (see image) who just won the silver award in the Royal Photographic Society 152nd International Print Exhibition. Jackson has a very extensive cv that includes lots of solo and group exhibitions as well as an impressive list of rewards which suggests that he is definitely an artist worth investing in.

To see all the works available from Troika editions visit http://www.troikaeditions.co.uk/

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

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Helping Humble Arts and Supporting MOCP – artmarketblog.com

Help Humble Arts and Support the MOCP – artmarketblog.com

 Stein, Amy $300.00  Hillside from the series Domesticated, 2007 C-print 11 x 13 3/4 inches on 14 x 16.75 inch paper Edition of 50.  Available from the MoCP

Stein, Amy $300.00 Hillside from the series Domesticated, 2007 C-print 11 x 13 3/4 inches on 14 x 16.75 inch paper Edition of 50. Available from the MoCP

The financial crisis has undoubtedly had a significant effect on the arts especially those non-profit organisations that are the backbone of the art world. Many non-profit art organisations have funding programs that involve the sale of works of art so why not help support the arts and take advantage of some of the bargains currently available. The Humble Arts Foundation is a well known not-for-profit organisation that works to advance the careers of emerging fine art photographers. Like many other arts organisations, the Humble Arts Foundation is doing it tough. There are two ways you can help the Humble Arts Foundation. The first involves making a tax deductable donation of $15 or more which, if 3500 people obliged, would give Humble enough funds to continue supporting and exhibiting the work of emerging art photographers through 2012. The second way you can help support Humble is by purchasing one of their fantastic limited edition prints. To sweeten the deal a discount of 30% is available to those who use the code HAF30 which makes the Humble prints even better value.

To make a donation go here:
https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/contribute/donate/1138

or to view the available prints go here:
http://humbleartsfoundation.org/editions/index.html

Another photography related organisation that I’m sure would love your support is the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. According to their website the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography. By presenting projects and exhibitions that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the Museum strives to communicate the value and significance of photographic images as expressions of human thought, imagination, and creativity. The MoCP recently launched their 2009 series of fine photographic prints which includes works by Amy Stein and Michael Wolf. To see all the fantastic prints available check out:
http://mocp.org/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=11
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

Photography Auction at iGavel – artmarkeblog.com

Photography Auction at iGavel – artmarkeblog.com

William Eggleston, Untitled (Reflectors), c. 1970's

William Eggleston, Untitled (Reflectors), c. 1970's

As I have mentioned before, the great thing about iGavel auctions is that all the sellers are professionals and all the objects offered on the iGavel site are guaranteed for authenticity and condition. The only way anyone other than the a registered associate of iGavel can sell an item on the site is by consigning items through one of the iGavel associates. This means that the items being sold on iGavel are all sold by industry professionals. Founded by Lark Mason, the former director of online auctions at Sothebys, iGavel is a fantastic source of top quality fine art at reasonable prices.

One of the most popular sellers on iGavel is Daniel Cooney Fine Art, a Brooklyn based gallery specialising in photographs and works on paper. Daniel Cooney Fine Art hold auctions on iGavel three times a year and always have fantastic range of works to choose from at very good prices. The current auction which ends on the 18th of February offers some beautiful images by long time luminaries such as William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz and Garry Winogrand. The auction also features a group of portfolios and books by Dorothy Norman, Ralph Gibson and Jerome Liebling among others.

See the works available and bid here:
http://auction.igavel.com/ClientInfo.taf?_function=info&id=2846&skip=1

All lots available for viewing at Daniel Cooney Fine Art during regular business hours and by appointment.

Daniel Cooney Fine Art
511 West 25th Street, #506
New York, NY 10001,
212 255 8158
dan@danielcooneyfineart.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 6 and by appointment.

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

Daniel Cooney Emerging Photographers Auction – artmarketblog.com

Daniel Cooney Emerging Photographers Auction – artmarketblog.com

"The Divide"

"The Divide"

Daniel Cooney Fine Art is currently conducting an online auction on igavel of 40 photographs by some of the best emerging photographers.  Amy Finkelstein, Juliana Beasley, Nina Buesing, Shen Wei and Jon Feinstein are just some of the artists whose work is included in the auction. Daniel Cooney Fine Art is a highly respected gallery based in Chelsea, NY that deals primarily in photographs and works on paper by emerging artists and under recognised work by established artists. According to igavel “Daniel Cooney Fine Art is proud to announce our second Emerging Photographers Auction with iGavel. The auction is a curated group of 40 images by very promising emerging talent. This is a special opportunity to introduce young artists to collectors at all levels as all reserves are set at $200.” You can view the available works and submit bids here:
http://auction.igavel.com/AuctionHelp.taf?S=N&R=2&C=2&return=50&sort=1&ST=1&days=&category_id=&_start=1&keyword=E1DA&_UserReference=7F000001477C6F560C1CB431B343495F75C2

In my opinion, the best work in the auction is “The Divide” by Mark William Fernandes. What impresses me the most about “The Divide” is the way that Fernandes has used captured moments of a natural and random event in a way that appears to have been carefully orchestrated. The patterns and shapes created by the waves and the pools appear to have been purposely placed in the position they appear in to create a balanced abstract composition. I also love the intensity and energy of this photo which is enhanced by the moody lighting that is reminiscent of the dark, moody paintings of the Dutch masters. According to Fernandes (from igavel website): “I use photography to (re-)construct how I wish to perceive my vision, rather than what I really see. My work deals with memory and recurrent themes based on the collapsing of time and space through a conceptual process of digital manipulation of photographs. My subjects are drawn from my interest in non-linear perception. My artistic process is based on the fragmenting and reconstructing of space. My photographs are composed of multiple moments in time. I create an extended archive of the moment, in which I take numerous shots of the same scene or space, each image shifting slightly in time and viewpoint. I seek out and construct imagery that transports the viewer to an alternative version of reality. The dreamlike, ambiguous nature of my images does not provide an answer to whether the represented content really happened.”

Fernandes was born in Munich, Germany and is a graduate of the prestigious Parsons MFA program. His has been exhibited in group shows in Australia, USA, Germany and Turkey and has been featured in several publications. You can find our more about Mark and his work at his website http://www.markfernandes.net/ and you can bid on “The Divide” here:
http://auction.igavel.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=1251516&_UserReference=7F000001477C6F560C1CB431B343495F75C2#Image1

image: “The Divide” by Mark William Fernandes

Description
Archival Pigment print, signed, dated, numbered “4/15″ in ink on the reverse.

Provenance
Directly from the artist.

Measurements
9 x 17.5” image size.

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

Helmut Newton is a Wise Investment – artmarketblog.com

Helmut Newton is a Wise Investment – artmarketblog.com

A new auction record was set for photographer Helmut Newton at a Christie’s auction on the the 16th of December when the work “Sie Kommen, (Naked and Dressed)” sold for $ $662,500 (including buyers premium) against an estimate of US$400,000-600,000. The details of the record setting work as as follows:

Lot Description

HELMUT NEWTON (1920-2004)
Sie Kommen, Paris (Naked and Dressed), Vogue Studios, 1981
4 panel gelatin silver print, flush-mounted
each signed, titled, dated, numbered ‘ea II/III’, annotated ‘from the Venice Biennal Plazo Grassi, 1995’ in ink on label affixed (on the reverse of the flush-mount); one with Biennal label affixed (on the frame backing)
each 76 x 38¾in. (193 x 98.5cm.) (2)

http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5165020

Newton is one of the most influential fashion photographers of all time and one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. The fact that a new auction record was set for Newton during such a difficult time for the art market is testament to the desirability of Newton’s work and the influence he had on the history of fine art photography. Not all of Newton’s photographs are as expensive as his new auction record suggests. Works produced in larger editions such as the work “Cyberwoman 7” are available for under USD$10,000. On the 11th of December a print of “Cyberwoman 7” was sold at Heritage Auction Galleries for USD$5500 (hammer price) against an estimate of USD$4000-6000.

HELMUT NEWTON (Australian, 1920-2004)
Cyberwoman 7
Silver gelatin
Paper: 16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
Image: 13 x 10 inches (33.0 x 24.5 cm)
Verso: stamped and edition 144/500 in ink
State: matted, framed, glazed

http://fineart.ha.com/common/view_item.php?Sale_No=5015&Lot_No=75142

Once again the great price achieved for “Cyberwoman 7” shows how highly regarded the artist’s work is. Interestingly, while searching the net to see whether there were any works available by Newton that were good value I came across another print of “Cyberwoman 7” available for sale at Eyestorm for GBP 2,500. Considering that the print of “Cyberwoman 7” that sold at Heritage Auctions went for GBP 3,691, GBP 2,500 for the same work seems like a pretty good deal.  With the market for Newton’s work showing such strength at a time of general market distress the future for the price of Newton’s work seems very positive.  An investment in Newton at the current time would be a very wise decision indeed.  You can check out “Cyberwoman 7” and other Newton works for sale at Eyestorm here:

http://www.eyestorm.com/secondary_works/detail/Helmut_Newton/42276.html

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

Photography Collection Wows Market – artmarketblog.com

Photography Collection Wows Market – artmarketblog.com

$5,000-7,000),

Photo by Erwitt, Winogrand (estimate: $5,000-7,000),

The Constantiner Collection of Photographs went under the hammer on the 16th and 17th of December at Christie’s New York. A total of US$7,721,875 against an estimate of US$7.5 million to US$11 million represented a very successful sale especially considering that the collection achieved the highest total for a single owner dedicated photographs sale at Christie’s. As I have reported in previous posts, a trend has become evident in recent months where sales of single owner collections are achieving extremely good results both in terms of the percentage of works being sold and the total value of works sold.  The results of the Constantiner Collection suggest that this trend is continuing.  To read an explanation of this trend see these posts:

Single Owner Art Auctions Defy Downturn – artmarketblog.com
http://artmarketblog.com/2008/12/15/single-owner-art-auctions-defy-downturn-artmarketblogcom/

Single-Owner Art Sale Success Part 2 – artmarketblog.com
http://artmarketblog.com/2008/12/17/single-owner-art-sale-success-part-2-artmarketblogcom/

Included in the sale of the collection which was assembled by Leon and Michaela Constantiner were works by Warhol, Newton, Mapplethorpe, Penn and others. According to a Christie’s press release “this spectacular collection focused on photography as a key shaping force within the media worlds that have, for over half a century, celebrated fashion, style, celebrity and desire”. The collection included a particularly large and impressive selection of works by Helmut Newton as well as a number of photographs of Marilyn Monroe who was the focus of the collection. The highlight of the auction was a work by Newton titled “Sie Kommen, (Naked and Dressed)” which sold for US$662,500 (estimate US$400,000-600,000) which is a new auction record for Newton.

See Constantiner Collection results press release here:
http://www.christies.com/presscenter/pdf/12182008/124223.pdf

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.