Christmas Gifts for Art Lovers 09 – artmarketblog.com

Christmas Gifts for Art Lovers 09 – artmarketblog.com

Limited Edition Photo by Youngsuk Suh from Humble Arts

Limited edition print from Humble Arts
Youngsuk Suh
Boating, Idaho, 2009, from Instant Traveler
Archival Pigment Print on Rag Paper, 16 x 20 in.
Signed and numbered, Special Edition of 3
$375
Buy Here: http://hafny.org/editions/youngsuk-suh-limited-edition-print/

The Great Contemporary Art Bubble DVD by Ben Lewis
Art critic and film-maker Ben Lewis spent 2008 following the contemporary art market; travelling to art fairs, auctions, museums and the offices and homes of billionaire art collectors. He spoke to dealers, auctioneers, gallery-owners, art market analysts and art collectors trying to find out the reasons behind the greatest rise in the value of art in history.
Buy Here: http://www.benlewis.tv/?cat=22

Adopt a painting with the Fine Art Adoption Network
FAAN is an online network, which uses a gift economy to connect artists and potential collectors. All of the artworks on view are available for adoption. This means acquiring an artwork without purchasing it, through an arrangement between the artist and collector.
More info here: http://www.fineartadoption.net/

John Baldessari edition from Parkett Art
Edition for Parkett 86
Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Crooked Made Straight, 2009
9-color silkscreen print (front and back) on Plexiglas, 5 x 12 x 1/8″ (12,5 x 31 x 0,4 cm), printed by Atelier für Siebdruck, Lorenz Boegli, Zurich, Ed. 45/XX, signed and numbered certificate
$ 2400.00
Euro 1700.00
Buy Here: http://www.parkettart.com/qwr/edition_info2.php3?edition_nr=198

Baldessari Print

Teacup by Robert Lazzarini
Designed to be viewed from all angles, Teacup becomes a visual anomaly placed among everyday items, evoking a melancholic, otherworldly quality. Although challenging to drink from, it can be used.
$250.00
$200.00 Members
Buy here: http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Teacup_10451_10001_62512_-1_11595_11595__feature

Gift membership for The Fine Art Fund (UK)
Art Fund membership is the perfect present for an art-lover. With benefits including 50% off tickets to exhibitions as well as free entry to over 200 fascinating art collections, historic houses and beautiful gardens, you’ll be giving the gift of hundreds of enjoyable days out.
Single membership: 33 pounds
buy here: https://www.artfund.org/join/join_gift_membership.html?recipient=gift&intro=submit

Limited Edition t-shirt from Common Threads
THE BEST $38+ YOU EVER SPENT ON T-SHIRTS FOR A PRESENT!
Looking for a great present idea? Look no further! We have a very unique, cool and unusual gifts for you to give to loved ones. A tremendous amount of care goes into each t-shirt, rendering unique hemlines, detailed stitching, and precise cuts and a unique birthday gift for him or her. All our products are garment washed, yielding super-soft fabrics with a vintage feel. Our lightweight, fine gauge and innovative fabrications are combined with sleek, modern silhouettes, and the result is a collection of apparel as unique as the individuals wearing them. In addition, all of our designs are donated from leading artists and we print only 250 of each design. Given the fact that we give a school uniform to a child in need as well, it’s $38 well spent.
Buy Here:
http://www.commonthreadz.org/shop/index.php

Art and Auction magazine subscription
Subscribe to Art and Auction magazine and give a gift subsctiption free or treat yourself to two years for the price of one,
simply fill-in your name and address twice.
$79.97
Buy here: http://www.artinfo.com/artandauction/

Childrens Felt Wall Clock from etsy
Beautiful, stylish and trendy felt clock for Child’s Bedroom or Nursery Wall designed to give kids another fun point of interest in their rooms.
The color of your choice.
Handcrafted, made of felt and measures 9.5-inch diam.
Requires 1 AA battery
$42.00
Buy here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31865886

Gold and Tourmaline Ring by B. Weckstrom for Lapponia,1974

Limited Edition Photo from Troika Editions
The artworks on this site are our recommendations and they are not available anywhere else. Every artwork 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 price points £35, £350 and £3500. All you have to do is decide which one you like.
Buy Here: http://www.troikaeditions.co.uk/photographs

Artist iPhone Skin from Infectious
Paulo explains about his Firefox artwork: “the organic forms express interaction and connection. The hairy, fox-like elements are symbolic of nature’s speed. The hands and feet convey the need to reach everywhere and the eyes are like mirrors that reflect the global interaction, being in one place but connected to anywhere”.
iPhone Skins
$14.99
Buy Here: http://www.infectious.com/iphone-skins/YUPpauloarraiano/intotheforest/910

Wearable Art from 1stdibs.com and

Finland c1970
Price: $1,850
Buy Here: http://jewelry.1stdibs.com/jewelry_item_detail.php?id=3721

Art:21 – Art in the Twenty First Century 5 (Hardcover)
Mirroring the unique strengths of the Peabody Award winning television series broadcast on PBS, Art:21 Art in the Twenty-First Century 5 presents 14 contemporary artists speaking directly and in their own words. The artists’ reflections on their processes and inspirations are juxtaposed dynamically with lush, full-color images of their work. The book also includes an introductory essay by Susan Sollins as well as artist biographies and production stills from the series. The artists featured, include Cao Fei, Mary Heilmann, Jeff Koons, Florian Maier-Aichen, William Kentridge, Doris Salcedo, Carrie Mae Weems, John Baldessari, Kimsooja, Allan McCollum, Julie Mehretu, Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman, and Yinka Shonibare MBE.
$36.52
Buy Here: http://www.amazon.com/Art-21-Twenty-First-Century/dp/0615308368

**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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Limited Edition Art Market Update – artmarketblog.com

Limited Edition Art Market Update – artmarketblog.com

Lot 39, VICTOR VASARELY, 'Kedzi' 1990

Lot 39, VICTOR VASARELY, 'Kedzi' 1990

On the 3rd of June auction house Phillips de Pury held their third ever sale of Modern and Contemporary Editions in New York after achieving good results for both auctions dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Editions  in 2008. The affordability of limited editions should be a definite draw card in the current economic climate but the fall from favour that contemporary art has experienced of late would have increased the risk of a poor result.  With expectations high for their first Modern and Contemporary Editions auction of 2009 there was plenty at stake for Phillips de Pury.  To find out how they went, keep reading.

The first auction of Modern and Contemporary Editions held by Phillips de Pury in May 2008 was very successful resulting in a total sale value of US$2,688,288 (including buyers premium) for 134 lots and achieving a 92% sold by value rate and 86% sold by lot rate. One year later and the 2009 Modern and Contemporary Editions auction, held on the 2nd of June, achieved similar statistics as the 2008 auction with 90% sold by value and 88% sold by lot. This, however, is where the similarities end. For starters, the 2009 sale total of US$1,120,075 was less than half the 2008 total of US$2,688,288. If you are thinking that the 2009 auction must have been smaller than the 2008 auction then you would be wrong because in 2009, a total of 280 lots were auctioned compared with 157 in 2008. What this means is that although the sold by value and sold by lot rate were almost the same for 2008 and 2009, the value of the lots in the 2009 auction were much lower than they were in 2008. The average price per lot for each auction confirms this with the average price per lot in 2009 coming to US$4590 compared to an average price per lot of US$20,060 in 2008. An ever more revealing indicator of the difference between the two auction is the fact that in 2008 a total of 63 out of the 134 lots sold fetched more than US$10,000 whereas in 2009, only 18 out of the 244 lots sold fetched more than $10,000.

With a majority of the lots on offer selling for less than US$4000 and many selling for one or two thousand dollars there were plenty of works that were affordable to almost anyone. Because of the lower value of the works being sold it is likely that a majority of the buyers were either collectors or decorators as opposed to hard core investors or trophy hunters. This is a good sign that people still have a certain amount of disposable income and that they are willing to spend that money on art within reason.

The results of the 2009 Modern and Contemporary Editions auction shows that limited edition works of art remain popular especially those priced at less than $10,000. Although the lower number of higher priced works in this years auction compared to the 2008 auction could be perceived as being the result of a lack of supply, I doubt that this would be the case and would suggest that this was a deliberate tactic by Phillips de Pury to ensure a high sold by lot and sold by value rate. The general reduction in the amount of money being spent on contemporary art across across the board was reason enough to increase the number of lower priced works in the auction in order to avoid a poor result. By focusing on low value works, Phillips de Pury could have ended up with an auction of low quality works that were undesirable regardless of their low price. Instead it appears that Phillips de Pury deserve a round of applause for putting together a catalogue of top quality yet affordable works of art.

**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.

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.

Important New Limited Editions – artmarketblog.com

Important New Limited Editions – artmarketblog.com

ARTS Bristol Artist Nick Walker 1Several new and important limited edition prints by some top artists have either just been launched or are about to be launched.   The Black Rat Press will be releasing the latest print by the incredibly popular graffiti artist Nick Walker at the London Art Fair which starts on the 13th of January.  The print titled “Empire’s State” from the Morning After series is expected to be so popular that a queuing system has been devised to ensure that no inappropriate behavior occurs in the rush to get a print.  Those international admirers who can’t attend the London Art Fair had to take part in a lottery to get the chance to purchase one of the prints.  If you fancy your chances of getting one of the 175 prints which are priced at 475 pounds at the London Art Fair you can find out more information about the launch of the edition here:
http://www.blackratpress.co.uk/news-37.php

print from 'The Venice Suite' by Peter Blake

print from 'The Venice Suite' by Peter Blake

Also being launched at the London Art Fair is the new Peter Blake suite of prints called the “Venice Suite” which consists of twenty silkscreen prints which are signed and numbered by the artist. According to the Paul Stoper website “Peter Blake, known to many as the father of British Pop Art, and influence on many younger generations of artists has created twenty new prints published by Paul Stolper, entitled ’The Venice Suite’, inspired by his recent experiences in the Italian city.” Individual prints are priced at 690 pounds or the whole set can be purchased for 10,000 pounds.

The Venice Suite
Portfolio of 20 silkscreen prints
Sheet 40.65 x 30.5cm (16 x 12”)
Image 21 x 13.5cm (8.3 x 5.3”), 2009
Signed & numbered by the artist
Ed. of 75, +5 Artist Proof portfolios, +3 H/C portfolios
Printed on 400gsm Somerset tub sized

More info on “The Venice Suite” can be found here:
http://paulstolper.com/press_release/2009_blake/index.html

Measuring the Universe, 2008 (Installation view) by Roman Ondak

Measuring the Universe, 2008 (Installation view) by Roman Ondak

The work of the Slovakian performance artist Roman Ondák has been purchased by the Tate Modern and now you can purchase one of the artist’s performance works at a very affordable price.  How do you purchase a performance I hear you ask?.  Well,  “Measuring the Universe (2008)” actually involved the buyer of the edition in the performance and in the production of the edition.  The edition is a result of a project of Ondák’s that was completed in 2007 and involved museum attendants measuring the height of  exhibition visitors which was then recorded on the gallery wall.  According to the Wattis Institute’s website “For the period of one year, the owner of this edition will mark the height and name of each visitor to their home, along with the date, on a large paper against the wall and at the end of the year the work will be framed”

The work is an edition of 10 and costs $1200 unframed. Ordering information can be found here:
http://www.wattis.org/store/editions/

**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.