Our world is currently experiencing an Information Revolution where people depend on the Internet, social media platforms, apps, etc. for both work and their personal lives. From the art world’s perspective, this technological platform has created an unprecedented and convenient marketplace for artists to advertise and show their work to the local and international public. Today we see galleries, auction houses and art blogs meeting this new marketplace by utilizing online platforms to conduct online art sales, online auctions and distributing art world knowledge. Some museums are now even creating art exhibitions online that can be viewed in the comfort of your own home. This online art marketplace revolution has no doubt made the art world increasingly transparent and accessible for art collectors, enthusiasts and artists. With the online art marketing booming, there are new features to the art market that art collectors, enthusiasts and artists should be aware of. Here are some tips to follow when looking at or buying art via online avenues. Read full article here.
Throughout history artists have utilized their works as a tool to communicate ideas, inspire emotions, challenge cultural narratives, and shift imagery. Many artists create their work solely to address social issues and current events on a local or global scale. In an attempt to generate social change, these artists use their art to question, challenge and address controversial topics such as immigration, sexism, and gun violence. Overtime, simple artistic representations can have far reaching consequences, inspiring hope and giving a voice to people who might otherwise have not been heard. Let us show you the significance of art as a means of social engagement and change in comparison to the traditional political routes. Read full article here.
Japanese art has a rich history. There is no question that Japanese culture, scenery, architecture, artists and artworks have profoundly affected other artists globally. From Vincent Van Gogh to Roy Lichtenstein to Claude Monet to Edgar Degas many artists’ works and the art world have been greatly influenced and revolutionized by Japanese culture and art techniques. The great Japanese ukiyo-e print maker Katsushika Hokusai’s beautiful piece, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” (1830-31), had a tremendous affect on the art world and Western modernism. It was artworks and techniques like these used by the Japanese that made the rest of the world sit up and pay attention. It is essential to take a look at Japan’s art history and its influence globally to see how Japanese artists continue to be a force in the art world today. Read full article here.
Geometry has been a powerful influence for artists for many centuries. The visual beauty and order that exists within geometric forms and shapes have lent artists the tools for recreating the natural world’s structured elements. While abstract art is a relatively new phenomenon, the use of geometry and mathematical planning can be seen in art over the centuries. Read full article here.
Art is one of the most elegant and creative ways for people to reflect upon the current and past generations. A good artwork has to have many levels to it in order for it to be memorable. The best artworks stand out because they usually come with an interesting story, are educationally stimulating, technically outstanding, aesthetically pleasing, and mind expanding. It is important to understand how all of these elements make certain artworks extraordinary and how this changes the status of an emerging artist into an established artist. Read full article here.
Art fairs are like trade shows. They bring together upcoming artists and cutting-edge trends in art from around the world under one roof for one grand event. Art fairs are an excellent place for art dealers, collectors, curators and buyers to keep up with art trends and one could buy a collection of art from around the world at a single event. For these reasons, there has been an enormous increase in art fairs, starting with a mere 3 contemporary art fairs in 1970 to 269 fairs in 2015. Furthermore, art fairs are no longer restricted to central art hubs such as New York or Paris, but are being increasingly located in more emerging art markets such as Brazil, Spain, Dubai. Read full article here.
Collaborations between artists and fashion designers is certainly not a new phenomenon. These joint creative works are becoming intrinsically more common in the fashion world. These collaborations are mutually beneficial as they create an external outlet for artists to showcase their works outside of the art world, and it allows for fashion designers to become a part of the art world as more than just clothing. The spectacle that is created within this collaboration is driving fashion designers and artists to seek out different ways in which to present their works. From catwalks to clothing designs, high fashion is consumed by art. Read full article here.
A common misconception about art is that it is for the wealthy and requires a body of knowledge and a set of language skills to understand and appreciate it. For many people, art can be intimidating as sometimes people may feel they do not have the knowledge about the artworks and therefore cannot participate in the discussion or extract meaning from the artworks themselves. However, one of the greatest things about art is that it transcends language and culture and has the ability to include all types of people through creative expression. There are many ways in which one can interact with art and you don’t need to be an expert to be moved by a piece and understand it. Let Artlink Canada show you how! Read full article here.
The role of a curator cannot be simply defined by their ability to create an exhibition. Although this is a fundamental aspect of their job, curators are challenged with the more arduous tasks of fulfilling the needs of the artists, the public and the gallery on an equal level. Furthermore, curators are required to safeguard art heritage, explore new artists and medias, and display works of art in a way that is accessible and elicits a response from the public. Fundamentally, however, curators work in collaboration with artists and the public to create an experience for art collectors and enthusiasts that cannot otherwise be achieved by either party. Read full article here.
With increasing access to artworks and artist catalogues online, some may wonder why gallery exhibitions are still so important to visit and see in person. While it may seem inherently more convenient to view artworks online, a gallery exhibition space offers a much more elevated experience than an online platform. Artworks must be experienced in person in order to truly get a sense of their magnitude. We at Artlink Canada want to share why we feel art collectors and art enthusiasts should physically see art exhibitions, and why this supports the arts community and aids you in the art purchasing process. Read full article here.
Surrealism is one of the most important and influential art movements of the 20th century. The surrealist movement began in the late 1910s and early 1920s and reached its peak by the mid-1930s. Surrealism originated in France as a result of the Dada and Cubist art movements and was formed with the intent of unveiling the unconscious mind. Psychoanalysis also heavily influenced surrealist artists, as they tried to delve deep into the unconscious mind and produce artworks that merged dreams with reality. Read full article here.
It is an exciting year ahead for new art institutions and museums opening around the world. With new institutions the art world can be rest assured that artworks will continue to have an influence globally, even in the most unlikely places. These new institutions are opening in some countries where no previous art museums or institutions have ever been. It is an exciting time for these cultures to be able to have a place to get their artistic voices heard and publicly seen in their own countries. Here are a few standout institutions we at Artlink Canada think are notable new ventures that will have a large impact on the art world locally and globally. Read full article here.
2017 is looking to be a promising and exciting year for art exhibitions around the world. Art exhibitions are usually between one to three months depending on the institution displaying the artworks. Curators first have to narrow down the type of art they want to show in the exhibition and generally they present a unified theme. Many times the theme will reflect current issues taking place in the world or sometimes they will highlight an era of art or an artist. There are always numerous exhibitions taking place. We thought we would share a few of Artlink Canada’s top picks to go see this year. Mark down the following exhibitions in your calendar! Read full article here.
1. Le Biennale di Venezia
Dates: May 13th to November 26th, 2017
The oldest and still to this day most prestigious Biennale of them all, La Biennale de Venezia, continues to be the most visited Biennal. Founded in 1895, the La Biennale de Venezia takes place every two years. Venice is where you will find art stars, and where major curators are being discovered, evaluated and honoured. Read full article here.
Not only has the art world calendar filled up with a number of new art fairs, the art world has also seen an increase in the number of Biennales. As such, it is now impossible to explore the art world without hearing the word Biennale at least once. Italian for ‘every other year’, the term “Bienniale” is used to refer to large-scale exhibitions showcasing international contemporary art. The Biennales began in 1895 with La Biennale di Venezia in Venice. At the time it was a way to showcase artworks and techniques of contemporary painters that would have otherwise been left out of museums and other such institutions. Since then there have been Biennales all over the world, from Vancouver to Dakar to Shanghai. Read full article here.
There are three art markets that are the most influential regions in the art world today. These include the European market, the USA market and the Asian market, with developing art markets in South America and India. We are in an era of regionalization and it is clear that as an art collector you must narrow down your tastes and values to distinguish what art market best suits your art collection. There are distinctive cities within each region that have become art epicenters where a core contingent of the art world’s yearly migration occurs. Art enthusiasts and collectors crisscross the globe to visit them all. Read full article here.
Art requires an audience to make it complete. If you are an art collector hoping to have your artworks exposed to a large audience and have a social impact, public art may be a good option for you to consider. Public art is artworks in any media (murals, paintings, sculptures, video art, and performance art etc.) that is staged in public spaces, usually outside and accessible to all. Public art can come in a wide range of sizes and scales and can be temporarily or permanently installed at a specific location. Cities gain value with public art – social, cultural and economic value. Furthermore, public art enhances a community’s sense of place, adds meaning to our cities, and reflects on our time, who we are, and what we deem as important objects to surround ourselves with. Read full article here.
For a hotel to standout in the hospitality industry it must come up with creative strategies to keep their clientele satisfied and engaged. A marketing strategy some hotel owners and developers have been utilizing in order to have a creative edge is placing new and interesting artworks in their hotels. Artworks can aid in building a hotel’s identity, create overarching themes and aesthetically please hotel clientele. While budget hotels are focused on cost efficiencies and core amenities, artworks are a core feature of luxury, boutique, and design hotels. Distinctive art has proven invaluable in creating environments within hotels that are stimulating, inspiring and exciting. Read full article here.
The majority of art sales happen in two environments: the Primary Market, direct artist-to-gallery sales, and the Secondary Market, the auction house. These two venues offer distinctly different atmospheres and elements to selling and buying art. The proximity to the artist, sales tactics, and price transparency changes whether at a gallery or auction house. When beginning to collect art, it is important to understand both types of business settings. This way you can be comfortable utilizing both when building your art collection. Read full article here.
When beginning to collect art it's important to consider both contemporary and historical artworks and to distinguish which era is best tailored to your tastes. While contemporary and historic artworks appear to be so different, one is impossible to understand without the other. The same guidelines, historical value and market factors must be taken into consideration for both art genres prior to buying. All things considered, it comes down to a question of your personal taste and motivation for buying art. Read full article here.