December 17, 2019

Books are often overlooked as works of art. From the medieval illuminators to Johannes Gutenberg to William Morris to the Easton Press, books have often straddled a line between artwork and repositories of information. We see them every day, crammed onto shelves in our...

July 12, 2019

Wang Shaojun is a Chinese sculptural artist based in Beijing, China. Born in 1958, he is now a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, China's most prestigious and well-known art university, and an artist. He began working in sculpture in 1980, and this post...

June 12, 2019

The art market is experiencing a boom in demand for work by African American artists. Many factors over the years have contributed to this well-deserved but long overdue rise in recognition. In the appraisal business, it's important to monitor these trends and any...

May 31, 2019

Horace Clifford Westermann is often overlooked in the history of American art. Described as "an artist of genuinely American sensibility unaffected by European esthetics”, Westermann produced works in a variety of media from the 1950s until his death in 1981. Westerman...

May 17, 2019

More than any other genre of painting, portraits catch our eyes because they are often looking back at us, drawing the viewer into their painted space. Such is the case with so many painted portraits by the prolific Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). It is Re...

May 1, 2019

The Bauhaus is considered one of the most important modernist art schools of the 20th century. Drawing from earlier movements such as Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement, Bauhaus emphasizes the unity of art, industrial design, and technology, and its ethos and...

April 17, 2019

On Monday the world watched as Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the most internationally famous cathedrals and cultural landmarks, tragically erupted in flames most likely caused by an accident related to on-going restoration. 

Attention and concern was immediately directed...

April 3, 2019

A brief history of the Fabergé family beginning with their ancestor's exodus from France in 1685 to the eventual downfall of the famous house and today's rise of the Imperial Easter Eggs' worth on the art market.

October 16, 2018

A recent exhibition of paintings at the Dounan Art Museum in Kunming, China, has shed new light on the previously underrecognized Swiss painter, Julius Voegtli (1879-1944).  The exhibition was the result of a continued multi-cultural exchange program between Kunming an...

August 2, 2018

There are artists whose styles are admirable and those who know how to handle color, but it takes a well-rounded human to motivate artistic concepts – even one’s morality as a painter. This man had a superb mind, a gentle heart, and a skillful stroke.

“In short, I want...

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