Art for the Masses Arts 101

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Art for the Masses is a blog for new art collectors. We will attempt to provide some rudimentary information about the art market, and we will share our own experiences as neophyte art collectors.

We are both new to collecting art and new to blogging, so we hope you will bear with us while we figure out how to do this thing. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

We love art and want to learn more about it, but please don’t assume that just because we are writing a blog about art that we know everything there is to know about it. In fact, if you think you see an error in our writing or analysis, please let us know immediately so that we can correct it!

We have been collecting seriously since 2008. We started with one painting by Roy Lichtenstein that was given to us as a Christmas present, and since then have added pieces by artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Max Ernst, Richard Diebenkorn, Ed Ruscha, Christopher Wool (see photos above), Damien Hirst and others. We’ve attended gallery openings in New York City and London and have visited artist’s studios in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Our interests include Pop Art from the 1960s-1980s; Conceptual Art from the

The Art for the Masses (A4M) project is an international public art project. It was initiated in May 2010 and has so far directly engaged over 2,000 artists from more than 130 countries around the world. The mission of A4M is to reveal and foster new talent and new ideas in contemporary art.

Tired of seeing mass produced generic “art” in malls and shops?

Passionate about art but don’t know how to get started?

Love art but hate the hype, prices and marketing?

Struggling to find a gallery where you can buy affordable original art?

A4M is an online platform that brings together artists and art lovers. We offer professional online support and advice to artists who want to show their work, connect with other artists, promote themselves or just make new contacts. We provide a space where anyone can access high quality original art at affordable prices. Our goal is not to compete with established galleries but rather create an alternative way for emerging artists to show their work on a global level without being dependent on galleries. A4M gives power back to the artist.**’

Art blogs are the new Zagats. Yes, art bloggers are cultural tastemakers. But they’re also cultural guides. They can help you find your way through the maze of contemporary art.

What kind of person reads art blogs? I had my own preconceptions about this, of course: hipsters with vague jobs in the arts and a lot of time on their hands; people who wear black turtlenecks and have decoupaged their living rooms; that sort of thing.

But it turns out that the audience for art blogs is surprisingly diverse. A survey by Artsy, an online hub for art buyers, collectors, and the merely curious, found that almost half its readers are over 50. And more than ever now, women make up a significant portion of the audience (this year, 35 percent).

Just as surprising: many people who read art blogs don’t actually have much interest in buying works of art themselves. That’s a little sad—it would be nice to think that more people were looking at art—but it’s also a sign of growth in the market overall. We live in an age when everything is available all at once, and we have to spend hours searching for what we like rather than simply walking into a store

Art is a broad term. It encompasses everything from painting, drawing, and sculpture to photography, video, and installation. The important thing to remember is that no matter what form it takes, art is always a form of communication.

This month our blog will focus on the NYC Art scene. We will explore the different types of art that are popular today and discuss how these works are impacting the world around us. We will also update you with current happenings in the art world such as auctions, gallery exhibitions and new artist trends.

What separates art from craft? A lot of people think they know the answer to this question but when pressed for an answer they usually end up with some pretty vague terms like “art is more subjective” or “art is more expensive”. These definitions don’t really get to the heart of what makes art so interesting and exciting to collect.

That’s why we won’t leave you hanging. We’ll explain what it means for something to be considered art in modern times and we’ll show you why collecting contemporary art can be so fulfilling!

Art is the only thing we buy to keep.

We invest in stocks and bonds, cars and houses—all of which depreciate with time. We buy clothes and furniture, but after a few years they wear out or go out of style. We can’t take these things with us when we die.

Art is different. It may not rise in value like a stock, but it’s more likely to survive the ravages of time than anything else we own. And it makes us happy every day: no matter how crowded our house gets or how high the market goes, art doesn’t care.

This isn’t just about money though. Art is about ideas: about beauty and meaning, about history and memory and culture. And one person’s trash is another person’s treasure—or at least fun conversation starter.

Art isn’t just for the rich anymore; it’s for anyone who cares about beauty, culture, and having something that feels permanent in their life.

Art can be intimidating. It’s either too expensive, or it takes too much time, or it requires a degree in art history.

The good news is that you can buy affordable art right now, and often times you can make your own art right now.

You can also check out art blogs for articles about artists or specific pieces of art.

The purpose of this post is to point you in the direction of some great online resources for learning more about art.

At the beginning of a new year, we want to share with you our top five picks for cool art pieces to give as gifts. Each piece is unique and affordable and will be treasured by your friends and family.

“Not Your Ordinary Wine Glass” by Rene Magritte, artists’ proof edition

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