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Miami Art Basel 2018

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Looking for art appraisers, fine art consultants, insurers, framers, installers, and much more in one resource, accessible from both online and mobile platforms for your Miami Art Basel purchase? 

Findartexperts.com pairs collectors and fine art specialists through the largest business directory on the internet with a database of over 15,000 art service providers. We have the right expert for you!

David Goist, Fellow, American Institute for Conservation

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We have a raffle winner! No Halloween tricks here - A happy David Goist received a Halloween treat at the Appraisers Association of America National Conference and is our newest Find Art Experts VIP member.

We are delighted to announce that Conservator of Paintings and Collections Management Expert, David Goist of Goist Art Conservation in Asheville, North Carolina is the lucky winner of a one year free VIP membership to the Find Art Experts raffle held at the Appraisers Association National Conference in New York.

David studied at the University of Iowa, the State University of New York at Oneonta, and holds a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Art from NYU.

We welcome David to our network of art professionals at Find Art Experts. His expertise will be a very important and welcomed addition to our database.

Appraisers Association National Conference

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As in the past, Find Art Experts is proud to be exhibiting at the Appraisers Association 2018 National Conference in New York on Sunday, October 28th and Monday, October 29th at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South.

The keynote speaker will be Georgina Adam, journalist and author of Dark Side of the Boom: The Excesses of the Art Market in the 21st Century and Margaret C. Conrads, PhD., Director of Curatorial Affairs, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Various Panel Topics and Connoisseurship Sessions will be conducted, together with Networking Luncheons each day. A gallery reception for conference attendees will take place at Alexandre Gallery on Sunday, October 28th.

We look forward to seeing you there. Please stop by our exhibition table to enter the VIP Raffle for a chance to win a one year free VIP Membership to Find Art Experts.com.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

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Find Art Experts recently visited the Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts featuring over 60 handmade costumes together with concept art and movie memorabilia from the archives of George Lucas.

Here are five spectacular surprises that caught our eye:

Princess Leia's Slave Costume

1. Princess Leia's Slave Costume - Costume worn by Princess Leia while enslaved by Jabba the Hutt. Actor Carrie Fisher called it "the bikini from hell," but later said that the costume had one redeeming quality; her character uses the chain to strangle and kill her captor

   

Bounty Hunters Production Painting

2. Bounty Hunters Production Painting  - Painting on board by Ralph McQuarrie, circa 1980

   

Darth Maul Sith Costume

3. Darth Maul Sith Costume - The villainous Sith wore sleek flowing black robes drawing on the association of dark colors and evil in Western cultures. The designers used loose cuts to accommodate grueling fight sequences, which have a flaring, dramatic effect on the screen

   

Cantina Scene Concept Art

4. Concept Art from the Cantina Scene - Mixed media on paper by John Mollo, circa 1976. The artist labeled some of the sketches "walrus," "weird girl," and "local ugly men" who later appear in the bar scene from 1977's Star Wars

   

Padwe Amidala's Wedding Gown

5. Padme Amidala's Wedding Gown - Costume worn by Padme Amidala, by actor Natalie Portman, Episode 11: Attack of the Clones, 2002, for her secret marriage to Anakin Skywalker on the planet Naboo. The gown made from an antique Italian bedspread, enhanced with over 300 yards of handmade French-knotted braid and pearls

  

Unleash the Force and explore the artistry of the world's most recognized cinematic costumes and movie memorabilia!

 

 

Three Billboards

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The following is a sponsored post by the International Society of Appraisers / ISA Affinity Business Partner (ABP), FindArtExperts.com.  

While planning a marketing and relationship-building trip to Art Dubai 2018, Find Art Experts received a personal invitation by Emirati and French representatives of the Louvre Abu Dhabi to attend a presentation titled A Unique Cross-Cultural Collaboration. The invitation represents an important turning point for international recognition of America's art appraisal community.


Louvre Abu Dhabi

Find Art Experts visited Art Dubai as part of its global expansion plans to introduce American appraisers to the Middle Eastern art market. Future marketing endeavors on the part of Find Art Experts include visits and meetings during Art Basel in America at Miami Beach in December 2018, Italy's Venice Biennale in May 2019, and a return to Art Dubai in March 2019. We are making our presence known in these markets and art fairs to open our 15,000-member database to markets all over the globe.

Appraisers in America may be surprised to learn that reaching global markets is not as daunting as it initially seems. Like any endeavor, there are steps to take and pitfalls to avoid. We learned:

  • Marketing to a global customer base can cost a lot of time and money

  • The right help can slash the time it takes to educate consumers about your service

  • Focusing on markets that provide the best return on a minimal investment is a good strategy

  • To avoid chasing too many opportunities and to stay true to our service

  • The importance of educating ourselves about a region's cultural heritage and the unique needs of a new clientele

Our trip to the United Arab Emirates was dedicated to learning more about these challenges and it was extremely informative. 

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Find Art Experts recently made a guest appearance on the nationally-syndicated radio program "Whatcha Got." The segment focused on how the new FindArtExperts.com gives collectors insider information to more than 200+ collecting and service categories from 15,000 fine art and collectibles experts in their hometown or around the world. "Whatcha Got" features the latest news from the world of antiques and collectibles.

Who is Bansky? FindArtExperts.com explores the message behind  the artist

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Much to the chagrin of art schools everywhere, it is likely that the anonymous street artist Bansky will be the best remembered artist of the post-millennial generation. His capacity to grab attention with his illegally spray painted designs in major cities, and  deliver a message (often a punch line or a hidden layer of meaning) may make him the most important artist of his generation.

 

Find Art Experts recently traveled to Toronto, Canada to view The Art of Bansky, to discover the message behind the artist. As far as we could determine, Bansky is the closest thing we have in the art world to Che Guevara. He didn’t so much knock on the closed doors of the art world, as he literally kicked them down.

 

Banksy sees himself as the liberator to remind the viewer that their ideas about art are just as valid as anybody else’s. To his mind, art should be truly democratic, part of everybody’s life, not just the privileged few.

 

As his former associate Steve Lazarides is quoted as saying, In my humble opinion, he helped normal people feel it was ok to like art. For the first time, they felt that they didn’t need a degree to ‘get it.’ In their minds, he created art just for them…He was owned by the general public, they took him to their hearts across the globe.

 

That’s the message.

 

Follow Find Art Experts for more upcoming blogs about Bansky

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For one Detroit-area couple, it was a trip to a thrift store and then a local art gallery that led to an important discovery.

For many years, the local couple had driven by a prominent art gallery, but were a bit too intimidated to go in and explore. Finally, out of curiosity, they decided to wander in, and were pleasantly greeted by a gallerist. They ended up spending several hours exploring the gallery with their guide, and enjoyed looking at art by various old and contemporary masters, many of whom were unfamiliar to them. Among the works of art that most interested them was a colorful, geometric abstract composition known as an 'Agamogragh.'

On another leisurely weekend drive several months later, the husband decided to stop by his local Salvation Army store. As an inveterate thrift store patron, he pulled over and began picking through the racks of used clothing and cases of tchotchkes, but came up empty handed. As he was about to leave the store, he noticed something hanging on the wall which caught his attention. There, in a narrow gold bargain-basement frame was a small, unmatted print, covered with a grimy piece of glass. Although unremarkable looking at first glance, two things stood out:The composition reminded him of the piece he found intriguing during his recent gallery visit; and even better still, it was clearly priced at $7.50! He snatched it up and took it home to show his wife.

When he got home, they examined the print further and found something which appeared to be a registration number on the back. Their curiosity now peaked, they returned to the art gallery that they had visited months before to show the gallerist their thrift store find. Could it be possible that their hidden gem was by the same artist that they saw hanging on the gallery walls several months prior? Upon closer inspection, the gallerist confirmed that the piece was, in fact, an authentic Agamograph, made by Israeli artist, Yaacov Agam, born 1928, best known for his optical art and lenticular prints.  Even better news: their piece is from a sold-out edition now valued at over $8,000.

Thankfully, the couple sought the opinion of an expert, and the authentication process showed Agam’s trademark compositional structure, together with registration numbers which identified the gallery that originally sold it.

When it comes to authenticating art, a professional opinion matters. There are many ways to authenticate art, and a statement by an art expert can greatly enhance an artwork's monetary and scholarship value. At Find Art Experts, we help clients navigate the oftentimes opaque art world to find the answers they need. Our multinational expert referrals specializing in art authentication, provenance review, art loss services, and scientific and forensic testing can help provide trustworthy and accurate information to art collectors’ individual and unique questions about their collections.


At Find Art Experts, we help clients navigate the oftentimes opaque art world to find the answers they need. Our multinational expert referrals specializing in art authentication, provenance review, art loss services, and scientific and forensic testing can help provide trustworthy and accurate information to art collectors’ individual and unique questions about their collections.

How A Furniture Forger Ripped Off the Rich and Tricked Versailles

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There is an age-old saying in the art world that the "perfect fake" does not exist. Even expert forgers agree. But how does one go about proving if something is a fake or if it is authentic?

Take the case of one of the world's leading furniture dealers, Bill G.B. Pallot, who masterminded the forgery of at least four chairs, sold them to the Palace of Versailles, and then admitted it to the French police. French officials suspect Pallot may be responsible for other copies that currently exist in museums and private collections all around the world.

The Paris Match called Pallot "the Bernie Madoff of art," and Le Monde  referred to Pallot's crime as a "fraud against national identity." But Pallot actually takes a degree of pleasure in what he did. When asked about his crime, Pallot admits: "The first time, it was a stupid joke: Gotcha.' Nobody sees: the art experts don't see, the curators don't see, the auction houses don't see, the dealer doesn't see." He frankly admits that he found it amusing and even 'exhilarating' to humiliate the denizens of his world. 

When art collectors feel that they have been defrauded, they are either too embarrassed to come forward, or they do not know where to begin to find an expert to help prove the authenticity of their object. When it comes to authenticating art, a professional opinion matters. At Find Art Experts, we help clients navigate the oftentimes opaque art world to find the answers they need. Our multinational experts specializing in art authentication, provenance review, art loss services, scientific and forensic testing can help provide trustworthy and accurate information to art collectors' individual and unique questions about their collections.

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