Buying a Painting? Is It ARI?

    By |April 28th, 2012|Categories: Collecting Art|

    Is it Authentic, Respectful, Intelligent? Popular is to authentic what glamour is to beauty. One is fleeting and contrived while the second is timeless. Paris Hilton to Audrey Hepburn.  The market doesn't always tell the [...]

    Does Some Art Make You Anxious?

    By |April 18th, 2012|Categories: Art and Architecture, Art at Home, Collecting Art, Life Inspired!, Original Art|

    The Energetic Effect of Original* Art As a Reiki Practitioner I understand the power and effect of energy fields. If that smacks of the New Age then think about energy fields of electricity, radio, micro and the tangle of waves that we live with. Some we’ve harnessed and some we have yet to discover. But they are there nonetheless. We intuit energy – get vibes from people or places and we are affected by energy that is either positive, negative, annoying or neutral. What does this have to do with art and anxiety? Just this: A hands-on genuine work of art has an inherent energy of the artist’s creative process. Studies have shown that a work that moves us in its beauty or complexity causes an emotional response which releases endorphins similar to the sensation and euphoria of falling in love. The work may be abstract or representational. It is not judged by the mind as to what is beautiful or clever – or what even makes sense. The work will emanate a presence that transcends our logical mind and slip into our place of feeling perception – the heart or the solar plexus. The level of development of the artist and his/her integration of skill, talent, passion and inspiration will determine the clarity of the message we receive. Now, unless the piece is […]

    Avant-Garde Art – Pink Slime or Prime Rib

    By |April 13th, 2012|Categories: Collecting Art|

     Price vs Value in Art Art that explores the edges of our time is the avant-garde of contemporary art.  The ‘avant-garde will necessarily be renamed as it slips past the present on the river of time and the edge will be breached again.  But while it is up there at the forefront, for most of us, it will range from being vaguely disquieting to outraging.  It is the dealer’s or curator’s job to translate the new and find the language to capture the purely conceptual.  We are often affronted or mystified by the art babble. Describing a cow sawn in half is a taxing challenge to create the cachet that will match the price slapped on the piece – should you wish to own it – or even pay to see it. In a recent film of the Basel Miami Art Fair, a group gushed over an installation which was a tangle of green extension cords.  The curator sought rapport with the artist by […]

    One Stuffed Shark, Two Stuffed Sharks …

    By |March 16th, 2012|Categories: Art and Architecture, Art at Home, Collecting Art, Original Art|

    The Perplexity of Contemporary Art  We were chatting in the lounge of The Arts & Letters Club waiting for the dinner gong. Our keynote speaker of the evening was Don Thompson, author of The $12 Million Stuffed Shark and I was anticipating some clarity on my, ever increasing, perplexity in regard to the contemporary art market. I have been trying to understand it but the more I learn the less I know. I do not seem to be alone.  I was happy to see a friend there who has just returned from Europe. My friend is very worldly and you could even say,debonaire kind of man. We touched glasses and I asked if he was looking forward to the talk that evening. His response was like a shot and I paraphrase: “ I would not listen to that man – it is the very antithesis of what this club stands for!”   “But,” said I, “I thought he exposes the craziness of floating sharks as art.” (I have not yet read the book) I began to sense that I was not going to have the “aha” moment I was anticipating. […]

    The Artist’s Prerogative

    By |November 8th, 2011|Categories: Anthony Batten, Art and Architecture, Collecting Art, Original Art|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    The Painting Matters – Not the Reality If you want to convey fact, this can only ever be done through a form of distortion. You must distort to transform what is called appearance into image. (Francis Bacon) Recently I was at an art exhibit and one of the guests commented on the featured painting of a streetscape: “That corner doesn’t really look like that. The building is too close to the street.” He was absolutely correct – but was he absolutely ‘right’ in saying that? […]