December 21, 2001: Happy Holidays from ArtBusiness.com! Wishing you all the best and loads of art for the coming New Year.
December 18, 2001: Suppose someone reproduces or uses your art without your permission. Suppose someone wants to reproduce or use your art and pay you little or nothing. Copyright Infringement, Reproduction Rights, and Your Career provides a perspective on these issues.
December 8, 2001: A charity fundraising art auction can either be run professionally or pathetically. Those who prefer professional to pathetic may wish to read When A Charity Fundraiser Art Auction Goes Bad.
December 1, 2001: Read the latest book reviews posted for Art Sales Index 2000/2001 art auction record compendium and Maloney's Antiques & Collectibles Resource Directory, 6th Edition. In the art business, you're only as good as your reference library. Knowledge is money.
November 21, 2001: HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!
New art reference book and CD-ROM arrivals to be reviewed shortly:
Appraisal Pro 2001 is the only professional appraisal CD-ROM available anywhere. Easy-to-use appraisal templates cover all forms of appraisal including IRS, insurance, equitable distribution, and more. Additional features include user-friendly import process for adding digital images to appraisals, IRS/USPAP rules, suggested bibiographical resources. $245. Available from Gordon's Art Reference.
Maloney's Antiques & Collectibles Resource Directory, 6th Edition contains over 23,250 listings, 11,140 websites, and 15,600 email addresses for dealers, collectors clubs, shops, flea markets, experts, periodicals, museums, libraries, and appraisers for virtually all types of art, antiques, and collectibles. It's among the top one-stop resources in the business. $32.95. Available wherever better antiques and collectibles reference books are sold and from MaloneysOnline.
November 13, 2001: Since our "Art Picks From eBay" series last appeared in June, we've had numerous requests for more. Today's Art Picks From eBay shows how an experienced bidder reads a seller's listing in order to understand what is being offered for sale. As always, know what you're bidding on BEFORE you bid at an online auction.
November 9, 2001: Recent art reference book arrival to be reviewed soon: Art Sales Index, 33nd Annual Edition, 2000/2001 Season is a 2 volume 2,500 page set containing nearly 144,000 price results of paintings, works on paper, drawings, miniatures, photographs, prints, and sculptures by 44,000 artists of all nationalities and time periods that sold at auctions around the world during the 2000/2001 auction season. $195 postpaid. Available from Art Sales Index& ArtQuest Ltd.
November 9, 2001: Read the latest book and CD-ROM reviews posted for Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices, both the 2001-1992 CD-ROM and the 2001 hard copy editions; Art Price Indicator, "Chiner Malin," 2002 art price guide; and the Art Law Handbook, 2001 Supplement. We stay on top of the best and most current art reference publications-- you should too. Knowledge is money in the art business.
November 2, 2001: International Artexpo California is being held in San Francisco through November 4th. We went to the preview party last night and have pictures, interviews with successful artists, and a show overview to prove it. Check it out at Second International Artexpo California.
November 1, 2001: Certain types of art galleries target likely buyers by the ways they dress or act and sell them highly overpriced art. Find out how this happens and what to watch out for by reading Are You an Art-Target?
October 28, 2001: Alan Bamberger was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine. The article, A Passion for Painting, features premier California art historian Edan Hughes.
October 24, 2001: Recent art reference book and CD-ROM arrivals soon to be reviewed:
Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices CD-ROM 2001-1992, the only retail print price database on the market today, contains dealer prices for over 225,000 prints by more than 15,000 artists. $595 initial subscription. Subsequent annual updates are $195. Available from Gordon's Art Reference, publisher of the best print price references in the business.
Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices 2001, the hard copy version, is the only print price guide devoted exclusively to retail prices taken directly from dealer catalogues and inventories. This year's edition contains over 30,000 such entries for the year 2000. $145. Also available from Gordon's Art Reference.
Art Price Indicator "Chiner malin" 2002 from artprice.com is an inexpensive pocket-sized guide that contains brief auction price information for 50,000 artists of all nationalities and all time periods. Great for use in the field. $19.95. Available in America from Antique Collectors' Club.
October 3, 2001: Due to recent events and current economic uncertainties, the release of, Buy Art Smart, the best and easiest-to-understand book on how to buy, sell, evaluate, appraise, and collect art, has been postponed until early Spring 2002. For those of you who have waited so patiently for so long for this book's publication (and for anyone else who's interested), we invite you to read the complete BUY ART SMART chapter-by-chapter synopsis.
September 26, 2001: Selling art is never easy and selling it under circumstances like we're now experiencing is even harder. Not to worry though. Sell Art Successfully in Tough Times offers ideas on how to weather the storm, stand strong, and evolve as an artist.
September 11, 2001: Art is the opposite of what happened today. Keep art alive. God bless us all.
September 8, 2001: Read our review of the two new artprice.com art price CD-ROMs. When you need art prices, you need artprice.com.
August 28, 2001: We're delighted to have collectibles expert, Tony Hyman, tell it like it is in his article, A "Power Buyer" Shows How to Make More Money Selling on eBay. Hyman is a regular on The Saturday Early Show on CBS television, he hosted a nationally syndicated radio talk show on antiques and collectibles for over 20 years (well before Antiques Roadshow was a gleam in its creator's eye), and his book, Trash or Treasure Guide to Buyers, has sold over 650,000 copies.
August 21, 2001: We've got two new art price CD-ROM's from artprice.com and will be reviewing them shortly. The Works on Paper CD-ROM contains 1,000,000 sales results for prints, drawings, posters, and photographs by 90,000 artists that sold at international auctions from January 1987 through March 2001. Priced at $199. The complete artprice.com database, Fine Art CD-ROM, consists of 2,450,000 art sales results for works of art in all mediums by 230,000 artists that sold at international auctions from January 1987 through March 2001. Priced at $399. artprice.com publications are among the best sources of international art auction price data. Available internationally from artprice.com and distributed in America by Sound View Press.
August 15, 2001: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT-- We apologize for any recent difficulties you've had accessing ArtBusiness.com. We're with a new web host and we now accept PayPal. Our changeover to the new ISP is in progress, but email is pretty much back to normal. In the meantime, the internet's number one art business resource continues to serve up the information you need in order to buy, sell, and collect art effectively.
August 15, 2001: Do you bid on art at online auctions? We've got another sizzling tip for you on how to buy that art smart. Don't be a victim. Read Online eBay Art Auction Tip.
August 13, 2001: ArtBusiness.com has an exclusive report on an art website that..... drum roll...... sells art and..... drum roll number two.... actually turns a profit!!! Yes folks-- Dan Lienau and his Annex Galleries are operating An Art Website that Makes Money.
August 10, 2001: Shipping art? Air Float Systems of Tupelo, MS makes some of the strongest and most affordable fine art packaging available anywhere. Find out how many people stood on the sample "Strongboxes" they sent us and who withstood the pressure by reading our Air Float Systems product review.
July 26, 2001: We've got it first. photo san fancisco 2001, opening nite, the best bargain in fun and fine art, and a marvelous social event in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Forget about that mainland heat, get naturally air conditioned, and come on out to chillin' SF. You won't be disappointed (don't forget to bring a sweater).
July 13, 2001: Have you ever thought about selling a piece of art at an online auction? Sell Your Art Successfully at Online Auctions gives pointers on how to maximize the number of potential buyers who see your art, and how to present that art in such a way that bidders bid high. This article is primarily for collectors, but artists who wonder about selling their art at online auctions will also find it helpful.
July 10, 2001: photo san francisco 2001, the second annual San Francisco Photographic Print Exposition will be held July 26-29, 2001 at the Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. 75 galleries and private dealers from the U.S and Europe will present the finest photographic art dating from 19th century to the most cutting edge contemporary photography. Special events include a lecture by Richard Misrach on Saturday, July 28th at 10 am, and on-site collecting seminars with Tim B. Wride, Associate Curator of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Amanda Doenitz, Photography Specialist, Christie's Los Angeles; and John Bennette III, private collector. Douglas Nickel, Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will moderate a panel discussion on collecting, "Museum/Market/Mine," on Saturday, July 28th at 1pm. Reservations are suggested for lectures and seminars. For additional information, visit the photo san francisco 2001 website.
June 27, 2001: Today's Art Picks From eBay focuses on a copy of a copy of a work of art and a description that raises more questions than it answers. Always make sure you completely understand a seller's description BEFORE you bid at an online auction.
June 20, 2001: Buying, selling, trading, donating, or insuring fine art without having accurate information about how much it's worth can be a costly experience. Read How Much Do You Really Know About Art Prices? and find out when and under what circumstances consulting an art appraiser might be a good idea.
June 13, 2001: A successful art auction fundraiser can mean big bucks for a non-profit organization, big publicity for artist donors, and big buying opportunities for collectors. Art Auction Fundraiser Tips for Everyone makes great reading for artists, non-profits, and collectors alike.
June 6, 2001: New book reviews posted for Art Price Annual & Falk's Art Price Index 2001 auction record compendium, Art Price Indicator 2001 pocket-sized art price guide, and International Directory of Arts, 25th Edition, 2000/2001.
May 30, 2001: Learn how unscrupulous sellers stage fake estate sales and victimize innocent buyers by reading Beware of Fake Estate Sales.
May 30, 2001: Recent art reference book and CD-ROM arrivals soon to be reviewed:
Art Price Annual & Falk's Art Price Index 2001, formerly known as ADEC and now published by artprice.com, contains 170,000 auction results for works of art by 59,000 artists sold at 5,200 auctions internationally during the year 2000. Artprice.com publications are among the best sources of international art auction price information. $119. Available from artprice.com.
Art Price Indicator 2001, formerly published by ADEC and now published by artprice.com, is a pocket-sized quickie price reference for 50,000 artists. If you don't have a lot of money to spend, it's only $19.95 and useful when you're out in the field looking for treasures. Available from artprice.com.
International Directory of Arts, 25th Edition, 2000/2001, published by K. G. Saur of Munich, Germany, is a three-volume set containing 129,000 entries of contact information for art museums, public art galleries, auctioneers, restorers, art periodicals, prominent visual arts professionals, and much more. It's the best international visual arts almanac. Approximately $205. Available from K. G. Saur.
May 24, 2001: Has anyone ever told you how much they love your art, but that they don't buy art-- they just like to look at it? Believe it or not, most of these people would really love to own art, but they're afraid to buy it for one reason or another. Read How to Sell Someone Their First Piece of Art for pointers on how to tip the scales of sales in your favor.
May 18, 2001: Read our latest reviews posted for the Gordon's Print Price Annual CD-ROM 2001-1988 and Gordon's Print Price Annual 2001 book version.
May 10, 2001: Recent art reference book and CD-ROM arrivals soon to be reviewed:
Gordon's Print Price Annual CD-ROM 2001-1988 contains nearly 550,000 auction records of prints by over 20,000 artists that sold at auction worldwide during the past 14 years. Gordon's publishes the best print price references in the business. $595 initial subscription. Additional years are $295. Available from Gordon's Art Reference.
Gordon's Print Price Annual 2001 edited by Lisa Reinhardt has over 2,000 pages and 52,000 entries of prints sold at auction worldwide during 2000. An indispensable reference and the best in the business for serious print dealers and collectors. $245. Available from Gordon's Art Reference.
May 7, 2001: Any artist can learn to sell more art for more money at every stage in his or her career. To find out how, read Maximize the Dollar Value of Your Art Career.
April 25, 2001: For those of you who still believe that online auctions are a safe place to buy art, read Removing Problem Sellers from eBay is not Easy.
April 12, 2001: Read our latest reviews posted for the Art Sales Index CD-ROM 2001, the Art Auction Results online database, The Power of Pastels, Gordon's Photography Price Annual International 2001, and Gordon's Photography Prices, 2001-1970, CD-ROM.
April 12, 2001: Today's Art Picks From eBay focuses on works of art that are auctioned with brief seller descriptions. Whether a description is three sentences long or rambles for pages, know how to dissect and analyze it before you bid.
April 4, 2001: Hi kids!! Guess what? It's time for the latest installment in our continuing series called Art Picks From eBay. In this exciting online auction episode, that great American illustrator, Maxfield Parrish, steps up to the plate.
Successful independent artists who wonder whether they should get gallery representation or start showing with established dealers will want to read Should Independent Artists Seek Gallery Representation?
April 2, 2001: We'll soon be reviewing The Power of Pastels by June Rhode, an overview of chalk drawings done during the early part of this century by artists like Chandler, Gunderson, Glatthaar, Linder, Braley, and others. The book has numerous color illustrations and a value guide. $24.95 plus $3.95 shipping. Available from House of Rhode Publishing, 6655 County Trunk G, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209 and the Rhode website.
March 27, 2001: Alan Bamberger's book, The Art of Buying Art, will be available soon. It has an entire chapter explaining how to buy art at online auctions-- including bidding strategies. In the meantime, read the third in our series called Art Picks From eBay to learn more about how to read and analyze online auction descriptions.
March 21, 2001: Latest book reviews posted for the auction house index, International Auction House Directory, 2001 Edition, and 19th century biographical index of Japanese photographers, Portraits in Sepia; From the Japanese Carte de Visite Collection of Torin Boyd and Naomi Izakura.
March 19, 2001: Do you buy art at online auctions? Are you sure you know what you're doing? We can help you interpret those confusing item descriptions. Read the second in our series called Art Picks From eBay.
March 19, 2001: An artist has written us saying that artists create their own images, not reviewers or academics. ArtBusiness.com doesn't quite agree. See why by reading Listen When Others Tell You About Your Art.
March 15, 2001: We receive numerous invitations to view artist web sites and we go to every single one of them. Some sites are great; others have serious problems that discourage people from visiting and buying art. Find out how to keep your site healthy by reading Avoid Common Art Web Site Mistakes.
March 3, 2001: Today, ArtBusiness.com begins a new series entitled "Art Picks From eBay." The purpose of this series is to help less experienced collectors understand and analyze sellers' descriptions of works of art as they appear on eBay and similar online auction sites. Please read New ArtBusiness.com Series: Art Picks From eBay to find out more.
February 26, 2001: Recent art reference book arrival soon to be reviewed: International Auction House Directory edited by Lisa Reinhardt provides specialty and contact information for more than 5,000 auction houses in fifty countries. An indispensable reference for sellers and serious collectors. $245. Available from Gordon's Art Reference.
February 10, 2001: Dealers and collectors compete fiercely to own the best art by the best artists. Find out what you have to be willing to go through if you want to collect top quality art by reading Patience is Key to Buying the Best Art.
February 5, 2001: The Canvas Cafe in San Francisco is a unique experiment in fine art retailing. Find out how a full-service art gallery incorporated into a cafe setting successfully attracts veteran art collectors as well as first-time buyers by reading The Canvas Cafe: New Concept in Selling Art.
February 3, 2001: Recent art reference book arrival soon to be reviewed: Portraits in Sepia; From the Japanese Carte de Visite Collection of Torin Boyd and Naomi Izakura is a comprehensive survey of 19th century Japanese photography listing over 1150 Japanese photographers, studios, publishers, and researchers active between the 1840's and 1912. $75. Available from Carl Mautz Publishing.
January 28, 2001: Alan Bamberger is quoted in today's Los Angeles Times in the article Artist Must Sharpen Marketing Skills to Gain the Necessary Exposure for Craft.
January 23, 2001: A little art business expertise can go a long way when an artist finds him or herself in a difficult spot and in need of advice. Find out how art business professionals like consultants, representatives, and agents can help artists advance in their careers by reading Do Artists Need Managers?
January 20, 2001: We've got one book review for digital artists and another for people who collect period and contemporary art. Reviews posted for Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, 2001/2002 Edition and Bert Monroy: Photorealistic Techniques with Photoshop & Illustrator. Read them at Davenport's 2001/2002; Techniques for Digital Artists.
January 12, 2001: Recent art reference book arrivals soon to be reviewed:
Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, 2001/2002 Edition contains basic biographical and price information on over 225,000 artists-- 25,000 more artists than the previous edition. It's the best artist index available anywhere, but it's losing some ground as a price guide as the upcoming review will explain. Nevertheless, ArtBusiness.com gives it the highest recomendation. If you can only afford to buy one art reference book, make it Davenport's. $195. Available from Gordon's Art Reference.
For you digital artists, Bert Monroy: Photorealistic Techniques with Photoshop & Illustrator is a book of techniques for creating images that look like photographs, but do not exist in real life. Says author and pioneer digital artist, Bert Monroy, "This is a book of techniques for tricking the eye." $49.95. Available from New Riders Press.
January 5, 2001: New art reference book reviews posted for Art Sales Index, 32nd Annual Edition, 1999/2000 season edited by Duncan Hislop, Art Law Handbook edited by Roy S. Kaufman, Art Marketing 101, A Handbook for the Fine Artist by Constance Smith, and 'Fine Art Viewing Gloves' from the George Glove Company. Check them out by reading Art Prices, Art Law, Art Marketing, Art Handling Gloves.
January 3, 2001: Recent art reference book arrival soon to be reviewed in the "Reference Books and Book Reviews" section: Art Law Handbook edited by Roy S. Kaufman covers topics including artists' rights, e-commerce and art, artist-dealer relations, international transactions, authentication and appraisal of artwork, and much more. The book comes with a CD-ROM that contains numerous standard contracts and forms covering just about any art business situation, any or all of which that can be copied onto a PC, customized, and printed out. $185. Available from Aspen Law & Business, a division of Aspen Publishers, Inc. of New York City.