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Starting an Art Collection Online

"The art of collecting is highly addictive once you target your next obsession." [from real simple]

Whether it's abstract paintings or small drawings, having a particular object in mind takes shopping to a whole new level.
Starting an art collection takes you to a more exciting online experience.

Look to the web for inspiration. Visit eBay, an artist website...

If it brings you joy that is worth more than any dollar amount.

Sylvia White wrote "E-commerce works for a lot of specific reasons: it's easy, it's convenient, it's private and it's anonymous. Art is not the kind of product that you can be talked into. Buying art is not like a buying a car or a computer, where most consumers do comparison shopping to check for value as well as quality. It is one of the few categories that is almost a totally emotional buy. You look at it, you like it or you don't. It is a mystery what contributes to a person's personal taste." [from art advice].

What exactly an Abstraction is?

Technologist uses Regia Art to help explain abstraction in computer programming: "Abstraction is a concept which facilitates to extract out the essential information of an object... In OOP ( Object Oriented Programming ) , Abstraction facilitates the easy conceptualization of real world objects into the software program.... In Art, Abstract Art is a kind of art, which depicts the distilled form of the world". Read more at My Mind Leaks

Hong Kong's To Be Asia's Contemporary Art Hub

Sundaram Tagore

Hong Kong's ambition to be Asia's art hub received another boost with the recent arrival of three top galleries: Gagosian, Sundaram Tagore and Tang Contemporary.
Sundaram Tagore opened on the city's gallery street, Hollywood Road, on May 9 and Bangkok-based Tang Contemporary started in April. U.S. art dealer Larry Gagosian set up his Hong Kong office at the prominent IFC 1 building in Central in September, and may open a show-room in the coming months. [from]

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Roman Abramovich Big Art Spender

Roman Abramovich, a megabucks art collector.
Mukesh Ambani may be the world's richest man but it's Roman Abramovich who does the most spending.
And he was at it again last week busy at both Sotheby's and Christie's. The Art Newspaper reports that the Russian billionaire bought both Francis Bacon's Triptych, 1976, which sold at Sotheby's New York for $86.3 million and Lucian Freud's Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, 1995, which sold at Christie's for $33.6 million.
Why the interest in art from a man who is more famous for his real estate and his huge yachts? Apparently he's looking to furnish his London home. [from luxist]

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Philippe Ségalot Bid Aggressively Sothebys New York Contemporary Art Auction

Yves Klein's "MG 9" circa 1962, 57 1/2 x 44 7/8 in. 146 x 114 cm.
Sotheby's New York contemporary art sale on May 14-15. Estimate: $6m-8m. Sold for: $23.7m. New auction record for artist.

Private art dealer Philippe Segalot bid aggressively for several works, winning a Carl Andre and a golden $23.6 million Yves Klein. He declines to discuss his clients, but he has bought for luxury-goods billionaire and Christie's owner Francois Pinault in the past. [from portfolio]

Bacon Triptych Sells for Record $86.3 Million at Sothebys Art Auction NY

"Triptych, 1976" by Francis Bacon, an oil on pastel on canvas painting in three parts.
Tonight's Bacon was sold by a European collector who acquired the painting in 1977 at the Paris Galerie Claude Bernard. The buyer was a private European telephone bidder.
Sales at this evening's auction totaled $362 million, including commissions, topping the estimated range of $288.1 million to $356.7 million.
[from bloomberg]

Abstract Painting Blue 1953 Sold 2.3 Millions

Christie's Contemporary Art Auction May 13, 2008
Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967)
Abstract Painting, Blue, 1953
signed, titled and dated 'Ad Reinhardt "Abstract Painting, Blue, 1953"'
oil on canvas
20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.)
Painted in 1953.

24 x 30 inches Orig Painting Abstract Modern BLUE CLOUDS RegiaArt Link

Christie's Contemporary Art Auction Big Sales

Lucian Freud (Sigmund's grandson)
Lucian Freud's Benefits Supervisor Sleeping sold for $33,641,000.

The economy may be slumping but you wouldn't know that from the numbers being racked up at Christie's. The auction house rang in strong numbers on Tuesday night for their spring Contemporary Art Auction which my colleague.
The total haul of $348.2 million falls neatly between the low estimate of $282 million and the high of $398.6 million. The majority of the buyers were American but the Russians were also out in force. The top lot was Rothko's No. 15 which sold for $50.4 million. A similar Rothko is set to be auctioned off tonight at Sotheby's. Lucian Freud's painting Benefits Supervisor Sleeping brought in $33.6 million setting a new record for a Freud sold at auction and giving him back the record of being the living artist with the most expensive work sold at auction (Jeff Koons claimed the title last November). [from luxist]

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David Neeleman After Jetblue destination Brazil

David Neeleman made JetBlue a major player in the crowded field of low-cost airlines. But after a disastrous week in 2007 that saw thousands of passengers stranded, the board pushed him aside, and now he's moving on. Destination: Brazil. [read more ...]

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Alternative Place to Park Your Money

Art, Art, Art....RegiaArt

"She believes it is not uncommon for the art market to prosper when the sharemarket is not doing so well as investors look for alternative places to park their money.

When the sharemarket crashed in 1987 the art market did well until 1989 when people ran out of money." [from nzherald]

TREE with a PET Abstract Painting


Art Market is Strong Monet New Record

Yesterday Christie's auctioned off "Le Pont du chemin de fer a Argenteuil" a painting of a bridge by Impressionist Claude Monet.

The painting brought in $41.181 million, setting a new record for the popular French artist and besting the estimate of $35 million to $40 million. The previous record for a Monet painting, $36.5 million for his 1904 "Nympheas," was set just last year.

The auction house didn’t identify the seller either, but it reportedly was the Nahmads, a family of art dealers with galleries in New York and London.[from msn]

Christie's New York Impressionist And Modern Art Evening

Tuesday, May 6, 2008
lot# 2
Artist Joan Miró
Title Untitled - Personnages, étoiles
Medium gouache, brush and India ink
Size 12.6 x 18 in. / 32 x 45.7 cm.
Year 1953 -
Description Joan Miro (1893-1983) Untitled (Personnages, étoiles) gouache, brush more ...
Estimate 800,000 - 1,200,000 US$
Sold For 1,217,000 US$ PREMIUM
Provenance Pierre Matisse, New York (acquired from the artist).
By descent from the above to the present owner

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lot# 8
Artist Pablo Picasso
Title Claude et Paloma dessinant
Medium oil on canvas
Size 36.1 x 28.6 in. / 91.7 x 72.7 cm.
Year 1954 -
Description Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Claude et Paloma dessinant signed more
Misc. Signed
Estimate 7,000,000 - 10,000,000 US$
Sold For 8,889,000 US$ PREMIUM

Anna Wintour's Puffy Pockets at the MET Party

Anna Wintour in Chanel Couture. It looks fantastic.
The Costume Institute Annual Gala.
Metropolitan Museum of Art May5, 2008 [from nymag]

CHANEL by Regia Marinho.

Phillips de Pury New York on May 15

Above "Abstraktes Bild" by Gerhard Richter, a painting from 1986, is shown in this handout photo taken on Feb. 25, 2008. The work will be auctioned through Phillips de Pury & Company in New York on May 15 in a sale that may tally up to $72.3 million. [from bloomberg]


Sotheby’s Dinner Contemporary and Impressionist Art Preview

Nancy Corzine, Leonard Lauder, and Cece Cord.

Last night at Sotheby’s, the 10th floor galleries were set with tables for 225 for dinner amidst the contemporary and impressionist art preview. It was the 2nd Annual Connoisseur’s Dinner with accompanying wine and art auction to benefit Leonard Lauder’s charity, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

Contemporary Art?

Art in Beijing Fair

Wang Yihan, director of the China International Gallery Exposition 2008

The Beijing art fair, where four-fifths of the 80 participating galleries hailed from outside mainland China, attracted an estimated 40,000 collectors to see 5,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations. Soka sold $800,000 of art, contributing to the fair's tally of $40 million, 40 percent more than in 2007.
Soka Art Center is a Taipei-based gallery representing the three Southeast Asian artists.

The four-day show's April 24 preview coincided with a record 9.5 percent one-day surge in China's key stock index, which is still down 26 percent this year. [from bloomberg]

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