Arts

Arts, Galleries, Architects, Artists, Top Auctions

 

ART is the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, sculpture, and paintings. The meaning of art is explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.

The definition and evaluation of art has become especially problematic since the early 20th century. Richard Wollheim distinguishes three approaches: the Realist, whereby aesthetic quality is an absolute value independent of any human view; the Objectivist, whereby it is also an absolute value, but is dependent on general human experience; and the Relativist position, whereby it is not an absolute value, but depends on, and varies with, the human experience of different humans. An object may be characterized by the intentions, or lack thereof, of its creator, regardless of its apparent purpose. A cup, which ostensibly can be used as a container, may be considered art if intended solely as an ornament, while a painting may be deemed craft if mass-produced.

Traditionally, the term art was used to refer to any skill or mastery. This conception changed during the Romantic period, when art came to be seen as “a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science”. Generally, art is made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions.

The nature of art has been described by Richard Wollheim as “one of the most elusive of the traditional problems of human culture”. It has been defined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas.

 

    • ARS | ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (US) – the preeminent copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States.
    • ART LOSS REGISTER | ALR – evolving, computerized international database which captures information about lost and stolen art, antiques and collectables.
    • ART OF EUROPE – art prints, poetry, cine, stuff.
    • ART PROJECT – Powered by Google. Online compilation of high-resolution images of artworks from galleries worldwide, as well as a virtual tour of the galleries in which they are housed.
    • ART THEFT – Wikipedia.
    • ASK ART – “The Artists’ Bluebook”. Online database containing over 200,000 artists. Instant information. Art. Artists. Prices.
    • COMMISSION FOR LOOTED ART IN EUROPE – founded in 1999. An international, expert and non-profit representative body which researches, identifies and recovers looted property on behalf of families, communities, institutions and governments worldwide.
    • ERR | EINSATZSTAB REICHSLEITER ROSENBERG PROJECT – the database documents the plundered art objects that came into the hands of the ERR | Einstatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg in German-occupied France and Belgium which were processed through the Jeu de Paume between late 1940 and August 1944.
    • EUROPEAN FINE ART FOUNDATION
    • EUROPEANA – “Think Culture.” Search through the cultural collections of Europe. It links you to over 15 million digital items (2011).
    • IARTBROKER – “iartbroker is an exciting way of doing business online for the art market. The aim of the site is simply to match buyers and sellers by using sophisticated software, technology and the power of the world wide web.”
    • INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ART RESEARCH | IFAR – non-profit organization which was established to channel and coordinate scholarly and technical information about works of art.
    • MONUMENTS MEN FOUNDATION – “For the Preservation of Art.”
    • OPEN ART COLLECTION – worldwide social art network for Artists, Collectors and Professionals. “Meeting the right people in the art world just got easier.”
    • ROBERT WITTMAN INC. – security, protection and recovery of your art investments.
    • Sotheby’s Fine Art Storage Facility
    • TERMINARTORS – “The world’s largest artist, artwork and museum database!” The first community-based interactive painting gallery in the world. From the medieval era to the most recent trends, you will find tens of thousands of carefully categorized paintings, artists, and museums.
    • UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE – catalogues, names, and conserves sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity.

 

Antiques & Collectibles

 

Architects & Architecture

 

 

Architects: A-Z

 

Living Architects: A-Z

 

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          • 3XN – founded 1986.
          • AEDAS – provides consultancy services in architecture, interior design, masterplanning, landscape, urban design and building consultancy in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
          • ARUP – providing engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment.
          • ATKINS ARCHITECTURE – “We are a multinational community of 650 architects sharing a passion for excellence.”
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          • BDP – “Creating Places for People.” The largest interdisciplinary practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists in Europe.
          • BIG | BJARKE INGELS GROUP
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          • I. M. PEI – known as the last master of high modernist architecture.
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          • MAD STUDIO – based in Beijing, China. It is headed by is Yansong Ma.
          • MAJORELLE
          • MORRIS ARCHITECTS – Architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design are the core disciplines practiced by seven Morris Architects studios.
          • MVRDV
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          • OLE SCHEEREN
          • OMA | OFFICE FOR METROPOLITAN ARCHITECTURE – the office is led by six partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu and Managing Partner, Victor van der Chijs – and employs a staff of around 220 of 35 nationalities.
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          • WALLACE E. CUNNINGHAM – innovative residential design.
          • WAM Architecten – Wilfried van Winden.
          • WATG – “Having worked in 160 countries and territories across six continents, WATG has designed more great hotels and resorts than any other firm on the planet.” 
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          • EERO SAARINEN – (1910-1961).
          • Edward Durell Stone – (1902-1978).
          • EDWIN LUTYENS – (1869-1944). Known for imaginatively adapting traditional architectural styles to the requirements of his era. He designed many English country houses. He has been referred to as “the greatest British architect” and is known best for having an instrumental role in designing and building a section of the metropolis of Delhi, known as New Delhi, India.
          • Ernst Friedrich Zwirner – (1802-1861).

 

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          • OSCAR NIEMEYER – (1907-2012). Pioneer in exploring the formal possibilities of reinforced concrete solely for their aesthetic impact.
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          • VITRUVIUS – (c. 80–70 BC – c. 15 BC).
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Architecture

 

Awards & Prizes

 

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Media
        • ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST – since 1920. “Your Home on the Web: The International Magazine of Design.”
        • ARCHITECTURE WEEK MAGAZINE – Design Community.
        • CONTEMPORIST – launched 2007. “Daily source for architects and interior designers to discover new products and projects in the world of contemporary design.”
        • DEZEEN – “Our mission is simple: to bring you a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world before anyone else.”
        • JAPAN ARCHITECT – quarterly Japanese architectual magazine.
        • LIVING ARCHITECTURE – since 1980. Scandinavian design.
        • WALLPAPER – “Design, Interiors, Fashion, Art, Lifestyle.” International lifestyle magazine.
        • WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS – architecture news, architecture jobs, architecture podcasts.

 

Art Awards & Prizes

      • ART AWARDS– Wikipedia.
      • AMERICAN ART AWARDS – “Honoring the Creative Force in Art.”
      • BUCKSBAUM AWARD – established in 2000 by the Bucksbaum Family Foundation and the Whitney Museum of American Art. It is awarded biannually “to honor an artist, living and working in the United States, whose work demonstrates a singular combination of talent and imagination.” The $100,000 prize is the world’s largest award given to an individual visual artist.
      • CARNEGIE ART AWARD – to promote Nordic contemporary painting.
      • GUGGENHEIM ART AWARDS
      • MARCEL DUCHAMP PRIZE – annual award given to a young artist. The winner receives €35,000 personally and up to €30,000 in order to produce an exhibition of their work in the Modern Art museum (Centre Georges Pompidou).
      • MaxMara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel – biannual Art Prize for British-based female artists organized by the MaxMara fashion house and The Whitechapel Gallery in London. The Prize includes a 6 month residency in Italy to realize an Art project which may be exhibited at The Whitechapel Gallery in London and it will be acquired by the Collezione Maramotti (Italy).
      • Praemium Imperiale – (lit. “World Culture Prize in Memory of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu”, is an arts prize awarded since 1989 by the imperial family of Japan on behalf of the Japan Art Association in the fields painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and theatre/film. These are areas of achievement not covered by the Nobel Prizes.
      • THE HUGO BOSS PRIZE – awarded every other year to an artist (or group of artists) working in any medium, anywhere in the world. The prize is administered by the Guggenheim Museum and sponsored by the Hugo Boss clothing company.
      • THE LARRY ALDRICH AWARD – the biennial Larry Aldrich Award honors an American artist whose work has had a significant impact on contemporary visual culture during recent years.
      • TURNER PRIZE – contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. Presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50.

 

Art Events & Fairs

      • ARS ELECTRONICA – based in Linz, Austria and founded in 1979. Festival for art, technology and society.
      • ART | BASEL – the world’s premier international art show for Modern and contemporary works, Art Basel features nearly 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. More than 2,500 artists.
      • BLOOMSBURY ART FAIR – London, U.K.
      • documenta – exhibition of modern and contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany.
      • FIAC | Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain – Paris, France. One of the world’s foremost contemporary-art events.
      • FRIEZE ART FAIR – takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London.
      • LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA – major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years (in odd years) in Venice, Italy. The first Biennale was held in 1895.
      • PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA – often called the Oscar of computer art. One of the most important yearly prizes in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music.
      • TEFAF MAASTRICHT 2012 – “The World’s Leading Art and Antiques Fair.” Genuine masterpieces from 260 of the world’s most prestigious art and antiques dealers from 16 countries on display.

 

Art Galleries

 

Art Magazines & Media

      • List of art magazines– Wikipedia.
      • ART NEWS – “The oldest, most widely-read fine arts magazine in the world.”
      • ART REVIEW – since 1949. Contemporary artists & photography.
      • ARTFINDING.COM – “Brokerage, information, advising, analysis.”
      • ARTINFO – “The premier site for news about art and culture around the world.”
      • ARTSLANT – contemporary art network. Artists, exhibits, galleries and sales room.
      • DESIGNBOOM – industrial design today.
      • FLAVORWIRE – “Cultural News and Critique.” Network of culturally connected people, covering events, art, books, music, and pop culture the world over. Highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between: if it’s compelling, we’re sharing it.
      • FMR – “The most beautiful magazine in the world.” Published six times yearly in Italian, English, German, French and Spanish.
      • HOW TO SPEND IT – ART & COLLECTING – weekly magazine published with the Financial Times Weekend Edition.
      • LA TRIBUNE DE L’ART – “L’actualité de l’Histoire de l’Art Occidental du Moyen-Age aux Années 30.”
      • PURPLE MAGAZINE – French fashion, art and culture magazine founded in 1992.
      • TERMINARTORS – “The world’s largest artist, artwork and museum database!” The first community-based interactive painting gallery in the world. From the medieval era to the most recent trends, you will find tens of thousands of carefully categorized paintings, artists, and museums.
      • THE ART NEWSPAPER – since 1983. Reports on old art, new art, decorative art, the commercial and the non-commercial world.
      • THE ART TRIBUNE – “The latest news in the History of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the 1930’s.”
      • THE BAER FAXT – the art industry newsletter. Get information on: appointments, auctions, news, scandals, openings, lawsuits, acquisitions, grant award, censorship, collections, artisits, agents, benefits, events, curators, exhibitions.
      • TODAY IN ART – blog.
      • WELTHUNST – “Die Zeitschrift für Kunst und Antiquitäten.”

 

Art Photography

 

Artists: A-Z

 
      • ART – Wikipedia.
      • ART REVIEW
      • ARTIST – Wikipedia.
      • ARTNET – “The Art World Online.” artnet is the place to buy, sell and research fine art online. Our online Gallery Network is the largest of its kind, with over 2,200 galleries in over 250 cities worldwide, more than 166,000 artworks by over 39,000 artists from around the globe.
      • ASK ART – “The Artists’ Bluebook”. Online database containing over 200,000 artists. Instant information. Art. Artists. Prices.
      • Installation art – Wikipedia.
      • LIST OF PAINTERS BY NATIONALITY – Wikipedia.
      • Memento mori – Wikipedia.
      • TERMINARTORS – “The world’s largest artist, artwork and museum database!” The first community-based interactive painting gallery in the world. From the medieval era to the most recent trends, you will find tens of thousands of carefully categorized paintings, artists, and museums.
      • TOP 30 MOST POPULAR ARTISTS

 

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Auction Houses (90) | Auctioneers | Auctions: A-Z

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        • ACKER AUCTIONS – wine auctions.
        • ALEXANDER AUTOGRAPHS – “One of the largest auction houses for guaranteed authentic autographs, rare historical documents and manuscripts, civil war memorabilia.” Stamford, CT, U.S.A.
        • ALEXANDER HISTORICAL AUCTIONS – “Auctioneers of historic militaria and autographs.” Stamford, CT, U.S.A.
        • AMERICAN AUCTIONEERS – founded in 1983. Riverside, CA, U.S.A. “California’s #1 Auction Team!”
        • ANTIQUORUM AUCTIONEERS – the world’s premier watch auctioneer since 1974.
        • ARTCURIAL – Paris, France. International auctioneers.
        • ARTFACT – “Find – Bid – Win.” Bid online in live auctions. Antique, collectible & estate auctions.
        • ARTNET – “The Art World Online. Our online Gallery Network is the largest of its kind, with over 2,200 galleries in over 250 cities worldwide, more than 166,000 artworks by over 39,000 artists from around the globe.”
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        • CHRISTIE’S – international fine arts auctioneers. Founded in 1766.
        • COLLECT SPACE – the source for space history and artifacts. Space history, space memorabilia, and space collectibles.
        • COMIC CONNECT – “The Online Marketplace for Buyers & Sellers!”
        • CORINPHILA – “Tradition and Experience in Classic Philately since 1925.”
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        • eBAY – an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a broad variety of goods and services worldwide.
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        • FAME BUREAU – “The Fame Bureau is the world’s premier auction house for rock and film memorabilia.” Mayfair, London, U.K.
        • FREEMAN’S – auctioneers & appraisers since 1805. Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
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        • GARDINER HOULGATE – “The Bath Auction Rooms.” Corsham, Wiltshire, U.K.
        • GASTON & SHEEHAN AUCTIONEERS – Pflugerville, TX, U.S.A. sells all the jewelry, art, antiques, gold, silver and collectibles seized and forfeited nationally for the U.S. Marshals Service.
        • GOODING & COMPANY (PEBBLE BEACH AUCTIONS) – “Quality is our Style.” Automotive auction house based in Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A.
        • GOTTA HAVE ROCK AND ROLL – “The Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction.” Since 2008 online auction site devoted to rock and roll and pop art. 153 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022, U.S.A.
        • GUERNSEY’S – Auctioneers & Brokers Since 1975. “The Unique at Auction. For three decades Guernsey’s has built a reputation as an auction house known for the presentation of extraordinary properties. From the largest auction in history (the contents of the ocean liner S.S. United States) to vintage racing cars on to pre-Castro Cuban cigars and the $3 million McGwire baseball, we have few rivals when it comes to the presentation of wildly diverse art and artifacts.” 108 East 73rd Street, New York, NY, U.S.A.
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        • JACK-PHILIPPE RUELLAN – Vannes, France.
        • JAMES LIST – “The World’s Largest Luxury marketplace.” Featuring more than 65,000 private jets, yachts, exotic cars, exclusive watches and luxury homes from more than 1,200 trusted dealers around the world. JamesList helps you find the best of the best, whether you are in the market to buy or to find the perfect private jet or luxury yacht to charter.
        • JOHN BULL STAMP AUCTIONS – since 1977. Hong Kong.
        • JOHN TAYLORS ESTATE AGENTS AND AUCTIONEERS – Louth and Market Rasen, England.
        • JULIEN’S AUCTIONS – entertainment memorabilia; Hollywood memoralia; Beatles & Rock memoralia. Beverly Hills, CA, U.S.A.
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        • LAURITZ.COM – Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Germany.
        • LEGENDARY AUCTIONS – “Auction of Exceptional Sports Memorabilia, Americana & Photography.”.
        • LEMPERTZ – founded 1845. Cologne, Germany. International auctioneers.
        • LESLIS HINDMAN AUCTIONEERS – specializing in fine furniture and decorative arts; fine art; fine books and manuscripts; fine jewelry and timepieces; and vintage couture and accessories.
        • LOS ANGELES MODERN AUCTIONS – Van Nuys, CA, U.S.A. Modern art, design and furniture.
        • LUXURY DIVISION – “The world’s premier luxury e-store to buy and sell unused, unwanted and gently used luxury and designer items.”
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        • NATE D. SANDERS AUCTIONS – Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. Autographs, autographed photos, collectibles, historical documents, memorabilia, rare books and signed letters.
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        • OLD WEST SHOW & AUCTION – Denver, CO, U.S.A. Western art, antiques & collectibles.
        • OMEGA AUCTIONS – Sale, Cheshire, U.K. “Specialist auction house for Vinyl Records, Music Memorabilia, TV & Film Memorabilia, Wrist Watches, Pocket Watches, Fine Wine, Port & Spirits.”
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        • PATRIZZI & CO. – international timepieces’ auctioneers headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
        • PFC AUCTIONS – Guernsey, Channel Islands. Boutique online auction business specialising in world class Art, Antiques and Collectibles.
        • PIASA – Paris, France.
        • PIERRE BERGÉ ASSOCIATES – auction house for fine art and antiques.
        • PHILLIPS DE PURY & CO. – founded 1796. London, England. International auctioneers.
        • PORRO & C. ART CONSULTING – Milan, Italy. International auctioneers.
        • PROFILES IN HISTORY – Calabasas Hills, CA, U.S.A. The world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia and U.S.’s leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.
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        • RAAB COLLECTION – “Autograph Dealers Raab Collection Specializes in Buying and Selling Rare Historical Documents and Autographs.”
        • RM AUCTIONS – offering the world’s finest motor cars to a discerning clientele.
        • ROGALLERY.COM AUCTIONS – online auction site where you can bid online in both Live & Timed Auctions.
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        • TARISIO – founded in 1999 is an internet-based auction house dedicated to fine stringed instruments and bows.
        • TATTERSALLS – Europe’s Largest Bloodstock Auctioneers and the world’s oldest, dating back to 1766.
        • TELETRADE – coins & currency auctions.
        • THE FAME BUREAU – “The Fame Bureau is the world’s premier auction house for rock and film memorabilia.” Mayfair, London, U.K.
        • THE ROCK & ROLL POP ART AUCTION – the ultimate destination for fully authenticated sports, entertainment, rock’n’roll and historical memorabilia.
        • THE-SALEROOM.COM – “Bid online at real auctions.” Search through 1000s of auction catalogues. Watch & listen to auctions from your own home. Buy online at established auctioneers around the world.
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        • W.A. BOLIN – one of Northern Europe’s leading auctions for quality jewellery, silver objects and precious ornaments.
        • WILFORDS AUCTIONS – Wellingborough, Northants, Northamptonshire, England. Founded in 1934.
        • WINEBID.COM – the largest Internet auction for fine and rare wines.
        • WYLES HARDY & CO – England. Leading independent firms of consultant machinery and business asset valuers and auctioneers.
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