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Sometimes you need to shelter yourself for your own good Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) The art world event of the year - in my books at least, is Miami Art Week. Taking place between Miami Beach and Wynwood, Miami, there are anywhere from 17 to 25 fairs, and according to a report for the 2016 edition, the number totaled 24. This isn’t to mention all of ...

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What's in a frame? Post

What's in a frame?

Dec. 4, 2016

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) There’s a great temptation to let art buyers do the framing themselves. After all, they might even have their own personal preferences, right? Think again…While some collectors do like to oversee the presentation, and a few might even change the original frame (providing the terms of sale allows this), it’s to your ...

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Making installations irresistible in the social media age Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Readers who attended the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London, in summer 2016 will undoubtedly recognise the electronic angel wings featured in today’s picture. Created by artist Roger Taylor and presented by exhibitor JAMM Gallery, the interactive piece successfully enthralled visitors, so much so that there was a queue to have your ...

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Keeping track of what's important (while avoiding mishaps) Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) One morning while sitting in my home office deeply concentrating on computer work, I became aware of a funny smell. When it reached my nose, a moment passed before I thought, “the egg!” and leapt up out of my chair, ran down the stairs and through the kitchen, where I swiftly turned ...

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DIY mediation for your art business Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) Following the results of the 2016 USA Presidential election, conflict is at the forefront of social media, news reports, conversation and, well, seemingly everywhere. So what about conflict within  our own world?I recently attended a seminar on risk management for the art industry, which included a presentation by a professional mediator. While ...

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Upselling: Lessons from a restaurant receipt Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) As some readers know all too well, tipping* customs vary from country to country. When you’re accustomed to doing something one way, it can be a challenge to make change. Helllloooo American diners in Europe! You can imagine the waiting staff, who are used to receiving 10% if they’re lucky, love the ...

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Ahhh... Gatekeepers Post

Ahhh... Gatekeepers

Oct. 30, 2016

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I recall learning (painfully) what was meant by a ‘gatekeeper’.  I was an baby art dealer and had been introduced to a business that had taken an entire floor of a building at One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, one of the UK’s main financial districts. It transpired that the company had ...

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The choices in hanging shows, from showstopper pieces to triple hangs Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here)  When you walk into a exhibition, you often don’t notice that it’s well curated. It’s akin to an effective framing job: if done well, you don’t necessarily take note of it. Yet if done badly, the frame can stick out like a sore thumb. As natural as placement of pieces might ...

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The many misconceptions about prices Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) “Is there anything in this fair under £50?! It is, after all, supposed to be affordable.” I was asked this by a visitor to the Affordable Art Fair. Cue (on my part) a smile, a laugh, a deep breath and an introduction to original prints. The lady had been browsing through a ...

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Being seen on the scene Post

from our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I have a confession: I didn’t make it to the biggest contemporary art fair of the year in London. That’s none other than Frieze, which is split into two parts, the contemporary arm ‘Frieze London’ and the self-explanatory ‘Frieze Masters’. Opting out was a conscious decision made several weeks earlier. The responses ...

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