The see and be seen Thursday night opening of the 2019 Toronto Art Fair teemed with glamour, glitz, canapes and incredible art – early 20th century Group, the trending Maud Lewis effect, 21st century Banksy inspired message art, modern Automatiste, post-painterly Toronto and Curnoe Regionalist memories all paired with glittery objets for the upcoming millennial crowd.
The art fair, for Oeno Gallery, is but one avenue to art buyers – albeit a very exciting one – in an over all art business strategy. In the gallery business, relationships with collectors, art consultants and designers are key – with most of these partnerships established and nurtured over years. Many of these connections, especially international ones today can be made in the brave world of online sales. Never mind blockchain networks and cryptocurrency just yet, how important is the virtual world in building success?
Excerpt. “A glimpse into the business of art.” Umbrella, Quinte Arts Council, Winter, 2019.
What were the social, political and economic conditions that fostered and then destroyed the Golden Age of the Dutch Baroque? Against a backdrop of early capitalist machinations, Master painter and printmaker Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606 - 1669) went from rags to riches and then back to rags again.
“Art Business in 17th Century Holland: how the bottom fell out of the Golden Age of Dutch painting.” Art Business Magazine, March 3, 1997.
In 1970, Canadian painter Paterson Ewen was ready to throw his canvas and brushes away for good -- the ideology and goals of non-figurative painting to which he had adhered for over two decades were suddenly anathema to his very existence. But what drove him to abandon abstraction in such disgust? Ewen's phenomenal shift in thought and image-making marked a turning point in Canadian art history.
“Paterson Ewen, The Turn from Figurative to Non-Figurative Painting.” Journal of Canadian Art History, Vol.x, No XII, No. 1, 1990.