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Originating from China, feng shui is the ancient “art of placement” that helps individuals find balance with their surroundings. The basic goal of feng shui is to harmonize chi (also spelled qi) energy that is composed of the female (yin) and male (yang) principle, as the life source of all living matter. This energy flows through the world by wind (feng) and water (shui). When interrupted, it can bring problems in every area of your life. …


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Every art enthusiast knows that art can be made of anything — paint and canvas, bronze and ceramics, ink, computer pixels, or a combination of materials. Art created by combining different media or materials is called mixed media art. Favorite among the daring, revolutionary artists, mixed media art can combine sculptures and paintings with photographs, woodblocks, or found objects, to bring the art as we know it to new heights.

Although examples of mixed media art can be traced back to antique times, Pablo Picasso is considered to be the father of the genre. …


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Have you ever desired a fantastic artwork, that you simply couldn’t afford? If so, this blog post is for you. Just because an art piece is above your price range, doesn’t mean you should immediately give up on it. There are many methods you can use to trim down the price and make sure it fits into your budget. Here are a few tips on how you can reduce the price of art, ranging from negotiating a discount to art commissions.

Discounts

Unexperienced art buyers are often reluctant to inquire about a discount. However, if you are unable to afford a full price, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for a small reduction. Many galleries even expect a bit of negotiating. After all, it’s better to sell an art piece with a discount than not to sell it at all. Keep in mind, however, that discounts rarely cross a 10% threshold, particularly for first-time buyers. …


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The value of art spans way beyond its aesthetic qualities. We already wrote about how art can help us change society and our own state of mind. But art can also be used as a tool to improve our emotional intelligence (our understanding of ourselves) and our cultural intelligence (understanding of other cultures, their values, philosophies, and meanings). Art is a tool for communication that enables people from different times and different cultures to convey messages via depictions, stories, or sounds. In this blog post, we’ll show you a few ways how art (painting, photography, fashion, poetry, etc.) …


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When coronavirus effectively closed most museums and galleries, art collectors and enthusiasts were forced to satisfy their need for art online. Even now, when art venues are slowly opening up, there are more online viewing rooms and virtual tours, than ever. Now that we are all accustomed to viewing art online, maybe it’s a good time to remember that there is a type of art that was made to be seen on the screens all along. Video art uses moving images to challenge concepts of time, space, and form, and explore the qualities of the medium itself.

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Nam June Paik — The Future Is Now via Artfund

What is Video Art?

Video art relies on moving pictures to convey the artists’ concepts, ideas, emotions, etc. It originally appeared in the 1960s, when artist Nam June Paik came up with a revolutionary idea of using the cathode ray tube as a canvas for his works. …


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Dan Flavin via The Cut

Sometimes it’s a square on a blank surface. Other times it’s a set of carefully arranged neon lights or metal cubes placed on the gallery floor. Regardless of the form, minimalist art often confuses people, who question its meaning and relevancy. Simple and unpretentious, often made of industrial materials, minimalist art baffles the viewers, who often wonder why exactly, are these “lines and cubes” even considered art. In this blog post, we’ll help you understand all those puzzling art pieces, so you can enjoy the aesthetics of minimalism, just as much as we do.

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Frank Stella via Art Gallery NSW

What is Minimalist Art?

Rather than representing something from the outside world, (a person, a landscape, an item, a symbol, etc.), minimalist art pieces represent a reality of their own. Minimalist artists have introduced a revolutionary idea, that the material and medium of the artwork, are its only reality. The emphasis is on viewers’ immediate response to what’s in front of them — the material, the form, colors, and texture of the painting, and not the artist’s expression. …


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The coronavirus has caused an unprecedented crisis that affects every part of our lives. And the art world is not an exception. With many galleries closed, art fairs cancelled or postponed and auctions reduced and moved online, artists don’t know when their next paycheck will come. The numbers don’t lie.

Americans for the Arts survey encompassing over 11,000 artists, has revealed that 62% of artists have become fully unemployed due to COVID-19. According to the Covid-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers 94% of creative workers, have experienced income declines due to the pandemic, and the estimated average decline is $27,103. …


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Commissioning art is the process of hiring an artist to create an artwork, based on the client’s request. There are many reasons why people commission artworks. Sometimes, the piece they really like is too large or too expensive. In that case, a client is likely to request a smaller or more affordable piece.

Other times, a client needs an artwork in a different color than the original. Interior designers may commission art that fits in the color scheme of their project, while corporate clients might want to “brand” the piece with corporate colors, to complement their visual identity. …


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The coronavirus lockdown has forced many to work from home. Getting used to your new environment might require time and adjustments. Luckily, careful selection of art pieces can make your home look more professional. According to a survey conducted by YouGov and Affordable Art Fair among British employees’, art is considered to be the most effective productivity booster, (ahead of sleep pods, beanbags and, ping pong tables).

A third of respondents said that artworks in the workplace can improve productivity, while almost a fifth of employees believe that office art can help stimulate creativity and problem-solving abilities. …


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Getting back into the art collecting game in the time of the post-pandemic can be difficult. Funds are reduced, jobs are uncertain, and buying art can seem like a luxury. But you don’t have to have a lot of money to grow your collection. Luckily, there’s a whole, exciting world of affordable artworks out there, fit for all tastes and all budgets.

But what is affordable art? Affordable art is defined differently depending on the market. Affordable art fair, for instance, defines affordable artworks as pieces priced under £6,000, €7,500, and $10,000. But there are affordable artworks that cost only several tens of dollars. …

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