When asked to explain why I chose “The Artful Collector” as my byline, and what I mean by that play on words, I always respond “because there’s an “art” to collecting, whether it’s Art that you collect, or not.” And by “artful,” I mean shrewdness is going to be needed, for success in collecting. Since […]
Artists used to get great exposure, back in the day. Now they’re fighting for more.
Does Puppygate Affect the Best Artist Hugos? Observations by a Hugo Loser.
I have to confess, reporting on a convention is usually crazy fun for me. It’s an occasion for legitimate name-dropping of all the new artists I met, and for describing all manner and sorts of program items, events and parties. This report? NONE OF THAT. I didn’t go to a single con party, I didn’t […]
One-Of-A-Kind: Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Maybe you want to buy it anyway….
Nostalgia: it motivates us to pay far to much for memories. Better hope there’s a secondary market….
It’s a sad day when your art collection has to go on sale. Don’t compound the problem – do it with a plan.
Paul Alexander’s art is being snapped up by collectors
Fantasy art for consumers – pop culture fantasies
Well, I’m home from the front lines, back from the “trenches” filled with Imaginative Realism – and the reunion was an unqualified success! I say “reunion” because IlluXCon (IX for short) feels just like that, attracting the same fans, collectors and artists, year after year. With just enough “newbies” in all categories to make the convention feel […]
It seems like only yesterday (in fact, it WAS only yesterday) that I turned in the last of my postings on the 72nd Worldcon: LonCon3 . . . and here I am (along with dozens of artists) gearing up for the next. IlluXCon 7 (IX for short). Which will be a totally different convention experience – […]
Part 3 of Jane’s con report on Loncon3 – the good, the bad and the art.
If you missed Loncon3, here’s your chance to catch up!
A con report on the biggest Worldcon ever. So bit that Jane’s report needs three parts. Here’s part one.
Rosana Azar, an artist immune to commissions who “paints from the inside out”.
The art of speaking “art”, or, the art world’s version of technobabble.
Translating art babble, one word at a time.
Without light, can there be art?
The language of art collecting can be strange, wonderful and at times totally mystifying to outsiders. It’s a vocabulary rife with very specific descriptors (“etching, serigraph, remarque”) as well as a baffling assortment of slang, jargon and doubletalk. As peculiar to the ears as the language of techies or circus carnies, it also can be […]
Where’s Fred Gambino? Premiering a new art book at this year’s Worldcon!
A trip down memory lane – with art catalogs!
It’s hard to believe that we met Alan 28 years ago – I think it was his first SF Worldcon – In Atlanta, GA. He was just beginning his art career, and we were receptive collectors, attracted to the incredible variety and quality of artworks being generated by artists then working in the field. The […]
You may be wondering what inspired my ongoing series “Where are they Today?” – postings which shed light on the doings of artists whose works, only a short generation or so ago, were prime targets for collectors. Well, last year I stumbled upon a blog by the well-known mystery, romance, science fiction, and fantasy […]
A conference on alien contact inspires a change in careers
The artful collector talks about illustrations, and the blurred line between private and commercial art.
A look at artist Mark Harrison and his move towards imaginative realism in his work.
A look at building a collection of SF/F art in the modern era.
A discussion about collectors who change WHAT they collect, over time.
A look at “fine art” from SF/F illustrators.
The Artful Collector explores the artliness of knick-knacks.