Fine Art

The Artful Collector: Art Hierarchies #2: “Fine Art” is Better than “Illustrative Art”

Please don’t shoot the messenger. I’m not responsible for the “high” and “low” art divide—into which categories we’ve shoved “art we collectively treasure” vs “art we collectively enjoy,” respectively. I’m just here to generalize, and to report that the “art” vs “illustration” distinction still exists, and that no matter how much love and money we lavish […]

IAAA Gallery: Chris Williams – Star Sculptor

Chris Williams has taken an unusual path to artistic expression:  he sculpts astronomical objects out of star stuff (our world and everything in it is star stuff) that fold and weave our scientific understanding of these objects into the forms he creates. From furniture maker to star maker, Chris enjoys the physical aspects of his […]

The Artful Collector: Price vs. Value

It’s an innocent question: What’s it worth? And I always answer: That depends on whether you’re buying or selling. An object’s “worth” can relate to price, or it can relate to value.  These words are not interchangeable, although collectors may use them as if they were.  But there is a big difference between the price […]

Sequential Wednesdays #1 – Rockwell’s Masked Heroes

    Let’s get one thing straight: I go weak at the knees because of some colored pigment on a stretched cloth surface – often and regularly.  Somewhere I know my parents got it right by taking me repeatedly to art galleries because like Pavlov’s pooch, give me a Rothko painting from his late period […]