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Sunday 27th March 2011The Importance of Printmaking in Germany

Printmaking is often an under-apprecaited, and under-represented creative pursuit, both in contemporary art, and when looking historically at the development of art. One such historical movement in which the impact of print making cannot be ignored is that of German Expressionsim. 
 
A new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York aims to show just how important the medium of print was to the Expressionist movement in Germany and Austria in the early part of the 20th century, which includes the showing of a range of prints, drawings, posters, illustrated books and periodicals. 
 
The German Expressionist movement was one of the most wide ranging, and explosive movements of the 20th century with various groups of artists working to explore a personal expression of what it meant to be human at a time when Europe was on the verge of war and Germany was to play a central role in the upheaval.
 
What was perhaps unique to Germany at that time, was just how many of it's artists took to the graphic medium as a way of expressing themselves, and how the medium became paramount to social, political and aesthetic modes of expression from around 1905, through to the 1920's. 
 
Amongst the most notable artists to be using the medium of print at that time were Max Beckmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Oskar Kokoschka, Otto Dix, George Grosz and Egon Schiele. 
 
The exhibition at MoMA will run until 11th July 2011, and features more than 250 works from 30 different artists. The exhibition has been built up from a range of works that the museum has in it's own impressive holding of German Expressionist print works.
 
This is the first major exhibition to be devoted to the German Expressionist movement at MoMA since 1957, and celebrates one of the largest, and most representative holding of Expressionist works outside of Germany. 
 

Posted on March 27th 2011 on 05:05pm
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Friday 25th March 2011Picasso the Printmaker, on Show in London

Femme Assise et Dormeuse State 2, PHOTOGRAPH: FXP PHOTOGRAPHY, LONDON, 2011.
 
Picasso has been a big figure in art market headlines over the past two years. Partly because of big blockbuster exhibitions that have gone on show across the globe, and partly because of the extravagant prices that Pablo Picasso's work has been reaching at auction. 
 
In both cases, it tends to be Picasso's paintings that hit the headlines. More intimate fans of the artist, however, may also be familiar with the fact that Picasso was a prolific printmaker, creating everything from lithographs to etchings and aquatints. 
 
Picasso's prints are no strangers to auction, often reaching record breaking prices for highly sought after pieces in mint condition. Fans of Picasso's print work, or those who may be interested in getting to know that side of the artist, can now see 16 rare examples of Picasso's lithography, on show at the Alan Cristea gallery on Cork Street in London.
 
The gallery is exhibiting lithograph portraits by the artist, which are often amongst his most intimate works, with many of the portraits being of his mistresses. The works on show are also interesting in the fact that many acted as experiments for the artist, rather than being considered finished works destined for public display. 
 
With a very neoclassical theme throughout this range of mostly nude portraits, there is price range of £12,000 - £150,000 for the works which will be on display until 21st April 2011. 

Posted on March 25th 2011 on 04:00pm
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Wednesday 23rd March 2011Top 5 Useful Photography Apps for the iPhone and iPad

The iPhone and the iPad, developed by Steve Jobs and the crew at Apple, have changed the way that we are able to interact with our world on the move. This is especially true of the way that we can capture, interact and share photographs and images.
 
With that in mind, we have taken a look at 5 great photography apps for the iPhone and the iPad. 
 
Adobe Photoshop Express
 
Adobe Photoshop Express is a free app lets you edit and share photographs on your iPhone or iPad. As an app to accompany Photoshop.com, you can have your photo library right in the palm of your hand, without taking up storage space on your device. 
 
With Apples' intuitive touch screen technology, you can use this app to crop, flip or rotate your photographs, as well as adding filters, effects and borders, and editing colours.
 
Once you're onboard with Adobe Photoshop Express, you can then purchase  the Adobe Camera Pack, which reduces noise in pictures taken on your phone, allows you to set a timer and also has an auto review feature so you can see quickly whether you got the shot that you needed.
 
Adobe Photoshop Express is available for both the iPhone, and the iPad.
 
 
Camera Genius
 
With a website tag line of "Camera Genius is the camera app you wished your iPhone shipped with. Loaded with features you want in a camera app", how can we not have this in a top five list. 
 
Camera genius really does have a lot of features that photographers would desire in a camera if they're out and about, shooting on the move. 
 
With 6x digital zoom, timer and sound capture, anti-shake feature, capture guidelines, burst mode shooting, easy photo review, editing and sharing capabilities, this app is jam packed and versatile. 
 
The app has gotten some excellent reviews in the iTunes app store, and after the release of the latest edition, it spent 2 weeks at number 1 in app store paid charts. 
 
 
Photo fx
 
Photo fx is another award winning photography app, brought to us by developers, The Tiffen Company. Getting 4 stars in the UK edition of Macworld, you can be assured that this app would make a welcome addition to any photographers iPhone. 
 
Photo fx is plugged as the definitive set of optical filters for the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can choose from 76 filters, containing 878 presets in 8 different filter groups. Amongst the award winning features are the Tiffen glass filters, specialised lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, colour correction, natural light and photographic effects. 
 
With loads of features and hundreds of applications for those features, it's worth taking a look at the App Store to see a full list of filters, and examples of what you can do with them. 
 
 
Talking Album
 
Have you ever been out and about, taken a snap of something on your phone and then not been able to remember what compelled you to do it in the first place? Maybe you saw something that inspired you to come back at a later date, armed with your professional camera set up, to get some really good pictures, but the moment has escaped you?
 
Fear no more, the Talking Album from Sumoto is here. With this app you can record and share your images, along with notes explaining a bit about the picture. If you don't want to share, you can keep your notes super private with a pass code function. 
 
The app is self-admittedly simple and straightforward, and does what it says on the tin. Which is perfect for an app that's built to help you record and remember things you've seen and experienced on your travels.
 
 
ImageTouch HD
 
ImageTouch HD was nominated as the Best Photography App of 2010 by bestappever.com, and deservedly so. This is the app that lets you take your photographs, and create playful collages right on your iPhone or on the iPad. 
 
As well as being able to import photos from your library, you can also manipulate all aspects of your collages, email your creations or export them in high quality. You can export your collages to Facebook, save an unlimited number of creations, shake the device for full screen preview and learn editing tips along the way. 
 
Intellicore Services, who developed the app, say they want it to be the best collage application on the iPhone, and as far as we can see, they're doing a pretty good job!
 
 
New apps are coming out all of the time, and the photography market is particularly fertile so please let us know what your favourite photography apps are, and share them with the Gallereo community!
 

Posted on March 23rd 2011 on 07:55pm
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Friday 18th March 2011Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Controversy

The Guggenheim is one of the very few museums in the world that is building a franchise of linked exhibition spaces across the globe. With museums in New York, Venice, Bilbao and Berlin already, the museum is again adding its name to another site in Abu Dhabi. 
 
To be located in the cultural district of Saadiyat Island in the Capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the new 450,000 square-foot museum was designed by international architect Frank Gehry whose other notable buildings include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. 
 
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has, however, been in the news recently for the wrong reasons. It has been reported that over 130 international artists and writers have vowed to boycott the museum unless the authorities do more to protect workers rights on the construction site in Abu Dhabi. 
 
It is claimed that there are many human rights violations happening on the building site including the abuse of power, unsuitable working conditions, unlawful recruiting fees and refusal to pay wages. It is thought that the Guggenheim project has fallen victim to the typical practices of construction in the UAE, where cheap Southern Asian workers have been used to develop things like 7 star hotels and record breaking skyscrapers. 
 
Artists and writers have said to have demanded better conditions and external, unbias monitoring of the situation in Abu Dhabi to ensure that the Guggenheim museum project can be completed without further controversy.
 
When finished, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be the largest Guggenheim site in the world, offering global exhibitions and an education program that will seek to focus on Middle Eastern contemporary art. 
 

Posted on March 18th 2011 on 08:02pm
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Sunday 13th March 2011Angry Birds Spawns Wave of Art

Is anyone else helplessly addicted to the game Angry Birds, by game developers Rovio? We are, and from the looks of things, there are a huge number of other people who suffer from the same affliction. 
 
If you have yet to be hit by the Angry Bird bug, and aren't quite sure what it's all about, here's a brief description. Angry Birds tells the story of a group of evil pigs, who have stolen all of the eggs from the bird population. A range of birds, with different talents, are called upon to enact revenge upon the pigs and claim back the eggs. As a game, that translates into various levels where little green pigs hide amongst structures of wood, stone, ice and snow (depending on the game or level) and you are in control of the birds, which you fire from a sling-shot in order to try and destroy the pigs. 
 
Every level comes with it's own challenges, and birds range from ones that can crack wood to ones that are only really useful for ice. Birds that blow up to ones that behave like a boomerang. You have to use these birds to not only kill the pigs, but to also seek out golden eggs for rewards, and to score highly enough on every level to be awarded 3 stars for your effort. 
 
When we're not playing Angry Birds of course, we do spend time scouring the world wide web for all that is interesting and unique in the creative sphere. What we started to notice, and what caused our proclaimation of love for Angry Birds today, is that this game has spawned a wide range of Angry Birds art! 
 
Here are some of the best examples that we've found so far:
 
The Likability of Angry Birds
 
The Oatmeal has brought us a brief, but truthful comic, outlining the feelings of 99.9999% of people towards the various feathered characters of the game. We all love the bomb bird, and remain slightly perplexed at why the boomerang bird was ever invented.
 
 
 
Angry Birdsky ala Warhol 
 
Brought to us, and sold to us as prints by creative spirit Bortwein, this artwork is an entertaining play on the graffiti art of Banksy, and repeated image style of Andy Warhol. Check out Bortwein's website for some other great prints that play on popular culture. 
 
 
Angry Birds Take on Stonehenge 
 
Another graphic designer with a sharp eye for what's hot and what's not, Yau Hoong Tang, brings us the Angry Birds, taking on wonders of the ancient world in order to destroy their piggy enemies. 
 
 
 TRON: Angry Birds
 
This really made us laugh, which just shows how bad our addiction to Angry Birds really is. A good old fashioned mash-up between the recent version of futuristic gaming move TRON and the 2D game play of Angry Birds.
 
 
 
Don't forget to grab you copy of Angry Birds, on the App Store!
 
Angry Birds - Clickgamer.com

Posted on March 13th 2011 on 01:34pm
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Wednesday 09th March 2011Why Your Child Couldn't Make Abstract Art of Museum Quality

I was pleased to read an article in ARTINFO on Monday about a study that aimed to argue against the "my child could do that" statement that is often made in front of works of abstract art. The idea that anyone can make an abstract artwork was put to the test, with results revealing that it does take talent and some level of skill to make a great abstract work of art.
 
The study was performed by Boston College's Angelina Hawley-Dolan and Ellen Winner, and involved 72 undergraduate students, of which 32 were studying studio art. The results of the study were recently published in the journal, Psychology Science. 
 
The experiment saw the students exposed to 30 paintings by famous Abstract Expressionists, which were shown along side paintings done by either a child, a monkey, an elephant or a gorilla. The works were paired based on similarities in colour and form, offering the students a basis for comparison. 
 
Ten of the pairs were unlabeled, ten were incorrectly labeled and ten were correctly labeled to also see whether external information would sway how the students reacted in the experiment. The students were asked which painting from each pair they preferred, and to guess which works belonged to the Abstract Expressionists, and which belonged to the children and animals. 
 
The results of the experiment were that, for the majority, the students were able to comfortably decide which paintings were which, and that assertions of quality remained with the works of the Abstract Expressionists. It was also comforting to hear that even the range of labeling, or lack of it, did not sway the results of the experiment. 
 
ARTINFO also referenced some further comments from Hawley-Dolan which explained that "when study participants were asked to explain why they picked the works that they chose as their favorites, they made more references to the painter's intentions when they were speaking about works that were actually by professional artists than when they were describing the child or animal artworks — regardless of labeling condition. In other words, somehow, viewers sensed which works were by mature humans."
 
So, let's hope we hear a bit less of "my child could do that" and that we can foster a greater appreciation of abstract art, and the artists who pioneered abstract modes of creation throughout the 20th century. 
 

Posted on March 09th 2011 on 08:16pm
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Monday 07th March 2011How Can I Sell My Art or Photographs?

This is something that we get asked about a lot, and while we don't profess to having the ultimate answer, we do have some ideas that might just help you on your way. 
 
Presence is Everything
 
This is a factor that is often overlooked when considering how to sell your artwork. If no one knows about you or your artwork, then how are people ever going to buy your art or your photographs? In short, they're not. No presence, no sales. 
 
Without a good presence, either online or offline, then there isn't the opportunity for people to find your artwork, take a shine to it and consider parting with their hard earned money to buy it. 
 
So, if presence is everything, then how do you go about creating that presence? Let's take a look at some ideas to get you started on building a presence, and therefore building an audience for your artwork. 
 
Social Media for Artists
 
People often find social media difficult to come to terms with, and we understand why. In the past, it has been viewed as a place for teenagers, or school kids who rarely see the light of day, to fraternise with strangers, join random cult-like groups and play games involving farm yards and jewels. Fear not, that is far from the case. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have become hives of activity for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests, and even a place for businesses and professionals to build a community for themselves.
 
Facebook and Twitter are fairly casual affairs where you can join groups, or follow people that you are interested in, and hope to develop a following of people who are, in turn, interested in what you have to offer. As part of your profile you can upload images, or a link to your website to try to develop an audience for your work.
 
LinkedIn is another great option, although it works slightly differently to Twitter or Facebook. LinkedIn is for professional networking, so you should establish yourself on there as a professional artist. After that, make sure you join some of the groups which encourage networking within the art community. These groups are great for providing support for all aspects of your career.
 
Build an Artist Website
 
This isn't a hard sell, as it doesn't need to be. It's no secret that a website is something that is simple for you to set up, but has innumerable benefits in helping you to build an audience for your artwork, and presence for yourself as an artist.
 
A website gives you a central hub to display your artwork, and a place to point people to if they want to see your work, or find out more about you. You can list your web address in your email footer, have it on your business cards and link it in to your social media accounts. A website is just plain useful to have. 
 
Building an artist website doesn't mean that you work will start suddenly flying off the shelves, and that's just us being honest. The internet doesn't really work like that, and it would be dishonest to tell you anything different. What a website does do, is ensure that your work is online, for viewing by a global audience, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
 
Once your website is established, then you can start marketing and promoting it so that people know it is there, and perhaps come along to buy your work. Your website should be populated with high quality images, and good artwork descriptions. Viewers appreciate as much information as you can give them, and your images will really make or break your website.
 
Beyond that, there is the case of making sure that search engines find your site so that it will be listed for people who are looking for the type of artwork that you offer. We have a comprehensive blog post in the works that will take a good hard look at search engine optimisation, so watch this space for that.
 
Art Fairs 
 
Local art fairs, affordable art fairs, contemporary art fairs. These are all great places that you might be able to get a stand for yourself, and display your artwork to a culture hungry audience, in a way that isn't possible online. These sorts of events are open to submissions and if you put forward a well prepared application you've got a decent chance of being accepted.
 
A downside here is that there is generally a cost for exhibiting, based on the size of the stand that you would like to rent for the duration. You also have to put a great deal of thought into how your work should be displayed to the best effect at the fair. The challenge here is to make your work stand out, in what could be a very large crowd indeed.
 
Exhibition Opportunities
 
You can either create your own exhibition opportunities, or take others up on theirs. In the beginning, you might want to consider self-hosted exhibitions if you have a space available, or if you have the funds to be able to rent a commercial space for a short amount of time. The recent economic situation has meant that lots of commercial spaces have been available to rent cheaply for things such as art exhibitions, given that these events get people through the doors and therefore promote the space as much as anything else.
 
You could also seek gallery representation so that they may offer you exhibition opportunities. The difference here being that you give up a lot of the control that you would have had, and you have to factor in that the gallery will likely take between 30 and 50% of the profit made on the sale of your work. 
 
In saying that, by seeking gallery representation you get all of the benefits associated with that relationship. Marketing as part of the gallery's promotional tactics, a good venue for showing your work and hopefully the benefits of knowledgeable staff that have a knack for selling works of art.
 
As your career develops you should undoubtedly seek gallery representation. The opportunities that are open to you as part of the gallery structure are far more numerous than if you continue to go it alone. The right gallery will make sure that your work is seen in the right places, talked about in the right places, and sold to the right people.  
 
There are lots of things that you can do in order to sell your artwork, whether that be online or offline. We've outlined a few of these here, and will look to bring you more tips and advice in due course. Overall, we would say that having a presence, and the opportunity for people to see and interact with your work is worth its weight in gold. Work hard, and when you are presented with an opportunity, grab it with both hands and run with it. 
 
We wrote a previous blog post offering a few books that give advice about selling art online. Take a look if you're desperate for some further reading. 
 
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Posted on March 07th 2011 on 09:56am
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Friday 04th March 2011Times Square Art for Armory Week

 
At Gallereo we've been following the progress of the Times Square to Art Square Project (TS2AS) in their bid to turn Times Square, New York, into an artwork-billboard extravaganza. For that reason, we were glad to read recently that the Times Square Alliance maintains an ongoing commitment to bring art to the Crossroads of the World.
 
This week the Alliance is hosting a public art exhibition in collaboration with The Armory Show, to fall in line with a range of art fairs that are forming the centre of the New York art world this week. The exhibition began on the 1st March and features artists such as David Kennedy Cutler, Kyu Seok Oh, Niki de Saint Phalle, Tom Otterness and Grimanesa Amoros.  
 
New Yorkers and visitors to the city between the 1st and 7th March can view 5 separate sculptures in Times Square, those 5 sculptures being:
 
Mouse (Large), 2007
By Tom Otterness, who is represented by the Marlborough Gallery, this is a 9-foot tall bronze sculpture that can be found, along with the next three sculptures, at Duffy Square and the Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Street.
 
Star Fountain (Blue), 1999
Niki de Saint Phalle, with Nohra Haime Gallery, has a 10-foot tall female figure on show, make of ceramic tiles, glass pebbles and mirrored glass. 
 
The Uros House, 2001
By New York artist Grimanesa Amoros who is with the Nina Menocal Gallery, this sculpture it a 10-foot tall creation of illuminated, frosted translucent spheres, that is representative of the sea
 
Geologies, Cosmologies, Apologies #1, 2010
By Brooklyn artist David Kennedy Cutler with the Derek Eller Gallery. Again, another 10-foot tall sculpture which is comprised of compact discs, plexiglass, archival inkjet print and resin. The work was originally commissioned by the Socrates Sculpture Park. 
 
Counting Sheep, 2011
Another Brooklyn artist at work on this scultpure; Kyu Seok Oh, along with the West Harlem Art Fund. This is a 36-foot long installation of a flock of hand-made paper sheep.  This particular work can be found on the Broadway Plaza between 45th and 46th Street.

Posted on March 04th 2011 on 05:21pm
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Wednesday 02nd March 2011New iPhone App that Means You Throw Away Your Pen and Paper

 
If you're anything like me, you will wander around art fairs and galleries with a pen in hand and a tiny notebook where you scribble unreadable notes about artists and artworks that you have seen and enjoyed. 
 
It seems that this may not be the case any longer if you're the owner of an iPhone, as the app landscape takes to a new levels of usability for the art lover.  From Thursday 3rd March to Sunday 6th March many lucky visitors will be able to experience a whole host of great art fairs in New York City, including Pulse, SCOPE, VOLTA NY, Fountain and Moving Image. 
 
Visitors attending these events with an iPhone have the opportunity to have a go at using the Collectrium iPhone app, which allows the user to point their iPhone at any of the registered artworks at the fairs and be able to:
 
- add that artwork to a favourites list
- find out information about the artwork and the artist that created it
- contact the gallery that owns the artwork
- share it on Facebook, Twitter and via email
 
So throw your notepads away as they're not necessary this coming weekend. Even if one of the artworks that you see isn't registered on the system, there is still the ability to make your own notes on the app about it so that you can track it down later on. 
 
The app was created by Collectrium, which was founded by former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Boris Pevzner and certainly makes an interesting addition to any tech-friendly collectors who will be making their way around the fairs this week. 
 
If anyone has the chance to trial the app in situ, let us know what you think!
 

Posted on March 02nd 2011 on 09:43pm
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Tuesday 01st March 2011Banksy Didn't Need to Win an Oscar to be a Winner

Banksy's Handiwork in Beverly Hills - AFP/GETTY
 
Art fans across the globe tuned in to the Oscars this year to see whether the mysterious, and ever elusive street artist Banksy was going to surprise us all and win the Best Documentary Feature for his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop
 
The Bristol native brought an air of uncertainly to the Oscars, with people wondering whether he would turn up in disguise, or do something unusual on the night of the ceremony to garner yet more attention for his documentary, and work at large. 
 
Ever since the documentary was nominated, works by the artist have been cropping up all over LA, with some suggesting that the works were all part of a grand publicity scheme in the run up to the big night. 
 
While Banksy may not have quite managed to impress audiences enough to win the Oscar, he is certainly winning when it comes to the prices of his artwork. Art market monitor, Artnet, recently provided an analysis showing the ten most recent sales of Banksy's work at auction, which indicated that his prices were, on average, 25% higher since he received the nomination. 
 
So, Banksy may not have won the Oscar, but his increasing notoriety is helping him to win over the auction room buyers. 

Posted on March 01st 2011 on 07:44pm
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