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Hot Design Style: Playful Postmodernism
What is Postmodernism?
Like most of the movements in art and architecture, the Postmodern movement, sometimes called PoMo, developed as a reaction against Modern architecture and design. Unlike Mid-century modern architecture guided by simplicity and functionality, Postmodern design embraces unconventional ideas with an emphasis on playful, artsy, and extravagant style. The Postmodernists were not theoreticians, they enjoyed experimenting with vivid colors, theatrical shapes, exaggerated forms and mostly they enjoyed breaking the rules of architecture and design.
The “Birth” of Postmodernism
It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact starting point of Postmodernism, but most of the schoolers agree that a possible “birth” could be traced back to Ettore Sottsass’s , an industrial ceramic work created for the exhibition "Menhir, Ziggurat, Stupas, Hydrants & Gas Pumps" in Milan in 1967, now part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art design collection. Another arguable origin for postmodernism is the book Learning from Las Vegas (1972) by the American duo Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. In this book, the pair argues that the multiplicity of architectural styles that is so typical for Las Vegas hotels and casinos is a subversion of modernist notions of “taste”, particularly in the form of neon signage.
Punk is in the House
Postmodernism emerged in times of rapid social change and challenging economic circumstances. This was a time when the anti-establishment subculture, the punk music and the deconstructed fashion of Vivian Westwood, emerged.
Almost at the same time, at the end of the 70s, architect Frank Gehry was taking apart his Santa Monica home and reconstructed it in a radical manner much ahead of its time. The interior walls were removed to expose structural elements, plywood was added to the exterior, and corrugated metal panels, more common of barn roofs than of suburban homes, were used to decorate the outer walls.
The statement of the 1980s
In the 1980s everything became a style statement. Cutting-edge graphics in art, magazines and music videos energized a new, post-punk subculture. Postmodern characteristics of vivid colors, theatrical shapes and exaggerated forms became the dominant look in fashion, furniture and accessories.
The MEMPHIS Group
The Memphis Group was a radical design group that emerged in 1981 in Milan, Italy. The group was founded by the designer and architect Ettore Sottsass and his fellow Italian creatives with the aim to create a new design collective. They took their name from a Bob Dylan song titled Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again. Only six years later the members of this loose group of like-minded designers suddenly disbanded.
Memphis was a reaction against the status quo. If the Bauhaus and the modernist designers made austere furniture with chrome and leather or expensive wood, Memphis designers had an affection for affordable materials such as plastic. The group’s concept was centered around “radical, funny, and outrageous”. Their aesthetic was a mix of geometric shapes, zany patterns and loud colors. Essentially, disregarding what was considered “good taste”, the Memphis group combined the geometric figures typical of the Art Deco movement from the 20s with the color palette of the Pop Art movement from the 60s with a touch of 50s kitsch.
A Unique Style
Controversy aside, the Memphis group was ground-breaking. Their use of clashing colors, haphazard arrangements was previously unseen. The laminate and terrazzo materials, which were usually used as flooring surfaces, were now incorporated into tables and lamps. It was a radical departure from the concept of objects designed to be functional, not decorative. Memphis changed all this with a more creative and humorous approach to design.
From Subculture to Mainstream
Among the early few supporters was the fashion designer of the Chanel House, Karl Lagerfeld. He was so impressed by Sottsass’s design that he bought his entire first collection. When David Bowie’s estate auctioned his art collection in 2016, it was revealed that he had collected more than 400 pieces of Memphis items since the '80s. Whit such influencing followers, the period Memphis items reached the cult status being highly sort after by design collectors and being exhibited in major art & design museums. V&A London has dedicated a major retrospective in 2011-2012 . Vitra Museum, in Germany, has currently on display (06.02.2021 – 23.01.2022). Today the postmodernism is no longer a radical movement or a subcultural but it has become mainstream.
The Revival of Postmodernism
Once laugh at as the epitome of bad taste, the Memphis aesthetic is back in style, maybe once again as a reaction against the modernist-influenced interior design that has dominated the past decade from the Haussmannian apartments in Paris to Manhattan studios.
Strange times are asking for bizarre furniture. If you feel brave enough to bring a touch of 80s in your home, the original Memphis pieces are still in production or have been re-edited and available for purchase through Memphis Milano. Additionally, the preloved furniture market is spoiled for choices with period items to dazzle your mood. Countless furniture and accessories young designers are reinterpreting this style by giving it a fresh look.
Bold Art for Bold Design
When it comes to choosing the art, there is no reason to be shy, follow the true Memphis spirit, and go for statement pieces, and vivid colors. Don’t forget that there is no middle way for this design style, more is more.
WABI-SABI Design style
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese esthetic concept based on the principle of embracing imperfections. Having the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection do in the Western culture, wabi-sabi is a concept derived from the Buddhist assertion of the first noble truth: Dukkha, or in Japanese mujyou (impermanence). Wabi reflects the idea of living with humility and simplicity while being at one with nature, while Sabi accepts and embraces flaws rather than seeking out perfection. The master of wabi-sabi style: Axel Vervoordt One of the hottest trends of 2021, wabi-sabi has been largely embraced by designers and trendsetters, reflecting perhaps our need to break away from the consumerist society and focus on the essence of life. One of the most celebrated personalities in interior design, the Belgian interior designer-cum-collector-cum-art dealer-cum-curator, Axel Vervoordt, is the main promoter of the wabi-sabi philosophy applied to interior decorating. Besides his hub, a 17th-century castle, part residence, part art, and design gallery, Vervoordt has curated numerous exhibitions at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. He is a darling of the most renowned art and antique fairs. Vervoordt, whose clients include Robert De Niro, Kanye West, Bill Gates, and Sting, among others, has perfected the ability to create environments that look refined by the passing of time rather than created overnight. His idea of a perfectly curated space is a balanced blend of antiques, contemporary art, natural materials, and stucco walls – like a canvas. Big Batch , by MATTHEW DIBBLE Wabi-sabi applied to interior design Abstract concepts like wabi-sabi aren’t always easy to translate into an interior. We made a list of the basic principles you should follow when redecorating your home, including tips and tricks that you can use to give your home the cozy, good-vibe feeling that we all crave. Embrace the imperfections Remember that your home is not a showroom, so it shouldn’t feel like one. You don’t have to obsess over an asymmetrical living room filled with brand-new furniture and matching soft-furnishings. In the true wabi-sabi spirit, show appreciation for the natural process of aging. Copper acquires a beautiful green patina, the leather shows off creases that tell a story like and wood becomes glossy and changes the color, greased by the many tender touches over the years. Mix & match Be conscious when it comes to your big purchases and acquire a piece of furniture that comes with its history and that you can enjoy for a longer time. An antique dresser or a vintage coffee table will do the trick. You can look for inspiration in the mid-century furniture designed by the French architect Charlotte Perriand. Add to the mix Traccia table in patinated gold by the Swiss surrealist artist Merret Oppenheim. Do not fear mixing objects from different eras, don’t forget that every object was once contemporary. Revival , JULEE LATIMER Keep the colors toned down Choose a linen-covered sofa in an earthy color palette that can age gracefully. Go for stone-washed linen window dressing to allow indoors as much natural light as possible. Soft lighting is crucial for the tranquil atmosphere. Celebrate the artisans Accessorize the room with those hand-made baskets found on your last trip in Asia or with some studio pottery. No matter if they are asymmetrical, cracked, or uneven, they are raw and beautiful. Learn to appreciate imperfections and embrace authenticity. A lived-in look is much more reassuring and brings a sense of comfort than a sterile look. Don’t forget that your house is your sanctuary, and you should have around those objects that are “sparking joy”. Sparks Fly, LYNNE GODINA ORME Choose art that blends in When it comes to choosing your art - the deeper the mystery, the better! Choose artworks with heavy brush strokes in muted colors. In the wabi-sabi spirit, an abstract expressionist work of art could be considered unfinished by the viewer while still having a sense of balance. The master himself, Vervoordt, is fascinated and finds his inspiration in the postwar Japanese Gutai (1950s) abstract movement. According to Jiro Yoshihara (Gutai), an art movement that was highly appreciative of “art and architecture of the past that have changed their appearance due to the damage of time or destruction from disasters in the course of centuries.” Don’t transform your house into a museum but bring as much art, antiques, and collectibles into your life as you feel comfortable with. Invest in a piece of contemporary art that emulates an infinite journey, always captivating when looked at. Discover more contemporary art that matches the wabi-sabi style in our latest curated collection Art & Design. Sources: Patrick Kinonth, Inside the Extraordinary World of Interior Designer Axel Vervoordt, vogue.com Richard Martin, Wabi-Sabi, pepperdine.edu All Art Has Been Contemporary: AXEL VERVOORDT, 032c.com Design Icon Axel Vervoordt, The Aficionados Design credits: Belgian linen slope arm sofa Antique Tibetan rug with tiger motive The 9602 floor lamp made of wicker willow and brass, also known as “Chinese Hat”, was designed by Paavo Tynell in 1935 for Hotel Aulanko. Charlotte Perriand 1950’ coffee table made of pine. 17th-century Huanghuali yoke back armchair Traccia occasional table designed in 1939 by the Swiss surrealist artist Merret Oppenheim Atollo table lamp was designed by the Italian designer Vico Magistretti in 1979. 18th-century French mirror Lily shaped Ystad Metall candlestick holders designed by Alenius Björk Vintage water pot Blanc de chine censer, Qing dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722) Modern blanc de chine double gourd vase Author: Floarea Baenziger
Art Deco Styles: An Iconic Fusion of Elegance and Modernity
Art Deco is a prominent design style that emerged in the 1920s and flourished until the outbreak of World War II. Characterized by its luxurious materials, geometric forms, and streamlined aesthetic, Art Deco became a symbol of glamour and sophistication during the interwar period. This design movement impacted various visual arts, architecture, fashion, and interior design aspects. This article will delve into the captivating world of Art Deco styles, exploring its origins, key characteristics, influential artists and architects, and its lasting legacy. Origins and Influences Art Deco drew inspiration from various sources, blending elements from different cultures, historical periods, and artistic movements. The style's name derives from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris, where it was first showcased. However, its roots can be traced back to the early 20th century, influenced by the avant-garde art movements of the time, such as Cubism and Fauvism. One of the significant influences on Art Deco was the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922, which sparked a craze for Egyptian motifs and symbolism. This fascination with ancient Egypt led to incorporation of pyramids, sphinxes, hieroglyphics, and other Egyptian-inspired motifs into Art Deco designs. Additionally, the style's streamlined forms and angular geometry were influenced by the emerging field of industrial design and the aesthetic of machines. Key Characteristics Art Deco is characterized by distinct visual features that make it instantly recognizable. Here are some key characteristics of Art Deco styles: Geometric Shapes: Art Deco embraces geometric shapes, such as zigzags, chevrons, triangles, and stepped forms. These shapes are often used to create dynamic, visually striking compositions. Streamlined Silhouettes: Inspired by the sleek lines of modern technology and transportation, Art Deco features streamlined, aerodynamic silhouettes. These can be seen in the period's buildings, furniture, and even fashion designs. Luxurious Materials: Art Deco celebrates luxury and opulence, employing exotic woods, marble, chrome, glass, and precious metals like gold and silver. These lavish materials contribute to the overall sense of elegance associated with the style. Decorative Elements: Art Deco designs often incorporate elaborate decorative elements, such as sunbursts, stylized floral motifs, and geometric patterns. These decorative details add a touch of sophistication to the overall composition. Bold Colors: Art Deco embraces bold, contrasting colour schemes. Vivid hues like royal blue, emerald green, ruby red, and vibrant yellow are frequently used to create a visually striking impact. Sunburst Motifs: The sunburst motif, symbolizing energy and optimism, is a recurring theme in Art Deco designs. It is often represented as a radiating pattern of geometric lines or a stylized sun. Influential Artists and Architects Numerous artists and architects played significant roles in shaping and popularizing Art Deco styles. Here are a few key figures: Tamara de Lempicka: A prominent Art Deco painter, de Lempicka's works epitomize the style's elegance and glamour. Her portraits often featured fashionable, confident women in luxurious settings. Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann: Ruhlmann was a renowned French furniture designer who created exquisite Art Deco pieces. His furniture designs combined luxurious materials with precise craftsmanship and sleek silhouettes. Erté: A Russian-born artist and designer, Erté was renowned for his extravagant fashion illustrations and costume designs. His work showcased the epitome of Art Deco elegance and sophistication. Raymond Hood: An influential architect, Hood's designs include the iconic Rockefeller Center in New York City. He incorporated Art Deco elements into the skyscraper's design, contributing to the style's popularity in the United States. Clarice Cliff: A British ceramic artist, Cliff revolutionized the pottery industry with her bold and colourful Art Deco designs. Her pottery pieces featured geometric patterns and vibrant glazes. Legacy and Modern Interpretations Although the heyday of Art Deco was in the early 20th century, its influence and appeal continue to resonate in modern design. Art Deco elements can be found in contemporary architecture, interior design, and fashion. In architecture, buildings like the Chrysler Building in New York City and the Napier Municipal Theatre in New Zealand exemplify the enduring impact of Art Deco. These structures continue to captivate audiences with their sleek lines, decorative details, and innovative use of materials. In interior design, Art Deco-inspired furniture and decor remain highly sought after. The style's emphasis on luxury and glamour translates well into modern homes, with its sleek lines and geometric patterns adding a touch of sophistication to any space. Art Deco influences can be seen in the designs of many contemporary fashion houses. The use of bold colours, geometric patterns, and luxurious materials harkens back to the elegance and allure of the Art Deco era. Conclusion Art Deco styles represent a fascinating fusion of elegance and modernity. Emerging in the 1920s, this design movement embraced geometric shapes, luxurious materials, and bold colours. Its influence extended to various artistic fields, leaving an indelible mark on architecture, interior design, fashion, and more. With its timeless appeal, Art Deco continues to captivate audiences and inspire contemporary design. The legacy of this iconic style serves as a testament to its enduring popularity and artistic significance.
Exploring Visual Art Styles You Should Know: A Quick Snapshot
Art is a vast and diverse realm that encompasses a wide range of styles and movements. Each art style represents a unique approach to creative expression, influenced by historical, cultural, and artistic contexts primarily originating in Europe and later in United States, but had influences and impacts beyond the continent. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore 20 Visual art styles that have shaped the artistic landscape, from ancient to contemporary times. Understanding these styles will deepen your appreciation and knowledge of art history and provide a foundation for exploring the rich tapestry of artistic endeavors. Renaissance Art (14th-17th Centuries): The Renaissance period witnessed a revival of classical ideals and a focus on naturalistic representation. Artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael created works that emphasized proportion, perspective, anatomical accuracy, and a sense of idealized beauty. Renaissance art marked a significant shift from the religious and symbolic art of the Middle Ages. Renaissance art not only transformed the artistic landscape but also had a profound impact on Western culture as a whole. It laid the foundation for future artistic movements and continues to inspire and influence artists to this day. The legacy of Renaissance art serves as a testament to the timeless beauty and enduring power of human creativity. Raphael’s Renaissance masterwork The School of Athens, 1511. Via Musei Vaticani Baroque Art (17th-18th Centuries): Baroque art emerged in the 17th century and was characterized by grandeur, dramatic lighting, and ornate details. Artists such as Caravaggio and Gian Lorenzo Bernini created dynamic compositions that conveyed a sense of movement, emotional intensity, and theatricality. The art of this period often featured dramatic, swirling forms, rich colors, and intricate details. Baroque artists employed techniques such as chiaroscuro to create a sense of depth and dramatic contrast. Religious themes remained prominent, with grandiose depictions of biblical scenes and saints, reflecting the influence of the Catholic Church. Whether in painting, sculpture, or architecture, Baroque art sought to engage the senses, create a sense of awe, and convey the power and majesty of the subjects depicted. The Martyrdom of St Matthew by Caravaggio, 1600, in Contarelli Chapel, Rome Neo-Classicism (Late 18th-Early 19th Century): Neo-Classicism revived the classical ideals of ancient Greece and Rome, emphasizing harmony, balance, and idealized forms. Artists like Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres drew inspiration from classical mythology, history, and literature, seeking to convey noble and moral themes.Neo-Classical artists idealized the human form, drawing from classical sculpture to portray figures with anatomical accuracy and a sense of idealized beauty. Neo-Classicism represented a return to classical ideals and a rejection of the excesses of the preceding artistic styles. It emphasized order, balance, and rationality, celebrating the timeless beauty of classical art while reflecting the cultural and political climate of its time. Giovanni Paolo Panini, “Ancient Rome,” 1757. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Realism (19th Century): Realism emerged in the mid-19th century as a reaction against romanticism and sought to depict subjects with accuracy and fidelity to detail. Artists focused on portraying the everyday, mundane aspects of life, often exploring social issues and reflecting the realities of the time. Notable realist painters include Gustave Courbet and Jean-François Millet. Realism often delved into social issues and political realities, shedding light on the harsh conditions of the working class and critiquing societal norms. Realist artists focused on ordinary people, everyday activities, and common landscapes, highlighting the beauty and significance of the mundane. Realism laid the foundation for subsequent art movements like Impressionism and social realism, influencing the direction of art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Stonebreakers by Gustave Courbet, 1849, via Phaidon Press Impressionism (Late 19th Century): Impressionism revolutionized the art world in the late 19th century. Artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere, using loose brushwork and vibrant colors. Impressionist works often depicted scenes of leisure, landscapes, and urban life. Impressionists explored the changing qualities of light and shadow, capturing the effects of light on different surfaces and objects. Their compositions often featured unconventional framing, cropped viewpoints, and a sense of spontaneity. The advent of photography influenced their compositional choices and encouraged a focus on the immediacy and spontaneity of the moment. Impression Sunrise by Claude Monet in 1872 Pointillism (Late 19th Century): Pointillism, developed by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, involved the use of small dots or points of pure color to create the illusion of form and depth. The technique relied on the viewer's eye to blend the dots of color optically, resulting in vibrant and luminous paintings. Pointillist artists created their works by applying small dots of pure color to the canvas, which were then blended by the viewer's eye. The juxtaposition of different colored dots produced optical color mixing, creating vibrant and luminous effects. Pointillism was influenced by Impressionism, but it took the exploration of light and color to a more systematic and calculated level. Paul Signac (1863-1935), Capo di Noli, 1898, oil on canvas Art Nouveau (Late 19th-Early 20th Century): Art Nouveau embraced organic forms, flowing lines, and intricate patterns inspired by natural elements. This style influenced various art forms, including painting, architecture, and design. Artists like Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha incorporated curvilinear motifs and stylized representations of flowers, plants, and female figures. Artists embraced new materials like iron, glass, and ceramic, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques. Art Nouveau celebrated beauty, artistic expression, and a departure from historical styles, setting the stage for later modernist movements. Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907 Expressionism (Late 19th-Early 20th Century): Expressionism sought to convey the emotional and psychological aspects of the human experience. Artists like Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Egon Schiele used distorted forms, intense colors, and gestural brushwork to express inner turmoil and explore the darker aspects of the human psyche. Artists employed vigorous and gestural brushwork, emphasizing the raw and spontaneous execution of their artworks. Expressionism sought to delve into the depths of human emotions and explore the complexities of the human condition. The Scream by Edvard Munch (1893) Fauvism (Early 20th Century): Fauvism, led by artists such as Henri Matisse and André Derain, emerged in the early 20th century. Fauvist artists used bold, non-naturalistic colors to express emotions and evoke an immediate response. The movement rejected traditional representation and emphasized the use of color as an independent and expressive element. Fauvists embraced spontaneity and freedom in their brushwork, rejecting academic constraints and embracing raw and gestural techniques. They aimed to evoke emotions and convey the artist's subjective experience, rather than objective reality. Artists explored the emotional and symbolic potential of color juxtapositions, experimenting with the interaction of hues. 'The Roofs of Collioure', 1905 by Henri Matisse Dadaism (Early 20th Century): Dadaism emerged during World War I as a reaction against societal conventions and the horrors of war. Artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Hannah Höch employed irony, absurdity, and ready-made objects to challenge established norms and question the nature and purpose of art itself. Dadaists embraced absurdity, irrationality, and nonsensical elements in their artworks, seeking to disrupt established modes of thinking. They incorporated everyday objects and ready-mades into their artworks, questioning the concept of originality and challenging the distinction between art and ordinary objects. Dadaism paved the way for later artistic movements, including Surrealism and Conceptual Art. Fountain, 1917 by Marcel Duchamp (1964 Replica by Tate) Cubism (Early 20th Century): Pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Cubism challenged traditional perspectives by presenting objects from multiple viewpoints simultaneously. Cubist artworks deconstructed forms into geometric shapes and fragmented planes, emphasizing the two-dimensional nature of the canvas. Analytical Cubism and Synthetic Cubism were two major phases within this movement. They analyzed the subject matter, reducing it to basic geometric forms to explore its essence and underlying structure. They incorporated elements of collage, using materials like newspaper clippings, fabric, and other found objects to add texture and depth to their works. Cubism sought to engage the viewer intellectually, inviting them to interpret and decipher the fragmented forms and multiple perspectives. Glass on table by Georges Braque in 1909 Surrealism (Early 20th Century): Surrealism emerged as a literary and artistic movement in the early 20th century, influenced by the writings of Sigmund Freud. Surrealist artists, including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and Max Ernst, aimed to unleash the power of the subconscious mind. They created dreamlike and often bizarre compositions, juxtaposing seemingly unrelated elements to provoke emotional and psychological responses. Artists employed techniques like automatic drawing and spontaneous painting to bypass conscious control and access the subconscious. They questioned societal norms and challenged conventional notions of reality, often blending the ordinary with the extraordinary. Surrealists used symbolic motifs, dreamscapes, and strange transformations to evoke a sense of mystery and provoke emotional responses. The Lovers, 1928 By Rene Magritte Abstract Art (20th Century): Abstract art encompasses a wide range of styles that do not attempt to represent recognizable forms or subjects. Artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian sought to convey emotions, ideas, or spiritual concepts through non-representational imagery. Abstract art relies on shapes, colors, lines, and textures to evoke a response from the viewer. Abstract artists used color for its emotive and symbolic qualities, often employing bold and unconventional color choices to evoke mood and provoke responses. Artists employed gestural and expressive brushstrokes, layering paint and creating texture to add depth and visual interest to their works. Abstract art invited viewers to interpret and engage with the artwork based on their own perceptions and emotions, emphasizing individuality. Flying Home No 1 by Bea Garding Schubert Abstract Expressionism (1940s-1950s): Abstract Expressionism marked a shift towards non-representational art and emphasized the expression of emotions and ideas. Artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko used bold brushwork, gestural movements, and vibrant colors to convey intense emotional states. This movement became synonymous with the post-World War II American art scene. IN_ADAPTE 11 2021 by META MARICARMEN HERNANDEZ Pop Art (1950s-1960s): Pop Art emerged as a reaction to the mass consumer culture of the 1950s and 1960s. Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg incorporated everyday objects, advertisements, and popular culture references into their works. They employed techniques of reproduction, bold colors, and irony to critique and celebrate the influence of mass media and consumerism. Pop Horizons by Barron Holland Minimalism (1960s-1970s): Minimalism sought to strip art down to its essential elements, often reducing forms to simple geometric shapes and emphasizing clean lines and neutral colors. Artists like Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and Agnes Martin rejected personal expression and focused on the purity of form and the viewer's direct experience with the artwork. Photorealism (1960s-1970s): Photorealism aimed to create paintings or drawings that closely resemble high-resolution photographs. Artists such as Chuck Close and Richard Estes employed meticulous attention to detail, precise brushwork, and a focus on capturing everyday scenes and objects with astonishing realism. Trocadero 2021 by AGNES LEFEVRE Graffiti Art (20th-21st Centuries): Graffiti art has its roots in street culture and has evolved into a recognized art form. It encompasses various styles, techniques, and messages. Street artists employ spray paint, stencils, and bold lettering to create public murals, tags, and social commentaries. Banksy and Jean-Michel Basquiat are notable graffiti artists who have gained international recognition. Expectation 2021 by SAUNDRA FLEMING Contemporary Art (Late 20th Century-Present): Contemporary art refers to the art being created in the present time and encompasses a diverse range of styles and approaches. It reflects the current socio-political climate, technological advancements, and cultural shifts. Contemporary artists employ various mediums, techniques, and concepts to challenge conventions, explore new ideas, and engage with the complexities of our modern world. Conclusion: Exploring different visual art styles allows us to appreciate the breadth and depth of human creativity throughout history. Each style represents a unique artistic approach, influenced by historical, cultural, and artistic contexts. From the realism of the 19th century to the contemporary experiments of today, these art styles have shaped the course of art history and continue to inspire and challenge artists and art enthusiasts alike. By delving into these visual art styles, we can develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse and dynamic world of art.
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Art Investing Made Easy: How to Choose and Buy Paintings for Sale in Singapore
Are you fascinated by art and looking to invest in this timeless form of expression? Look no further! In this guide, we will take you through the exciting world of art investing and provide you with valuable tips on how to choose and buy paintings for sale in Singapore. With its booming art scene and diverse range of artwork available, Singapore has become a sought-after destination for art enthusiasts and investors alike. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a novice in the art market, we've got you covered. From understanding the different art styles and techniques to identifying promising investment opportunities, we will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions. Get ready to embark on a journey of aesthetic appreciation and financial growth as we demystify the process of art investing and help you build a stunning art collection that not only captivates your soul but also enhances your portfolio. The Benefits of Investing in Art Investing in art offers a multitude of benefits that extend beyond purely financial gains. Unlike stocks or bonds, art is a tangible asset that can provide aesthetic pleasure and emotional connection. Additionally, art has historically proven to be a stable and resilient investment, often remaining unaffected by market fluctuations. In times of economic uncertainty, art can act as a safe haven for investors, preserving and even increasing its value. Furthermore, investing in art allows individuals to support and nurture the artistic community, contributing to the cultural enrichment of society. As an art investor, you have the opportunity to be a patron of the arts and promote the work of talented artists. Whether you're seeking financial diversification, personal enjoyment, or a combination of both, art investing can offer a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Art Market Trends in Singapore Singapore's art market has experienced significant growth in recent years, attracting both local and international collectors. The city-state has positioned itself as a hub for art and culture in Southeast Asia, hosting numerous art fairs, exhibitions, and galleries. Singapore's strategic location, strong economy, and supportive government policies have contributed to the flourishing art scene. Notable art events like the Singapore Art Week and ART SG (inaugural event in 2023) have further elevated the city's status as a vibrant art destination. In terms of market trends, contemporary art remains highly sought after, with a focus on works by emerging artists from Singapore and the region. Traditional and modern art from Southeast Asia also enjoy a strong market presence. As the demand for art continues to grow, Singapore offers a fertile ground for art investors to explore and discover promising opportunities. Factors to Consider When Choosing Paintings for Investment Before diving into the world of art investing, it's essential to consider several key factors that can influence the success of your investment. One crucial aspect is the artist's reputation and track record. Established artists with a solid body of work and a history of successful exhibitions are generally considered safer investment choices. However, investing in emerging artists can also yield significant returns if their work shows promise and potential. Another factor to consider is the condition of the artwork. Paintings in good condition with minimal damage or restoration tend to hold their value better over time. Additionally, the rarity and scarcity of a painting can play a crucial role in its investment potential. Limited edition prints, unique compositions, or artworks from a particular period can command higher prices in the market. Lastly, it's important to consider your personal taste and connection to the artwork. Investing in art that resonates with you on an emotional and intellectual level can enhance your overall experience and satisfaction as an art investor. Chen Wen Hsi’s Flowers and Birds Researching and Evaluating Artwork Thorough research and evaluation are essential when considering an art investment. Start by familiarizing yourself with different art styles, movements, and techniques. This knowledge will enable you to appreciate and understand artworks more deeply. Attend art exhibitions, visit galleries, and immerse yourself in the art community to gain insights into current artistic trends and developments. Additionally, take advantage of online resources and art databases to research artists, their past sales records, and the trajectory of their careers. Analyze the price history of similar artworks to gauge their potential value appreciation. When evaluating a specific artwork, consider factors such as the artist's reputation, the quality of the piece, its provenance, and any relevant art historical context. Consulting with art experts, curators, and advisors can also provide valuable guidance and expertise in the art evaluation process. Determining the Value of a Painting Determining the value of a painting is a complex process that involves various factors. While there is no foolproof method, several key elements can help assess the potential value of an artwork. The reputation and stature of the artist are fundamental, as artworks by renowned artists tend to command higher prices. The condition of the painting, including factors such as its age, preservation, and restoration history, can significantly impact its value. Rarity and scarcity also play a role, as paintings that are unique or part of a limited edition series often have higher market value. The size and scale of the artwork can also influence its price, with larger pieces generally commanding higher prices. Additionally, the demand for a particular artist's work and the current market trends can affect the value of a painting. Art auction results, gallery sales, and expert opinions can provide valuable insights into the value of a painting, but ultimately, the market dictates its worth. Where to Buy Paintings in Singapore Singapore offers a plethora of options for art enthusiasts and investors looking to buy paintings. The city boasts an impressive array of art galleries, both established and emerging, showcasing diverse artworks from local and international artists. Visiting galleries allows you to view artworks up close, engage with gallery owners, and seek expert advice on your art investment journey. Art fairs and exhibitions are also excellent opportunities to explore a wide range of artworks and discover new talents. The Affordable Art Fair and Art Stage Singapore are popular events that attract art lovers and collectors from around the world. Online platforms and marketplaces have also gained popularity, providing convenient access to a vast selection of artworks. Websites like Artsy and RtistiQ offer a curated collection of artworks, allowing you to browse, inquire, and purchase art from the comfort of your home. Whichever avenue you choose, remember to exercise due diligence, verify the authenticity of the artwork, and negotiate the best possible price. Tips for Buying Paintings at Auctions Art auctions can be exhilarating and offer an opportunity to acquire valuable artworks. However, they can also be intimidating for first-time buyers. Here are some tips to navigate the auction process successfully: Do Your Research: Familiarize yourself with the auction house, the artworks on offer, and their estimated prices. Attend preview events to view the artworks in person and seek advice from experts if needed. Set a Budget: Determine your maximum bidding limit and stick to it. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the auction, but it's vital to stay within your financial means. Register in Advance: Register as a bidder before the auction starts to avoid any last-minute complications. Provide the necessary identification and payment details to ensure a smooth bidding process. Observe and Learn: Attend a few auctions as an observer to understand the dynamics, bidding strategies, and price patterns. This experience will help you feel more confident when participating as a buyer. Bidding Tactics: Decide on your bidding strategy beforehand. You can start with conservative bids and gradually increase if necessary, or you can open with a strong bid to deter other bidders. Be patient and avoid getting caught in bidding wars that may drive up the price. Consider Additional Costs: Keep in mind that auction houses charge buyer's premiums, which are additional fees added to the final hammer price. Factor in these costs when determining your budget. Follow Your Gut: Trust your instincts when making a bid. If a painting speaks to you and you believe in its potential, don't hesitate to participate in the bidding process. Art Investment Strategies for Beginners If you're new to art investing, it's essential to develop a strategy that aligns with your investment goals and risk tolerance. Here are a few investment strategies to consider: Diversify Your Portfolio: Invest in different artists, styles, and mediums to spread your risk and increase the potential for returns. A well-diversified art portfolio can provide stability and balance. Focus on Emerging Artists: Investing in emerging artists can be lucrative if you have a keen eye for talent. Look for artists whose work shows promise and potential for future growth. Supporting emerging artists can also be personally fulfilling as you contribute to their artistic journey. Invest in Established Artists: Established artists with a solid track record and a history of successful sales can offer stability and potential appreciation. Research artists with established careers and seek advice from art experts to identify investment-worthy opportunities. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest art market trends, attend art events, and engage with the art community. This ongoing education will help you make informed investment decisions and identify emerging trends and opportunities. Consult Art Professionals: Seek advice from art consultants, curators, and advisors who have in-depth knowledge of the art market. They can provide valuable insights, guide your investment strategy, and help you navigate the complexities of the art world. Maintaining and Protecting Your Art Collection Once you've built an art collection, it's essential to take proper care of your artworks to preserve their value and beauty. Here are some tips for maintaining and protecting your art collection: Proper Display and Lighting: Display your artworks in a well-lit area away from direct sunlight, extreme temperature changes, and humidity. Use appropriate hanging systems and frames to ensure the safety and stability of the artworks. Regular Cleaning and Maintenance: Dust and clean your artworks regularly using gentle materials and techniques recommended by professionals. Avoid using harsh cleaning agents or abrasive materials that may damage the artwork. Insurance Coverage: Obtain insurance coverage for your art collection to protect against theft, damage, or loss. Consult with insurance providers who specialize in art insurance to ensure proper coverage for your specific needs. Documentation and Appraisal: Keep detailed records of your art collection, including purchase receipts, provenance, and any relevant certificates of authenticity. Regularly update the appraisals of your artworks to reflect their current market value. Art Storage: If you have limited display space or need to store artworks temporarily, consider professional art storage facilities. These facilities provide controlled environments, security measures, and specialized handling to ensure the safety of your art collection. Conclusion Investing in art is a multifaceted endeavor that combines aesthetic appreciation with financial potential. Singapore's thriving art scene offers a wealth of opportunities for art investors, from established galleries to emerging artists. By understanding the factors that contribute to the value of a painting, conducting thorough research, and developing a well-informed investment strategy, you can embark on a rewarding art investment journey. Remember to diversify your portfolio, stay informed about market trends, and seek guidance from art professionals. As you build your art collection, prioritize the proper maintenance and protection of your artworks to ensure their long-term value and enjoyment. Happy art investing!
The Incomparable Allure of Original Art: Why Investing in Artists' Creations Triumphs Over Canvas Prints
Art, throughout history, has been a profound means of expressing human emotions, ideas, and culture. It holds the power to captivate, provoke, and inspire. In today's world, the appreciation and consumption of art have evolved thanks to technological advancements that have introduced canvas prints as a more accessible option. However, the allure of original art remains unparalleled. Through this article we deep dive into some of the finer points on why buying an original art from artists triumphs over opting for canvas prints. While Canvas Prints act as a much cheaper option to decor one's space with multitude on websites and stores (e.g. Ikea) to acquire one, but they are as good as any decoratives and depreciates in value immediately after purchase. Here are 10 reasons that anyone should look at investing in Original Art directly from Artists instead of canvas prints 1. The Essence of Creativity and Uniqueness: Original art encapsulates the essence of the artist's creativity and individuality. Every brushstroke, every colour choice, and every detail carries the artist's personal touch, allowing their emotions and perspectives to flow freely onto the canvas. This uniqueness cannot be replicated in a canvas print, which needs more authenticity and depth of the artist's creative process. souvenirs-de-paris-ii by Agnes Lefevre 2. Investing in Culture and History: When you purchase original art, you are not just acquiring a physical piece but investing in culture and history. Art has been pivotal in reflecting societal changes, political climates, and cultural shifts. Owning an original artwork allows you to be a custodian of these narratives, connecting you with the artist's era and their influences. On the other hand, canvas prints lack this historical and cultural context. 3. Supporting Living Artists: Investing in original art directly supports living artists and their livelihoods. Artists pour their heart and soul into their creations, often facing financial challenges to sustain their passion. By purchasing original art, you contribute to their journey, enabling them to continue dedicating themselves to their craft. This support fosters a thriving artistic community and encourages the growth of art. Power by Sudipta Das (Singapore) 4. A Tangible Connection: Original art provides a tangible connection between the artist and the collector. Each piece carries a story, emotion, or concept the artist intended to convey. When you invest in original art, you are not just acquiring a decorative piece but inviting a part of the artist's world into your own, creating a profound connection that canvas prints cannot replicate. 5. The Aesthetics of Imperfection: The imperfections found in original art contribute to its charm and authenticity. These imperfections are a testament to the artist's humanity, showcasing their struggles and triumphs. They tell a story of the artistic process, the evolution of the piece, and the artist's growth over time. Canvas prints, being mass-produced and perfected, lack this organic beauty of imperfection. Lifting Govardhanagiri by Elancheziyan S (India) 6. Value Appreciation: Original artworks have the potential to appreciate in value over time, especially if the artist gains recognition or achieves significant milestones. The rarity and uniqueness of original pieces make them sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts, leading to increased demand and value. On the other hand, canvas prints lack the same potential for value appreciation due to their mass-produced nature. 7. Enhancing Living Spaces: Original art can transform a living space into a unique environment that reflects the owner's personality and taste. The presence of an original artwork adds a touch of sophistication, elegance, and individuality that canvas prints cannot replicate. The energy and emotional resonance that emanates from an original piece elevate the ambience of any room. Harlequin - gold 1 by Aarti Bartake (Singapore) 8. Personalized Commissions: When purchasing original art, you can engage with artists for personalized commissions. This means you can collaborate with the artist to create a piece that resonates deeply with your vision, taste, and preferences. This level of customization goes far beyond the reach of canvas prints, providing you with a truly one-of-a-kind creation. 9. Emotional Investment: Original art can evoke emotions and provoke thought in ways that canvas prints often cannot replicate. The depth of feeling that emanates from an artist's brushstrokes, colour choices, and composition can elicit a wide range of emotional responses, creating a lasting connection between the viewer and the artwork. 10. Preserving Cultural Heritage: Original art contributes to preserving cultural heritage by showcasing diverse perspectives, traditions, and aesthetics. It serves as a visual documentation of different eras, geographies, and ideologies. By investing in original art, you play a role in preserving these diverse cultural narratives for future generations. Tree of Life by Abdul Gafur Khatri (India) In conclusion, while canvas prints offer affordability and convenience, they lack the intangible magic of owning an original piece of art. The authenticity, emotional resonance, and connection that original artworks provide are incomparable. By investing in original art, you not only adorn your living space with beauty but also become a part of a rich artistic legacy, supporting artists, culture, and creativity in a way that canvas prints cannot replicate. So, when contemplating your subsequent art acquisition, consider the irreplaceable value of owning an original masterpiece that carries the artist's heart and soul within its strokes.
Choosing Art for Your Living Room: Elevate Your Space with Captivating Artworks
The living room is the heart of your home, a space where you relax, entertain guests, and showcase your personal style. Selecting suitable artwork for your living room can add a touch of elegance, maintain harmony, brighten up your space, create a wow factor, and reflect your unique taste. This article will explore various aspects to consider when choosing art for your living room. From size and style to colour scheme and personal preferences, these guidelines will help you curate a captivating collection that enhances the overall aesthetic of your living space. Size and Placement The size and placement of artwork in your living room are crucial considerations. The goal is to find pieces that create a visual impact without overpowering the space. Consider the following factors: Focal Point: Choose one or two more significant artworks to serve as the room's focal point. The artwork could be a striking painting, a statement sculpture, or an oversized photograph. Place them on a prominent wall where they can grab attention and set the tone for the entire space. Proportions: Consider the scale of your living room furniture and the dimensions of the walls. Ensure that the artwork is proportionate to the room's wall space and other elements. For example, a large sectional sofa may require a substantial piece of art to balance the visual weight. Groupings and Gallery Walls: Consider creating a gallery wall or arranging multiple artworks in a group. This approach can add visual interest and create a dynamic display. Mix different sizes and styles, and experiment with layouts before finalizing the arrangement. Eye-Level Placement: Hang artwork at eye level for optimal viewing. The centre of the painting should be approximately 57-60 inches from the floor. Adjustments may be needed based on the average height of your household. Style and Theme The style and theme of your living room play a significant role in determining the type of artwork that will best complement the space. Consider the following: Existing Décor: Evaluate the overall style of your living room, whether it's modern, traditional, minimalist, or eclectic. Look for artworks that harmonize with the existing décor elements, such as furniture, flooring, and architectural details. For example, a contemporary living room may benefit from abstract or geometric artworks. At the same time, a traditional space may call for classical paintings or landscapes. Matching minimalism of the house, infusing abstract art - Abstract no. 4622 black and white minimalism Personal Preference: Your living room reflects your taste and personality. Choose artworks that resonate with your personality, whether from a particular artist, a specific art movement, or a style that you find visually appealing. Select pieces that genuinely speak to you. Room Function: Consider how you use your living room. If it's primarily a space for relaxation and quiet contemplation, choose artworks that create a serene atmosphere, such as soothing landscapes or abstract pieces. If it's a place for social gatherings and lively conversations, opt for bold, vibrant artworks that energize the space. Artistic Variety: Mix different styles and mediums to add depth and visual interest. Experiment with a combination of paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, or even mixed-media artworks. The variety will enhance the room's richness and showcase your eclectic taste. Colour Scheme The colour scheme of your living room and the artwork you choose should harmonize to create a cohesive and visually pleasing space. Consider the following tips: Complement or Contrast: Choose artworks that either complement or provide a striking contrast to the room's colour palette. Chosing artworks with complementary colours, create a harmonious look to the space. For example, consider artworks with cool blue or green accents if your living room features warm earthy tones. Alternatively, contrasting colours, such as bold reds against neutral tones, can create a vibrant and attention-grabbing effect. Artwork for Trending beige wall - Golden Haze Balance and Harmony: Consider the overall balance of colours in your living room. If the space is rich in colour, opt for artwork with a more muted or monochromatic palette to avoid overwhelming the room. Conversely, bold and colourful paintings can become captivating focal points if your living room is primarily neutral. Highlight Accent Colors: If your living room features specific accent colours, incorporate artwork highlighting those hues. By selecting an artwork in such a way, you can create a cohesive and intentional design. For example, if you have to throw pillows or rugs with yellow pops, consider artworks featuring the same or complementary shades to tie the room together. Personal Touch The artwork in your living room should reflect your personal preferences and experiences. Here are a few suggestions to add a personal touch: Emotional Connection: Choose artworks that evoke emotions or memories. It could be a painting that reminds you of a particular place or a photograph that captures a special moment. Your connection with the artwork will make it more meaningful and enhance your enjoyment of the space. Tidal Melodies by Vicky Yeow Hobbies and Interests: Incorporate artworks that align with your hobbies or interests. If you're passionate about music, consider art pieces inspired by musical instruments or musicians. Landscapes or botanical prints could be a great fit if you love nature. Let your passions shine through the art you choose. La femme au chapeau by Souhayl A Custom Artworks: Commissioning custom artwork gives you a unique and personalized piece for your living room. Collaborate with local artists or artisans to create something tailor-made for your space. This way, you can have a one-of-a-kind artwork that perfectly complements your living room's style and reflects your individuality. Conclusion Selecting artwork for your living room is an opportunity to infuse your personality into your home's central gathering space. By considering factors such as size, placement, style, colour scheme, and personal preferences, you can curate a collection of art that enhances the ambience, serves as a focal point, and sparks conversations. Let your living room art reflect your unique taste and create a space like yours. Enjoy the process of selecting artworks that speak to you, and watch as they transform your living room into a beautiful and visually appealing haven. At RtistiQ we offer a wide variety of selection of works to elevate your living room. Be it large sized paintings, sculptures or photograph we are here to support you in selecting the right artwork that defines your personally. Discover works from our curated collections by our curatorial team. If you would like to get an exclusive session with our curators to support your art selection, click the link CONTACT AN ART ADVISOR and provide us with any specific details you can give us.