The art world is not immune from the bizarre and downright strange.
Here are a few examples of items from around the world that have caught my eye over the past few weeks.
Forgetful Art Dealer
Now I would be the first to confess that I am a forgetful person. However, even I would remember if I was carrying a picture worth $1.5 million in a taxi, to remember to take it when I reached my destination.
Well, one French Art Dealer must have had a lot on his mind when he alighted from a taxi in Paris. Why,? because he completely forgot that he had stowed away the painting in the cabbies boot for safety.
Even more bizarre, he didn’t realise his mistake until the next day! ($1.5 million paintings must be two a penny to him)
He tried to locate the taxi he had used without success and had to report the incident to the police. Lucky for him the cab driver was honest and within a couple of days, the painting was reunited with the dealer. The painting was called ‘Concetto Spaziale’ by Lucio Fontana.
I would lay odds that he won’t do that again!
No, I’m not talking about auctioning household stuff where the maximum price is likely to be in the hundreds.
I’m talking about being a Fine Art auctioneer for someone like Christie’s, Bonhams or Sotheby’s.
What do you think the requirements would be to become one of these top auction houses auctioneers?
Well, the first thing is you have to be good at maths. You also have to possess an authoritative voice which is clear and everyone who is bidding knows you are in charge.
How do you get to become an Auctioneer?
The first thing is to join a top auction house and become involved with the various auctions that they have virtually every day.
Knowledge of all the items that are sold through the auction house is important and this is the time to gain that knowledge as you handle items of great value.
Over time, you will specialise in a particular field, e.g. silver, pictures, ceramics etc. The main auction houses always have auctioneers who specialise in a particular field, and these are the auctions they will take.
There was a time when you booked into a hotel it would just be for a comfy bed, a nice shower and maybe a good breakfast in the morning.
Your room would probably have relatively cheap prints on the wall and public areas would be the same. All a bit boring!
Well, times are changing. A number of Hotels, particularly boutique Hotels and even Hostels are looking at putting original pieces of art on the walls. Even theming their rooms in a particular style and customers are liking it.
Its a win, win situation for hotels
It’s a win, win situation for the Hotel and artists. Hotels can hang original art on their walls at a reasonable cost or at no cost at all dependent on their agreement with the artist. For the artist, they have the opportunity to put work in prestigious buildings. Which means they are guaranteed that their work will be viewed by a great number of people.
Some agreements allow for the work to be sold to clients and a replacement put in place by the artist. Others insist that the work stays up for a period of time and is not available for sale until the period is up.
There is no doubt that original art enhances the experience for guests. It adds character and makes public areas and rooms more personal. It is attracting more customers to the Hotel’s which must be their ultimate goal.
For the artist, it is an opportunity to showcase their work and propel their careers to the next level.
Diversity of Art in Hotels
You will also find a diversity of Art at these hotels. Some go down the contemporary route. This gives them a large choice in the type of picture they are looking for. Some are hanging more traditional pictures which fit in with their decor. Others are embracing the style of street art while others pop art.
Wherever you go in the world, you will find Hotels embracing this concept. If you are interested you just need to do a search on google to bring up these hotels.
It is well worth a bit of investigation.
I’m often asked how to protect your pictures so that they remain in pristine condition over the years.
So here are 5 ways to protect and ensure your artwork remains at its best.
- The greatest danger to paintings is sunlight and especially direct sunlight. Avoid wherever possible, putting paintings and prints in direct sunlight. This is especially important with watercolours and prints that can fade badly if subject to long periods of sunlight. If possible, keep these in areas of your living space that are mostly shaded during the day. Technology is advancing all the time and there is special glass that you can have fitted to protect your pictures that will remove 99% of the harmful UV rays. Use this glass particularly if you have watercolours and prints and your living space is very sunny. Also, use this glass if your artwork has value because this glass will give you peace of mind and added protection. It is well worth it for the extra cost involved. The same protection would be needed for cross-stitch & tapestries. For oils and acrylics, it isn’t quite so important as they are not prone to fading. However, if the paint has been applied thickly to the canvas or substrates, too much sun may cause cracking or crazing of the paint.
Rochelle Humes the singer and TV presenter has turned her new baby’s umbilical cord into a piece of art (Yuk!!)
Rochelle has shared a picture on Instagram showing the umbilical cord, shaped into the word “love” and framed in a pink frame.
It hasn’t gone down well with fans who have described it as “sick,” snake-like” and “gonna smell of rotting flesh”
As a Gallery owner and picture framer, I don’t turn down much work, but I think if a customer brought something like this to me, I would very likely tell them to go away in a nice way of course!
I’m sure that now this has been done, other people will be trying to think of other ways they can use the umbilical cord so that it doesn’t go to waste. What about a pot made from the snake-like cord wound round in a spiral. It would make a nice bonbon dish!
Perhaps you can come up with other ideas!