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    Boycott call prompts questions about self-publishing

    Art dealer Beverly Knight has called for a boycott of a monograph by collector Pat Corrigan. We investigate the line between vanity driven publishing and the philanthropic…

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    Crowdfunding acquisitions: the next fundraising trend

    Our museums use social media to stimulate audiences, so why not use technology’s reach to grow their collections? Institutions have always “crowdfunded” acquisitions in that…

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    What is a VIP pass really worth?

    Are VIP passes just for massaging the egos of the “celebarati” or do they serve a valuable role in the success of an art fair? In today’s high flying global art…

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    Smashing the glass ceiling, or not?

    The top chairs are not reserved exclusively by men – though the numbers remain out of kilter – exposure helps a shift in attitude. Sunday 8 March is International…

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    Too dangerous for the museum

    Museums can be safe places for unsafe topics but a leading museum director argues there is a point when ideas become too dangerous for museums to present. ‘Freedom of speech –…

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    Corporate sponsorship: vanity or sanity?

    Disruption is the new mantra. We look at how cultural organisations can use it to accelerate brand alignment with sponsors to sustain their futures. For the past two days Remix…

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    Shares and likes are changing journalism

    Sharing and the mobile generation are defining journalism today, moving the brand to the writer and the curator of content to the reader. Eight years ago, when Marina Go made the…

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    How is a work of art valued?

    How do valuers arrive as prices for artworks? We demystify the process with an expert. While we ​can argue about constitutes “good” or “bad” art, how the value of an…

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    Beyond Success: can a gallery keep growing?

    Nick Mitzevich has quadrupled philanthropy and increased attendances by 30% at the Art Gallery of South Australia so what’s left for the encore? Mitzevich was appointed…

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    How do art auctions work?

    Forget elitism – we bring you a glossary that demystifies the art auction, opening a door on a whole other world of collecting. Art Auctions are big business. On any year,…

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    You can’t put that there…the Public Art dilemma

    Is an over-sized milk crate better than a bronze of another eminent white male? Multi-million dollar commissions make public art an increasingly polarising topic. With the…

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    New ceramicists don’t care to be cool

    What is driving the rediscovery of ceramics, their renewed collectability and place in the museum environment? It is not surprising as part of this year’s Art Month Sydney,…

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    10 new words to fake it in the art world

    A screen grab of Old Navy (USA, 2014) television advertisement satirizing the pretentious language of the contemporary art world. Source Ottawacitizen.com I take a look at new art…

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    Viral activism: art form of our times

    Harvard medical students stage a die-in 9 December 2014; via Instagram @AshleyBSunshine Artists have long addressed social, political, gender and racial issues through their…

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    Is Instagram art?

    A picture is worth a thousand words; an algorithm is worth a billion pictures – how is Instagram altering creativity? Audience poses and posts with Richard Prince’s…

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    Is art a commodity?

    Speculation, flipping, bid rigging and guarantees all serve to bolster the global art market but at what cost to transparency and lower tier galleries? ‘Christies had a $US745M…

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    Can performance art be collected?

    In recent years we have seen a revival of performance art but its ephemeral nature can create collection issues. Image: Tino Sehgal’s Kiss purchased by MoMA. While…

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    The rise of the Art Advisor

    With galleries increasingly under pressure, and universities pumping out a stream of arts professionals, other job options are flourishing as emerging collectors are hungry for…

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    Fly Away Peter

    Stark and haunting, this is an ambitious take on David Malouf novel taking audiences well beyond the Gallipoli cliché. Fly Away Peter is an adaption of…

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    Anita Larkin: The Breath Within

    The everyday becomes a powerful punch at contemporary society in the hands of Larkin, a master of alchemy. Anita Larkin writes: ‘Sometimes art can suspend disbelief.’…

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    Finding Vivian Maier

    Maloof maintains a level of mystery which he slowly reveals like an armchair treasure hunt, riveting but without judgement. Bold…mysterious…private…eccentric. This film starts with words –…

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    Textile art reinvented

    Textile art is back bolder and more conceptually-driven than ever before, challenging definitions of material and practice. Textile art is one of the oldest art forms…

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    Arty merchandise sells

    The shop has become a key component to the museum experience, but also a robust revenue stream vital to galleries of all scales. Museums and galleries…