miercuri, 28 ianuarie 2015

ArtXpert Romania - Annual Report

      We are getting ready to start 2015. (For those who does not know , in terms of gallery business, the year starts in March, if you are active on any European market). Before we start the new art business year  let us take a look at the year before:

     First… a big thank you to our customers to witch we  are always  loyal and thankful. 2014 it was one of the best years. Because most of our customers are private we cannot name them,  but we can name our sponsors that understood the direction the gallery is following and the support we need in order to help emerging artists: a big thank you to Coca-Cola, Butan Gas, Piraeus, Heberger, Funk International and our friends and constant supporters at VO Patrimony.  
    2014 certanly was a unique year.
   We were the artisans behind street closure in Putul lui Zamfir St for the festival and we created a great partnership with Romanian Academy  and The Minister of Culture in order to support The Balkan Expressionism Manifesto and its artists.

    In December we re-opened our gallery in Los Angeles, California .
   In terms of sales we grew like no other year before.
 We are a significant contributor to the Romanian fiscal authority ( because 100% of our business is legal, all sales are recorded) and a revenue generator to the artist in our portfolio.

   ArtXpert  positively impacted local vendors . Our frame, printing and logistic suppliers grew up with us.

  We kept artists and real investors happy as we all benefited from the credibility ArtXpert built on the market.

   We started 2014 with sales of Paul Hitter at wholesale value of 400 euro and closed the year with top 5000. We doubled the estimated number of artwork to be sold in the first year.

We started year 2014 with Matei Serban at average 1200 euro and closed with top 7500 euro on Romanian market and an certified international appraisal of $40,000 for his major works.

We gave 25 % growth to Dragos Raicu and Cornel Lazia  which is a great two digits figure considering the international rate.

For all these above reasons, we  thank you all. 

2015 is the year we incorporated under the law of the State of Nevada_ ArtXpert Investment Group LLC  had launched . This is an important step for us, a duty to our dedicated customers, to our investors and to the artist that participate actively under the ArtXpert umbrella.  Official public figures will be posted after the first quarter.  

miercuri, 21 ianuarie 2015

Spain Arrests Three Alleged Art Forgers

Three suspected members of an art forgery ring were arrested in the Spanish cities of Zaragoza and Tarragona, El Pais reported. Accused of peddling drawings falsely attributed to Miró, Picasso, and Matisse, they’ve been charged with crimes against intellectual property and fraud.
The police first caught whiff of their dealings in July 2014, during a routine check on the border of Spain and Andorra. Inside the car of an Andorran resident they found drawings signed by Miró. Though the man was carrying documents attesting to their authenticity, police decided to go ahead and have them inspected by several experts. All confirmed that the drawings were counterfeit.
The man was then placed under surveillance by the Historical Heritage Group of the Civil Guard for an operation called “Mirones.” He was observed traveling frequently from Andorra to Zaragoza, where he would meet with gallery owners and collectors. He would often deposit fake artworks in the office of a lawyer in Tarragona, so as to avoid the possibility of them being intercepted at the border.
“Once we collected and processed all the information, we proceeded to the operational phase of the operation, arresting this person and charging two others, including a gallery of art from Zaragoza that allegedly collaborated as an intermediary for the sale of the forgeries,” the police explained in a press release.
Over the course of the investigation, they discovered nine counterfeit paintings: six attributed to Miró, two to Matisse, and one to Picasso that came with a false certificate of authenticity. The arrest thwarted the sale of two lithographs the suspects were trying to pass off as works by Miró.
This is the second time in less than a year that Spain has made art-forgery-related arrests within its borders. In April 2014, authorities arrested Spanish art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz, who, along with his partner, Glarifa Rosales, has been accused of selling more than $30 million worth of fake art attributed to the likes of Warhol and de Kooning. The works were forged in Queens, New York, then sold at Knoedler & Co. gallery for a total of more than $80 million.

  • by Laura C. Mallonee for hyperallergic.com

joi, 15 ianuarie 2015

A Day Without Art

Imagine your life without art just for one day. Waking up in the morning without music on radio, opening up a coffee box without label, looking out the window and watching plain color painted buildings, driving a boxed shape car.
Well, we all agreed that this society moved forward because of artists. From ancient temples to modern buildings, from scratches on cave walls to the beautiful painting in your living room, from plain flute sounds to complicated symphonies, all came to life because of artist. And we all enjoy, we love our everyday life being improved by anonymous artists, designer and architects. Also we love to show that we do know the name of the most famous ones. It makes us look good in front of others.
So, if what stated above is true and fair, why the hell you people do not buy that CD with music that you say you love, that painting that you brag on Facebook about it, that independent movie you claim it changed your vision about life?
Why you people are so fake and self-centered? Why you people do not give a chance to artists you claim you love so they can survive and create more beautiful art?

How the hell do you expect them to be able to crate if the fridge is empty, if no gas is in the car, if no paints, or musical instruments or cameras, or ink or paper are available? You are more likely able to spend 350 on a pair of jeans on Melrose Ave, or 2500 on a stupid leather jacket than buying a painting from an emerging artist. So let me tell you that without these artists your life will look like shit and this is going to happen very soon. Take your eyes away from the art and artists that are served to you by the mainstream media! They are as fake and corrupted as their proprietors. Don’t let the eye fool your mind! Please have some decency and instead of asking the artist to do a selfie with you at an art opening buy some art from him. Your stupid selfie will not put food on his table and not pull you out your anonymous life, but collecting that piece of art makes you part of that artist’s biography. 

marți, 30 decembrie 2014

ArtXpert Gallery- Pasadena Grand Opening

ArtXpert Gallery - Pasadena has a portfolio of exqusite international emerging artist_Paul Hitter, Matei Serban, Marina Obradovic, Anatol Danilishin, Eugene Al Pann.
The gallery is located in one of the most artistic cities in Souther California, a city dedicated to nurse fine art, galleries and top museums. Pasadena is the home of Cal Art Institute, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Norton Simon Museum.
The city is constantly involved to develop the art community and to support over 300 galleries that do business in the area.
Our gallery is dedicated to support his artists from the franchised portfolio but it is available to Eastern-European artist willing to show in Los Angeles area.
Please go to our website to see terms and conditions to show at ArtXpert Gallery Pasadena.

vineri, 12 decembrie 2014

From US with Love

Paul Hitter moved over to California.

This is his new website. You can fallow his work, order prints, buy originals or simply check his blog.
Starting December 19th our Gallery will extend to Pasadena California. For more info about our new location visit our site :www.artxpert.net


duminică, 9 noiembrie 2014

Tomasso Cristofaro - The Man Behind The Lights in our Gallery

Sixth Annual Passion for Freedom Art Festival Launches in London

The 6th annual Passion for Freedom Art Festival takes place in London from 5th -15th November in the Embassy Tea Gallery (close to Tate Modern) in London. The annual festival is a rare collection of works of "courageous artists" who have answered three pivotal questions: What is freedom? How easy is it to lose it? How difficult is it to get it back?

This year at the festival there will be collection of 15 films, 10 books, 10 journalists and 51 artworks from all over the world: Peru, Venezuela, Iran, Israel, Syria, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, USA & Australia. The youngest artist is 18 years old, the oldest – 64. Some of the artists use pseudonyms because of threats imposed on them, some of them can’t come because they are imprisoned, cannot leave their country or cannot give interviews. 

The founding body comprises of a group of friends of different nationalities, predominantly Polish, Hungarian, Russian and Danish, who for the last 6 years have been saying, “We are checking the status of freedom of speech and artistic expression in Europe”.  They have clear message – promotion and protection of human rights using the means of aesthetic expression.  The festival itself, which is in direct contrast with the political correctness so prevalent within our society, is growing in recognition and prestige. The PFF Festival is supported by world-famous artists such as Ai Weiwei, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou and Iranian director Jafar Panahi.

Ai Weiwei as we all know is a Chinese artist and performer who posted a blog report exposing the corruption within the Chinese Communist Party and challenging the government over the poor construction of schools in Sichuan, which led to death of more than 5 thousands pupils. In 2011 he was kept imprisoned for 81 days without any official charges and beaten by the police officers. Even today he can’t travel or give interviews as a result of alleged business fraud.

29 years old Mehdi-Georges Lahlou of French and Moroccan origin in one of his artworks presents fragments of the Quran and the Bible depicted on a naked body.  In many Muslim countries and in Morocco itself his art hailed a storm of protests and death threats, even though his works have not been shown there.

Jafar Panahi, the Iranian director, has been imprisoned more than once for promoting women’s freedom and for his anti-Iranian activities and convicted for the films he made. Since the trial he can only make his movies in his own apartment and he solely can be his own protagonist. Everyone who has worked with him has been harassed and now has restrictions on leaving Iran.

This year 3 general awards as well as Freedom Film Award will be given for art and film productions. Also during the Private View the audience will have a chance to choose their favourite piece of art and give People’s Choice Freedom Award. The jury panel comprises of: Gary Hill – one of the most prominent American artists in video art, Sarah Maple – a provocative young British artist, Deeyah Khan – Iranian pop star and activist anointed by the media as the “Muslim Madonna”, Lee Weinberg – curator, art researcher and lecturer at Goldsmith University

For the first time this year along with films, sculpture, painting, photography and installations there will be 10 books and 10 journalists recognised (3 British, 2 Russian, 2 Canadian, 1 Danish, 1 Polish and 1 Indian) during the Festival.

In 2003 an Islamist disguised as a postman tried to kill Lars Hedegaard in his home. He did not succeed and the assailant fled. Danish Prime Minister condemned the attack saying that the attempt to assassinate a journalist was highly serious as its motive was aimed not only at Hedegaard, but also at damaging his work defending freedom of speech.

Special Guest Artists include: Miriam Elia – is a visual artist and Sony nominated surreal comedy writer. After graduation from the Royal College of Art her diverse work has included illustrated books such as ‘We go to the gallery’ and ‘The Diary of Edward the Hamster,’ as well as prints, drawings, short films, radio comedy and animations.

Daniel Arzola - coming out as a gay in Turmero, Venezuela, was a nightmare. Daniel’s graduation project consisted of series of posters sending out strong messages against homophobic bullying. With his country hit by deep political, economic and social crisis, Daniel is considering moving to Argentina. His life is in danger in Venezuela. Being a human rights activist in Venezuela equals being a public enemy.

Image Right: Johan Wahlstrom "Don´t Die As A Virgin" Painting shortlisted in Visual Arts/Paintings.