miercuri, 25 martie 2015

"Exquisite Work" - Matei Serban

 In ultimii ani am cautat artisti care au ganduri! Imi pun din ce in ce mai des intrebarea, atunci cand ma uit la un tablou, ce ganduri il macina pe artist ? Pentru ca simt cu tarie ca un gand naste o framantare, o framantare naste o solutie iar odata gasita solutia, sau raspunsul, executarea tabloului e simpla! 

 Recent am participat la doua targuri importante de arta in Statele Unite. Am vazut acolo o arta lamentabila, o executie tehnica ieftina a unor idei puerile. M-am intalnit cu o noua generatie de autori fara ganduri, cu o generatie de bisnitari, de pseudo artisti, oameni intrati in fine art pentru ca ar exista o sansa, cumva, sa se imbogateasca. Afirm asta cu usurinta  in urma unor lungi discutii cu artisti contemporani din  occident.  Totusi, singurii autori care au atras atentia publicului si, evident a colectionarilor, au fost cei din Asia.
  Mai nou, de cativa ani, artistii din Asia au prins atat mestesugul dar si gustul picturii in stilul marilor maestri europeni. Fata de colegii lor occidentali, acestia sunt mult mai motivati, mai tenaci, mai dornici sa depuna efort. Curand, la nivel global, artistii din Asia vor domina piata de arta contemporana. E firesc sa fie asa atata timp cat euro-americanii se balacesc in continuare in aceasta mascarada post-modernista fara sfarsit. Curand, foarte curand, piata , publicul va cauta autori care cunosc mestesugul picturii, autori educati, profunzi, capabili sa spuna o poveste pe care au gandit-o profund inainte de a o aseza in opera.
 Publicul neavizat e inca hipnotizat de rezultatele caselor mari de licitatii, fara a realiza insa ca, acestea reprezinta, in fapt o fractie mica din volumul tranzactiilor de arta contemporana. Multi nu cunosc si nici nu vor sti de ce, cum si ce anume face ca rotitele caselor de licitatii sa se invarta. Oamenilor li se pare spectaculos ce se intampla pentru ca oricum povestile de success se vand inca din antichitate.
Ei bine, arta contemporana exista in masura mult mai mare decat ceea ce transpira publicului larg prin PR-ul si marketingul art-corporatist.

  Restrangand imaginea globala la una mult mai ingusta dar perfect adaptata la ceea ce se intampla international, imaginea de ansamblu asupra artei contemporane romanesti (si ma refer in exclusivitate la pictura, din pacate) in Romania lucrurile nu stau cu mult mai bine.
Totusi, recenta expozitie a lui Matei Serban “Exquisite Works” lamureste o stare de fapt creeata in timp. Autorul vine dintr-o lume artistica veche si consolidat, cu valori puternice atat morale cat si estetice. Lucrarile sale, nu numai cele din recenta expozitie, au fost gandite, da , gandite, inainte de a fi asternute in bidimensional. Ce e interesant la Matei Serban e dialogul sau cu sine, cu divinitatea, vesnica framantare ca lucrurile sa fie asezate bine, structurate valoric perfect inainte ca ele sa fie dezvaluite public. Totdeauna, din copilaria autorului, lucrarile lui Matei Serban au fost mai mult decat o poveste, ele au fost piese mici ale unei cariere contruite inteligent si cu rabdare dupa tipicul si invatatura maestrilor sai.
Azi, intr-un context in care piata de arta  e satula de ironie si dornica de concret, lucrarile lui Matei Serban sunt o revelatie, atat pentru simplii privitori cat si pentru colectionari. Prin atitudinea sa artistul ramane un cavaler imbracat in armura complecta, o pasare rara, asa cum nu prea se mai intalneste in vest dar cum va rasari din estul dornic de afirmare.

 Astazi arta lui Matei Serban transcende modei, tendintelor. Emotiile,mesajele, povestile, atat pentru initiate cat si pentru publicul larg, sunt atemporare. Executia e dupa reteta, bineinteles, o reteta la care umanitatea nu vrea sa renunte, dar o vede din ce in ce mai rar, la care omul nu vrea sa renunte. Oricand se poarta clasicul! 

luni, 9 februarie 2015

The Art of Jorge Carrillio

Jorge Carrillo is a Chilean painter who live and work in Santiago de Chile. He also made, screen-printing, installation and video, starting his training at the Institute of Contemporary Art then at the University of Chile.

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