“…the well-being of an art collection.”

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“Why is it a terrible battle scene like Picasso’s Guernica can be beautiful, while a painting of two unicorns kissing in a flower garden can look like crap. Does anybody really know why they like anything?” Quote of the day from the book: Diary – a Novel” I’m currently re-reading by Chuck Palahniuk.

And while I ponder this question, I know what I like and I know what some collectors like, but I don’t know why…maybe it is because of HOW it was documented? Should an artist worry about it, because our business is to create right?

Title: Self-portrait (bust) Medium: cement fondue, steel, wood, cotton thread and rubber 2014

What I do know and only realized later in my career is that one should take proper photographs of one’s work. (the above picture is a good example of how NOT to document your work circa 2014)- but at least I have some sort of documentation. I was always under the impression that a gallery does that for you, but since all the galleries I worked with in the past ask the artist for high res images of an artwork, I realized that I should up my game 😉

“The best practice is when the paper trail of an artwork can be traced from its current home back to the artist’s studio.” as quoted form the article below:

You can read more here: https://www.familyofficemag.com/artmuseum

So I am grateful to be working with a professional photographer since 2018. I can highly recommend working with one if you are unable to take good photographs by yourself of your work.

I am very excited that Kleinjan will be visiting my studio this coming weekend to document my latest series for an upcoming exhibition. And in anticipation I have been rearranging my studio:

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I can not wait to share with you the results….

in the meantime you can find me reading more about “Why it is more important than ever to document your artwork” here

Revisiting some dysfunctional family members…

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I recently revisited some ‘dysfunctional family members’ from my ‘Familie Kielie” exhibition last year:

The Cleaner

And I am delighted to inform you that these 5 Family members were selected and recently acquired by Art Gazette for their collection!

Mama Afrika

Bullebak

Groot Vogel

Haai Meisie

Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead. xxx

Auntie Virus and Co. re: Art Auction

Art portfolio- my work

Auntie Virus, 460 x 310 mm ink, pastel, board, cotton thread, rubber 2019 Hannalie Taute

Greetings from this ‘stranger in a strange land’ and it seems to just get stranger by the minute!

As you’ve probably heard, a lot of events have been cancelled due to the pandemic we face. I am in the process of producing work for upcoming exhibitions in April, May, July and August, but with uncertainty breathing down our necks we don’t know if these exhibitions will be cancelled or not.

She always wanted to be a bad girl 92 x 64 cm cotton thread and rubber 2018

With that said, Karen Zoid (South African rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, talk show host and patron of the arts) launched an online “Art Auction” on her Facebook page yesterday.

Some of my works (featured here- are included in this ‘online – experiment.)

While I’m not an active Facebook user myself, I am able to send you a link:

You can check out the auction here:

https://www.facebook.com/karenzoidofficial/

The bidding closes today 18 March 2020 at 20h00 – South African time)

The bids started at ZAR19 only! Yes, serious.! Now a lot of people might frown upon this because “what about ‘market price’ and unrealistic bids on the stature of the artist” but this train of thought reminded me about the ‘outsider’ artist Scottie Wilson who

  After receiving recognition for his work in Toronto, he abruptly went to London in 1945 and continued to exhibit his drawings for modest fees  Wilson’s rejection of commercialism was unabated, however, and he continued to sell his work on the street for a minute fraction of the prices the gallery owners were asking. He said of the working-class customers he attracted, “They’re the intellect, you know”

and

“Though conventional art galleries were taking interest in selling Wilson’s work, he wasn’t always fond of parting with his drawings. He would at times rent out vacant store fronts to display his pictures, or hang them in a bus, but not necessarily to sell. Instead, Wilson would charge admission for looking at his work, challenging anyone to find anything else like it in the world.”

Is it a good idea? Who knows. Nothing seems certain anymore.

In the meantime I baked my first bread from scratch yesterday, and that made me feel very happy. Also I will continue to create embroideries and I plan to spend more time in the garden to grow our own food. Should I be teaching my sons the art of survival instead of worrying about the schools that are closing for a longer period?  If push come to shove…should we be prepared to survive like Bear Grylls?

Just asking.

But there are still bills to be paid for now, so the show must go on somehow!

Remember to sleep with your eyes open 2016 (photographer Kleinjan Groenewald)

You snooze you loose, but lets hope its not a sneeze 😉 because this might just be a favorable time to start your art collection. ❤

“Support for the arts — merde! A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!”
― Robert A. Heinlein, from the book “Stranger in a strange land”

Here is some advice to the art sector from an art website (*):

To help you continue to sell art during this time, here is a list of things you can do to serve collectors as best you can:

    • If you cannot accept shipped artworks at this time, please let us know
  • manage collector expectations about shipping times.

Many artists, patrons and art institutions are personally affected by this crisis.

The world needs art more than ever, so in the meantime, collectors are encouraged to continue supporting the art sector.  It will keep artists going during these challenging times. We’re so grateful for each of you.

Stay safe and well!

*P.S one gallery that is still up and running is .MContemporary in Australia and they are open for viewing….see previous posts or contact them for a full catalogue!

 

 

a milestone?!

Art portfolio- my work

When one becomes a mother you are told to look out for certain milestones in the development of your child, for example the first time he/she sits, or crawl (mine never did much crawling) or the first step, or the first word and so on.

Lately I wondered if there are certain milestones in an artistic career, and if one can call it that.  For example the first sale of an artwork, the first gallery show, the first award etc.

Everyone develops at their own rate.  Louise Bourgeois for example only received recognition late in her life, while Vincent van Gogh never did get much attention until after his death;  and some receive acclaim just after they leave art school.

Last week I received news that for the first time my work was acquired by an Academic collection:

ART TIMES

To some this might not seem like a big deal, but to me, I’m feeling the way a mother feels when she sees her child taking his/her first step!