My plea to Google that our name is not a spelling mistake. It really is Mercartto, not Mercatto.
In my quest to understand the root cause of why art is so enjoyable, I came across a perfectly good reason: Looking at art makes you feel like being in love.
Pricing art is one of the most subjective commercial activities attempted. If you compare it to fashion, it can be argued that branded designers (like branded artists) can command a higher premium because of the history and reputation behind the name. But oftentimes an article of clothing’s price is also influenced by the quality of materials, hand vs. factory made, scarcity and uniqueness.
There is a prevailing belief, particularly in the upper echelons of the contemporary art world, that art makes a great investment. (For a good overview see Caslon Analytics art fund note.) However, research shows that in the overwhelming majority of cases, art is neither a good nor efficient investment.
It's the giving time of year! For fun we've created gift guides for some of the most popular Mercartto art personality types. To make it easy, we've included links; if you see something you like, it's a click away.
Don't see your personality type? Comment or drop us a line and we'll create one for your type.
With Halloween fast approaching, we scoured the web for costume ideas inspired by art history. Here are our top picks:
Have you ever walked into a room and instinctively sensed that something didn’t feel right about the art? Do you ever look around your space and wonder if your art is doing you justice, and vice versa?
Can the colour of the art you choose to surround yourself with affect your mood? According to the field of colour therapy, it can. From the Egyptians to now, people have recognized that colour can be used to heal (or stimulate) the viewer.
Yesterday I was speaking to a photographer who, by most accounts, could be arguably described as "world class": he has a great deal of recognition in Europe; is a regular at the major global art shows; has exhibitions in museum-calibre institutions; was written up in Time magazine; and has works owned by people who live in homes described as palaces.
For Mother's Day, we've taken a look at the most famous mothers in art to celebrate all things maternal!
During his 2008 campaign, Stephen Harper infamously remarked that “ordinary people don’t care about art” and that the general population felt alienated by the elitist galas that rich artists attend. While it hasn’t been a hot-ticket issue during this long campaign, arts funding is an issue that concerns many Canadian voters. As the election approaches on October 19th, we take a look at each parties’ platforms and their policies pertaining to the arts and funding.
It might seem over-the-top, maybe a little sensationalist; an abandoned seaside resort in in the UK gets transformed (seemingly under the cover of night) into a morbid parody of Disneyland. You might even wonder what makes this art? The most ambitious project by world-famous street-artist and provocateur, Banksy, a pop-art exhibition entitled Dismaland stands to be one of the most inventive and important exhibitions of the past two decades.
The recent proliferation of art fairs has impacted the global art market. Many have argued that their rise is a reaction to globalization and the online market; allowing for potential buyers to be exposed to a concentrated number of new artists. TheToronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, the largest outdoor art fair in Canada, has been filling Nathan Philip’s Square with a variety of local talent since 1961.
I recently came across an article which argues that the arts teach valuable life and career lessons. A few highlights from the post in favour of arts in the education system:
Continuing one of my favourite themes - why should we care about art - research out of Norway (conveniently summarized by LiveScience.com) discovered that, even when you control for socioeconomic factors like income and education, participation in cultural activities is good for one's health.
Nora Young, host of CBC radio's Spark, recently interviewed Italian Neurologist Zaira Cattaneo on her research involving brain stimulation and art appreciation. As Cattaneo explained, 12 subjects who had no art background were shown a mix of abstract and figurative art and asked to quickly make a decision on whether or not they liked it. They were asked to rate how much they liked/disliked the piece on a scale.
With Black Friday on our doorstop and the giving season about to explode, thoughts naturally turn to shopping.
Ask anyone about Detroit, and they'll tell you about a city that has been through rough times. Economic decline has left the City contemplating if it should sell some of the Detroit Institute of Arts artworks to help cover their $18 billion+ debt obligations.