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In Art the Safest Bet is the Biggest Bet

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Every time a billionaire collector

breaks another sales record at auction, those in the know snicker: Yet another hedge fund prince has publicly overpaid for an asset that's almost guaranteed to fall in value. The examples are plentiful, like the disastrous Damien Hirst auction the night Lehman Brothers went under. At that auction, £98 million of art was sold, and thenpromptly lost 30 to 50 percent of its value. Felix Salmon took on the claim that the top 50 contemporary artists in the world outperform the S&P 500, pointing out that the art price index rose largely by dropping the artists whose prices fell. "The real point here is that contemporary art is always full of here-today-gone-tomorrow art stars, who create art which goes from being white-hot to being pretty much unsellable," he writes. "In 1988, for instance, the C50 included where-are-they-now names like Theodoro Stamos, Pierre Alechinsky, James Havard, Jean Fautrier, and even Saul Steinberg, the New Yo…

JEAN NORMANDEAU Classy Abstracts

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Jean Normandeau represented by GALLERY FRANCE




Biography:
Abstract painter and sculptor Jean Normandeau, was born in 1940, in Montréal, Canada.  He has been drawing and painting all his life and has worked more than 40 years in communications and advertizing. Normandeau initially did figurative landscapes and portraits; in the early 70’s, he was drawn to abstract after discovering the works of such masters as Poliakoff, Vasarely, de Staël, etc.
Over the past twenty years, he has also created numerous sculptures working mainly with wood, but on occasions with plastics, metals, etc. His favourite medium remains oil.






Normandeau lives and works in Sainte-Adèle, in the picturesque Laurentians, some 70 kilometers north of Montréal. His works can be found in private and corporate collections across Canada as well as in Europe.
Solo exhibitions: • 1983 to 2003: Works exhibited permanently at S/A Communications, Pointe-Claire, Qc • 2004 to 2009: Works exhibited in his studio • 2009 – 2010: Laurentian Ski …

A photographic journey through art history: The images of Thomas Dodd

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To explain the conceptual revolution that occurred in art at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, some art historians claim thatphotography eliminated the need for representational art, or the kind of art that tries to imitate “nature” by depicting faithfully what the eye can see. We can add in parentheses, as E. H. Gombrich observes in The Story of Art, that the notion of the representation of what the eye can see has changed throughout the history of art. Needless to say, it too is shaped by social assumptions. Nonetheless, the difference between a kind of art that aims at faithful visual imitation of the three-dimensional qualities of physical objects and one that doesn’t remains relatively easy to discern. The invention of photography had a lot to do with the move away from visual representation. To say that photography eliminated the need for representational art, however, is an overstatement. Undoubtedly, the invention of the camera enco…

OLIVIA ALEXANDER international

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BOLD,  EXPRESSIVE and BEAUTIFUL




Olivia Alexander represented by GALLERY FRANCE 
EDUCATION: ADVANCED MIXED MEDIA – 2008-2011  CERTIFICATE IN INTERIOR DESIGN – THOMSON DIRECT EDUC. 2007 FINE ARTS CERT. 1 – TAFE College, ALBURY 2004 CREATIVE & ADVANCED DRAWING  2004- 2007 PAINTING IN ACRYLICS- 2004-2006 PAINTING & DRAWING  2004 – Community Education Centre WODONGA AWARDS:
Silver Medal & Diploma – International French Academy of Merit – FranceJune 2014 Pewter Medal & Diploma – Societe Academie Arts, Sciences, Letters, Paris. June2014