Shawne developed and taught this 6 week course which explored the drive to collect, the formation of the global art market, the monetary and social value of art, and surveyed who is buying what type of art. Issues surrounding forgeries, misattributions and the black market for art were examined as well as technology and its impact on both art forms and the art market.
Excavation methodologies have evolved from the simple basket and pickaxe used in the earlier centuries, and prices have risen to a headline-worthy status—but our passion for connecting with and collecting prehistory remains as strong as ever. Article.
Long regarded as a “minor craft”, ceramics have emerged from the annals of antiquity and shelves of granny’s china cabinet to become a platform for social commentary, a place to confront tradition, and a medium in which to explore form over function. Read Article
When selecting a new painting for the wall, a prospective buyer typically migrates toward an art gallery, art fair, or an auction house to fit the bill. But Amazon.com and other online platforms want buyers to consider another option. Read More
There is a healthy market in the trade of our flotsam and jetsam. From baseball cards to paper contracts to antique jeans, if there is a seller, there is a buyer, and often at surprising values. Read Article
With a furtive sweep of black ink applied in mere seconds, a multi-million dollar Mark Rothko painting went from pristine presentation at the Tate Modern to damaged and likely devalued thanks to the handiwork of Vladimir Umanets. Read Article
Early manifestations of public art were memorials, behemoths feting victories of warfare or commemorating leaders. Today, public art’s relevance is manifold as a vehicle for, commentary on, and reflection of social, political, and cultural experience and change. Read Article