Art Industry Perspectives Blog
What Meaning Does Art Have Now?
During these uncertain times, art may be more relevant than ever. To many of us — most of us — it is a time of unprecedented fear and uncertainty. Never in our lifetime have we experienced an event so dramatic and sweeping in its impact that it could unseat the very core of our daily lives. And, naturally, we wish to do everything within our power to flatten the curve, to do right by our fellow humans and acquiesce to the calls for distance, isolation, avoidance, caution, care and vigilance. But this course leaves us with a question: Where does beauty belong? Is there still a place for the abstract, the entrancingly grotesque, the figurative, the spirited? Can we still […]
The Art of Good Neighboring
There’s a movement afoot in our modern society — a movement toward civility. Toward friendliness. Toward the sharing of ideas and support. No? You may disagree… One might think, and justifiably so, based upon a sampling of pop headlines and poorly curated news feeds, that this bold claim is wildly off-base. Nevertheless, there is a growing body of evidence which supports the notion of good neighboring rebirthing itself in our national—and even global—social consciousness. All around us, in the midst of the mist and haze which sometimes comes to overthrow us — the fog of crumbling decency and basic human respect — all around us, there are new centers of thought, places of innovation, springs of fresh perspective and hopeful […]
If you’ve been following our social media channels, you’ve seen us talking about accidental art. This above, is a snow-covered fence in Terschelling, The Netherlands. We’ve had a few inquiries and so, we thought this might be a great time to explain and introduce the concept. Life often presents us with moments — a wrinkle in the continuum of musts and have-tos and hurry-up-and-waits. The universe, for a moment, stops expanding —everything pauses — and suddenly you see it: the beautiful coincidence. Wild art, or accidental art, as it’s become known, is best explained by this series of images and this series published on the boredpanda blog. Here you’ll find beautiful renderings, crafted as if on purpose, by nature and […]
Notre Dame: A Monument for Cultural Humanity
Above: art by first graders in 2018 inspired by the rose windows of Notre Dame Cathedral. Monuments are curious things. We build them to remember, to commemorate, to honor, celebrate and mourn. It’s easy to see these odes to history as scenery; the backdrop to our busy lives. The obelisk, the building, the sculpture — they live alongside us as silent companions and reminders of the generations upon whose shoulders we stand. But as they play their part— unspeaking, unmoving, unchanging — we become indifferent to them. It’s not a malicious or intentional progression, but the day-to-day creeps in and overtakes our attentions, our affections. Yesterday, our attentions were suddenly and dramatically turned back to one of the most important […]
Art is Process: A Brief History of Jeffrey A. Dering, Part 2
We’ve been getting acquainted with Jeffrey Dering this March on the Emillions Art blog. Jeffrey is an accomplished artist and businessperson — having worked around the world to create experiential environments for his clients and their customers. We are endeavoring to take a closer look at the inner workings of his art — and the enigma that is the formation of an artist’s process. Read Part 1 here. — Process can be a dry and somewhat pedestrian word. It’s the kind of term managers pepper into their motivational spiel to let subordinates know “success doesn’t come without engaging the mundane.” But we shouldn’t be so swift to overlook the importance, and the promise, of process. Jeffrey Dering sees process as a […]
An Art Student Study: Part 2
We wanted to take a look at art students and discover what motivates and excites them as they look ahead to a career in fine art. This is part 2 of a two-series blog. You can read Part 1 here. — When you think of an art student, what type of person comes to mind? Is there a classic profile of an individual to which your mind immediately goes? Everyone may have a different mental image regarding the modern artist. But to be sure, enrollment in visual and performing arts programs is greater than ever before, ranking in the top ten of bachelor’s degrees sought. Emillions Art believes the future of fine art is never in doubt, but always in […]
It’s Not Too Late: A New Year’s Resolution
With the new year suddenly upon us and stretching out before us with a million possibilities, Emillions Art asks an important question — and humbly submits that perhaps our readers should ask a similar one. As I reflected on the year, I began to realize there were far more instances, situations and circumstances contributing to my personal growth than I first realized. But a big one and I must admit, a surprising one, was this little project I started: keeping a book. What is that? I’m glad you asked. My book is, simply put, hardbound memories. Call it a journal, call it a scrapbook, call it a photo album — but my book is a way to look at what […]
Basquiat: Still Hot
Jean-Michel Basquiat still holds a few secrets even though the painter died at a very young and promising 27 in 1988. One of his untitled works, currently under private ownership, has just been through extensive scientific forensic analysis verifying that the materials and pigments are consistent with a date of origin of 1981, but that’s not all. Conservator Emily MacDonald-Korth found surprising fluorescent arrow designs on the canvas after she passed a black light over the artwork, which are consistent with Basquiat’s use of ultraviolet in other of his works. The notable discovery has been highlighted just last week on Artnet and in the Smithsonian’s SmartNews. Marlissa Gardner, of Emillions Art, has been greatly involved in this current Basquiat discovery. Gardner is […]
Just In Time for the Holidays!
Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Holiday time!! Visions of decked-out trees, predictions of snow, vintage television specials and Rat Pack classics fill the internet and the airwaves. These are the beloved trappings of our favorite holiday. Chances are, you’re in the throes of gift hunting for all those important folks on your list. At this point in the season, as you whittle away at the menagerie of friends and relatives on that list, it’s likely you’ve saved the most difficult ones for last. Year after year, you wring your hands, hoping to offer up a delightfully unexpected gift. It’s an unassailable truth — the older we get, the more difficult we are to surprise. Gifts don’t hold the same promise of […]
An Art Student Study: Is Art Worth the Price?
This is the first installment of a two-part series. Part 2 can be read here. Recently, BFAMFAPhD, a collective of artists, designers, technologists, organizers, and educators who work in the intersection of art, technology, and political economy, released an interesting set of data. The contributors and collaborators of BFAMFAPhD have been asking themselves and society in general, “If most students who obtain arts degrees never end up working in their field of study, how can we justify the astronomical cost of art education at the collegiate level?” Read more of their findings. They’ve discovered a startling 85% of those who obtain an art degree of some sort end up working in unrelated careers. Additionally, the 15% of those who do become […]