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Where to Buy Art Online

The most expensive art sale on record is Leonardo da Vinci’s, Salvator Mundi, circa 1490–1500, sold for $450.3 million at Christie’s on November 15, 2017. The art world is unregulated, which paves the way for some truly exorbitant prices. Art, obviously, can be a really great investment. It can also be something you purchase just because. So, where do you buy art? There are many famous places to by art in person (or over the phone) at auctions at Christie’s, Sotheby's, fairs like Art Basel, Frieze, or the Armory Show. Living in Chelsea for 2 years, I was surrounded by some of the most renowned galleries in the industry: Gagosian, Pace, that held their famous Thursday "opening nights" in the summer.  For...

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10 Bookshelf Styling Tips to Refresh Your Space

Breathe new life into your space with these few easy tips: Marie Kondo’s “Spark Joy” rules apply. Go through all of your art objects and books – touch them, open them up, dust them off – and get rid of anything that doesn’t still make your heart flutter. Arrange your books by color for a visually therapeutic effect. What this means is place like-colored spines alongside each other. Think of it as creating a ombré (i.e. blue to gray, red to pink). It makes the bookshelf feel less messy. Use different heights – place a classic hand poured candle next to tall wax-exposed columnar ones to keep the eye moving. Use different textures and transparencies – mix see-through glass vases...

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What's on your coffee table?

The name of this space is called “Coffee Table Things” but in reality you won’t find any of the items found in this store on my coffee table. Right now, my coffee table is littered with snacks, coffee mugs, and a not-so-aesthetic collection of WFH things: air pods, a wireless mouse, etc. Instead, my enthusiasm for art objects is evident on other surfaces: a credenza, an entryway table, and a bookshelf – the last of which has found its divine purpose as a chic backdrop to my Google Hangouts and Zoom conferences. In college, my senior art thesis was concerned with the fine line between décor and art, particularly within the context of the home. A canvas used as a...

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Institutional Critique

In art school we’re taught to think deeply, to question each other, to judge everything, to find fallacies, to make visual arguments – of famous work, of each other’s work, of our own work.  In a senior seminar called Institutional Critique (named after the book), we learn to challenge the system that laid the groundwork for the masterpieces we spent the last four years so deeply studying and admiring. For example, we realize how a white gallery wall or a store-bought pre-primed canvas creates limits to what constitutes as “art,” suggesting its definition as a framed, rectangular picture that ultimately needs to match the colors in our living room. Going to school in New York City you also have some of...

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