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Art Leaders Gallery 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on: November 26th, 2022 by Art Leaders No Comments

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Uniquely Artistic Gifts

Posted November 25, 2022

The Holiday Season is upon us and Art Leaders is here to help you find that show-stopping gift that will be loved forever. To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of holiday gifts that will be perfect for anyone on your list. Each one of these gifts are available at Art Leaders Gallery.

1. Houston Llew Spiritiles

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Spiritiles are beautiful creations for any occasion and a memorable piece of art that can hang on a wall or stand alone. These unique, handmade tiles are made with colored glass and copper fired in a kiln. Each Spiritile has a beautiful enamel image accompanied with an inspiring or sentimental quote. Careful though, these collectible pieces are highly addicting – you may have to buy one (or 5) for yourself!

Regular Tiles: $163 
Retired Tiles: Starting at $199

2. Andrew Madvin Thorn Vessels

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Detroit artist, Andrew Madvin creates these stunning hand-made glass bowls. Create the perfect, show-stopping centerpiece by displaying them as a single sculpture, or pair them with a similar color.

Thorn Vessels: Starting at $700


3. Craig Alan Limited Edition Art

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Displaying his skills using bold colors and fine detailing, Alan creates large portraits and scenes. Not only does the subject appear to be made by the crowd, look closely and you will find them interacting among the silhouettes. Alan draws inspiration from popular culture and pop art. As a result, many of his Populus images feature famous faces such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Elvis. Alan also pays homage to the masters of Pop Art Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Keith Haring. Craig Alan’s Populus limited edition pieces are perfect for any contemporary space!

Craig Alan Limited Editions: Starting at $1,500

4. The Art of Dr. Seuss

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The Art of Dr. Seuss are perfect art collectors of all sorts! Did you know that Dr. Seuss was an artist as well as the most beloved children’s author? The Secret Art collection dives into the creative world of Dr. Seuss, perfectly replicated to the size and medium the original. You will find we also have illustration prints from Seuss’ most popular books like The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Oh the Places You’ll Go.

Call the gallery for pricing and availability!

5. Wall Climbers, Athletes, and Colorful Koi by Ancizar Marin

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Ancizar Marin’s colorful climbers are perfect gifts for the athlete in your life. The lava rock and resin sculptures are made to order in various solid and marbled colors! Easy installations create a beautiful and contemporary display on your walls.

Call the gallery to place your order!

6. Thad Markham’s Out of the Bowl Sculptures

Celebrate Happy Hour with Thad Markham’s quirky Out of the Bowl fruit sculptures. With equally whimsical titles like Hot Salsa and Winner Takes Olive, these funky fruits will liven up any kitchen or bar area.

Out of the Bowl Sculptures: Starting at $215

7. Thomas Arvid Fine Wine Artwork

Somewhere on a Beach by Thomas Arvid at Art Leaders Gallery

Give your favorite wine aficionado something different this year. Thomas Arvid’s hyper-realistic artworks will make you feel like you’re in the wine cellars of Napa Valley or sitting Somewhere on a Beach with your favorite champagne.  He attracts viewers with intricate details of his photorealistic images through a mastery of light, depth, and reflection. As a result, his contemporary still-life paintings have become an art world phenomenon.  As a passionate artist and wine collector, he strives to capture the pleasure of a life well lived on each canvas.

Thomas Arvid Limited Editions: Starting at $995

8. Borowski Glass Sculptures

Colorful Glass Animals

This collection features hand-made glass sculptures and lamps straight from Poland. Borowski glass sculptures add some color and whimsy to any garden or room.

Borowski Glass Sculptures: Starting at $250

9. Michael Aram Home Accessories

From Menorahs and Mezuzahs, crosses and holiday ornaments to table top frames and beautiful centerpieces, the Michael Aram collection has something for everyone on your list.

Michael Aram Accessories: Starting at $100

10. Art Leaders Gallery Gift Certificate

We all know art can be very personal. A Gift Certificates from Art Leaders Gallery will let you give the gift of Fine Art without the hassle of figuring out your loved one’s taste. The best part is these gift cards never expire and can be used on any artwork or service we provide! Out of state clients can even enjoy the gift cards because we ship anywhere!

What is Art? | 2019 Dr. Seuss Book Release

Posted on: February 28th, 2019 by Art Leaders No Comments

Dr. Seuss's Horse MuseumWhat is Art?

Published February 28th, 2019

With the 115th birthday of Dr. Seuss approaching, and the recent passing of his wife Audrey Geisel, there has been a lot of press regarding the legendary author; 28 years after his death!

Among the many drawings remaining at the Seuss estate, they discovered an unfinished manuscript. This manuscript was found in a similar manner to the one used the create the posthumous 2015 release of “What Pet Should I Get” (a now best-seller).

This new manuscript however deals with a quite exciting topic for those of us who already appreciate Dr. Seuss fine art! As you may know, Ted’s late wife Audrey Geisel paired with Chase art group at the turn of the century to establish a collection of limited-edition fine artworks, never before seen to the public. Ted created many artworks during his lifetime which he never sold. The rare collections include his Secret Art, Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy, Illustration Art, & Bronze Tribute Collection.

The Ultimate Question

The upcoming book asks the question “What is Art?” and explores an artist’s creative process. Ultimately, it will give readers an inside look at how Ted thought about art, and how he viewed the world. Ted (Theodore Seuss Geisel) had an amazingly creative eye and a passionate belief in imagination! It is so exciting to be able to get a glimpse inside his mind after all of these years.

“Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum” is set to release this upcoming Sept. 3. through Random House Children’s Books. Illustrator Andrew Joyner finished the 80% completed manuscript and fully illustrated the book, as the sketches recovered were too incomplete to use. Joyner’s style is “both subtly Seussian and wholly his own.”

New Dr.Seuss Book 2019 Original Dr. Seuss Sketch 2019 Book Release

The publication will feature references to Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and other famous artists. The rumor is that Seuss characters like the Cat in the Hat, and the Grinch may appear in this book! Some of Joyner’s previous children’s books include “Too Many Elephants in This House” and “The Swap.”

The upcoming release of this new children’s book is truly delightful. In fact, it is a joy to see the legacy of Dr.Seuss living on in this new generation!


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Craig Alan’s Populus: People Making People

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by Art Leaders No Comments

Craig Alan’s Populus: People Making People

Despite the title’s multiple meanings, I am of course referring to Craig Alan’s ‘Populus’ figurative artwork series at Art Leaders Gallery. His artwork has captured the attention of many in the past decade. Check out this News Article of his latest public art piece in Atlanta, Georgia!

Each painting reads as a portrait from a distance– often a celebrity or known public figure. When you approach the work and look closely, you start to understand that each line and detail making up the portrait is an individual of their very own. Above all, the figures that make up these portraits are always unique. They interact in a world within the depiction of another a human being! In other words, he makes people made from people!

Alan’s Inspiration

Craig Alan’s inspiration behind the series began after he started taking photographs from his mother’s condo balcony. He captured the ever-changing crowds from a distance. As a result, a pattern began to form of a human eye in the lens of his camera. “This started my creative wheels turning,” Craig explains. Everything after that I suppose is history!

Craig Alan's Populus Series Hope Around The Corner featuring mini figures gathering around the letters HOPE available at Art Leaders Gallery

Hope Around the Corner by Craig Alan


Craig Alan believes that individuals need to work together for the greater good of the community. Therefore, his pieces have a general sense of community, positivity, and hope. He believes we are all small pieces of one large puzzle. Consequently, he wants viewers to be able to see themselves in each one of his pieces. As a result, his artwork is customizable with unique figures of your choice.

Populus Process

Craig Alan adding custom details to a piece of artwork from his Populus series.

Craig Alan hand painting ‘The Crossover’ details.

Firstly, Craig Alan meticulously makes stencils for each one of the tiny figures that makes up each of his larger images. Secondly, he then uses these stencils to spray paint each figure individually onto the canvas to create a larger image. After that, each figure is hand painted to include their unique qualities.

Watch this video for an in depth look at Craig Alan’s Populus Process. 

Craig has been expanding his figurative artwork series, which is gaining more and more recognition. In addition to public art, he offers originals, commissioned mixed media work, and has recently released a new limited-edition line on canvas! Craig now works in three different artwork classifications; Original, Mixed Media, and Limited Edition. His new limited-edition works are a signed & numbered edition of 75 giclée’s on canvas. His mixed media on wood is his most popular genre of work. They are available for commissions and are customizable in size, color, and details. Clients have asked him to add in their names, certain figures, their own portrait, etc. His original paintings are where the limits are fairly endless. Collectors can commission a Craig Alan original of their own face in the Populus style if desired.

Stay tuned and let Art Leaders Gallery be your go-to resource for all things new with Craig Alan!

Published February 21st, 2019


Feelin’ Peachy

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019 by Art Leaders No Comments

Color of the Year – 2019

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 Living CoralIt’s that time of year again – Happy New Year from Art Leaders Gallery! With a new year comes many new things, such as Pantone’s color of the year. Let us all appreciate the vibrant happy, color that is PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral. This life-affirming coral hue with has a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens anything it touches. Living coral is vibrant and mellow. It embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

If you are unfamiliar with Pantone’s Color of the Year – it is essentially the color bible for interior design and clothing industries! Though designers may be the first to follow with their paint and fabric selections – the Pantone influence trickles down into all types of other industries and businesses. Don’t be surprised to see the color of the year popping up all over the place.

Living Coral Pantone Color of the Year Qoute

Pantone’s Color of the Year has been influencing product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries for twenty years! Industries most highly impacted are as follows: fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design.

Pantone Past Colors of the Year 2011 to 2018

Color Selection

The Color of the Year is selected with thoughtful consideration and a process comparing trend analysis. Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute search all over the globe looking for unique color inspirations. Influences include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, play styles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms. Additionally, even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention can impact color.

Whether you are looking for a new top, wall color, décor pillow, or phone case this year – bring a little coral into your life! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2019 –

Published January 2nd, 2019

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Shop Small Business

Posted on: November 21st, 2018 by Art Leaders No Comments

Shop Small at Art Leaders Gallery this year!

Shop Small This Holiday Season


Published November 16th, 2022

Shop Small Business Saturday this upcoming Saturday, November 26th !  Stop by the gallery this weekend to help support your local business owners, community, & economy.

If you aren’t familiar, Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after US Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. This Saturday is always the last one in November and falls between November 24 and November 30.

Give back

Keeping the business in your city is always a wonderful way to give back to the community! Online mega companies such as Amazon largely impact the success of brick-and-mortar businesses. While we are all guilty of the easy, one-click to ship online purchases, we need to keep in mind that a lot of mom-and-pops are counting on us this holiday season!

That being said, many small businesses are also holding their own with their online presence. Why not ‘buy small’ when you can also get free shipping and get a much more unique gift that will help support a local community?

Give the Gift of Fine Art

Since you’re out and about this weekend, stop by Art Leaders for your unique holiday gifts. We would love to have you spend your Saturday exploring our 10,000 square foot showroom where we have art for everyone. Our collection boasts original paintings, limited edition pieces, art glass, and great gifts for any occasion! If you’re looking for a smaller gift, check out our selection of Houston Llew Spiritiles, beautiful Michael Aram home accessories, or various art glass pieces.  For a more quirky gift, why not check out our Art of Dr. Seuss collection or the Populus series by Craig Alan

Because we would absolutely love to see you, Art Leaders Gallery is offering a FREE Small Buppy Sculpture with any in-store artwork purchase of $250 or more! This offer is only on Small Business Saturday (November 26) and is limited to in-store purchases only and not valid with custom framing orders.

After 30 years of business, we understand that art is incredibly personal. This is why Art Leaders Gallery also offers gift certificates for any amount. You can purchase the gift cards online or in person. 

We look forward to seeing you Saturday!

We will be shopping small this holiday season. Our gallery will be open Saturday November 26 from 1-6pm. We are thankful for your business and are wishing you & yours a wonderful season!

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S.A.D. doesn’t have to be: Art & Seasonal Depression

Posted on: November 12th, 2018 by Art Leaders No Comments

Ed Ed & Eddy Cartoon Seasonal Depression Artwork Art Leaders GalleryArt & Seasonal Depression

We Michiganders are well versed in seasonal depression, the winter blues, or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). As the days get shorter, darker, and colder – we do our best to keep our energy levels up, but we would be lying if we said it didn’t get to us sometimes. Holiday spirit aside, it seems there really isn’t much to look forward to other than cold & snow for the next several months. We are always searching for ways to brighten our days this winter. What better way to fight the grayness than with a colorful masterpiece in your home!


We at Art Leaders Gallery are adamant about selecting artwork that makes you feel something! Art has long been known to greatly affect the moods of we humans (cave art on!) Art Therapy has been used widely in the last century or so; a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis.

While we aren’t necessarily saying you need to take up painting this winter (though we encourage you to try!) It might be time to look at your indoor space and think about ways to brighten it up. Your home is where you will undoubtedly spend 80% of your free time. When the temperatures start getting below a certain point you may even spend more time at home. Why not make your home your own oasis from the dreary darkness?

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Depression S.A.D

If you are not familiar, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs at the same time each year, usually in winter. Otherwise known as seasonal depression, SAD can affect your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy levels. This can affect your relationships, social life, work, school, and your overall sense of self-worth. You may feel like a completely different person to who you are in the summer: hopeless, sad, tense, stressed, no interest in friends or activities you normally love.

SAD usually begins in fall or winter when the days become shorter and remains until the brighter days of spring or early summer. SAD affects about 1% to 2% of the population, particularly women and young people, while a milder form of winter blues may affect as many 10 to 20 percent of people. Since the amount of winter daylight you receive lessens the farther you are from the equator, SAD is most common in people who live 30+ degrees latitude north or south. The good news is that SAD is treatable. Let us help by inspiring you with beautiful vibrant art!

Styles for Every Home

Here are some of our picks to give your spirits a lift!

Antonio Molinari – “Tropical Emulsion”

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Konstantin Savchenko – “Autumn Memory”

Autumn Memory by Konstantin Savchenko at Art Leaders Gallery

Ken Rausch – “Bending Copper Series II”

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Dr.Seuss – “I Dreamed I Was a Doorman at The Hotel Del Coronado”


If artwork isn’t in the budget, we encourage you to get out and visit a museum or gallery to soak up some joy.

– Happy Almost Winter from ALG 🙂

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Published on November 12th, 2018

The Art of Neon

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by Art Leaders No Comments

Is Neon Art a trend?

Neon Art Idaho by Laddie John Dill

Has anyone else noticed this obsession with neon lately? Not only with interior design, but with fine art as well! The fluorescent neon lighting trend has come a long way since its affiliation with smoke filled bars and strip clubs. It has been creeping back into the artworld for the last several years and the evidence is everywhere.

Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers discovered neon by accident in 1898 while experimenting on liquid air. Georges Claude began creating neon lighting in 1902, as he had surplus neon leftover as a byproduct of his air liquefaction company. Neon lighting consists of brightly glowing, electrified glass tubes or bulbs that contain rarefied neon or other gases. Neon lights are a type of cold cathode gas-discharge light. A neon tube is a sealed glass tube with a metal electrode at each end, filled with one of a number of gases at low pressure

Not all neon lights are neon, in fact only one color of ‘neon’ is actually neon! The color of the light depends on the gas within the tube. Neon lights were named for neon, a noble gas which gives off a popular orange light, but other gases and chemicals are used to produce other colors, such as hydrogen (red), helium (yellow), carbon dioxide (white), and mercury (blue). Various combinations have been created over the years, creating some of our favorites (the pinks and purples!) that we have come to love today.

Threshold” (2009) from the 53rd Venice Biennale by Ivan NavarroGood Boy, Bad Boy by Bruce Nauman

Museum of Neon Art

Did you know there is a museum of neon art? MONA is an institution that exists to encourage learning and curiosity through the preservation, collection, and interpretation of neon art! They have hosted several notable Exhibitions in the last several years. She Bends: Women in Neon was a group art show featuring women benders from around the world and was curated by Meryl Pataky.

Though neon, and neon in art is not new it has been popping up all over lately! Not only do we personally follow several artists who have moved into neon as a medium in the last several years – notable exhibitions and art contests have been booming with the stuff!

Neon at ArtPrize

The winner of the $200,000 Grand ARTPRIZE in Grand Rapids, MI went to “brown, carmine, and blue.” by Le’Andra LeSeur. LeSeur’s “brown, carmine, and blue” utilizes visual media (including several neon elements), installation and performance to make sense of the way current ideologies frame marginalized identities. “Le’Andra so compellingly utilizes all of her resources to take us into her world and her worldview. Her work was so deeply immersive. It’s about gender, it’s about race, it’s about America at its core,” said Davis Anderson, an ArtPrize 10 juror and the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum at PAFA.

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Alex Da Corte’s Rubber Pencil Devil was featured at The 2018 Carnegie International, that opened on October 13th. The Philadelphia-based artist displays a skeletonof a house covered in neon with flower plantings, jack-o’-lanterns, cupids, etc. Inside, 57 magnetic music videos play (Over the course of three hours), each with pop-culture references. Da Corte stars as most of the characters in the videos. A giant Heinz bottle is jumps around, The Wicked Witch of the West is sings LeAnne Rimes accompanied by Oscar the Grouch, Bugs Bunny is sits on a cartoon crescent moon, singing Frank Ocean.


Then, as ambient music plays, Da Corte walks slowly through the door of a familiar-looking set. He’s dressed as Mister Rogers (who shot his children’s TV show nearby), wearing one of his brightly colored sweaters, smiling warmly to the camera and sitting down to change his shoes. Pretty soon he’s out the door, returning a moment later in a different sweater, switching his shoes once more and departing.

He does it again and again, arriving each time in a new sweater and with the same joyful hello to the audience. It’s by turns hilarious and sad, and more than a little dark, but as he keeps going, something else happens: it begins to have the feel of an epic. It’s moving—heroic, even. He strives to get the job done as well as he can. Like us all, he’s putting on his best face, trying to get through the day.

-Andrew Russeth |ArtNews

Rubber Pencil Devil

Pencil Devil Neon Art

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We seriously can’t get enough of this work! Fingers crossed we can make some magic happen and go experience it for ourselves. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but it resonates this strange, intriguing Americana nostalgia. In fact, only one week after opening, the work has already been widely praised. Popular art hub Artsy recently published “The Carnegie International Puts Joy before Politics”. Everyone is eating up the light-heartedness of this neon structure. Whether it be the candy-colored films, or pop culture references such as Mr. Rogers, something about it makes you smile!

We hope this trend sticks around for years to come! It is candy to our eyes and – we are oohing and aahing over this art trend.

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Published October 30, 2018

Dr. Seuss: His Mystery Midnight Paintings

Posted on: October 23rd, 2018 by Art Leaders No Comments

Dr.Seuss Theodore Geisel Secret ArtThe Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

We all know and love famous children’s book author Dr.Seuss! If you grew up reading the books, you know the whimsical style that we have come to love. What you might not know is that Theodor Seuss Geisel was also a fine artist! Ted illustrated children’s books by day and spent his nights creating what he called his “midnight paintings”. His limited edition artworks are available for sale at select galleries -and wow are they amazing.

Ted never sold his works during his lifetime. He felt that it would distract from his career as a children’s book author. He also had an interesting time considering himself a fine artist at times. After his death in 1991, his home shared with wife Audrey, contained hundreds of drawings, paintings, and taxidermy sculptures.

Following Geisel’s death, Audrey donated many of his drawings to the University of California, San Diego. In 1996 art dealer Robert Chase approached her with the idea to release limited edition reproductions Seuss’s work. “The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection” officially launched in 1998 following a preview of the collection in 1997. In that preview, a small number of editions released annually for collectors.

“I remember telling Ted that there would come a day when many of his paintings would be seen and he would thus share with his fans another facet of himself—his private self.”

-Audrey Geisel

The Meaning Behind the Work

Many of the paintings include political commentary, sexual innuendos, and just generally not the G-rated wholesomeness we have come to expect from the Seuss name. This really is the draw for a lot of collectors – after all, Ted was a man living in this world (as well as his Seussian world) with opinions to be shared! He actually got his start with cartoon drawings in newspapers, focusing primarily on political satire. His earlier advertising illustrations in the 1920’s & 30’s eventually led him to a stint as a political cartoonist in 1941 during World War II. He even joined the army in 1943 as a scriptwriter for a filmmaking unit that documented the war.Tower of Babel Dr.Seuss Secret Art

While Ted hid his midnight paintings from the world, he also had some fun with them! He hung one of his  paintings in his home, “Green Cat With Lights” and signed it with pseudonym, Stroogo Von M; pretending that he had discovered a new artist. Ted would talk about it at dinner parties to gauge what other people truly thought about his work. According to his wife Audrey “On at least one occasion, a guest replied, ‘Oh yes, I’ve heard of Stroogo Von M.’”

Dr. Seuss’s Unorthodox Taxidermy and More

Green Cat Wiith Lights Dr.Seuss Secret ArtThe collection from Chase art group currently available for sale includes illustrations, midnight paintings, and what he called his “unorthodox taxidermy.” These sculptures are mounted creature heads that Geisel created with papier-mâché. The original beaks, horns, antlers, etc. were from real deceased animals from the Springfield Zoo in Massachusetts where his father worked. The reproductions of course are cast and include no real animal elements.

Ted’s children’s books and literary rhymes made him a sensation, but his uniquely styled animals and figures have cemented themselves as distinctly Seussian. Rest assured that his Secret Art maintains that same whimsical charm. And when you think about it, his work was always immensely conceptual. Sneetches and Yertle the Turtle explain discrimination and fascism, while The Lorax advocates to preserve the environment. Hoping that generations to come will continue to enjoy the genius that was Theodor Seuss Geisel.


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Published October 23rd, 2018

Shredding It with Banksy: Continuing the Conversation

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by Art Leaders No Comments

Banksy Shredded Art 2018

Banksy’s Latest Trick

I am sure by now we have all heard of the latest Banksy prank pulled earlier this month. If not, here is a brief synopsis to catch you up with the art world this October! One of his trademark paintings appeared to self-destruct at Sotheby’s in London after selling for $1.4 million at auction!

The work, “Girl With Balloon,” a 2006 spray paint on canvas, was the last lot of Sotheby’s “Frieze Week” evening contemporary art sale. After competition between two telephone bidders, the auctioneer hammered it down for 1 million pounds. That’s more than three times the estimate and a new auction high for a work solely by the artist, according to Sotheby’s.

“Then we heard an alarm go off,” Morgan Long, the head of art investment at the London-based advisory firm Fine Art Group, who was sitting in the front row of the room, said in an interview on Saturday. “Everyone turned round, and the picture had slipped through its frame.”

The painting, mounted on a wall close to a row of Sotheby’s staff members, had been shredded, or at least partially shredded, by a remote-control mechanism on the back of the frame. 

-NY Times

Banksy’s Winning Bidder

The mystery female millionaire winning bidder has recently announced that she will be keeping the artwork at the original purchase price. She released a statement Thursday regarding her over-the-phone bidding experience and the later realization that she has purchased a valuable moment in art history.

“When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history,” the buyer, who was identified only as a “European collector and a longstanding client,”

I mean if we were her, we would keep it too! After all, isn’t artwork value – along with really everything else in our consumerism society determined by its popularity? The piece, retitled “Love Is in the Bin”, is now more valuable than its hammer price just a week ago. In fact, all of Banksy’s work is rumored to have gone up in value the last week and a half. A smart play by Banksy, and a comment to all of us for caring about it – therefore continuing to increase its value.

Never the less, we art lovers are bound to talk about art! It is what we love. We galleries will continue to support our artists and their smart, potentially upsetting antics – monetarily motivated or otherwise! After all, if any of you know an artist, wouldn’t you agree that something would be lost without them? We thrive on and pull from their creative steam!

What the Press has to say

Many retailers, as well as political commentators have taken advantage of the press in the last week or so. I have below a few images for your enjoyment –

Notes From Poland Banksy

Ikea Rug Bansky Shred Art

After all, there is so much conversation happening about this act of performance art – if you will. How would you feel if you were the bidder behind the hammer? Initially – anger, regret, confusion? Eventually – happy, mocked, taken-advantage-of, famous?

Regardless of the potentially cynical undertones of Banksy’s elusive commentary, any art news is good art news! We will soak up the attention and continue to appreciate artists conceptual efforts!

Published October 18th, 2018

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