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JAN
04
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The Best Investments of 2018? Art, Wine and Cars

Who beat the market this year? Investors who like the finer things in life.

Luxury assets, including wine, art, classic cars and fancy colored diamonds, have outperformed stocks and bonds in 2018.

 

“People are looking for a place for their cash, and the security of holding something physical is appealing,” said Anthony Maxwell, director at Liv-ex, the London-based wine exchange. “They are looking outside securities, and gold is not what it used to be.”

Investors who put money into art at the beginning of the year saw an average gain of 10.6% by the end of November, according to Art Market Research’s Art 100 Index, the closest thing the industry has to a benchmark.

In November, David Hockney’s painting of a man in a pink jacket by a swimming pool set a record for a living artist at auction, selling for $90.3 million at Christie’s New York.

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JAN
02
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Pintor Sirait on Indonesia, its myth and hopes

By The Jakarta Post 

Pintor (second left) and friends examine one of the artist's work in progress.

Of the many Indonesian contemporary artists who have made it to the top, Pintor Sirait is considered as one of the few who has earned not only local recognition but also the respect of the international art community.  

Pintor, known for using metal in all of his sculptures, pulled a stunt recently at his Singapore "F1" exhibition by creating a life-size Formula One racing car covered in bullet holes.  Controversial?  Maybe for some, but for Pintor, it's his way of expressing his vision to the world.

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DEC
14
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Exploring the Female Form: Balinese Artist Ni Nyoman Sani

By Jakarta Globe

There are many talented female Balinese artists who successfully complete academic art training. But it remains very rare for one to go on to become a successful artist, much less on e with an international profile. Ni Nyoman Sani is one of the few who have achieved this distinction. 

“It is difficult for women to make a career in the fine arts,” she said recently. “However, I have been able to dedicate myself to self-expression, in addition to cultural and family commitments.” 

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DEC
13
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Billionaire’s Secrets on How to Make a Bundle in Art

Billionaire’s Secrets on How to Make a Bundle in Art

"Nu couché" by Amedeo Modigliani.Source: Sothebys

But the market is opaque, unregulated and sometimes extremely illiquid. Gallery owners and auction houses charge commissions of 25 percent or more, sometimes negotiable, and art buyers must avoid the pitfalls of forgeries, fakes and rapidly changing tastes. 

“In the art market there are no rules, that’s why it is such a minefield and why it has such opportunities,” says Wendy Goldsmith, a London-based adviser in modern and contemporary art. “When I start with a new client, half my job is to say no, especially to people from finance who think because they can master one market they can master any market.”

While some collectors have made fortunes, Goldsmith says the world is littered with warehouses of art that have depreciated as much as 90 percent. To help navigate these treacherous waters, we asked three of the world’s most successful art buyers for advice on starting a collection.

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SEP
03
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La Force Infinite - Art Exhibition @ Arma Museum

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The opening of the group art exhibition "La Force Infinite" by Japanese resident artists in Bali took place at the legendary Arma Museum in Ubud, Bali on 1 September 2018 with 60 participants including Mr. Agung Rai and Mr. Hirohisa Chiba, the consult of general Japan.  

Approximately 50 artworks are exhibited by 4 artists, Sirius (Painter), Mr. Futomo Ishii (Painter), Ms. Kumi Aso (Batik maker) and Ms. Misato Kunii (Potter) who have expressed the infinite force in their own views.  

Sirius has been based in Kusamba Beach, known as a power spot full of spiritual energy.  His daily ritual is waking up at 5am, practising yoga & meditation before he puts himself 100% on painting. Sirius is extremly dedicated in his artwork and channeling energy into his artworks. "I express the power of the universe and cosmetic ray."

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JUL
30
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World Reknown Artist Robert Lyn Nelson

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Though Robert Lyn Nelson is truly considered a “Modern Day Master” in many styles, he is most widely known for his work he created in 1979, his landmark paintings “Two Worlds.” This Iconic Art piece helped form and launch today’s Modern Marine Art Movement. His vision of life above and below the ocean’s surface set in motion a successful and widely adopted genres of contemporary Art and has become a powerful symbol for one of the most compassionate efforts of our time, the struggle to preserve life of the sea. From his love of the sea came wonderful whales and dolphins, which earned him an international reputation. He was the first fine artist to focus on marine life.                            

Mr. Nelson’s Collectors include PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE, ROBERT KENNEDY JR., CLINT EASTWOOD,  MARLON BRANDO, JACQUES COUSTEAU, JAMES CAMERON (AVATAR), PALOMA PICASSO, LEONARD NIMOY, DAVID ROBINSON (San Antonio Spurs), JACK NICKLAS, ROBERT WAGNER, BRIAN WILSON, and many more!!!    

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JUN
17
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Robert Lyn Nelson, to Present "Imperiled Leviathan" Painting at World Whale Day

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MA'ALAEA, MAUI, HI -- World renowned artist Robert Lyn Nelson will present a dramatic oil and acrylic painting, Imperiled Leviathan, along with other recent works, at World Whale Day on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Kalama Park in Kihei. The event takes place from 9 am to 7 pm. Admission is free.

The 48" x 48" painting, depicting underwater whales and dolphins is priced at $100,000, with the full sale price to be donated to Pacific Whale Foundation to support whale research, marine education programs for children and conservation efforts.

Sale of the Painting and Limited Edition Posters will Benefit Pacific Whale Foundation's Research, Education and Conservation Programs.

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