Once upon a time, collecting and investing in artwork was only for the wealthy and elite. And it wasn’t just because of the sizable investment it required. Unless you lived near an art gallery or could find a local show, your purchasing options were severely limited.

But the internet has changed all of that. And many of these changes have been further spurred on by last year’s COVID-19 pandemic. With entire countries under stay-at-home orders for months at a time, artists and art galleries had to get creative. …

Imagine…

A striking piece of artwork catches your eye as you browse a local antique store. When you ask for more information, the owner rehearses a story of how it was purchased by her great uncle at an auction halfway around the world. He was told that it was an original van Gogh, but when you ask for paperwork, you’re told there isn’t any. While the thought of owning a piece of art history tempts you to shoot for the stars, the price tag keeps your feet planted firmly on the ground. If only you knew whether it was authentic…

How do you put a price on your artwork? This is one of the most challenging questions you’ll ever face as an artist. After all, no one else knows the hours spent planning, preparing, and producing the piece of art in question. Nobody sees the blood, sweat, and tears that you pour into every canvas. And so, no one can understand just how valuable your art really is. And yet, if you don’t price your art well, you’ll wind up with a stack of great art that you’ll never be able to sell.

When pricing your art, you’ll want to…

Artwork by Dimitris Chatzilias

Before the advent of the internet, collectors only had one real way to purchase new artwork. They’d have to familiarize themselves with local artists and galleries, learn from other collectors, read a handful of books or magazines on the industry, browse as many pieces of artwork as possible, develop a budget that took things like buyer’s premiums into account, and then go out and make a purchase — either through a dealer or gallery. But that’s no longer the only way to become an art collector.

Today, it’s possible to begin your artwork collection without leaving your living room. The…

Imagine putting on a major art exhibition, only to discover that nearly all the paintings on display are forgeries. That’s exactly what happened in 2017, when 21 of Amedeo Modigliani’s paintings were showcased at the Ducal Palace in Genoa. A handful of art critics expressed concerns about the provenance of some of the paintings, so an expert was called in. When he was finished, he’d found that 20 of the 21 paintings were forgeries. This isn’t a particularly unusual or surprising case.

The art world is filled with forgers. And while it is true that some create fakes purely for…

For the past two centuries or so, galleries have been the de facto marketplace for artists and collectors. They’ve allowed artists to get their work in front of far more eyes than would otherwise be possible. And they’ve provided buyers with the ability to browse multiple artists and dozens of pieces of artwork at a single location. In other words, galleries made a lot of sense.

But with the advent of the internet, online shopping, and social media, some people have begun wondering whether the gallery system is everything it’s cracked up to be. All this new technology has opened…

One of the most challenging questions any artist must answer is, “How much do you want for it?”

So much goes into every piece of art, from brainstorming and planning to creating and revising. And it’s not just the time spent. It’s an artist’s talent, experience, and reputation. A piece of artwork’s value can seem like it’s totally in the eye of the beholder.

This can make pricing a painting feel like a stab in the dark. And yet, putting a price on your artwork is an essential part of doing business as an artist or art platform. …

In 1958, Francis Cook sold a painting by Giovanni Boltraffio for $53. It featured Jesus Christ, dressed in Renaissance garb and making the sign of the cross. Most collectors and art scholars at the time believed it was a copy of one of Boltraffio’s mentor’s works.

But in 2005, it was given a closer look and the truth came out. It wasn’t Boltraffio’s work at all. It had been painted by his teacher, Leonoardo da Vinci. Suddenly, Salvator Mundi was one of a handful of original da Vinci works. …

The global art market is massive, worth an estimated $64 billion and involving over 35 million transactions each and every year.

Over the past decade, its valuation has increased 9%. The reasons for this growth are multifaceted, but at the center of them is the rise of the internet. Online art dealers make finding high quality, valuable art easier and more accessible than ever. And as the industry has grown, more artists are picking up their pencils and paintbrushes.

To a layperson, it may seem as though all of this is a net good. …

Article written by Chris Tyler and Eric Golden. Visit us at https://regestra.com

Artwork by Karlie Rosin

Artwork by Karlie Rosin
Artwork by Karlie Rosin

Overview

Regestra is developing a social network platform that empowers artists to market themselves and art lovers to discover new artists. Artists will have the ability to use this unique social network platform to build loyalty and branding around their artwork and educate prospective buyers on their craft. Prior to being allowed to publish artwork, artists will go through a rigorous verification by Regestra. Verified artists will have the ability to post their artwork into their gallery, create social networks with other artists and buyers…

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