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  • >Last Week to See “Elements of Photography” Exhibition at the MCA

    March 29th, 2010 · 4:08 pm  →  Blog

    > Photographer Adam Ekberg in front of his photograph Aberration #8 A friendly reminder from your pals at MIR—this is the last week to attend the Elements of Photography exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art! It’s a lovely array of works that hang like varied planets in the MCA’s little universe, each flashing theirRead the Rest…

    >Celebrating Early Springtime with Andy: A Colorful March of Warhol

    March 26th, 2010 · 3:55 pm  →  Blog

    > PART TWO: WARHOL’S DEVOTION TO THE REPEATED FRAME REITERATION If we begin to dramatically repeat an image, does the image begin to feel like it always has been? Is repetition life-giving or essentially violent? Do we torture an image through repetition; do we torture the subject through endless representation? Warhol commented, “The more youRead the Rest…

    >Astrolabes: Scientific and Cultural Overview

    March 23rd, 2010 · 3:04 pm  →  Blog

    >Recently at MIR Appraisal Services, Inc., our research team has been working on a fascinating and incredibly ornate astrolabe, a complex computation device used by scholars for thousands of years. Composed of a brilliant bronze and intricately decorated with astrological characters on the reverse, the entire piece is covered in Hebrew characters carefully hand-engraved intoRead the Rest…

    >Celebrating Early Springtime with Andy: A Colorful March of Warhol

    March 19th, 2010 · 1:48 pm  →  Blog

    > PART THREE: AN ASPECT OF WARHOL’S EVOLUTION: AN UNDOING I sense the backwards spiraling in the work of Warhol—a sort of undoing. He begins as a solo, meticulous draughtsman, using the blotted line method as a way of evoking the sense that the works already belong to the world of published, printed images—granting theRead the Rest…

    >Louis Legrand, French Belle Epoque and Notable Etchings and Aquatints

    March 16th, 2010 · 9:27 am  →  Blog

    > An unfairly forgotten artist of France’s Belle Époque, Louis Legrand braved the wild cabarets of Montmartre and managed to capture the essence of the era’s exuberance in his prints and caricatures. An artist very much appreciated during his creative heyday, some have come to blame his disappearance from our cultural memory to his longRead the Rest…

    >Celebrating Early Springtime with Andy: A Colorful March of Warhol

    March 11th, 2010 · 3:28 pm  →  Blog

    > PART TWO: AN EXCITING STORY FROM A MIR CLIENT, OWNER OF AN ORIGINAL WARHOL! Once, as art appraisers, we begin to dig into the layers of any cultural material and matter, the roots of things we see on a deeper level often times come enmeshed in a lovely way. So it is with focusingRead the Rest…

    >The Ladies of MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. (Part 1: Paintings)

    March 9th, 2010 · 10:49 am  →  Blog

    > Apolline Rose Benjamine,Frotier de la Coste (1795-1873) Specs: Artist: Francois Kinson (French, 1771-1839)Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 30 in. x 26 in., unframed; 32 3/4 in. x 28 1/2 in., framedSignature/Markings: Signed in the lower right quadrant with writing on the verso Circa: Early-Mid 19th CenturyAdditional Information: The writing on the verso offers informationRead the Rest…

    >Celebrating Early Springtime with Andy: A Colorful March of Warhol

    March 3rd, 2010 · 10:22 am  →  Blog

    > PART ONE: AN ORIGINAL ANDY WARHOL MARILYN LANDS BRIEFLY AT MIR! “Of all the painters working today in the service—or thrill—of a popular iconograph, Andy Warhol is probably the most single-minded and the most spectacular. At his strongest—and I take this to be the Marilyn Monroe paintings—Warhol has a painterly competence, a sure instinctRead the Rest…