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  • Treasures Discovered in Unexpected Places

    July 27th, 2010 · 3:08 pm  →  Blog

    What comes to mind when you think of garage sales? Do the words dirty, old, and trash come to mind? How about ugly and cheap? The image of my grandma’s outdated ceramic lamp with a bright yellow sticker labeled $1.00 crosses my mind. What about a price tag of $200 million? That’s the incredible profitRead the Rest…

    EXQUISITE CHICAGO ART EVENTS IN AUGUST

    July 27th, 2010 · 9:59 am  →  Blog

    We are pleased to present a list of our favorite art-programming events in Chicago for the upcoming month of August. Happy summer from your friends at MIR Appraisal Services! Fiesta del Sol August 1st, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 1400 W. Cermak Road Arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, and soccer games featured at the 38thRead the Rest…

    Pauline Palmer: American Impressionist, AIC Alumnus- Chicago Icon

    July 22nd, 2010 · 8:55 am  →  Blog

    Pauline Palmer was a very important American impressionist painter who spent most of her career painting the people and places in and around Chicago. Many art historians consider Palmer as one of the most important artists of the Chicago area. Her paintings display her immense talent as an artist and offer the viewer a windowRead the Rest…

    A Glimpse into an Art Conservator’s World

    July 20th, 2010 · 9:36 am  →  Blog

    Everybody loves a good “before and after” shot, right? Well none understand that better than today’s Art Conservator. In their world, a multitude of treatments and steps bring damaged old artworks from “before” to “after.” Take the images below for example. This painting of a woman from 1890 was badly torn when it arrived atRead the Rest…

    The Landscape of a Summer Holiday

    July 16th, 2010 · 12:49 pm  →  Blog

    I returned just days ago to Chicago in high summer, from a month-long trip out west, with hundreds of snapshots, little map-piles, and lots of great music from friends along the way played on our temperamental car stereo. Flame knotted in the campfire pit, hot tea in an old blue tin, and flashlight in myRead the Rest…

    Run Down on the Authentication of Sports Memorabilia

    July 13th, 2010 · 9:08 am  →  Blog

    The sports memorabilia “industry estimates are at least half the signed sports memorabilia sold online today – hundreds of millions of dollars worth – is fake.“ Sports memorabilia makes up a substantial portion of the collectibles market. Star athletes are followed and cherished by so many people that anything they sign, use, or touch hasRead the Rest…

    The “New Art” Movement

    July 9th, 2010 · 9:02 am  →  Blog

    Art Nouveau, meaning “New Art” in French, developed in the late 1800’s, lasting until the First World War. The movement got its name from a shop in Paris called La Maison de l’Art Nouveau, whose customers and workers fostered modern ideas in art. In reaction to classical, studied art practices, Art Nouveau reached the sceneRead the Rest…

    Folk Art Samplers Offer a Glimpse into America’s History

    July 6th, 2010 · 3:36 pm  →  Blog

    American folk art encompasses many different media that convey a sense of naive purity. Mostly made by artists who are self-taught and nonconforming to various artistic movements, they offer a simple aesthetic that expresses their cultural identity. American folk art tells a important story about the history of the United States. These objects serve asRead the Rest…

    Survey of Polish Artists: Part III

    July 2nd, 2010 · 8:43 am  →  Blog

    As we continue our exploration of influential Polish artists, in today’s entry, we will take a look at four more painters, Wladyslaw Bakalowicz, Josef Brandt, Olga Boznanska, and Walter Krawiec. Wladyslaw Bakalowicz was born in 1833 and attended school at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts from 1849 to 1854. Bakalowicz traveled to France andRead the Rest…