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  • APRIL 3RD: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Happy April! Haven’t the last couple of days been lovely? The crocuses are even starting to bloom! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Opening this weekend! The Art Institute of Chicago‘s exhibition, “Spreading Devotion: Japanese and European Religious Prints.” Both in the East andRead the Rest…

    MARCH 27TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    At the start of this new season, we send our warmest wishes for a bright and happy spring. Here at MIR, we are looking forward to springtime’s longer days, fresh blooms, and sunshine.  Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Opening this weekend!Read the Rest…

    AN APPRAISER’S EYE ON ANTIQUE BOOKS

    March 26th, 2015 · 9:55 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Books Documents Prints

    Since the invention of the printing press, millions of books have been produced and distributed, meaning that it is not uncommon to come across books that are quite old and interesting at book fairs, used book stores, consignment stores, yard sales, and other commonly accessible venues. These books are fragile and must be handled withRead the Rest…

    MARCH 20TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Burr! Its still cold out! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Tonight! The Art Institute of Chicago presents the keynote address by author Stella Tillyard delivers the keynote address for the exhibit, “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840″ which opened Tuesday!Read the Rest…

    MARCH 13TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Between the beautiful weather and everyone wearing green, it will feel like Spring has finally arrived! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! Are you going to the annual parade? For over 40Read the Rest…

    CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AT MIR: PETER MAX & DAVOOD ROOSTAEI

    March 4th, 2015 · 1:28 pm  →  Appraisal Artist Spotlight Blog Contemporary Art Painting

    Throughout the years, MIR Appraisal has had the opportunity to inspect and research artworks by a number of important contemporary artists, ranging from painter, printmaker, and stage designer David Hockney (British, b. 1937) to photographer Peter Lik (Australian, b. 1959) to street artist Banksy (British, contemporary). Below, we explore the life and works of two contemporaryRead the Rest…

    FEBRUARY 27TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Its finally the last week of February. Soon it will be warm. Soon. Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This Saturday! Auditorium Theatre is featuring the world famous Brazilian dance troupe, Grupo Corpo with tickets ranging $25 to $65. Go see it!Read the Rest…

    FEBRUARY 20TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    We hope everyone had a lovely post-Valentine’s week. Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Did you know that every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, the Chicago Cultural Center does free tours at 1.15pm? If you’ve never done it, this weekend is the weekendRead the Rest…

    CHANOYU: CERAMICS OF THE JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY

    February 19th, 2015 · 10:54 am  →  Ancient Art Antiques Asian art Blog Ceramics

    The Japanese tea ceremony is a cultural activity that involves a traditional preparation of matcha, or powdered green tea. The term chanoyu, which translates to “hot water for tea”  in English, is the Japanese name for the tea ceremony ritual. (1)  The ritual is a long-standing cultural tradition in Japan that was influenced by the Chinese tea ceremonyRead the Rest…

    FEBRUARY 13TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    The daylight is getting longer, but the temperature is getting colder! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Opening this Sunday, The Art Institute of Chicago, as the first of the newly inaugurated Modern Series, presents “Shatter, Rupture, Break.” This exhibit “unites diverse objects fromRead the Rest…