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  • JULY 31ST: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Happy Friday! I can’t believe July is already over. The summer is flying by. Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Tomorrow! Smart Museum of Art‘s courtyard is hosting Chicago’s Official Ambassador for Hair Affairs, Mather Seerlo’s Hair Fair. This event is aimed towardsRead the Rest…

    MAY 29TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

     Now that summer is upon us, Chicago’s art scene is waking up! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This week! Pivot Arts Festival has a series of performances tonight through June 7th in Edgewater, Rogers Park, and Uptown neighborhoods. Pivot Arts launchesRead the Rest…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    CANCELLED PRINTS: AFTERTHOUGHT OR WORK OF ART?

    February 2nd, 2015 · 2:30 pm  →  Appraisal Art History Blog Prints Works on Paper

    Fine art prints, including (but not limited to) etchings, lithographs, woodblock prints, and engravings, are most often produced in multiples. The printmaking process begins with the production of an image on a surface, or “matrix,” from which the image is reproduced on paper in a series of “impressions.” Images created from the same matrix formRead the Rest…

    JANUARY 23RD: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    This last week we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In celebration to his contribution to the United States, we featured an article about African-American artists every weekday. This Friday, we are compiling our art-related news and articles. If you have some free time this weekend and want to make a trip to Philly, the Philadelphia MuseumRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: THE ESTATE OF ROSE MORGAN

    December 17th, 2014 · 4:51 pm  →  20th Century art American history Appraisal Blog Prints Works on Paper

    In celebration of MIR Appraisal’s 20th anniversary year, each month we have revisited a favorite case from our company’s history. This month’s article describes an exciting new case, which includes artworks and other items from the Estate of Rose Morgan, a notable 20th century African-American businesswoman and former wife of boxer Joe Louis.  From researching Hermon Atkins MacNeil’sRead the Rest…

    MASTERS OF THE POSTER: CHÉRET, MUCHA, AND THE NEW ART OF ADVERTISING

    August 12th, 2014 · 1:00 pm  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art Art History Art Nouveau Blog Impressionism Prints

    In the 19th century, the western world was rapidly industrializing, and with progress came an influx of cheap goods, new technology, vibrant colors, and a purchasing power the masses had never had before. With a growing middle class, a new economic phenomenon took root that would bear the fruit of the world we still liveRead the Rest…

    Richard Diebenkorn: The High Price of a Print

    October 28th, 2013 · 9:17 am  →  Appraisal Blog Contemporary Art Modern Art Prints Works on Paper

    Based upon the outcome of recent auctions, the top end of the print market is on the rise.  Although the paintings and sculptures of established artists still carry a significantly higher price tag, the print market is doing shockingly well.  This trend is particularly noticeable among large-scale prints by modern artists such as Mastisse, Warhol,Read the Rest…