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  • NOVEMBER 14TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    Happy Friday! We  think winter is finally here. Although it is cold outside, the art market was pretty hot this week. Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. The Art Institute of Chicago has a monthly ‘After Dark’ and one is tonight! This monthRead the Rest…

    NOVEMBER 7TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Opening today, John Malkovich has been reimaged in iconic art and photographs by artist Sandro Miller and his exhibit entitled Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters at Edelman Gallery here in Chicago. The exhibit runs from today through JanuaryRead the Rest…

    OCTOBER 31: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    October 31st, 2014 · 3:35 pm  →  Ancient Art Appraisal Art History Art Market Contemporary Art Link Roundup

    Happy Halloween! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet.   Opening tomorrow at the Art Institute of Chicago: “James Welling: Diary of Elizabeth and James Dixon, 1840-41.” “Diary/Landscape,” a central part of this exhibition, was his first mature body of work which heralded theRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: VIEW FROM THE EAGLE’S NEST

    October 31st, 2014 · 2:41 pm  →  American history Appraisal Art History Blog

    In honor of our 20th year in business, each month we will feature a favorite research case from our past. This month’s article describes our work with public libraries and other learning institutions to research, preserve and protect their collections of treasured objects for future generations.  Throughout MIR Appraisal’s 20 years in business, we have been fortunateRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: O BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES

    September 30th, 2014 · 11:40 am  →  American history Authentication Blog Historical Documents

    In celebration of MIR Appraisal’s 20th anniversary, each month we will introduce a favorite case from our archives that details our company’s dedication to thorough research and analysis as key steps in the appraisal process. This month’s article describes a unique set of historical documents that we encountered as part of an estate appraisal case in 2008.  Several years ago,Read the Rest…

    COLLECTIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY: CARTES DE VISITE AND CABINET CARDS

    September 16th, 2014 · 3:04 pm  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art American history Blog Photography

    In the first half of the nineteenth century, photography had already begun to take off as a documentary art form. The daguerreotype, the first photographic process available to the public, enabled families to take true-to-life portraits of themselves and their loved ones (6). But daguerreotype portraits required lengthy sessions that resulted in stiff poses, andRead the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 5: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    Every Friday, we will post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This weekend is the 12th annual Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park. The Renegade Craft Fair is a national network of craft fairs serving the DIY community: Everything at the fairs reflects our commitment to showcase the bestRead the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: BUILDING A BUSINESS

    June 27th, 2014 · 8:26 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Art Market Auction Blog News

    In honor of our 20th anniversary, each month we will present a favorite story from our 20 years in business. This month’s installment details the growth of our business over time and the clients, associates, and other colleagues who have made this growth possible.   When Director & Senior Appraiser Farhad Radfar founded MIR AppraisalRead the Rest…

    NEW FUTURES: INTRODUCTION TO NEW MEDIA ART

    June 12th, 2014 · 4:40 pm  →  20th Century art Art History Art Market Blog Contemporary Art New Media Art

    While the study and criticism of New Media Art is relatively new, New Media Art itself is not. With roots tying into early 19th century technology, New Media Art encompasses a wide variety of art which uses technological, and now, overwhelmingly digital tools. The term differentiates itself  from other traditional visual arts, such as painting orRead the Rest…

    NEW REGULATIONS TO IMPACT U.S. IVORY SALES

    May 15th, 2014 · 11:05 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Provenance

    When making the decision to buy or sell items made of ivory, it is crucial to consider a number of factors that indicate whether the ivory can legally be bought or sold on the open market. Upcoming regulatory  changes within the U.S. ivory marketplace, due to be implemented beginning in June 2014, will have a significant impactRead the Rest…