On the Move: Cultural Mobility Info Network for Artists

Artists interested in gaining influences and impressions from outside cultures, by taking up an artist residency program in another country, will find many such opportunities listed on the On The Move–Cultural mobility information network site. Find details on residency opportunities in Asia and Europe — here.

For Latin America there is special focus on the countries of: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the Caribbean region here.

As an example of an International Residency Program hosting international contemporary artists, a new space in Dublin, Ireland, in newly converted stables, (as shown in the photos below), has a rolling deadline for artist applications here. The residency is associated with an artist run gallery.

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US + Euro Artists – Get Into The Asian Art Market: Over 200 Art Galleries in Hong Kong,Shanghai, Beijing + Tokyo

I do know a bit about Asia, from having lived as an expatriate in Tokyo, Japan, India and Hong Kong for a total of 4 years. It’s well know that any traveler may put their bags down on a busy sidewalk in Tokyo and walk away, with many thousands of people streaming past, and the bags will go untouched. In Tokyo, I recall seeing a small leather purse up on a stone wall each day as I walked to a small grocery nearby the house I lived in. After a few days of seeing the purse there I became curious and had a look inside, surprised to find that it contained a quantity of cash! I even counted it. There was the equivalent of about $100USD in Japanese yen. Then I put the purse back on the wall. Locals commonly commented that “the person who dropped it may come back looking for it”–and that’s why no one touches purses or bags left on sidewalks. For an American to see that in a major urban area was quite amazing.

Of course there is a certain amount of crime in any county, but often in Asia it is organized crime and easily avoided. In China, I repeatedly encountered instances of superstition against cheating anyone in business. Small business owners considered it bad luck to cheat or steal from customers.

So what does that have to do with art galleries?

I have heard American artist state that they are fearful of shipping their art to foreign art galleries due to possible expenses from legal hassles. Based on my experiences, I would  trust most Asian art galleries to sell my art should they be so inclined.

As part of my personal research, I have compiled

a list of Asian art galleries for American and European artists thinking about getting into the Asian art market.

You won’t need a knowledge of Asian languages or need to employ a translator. Even in 2013, many Americans seem to think that they will find it difficult to approach Asian art galleries due to a language barrier. But the over 200 art galleries in China that are on my list, link to websites in both English and Chinese–some  sites are also in additional languages such as Japanese, Korean, and German.

The list of China art galleries consists primarily of galleries in the large cities of Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai.  A few of these galleries in Mainland China also have additional galley locations in Taipei, Taiwan, and Seoul, S. Korea.

Yes, the list contains elegant galleries such as Chambers Fine Art in an architectural space designed by architect Ai Wei Wei. Chambers Fine Art was established in New York in 2000, and  is one of the leading galleries in the United States and China, along with famous James Cohen Gallery with locations in New York City and Shanghai, China.

But also, the list contains such galleries as–

State of the Art Gallery in Hong Kong, a somewhat lesser known that has a very Western image.

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 And the grass-roots effort in an apartment complex turned art gallery at the C & G Apartment Art Gallery in Hong Kong, that is open to exchanges and collaborations with artists and art organizations.

There are many others. So that artists seeking a fit for their work may access a broad range of opportunities I’ve include the a wide variety of art galleries on the list.

I am still adding Japanese art galleries  to the list, and currently have 58  art galleries primarily  located in Tokyo. If you are looking for art consultants in Asia, find our additional list of art consultants here. If you would like to license your art with Asian companies or find an Artist Agent, check this list.

Art Galleries In Tokyo, Japan

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Shibuya at dusk – Tokyo – Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many American and European artists would like to tap into the Asian art market.

UK, German and American artists exhibit in Japan and several are represented by the Tokyo art gallery Tomio Koyama Gallery http://www.tomiokoyamagallery.com/en/

located in the popular Shibuya district of Tokyo. View the Tomio Koyama Gallery print editions, here: http://www.tomiokoyamagallery.com/editions_en/

To help artists with their research, we’ve put together an extensive list of international art galleries that current includes over 40 art galleries in Tokyo, Japan, with more researched and added continually.

Plus, we have over 40 Art Licensing Agents, Artist Reps, and Art Licensing Companies in Asia–in Japan, China/Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand–listed in our 150+ page Art Licensing PDF.

American Flat Announces Marie Kazalia’s Paintings Available As Prints On Canvas

Introducing Abstract Art by Marie Kazalia

Americanflat is proud to introduce artwork by our newest artist Marie Kazalia.  Marie’s work engages with written aspects of world cultures such as combined, fragmented, enlarged and abstracted character forms. The techniques she uses involve paint layering, poured paints, stain painting and all the possibilities that these processes open up.  Major influences on Marie Kazalia’s art include four years as an expatriate in Asia (primarily Japan, India and China) and the formal language studies she undertook there, including writing Chinese and Japanese language characters.  Each of her paintings contains traces of what is significant to the artist — personal progress, growth, shifts, changes, expansions and forward motion.  All this accumulation of thought and work, day upon day, is contained within the layers of Marie’s paintings, as form, color and texture merge in the spirituality of her abstract paintings.

Marie’s work is in permanent collection of:
– Museum of Modern Art, NY
– Museum of Modern Art, Wales
– Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, Sao Paolo, Brazil

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Marie Kazalia
Edition of 100
36″ x 36″, $250
Nite Lite
Marie Kazalia
Edition of 100
36″ x 36″, $250

Sunbelt American Made Artist Canvas vs Asian-made Discount Canvases + the Winner of Our Canvas Give-away!

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Yesterday UPS delivered a box from Sunbelt containing two sample 12 x 16 inch canvases.  What I noticed right away was the weightiness of each canvas — the substantial good quality canvas stretched over wide wood stretcher bars, with consistent super tight flat corner folds. Consistent corners are always something I look for.  I noted the labels (pictured above) listing the materials—cotton canvas, acrylic titanium white primer, precision squared.

I  removed the clear plastic wrap on the canvases and examined the white primer coats. I noted right away that the tooth of the canvas was visible and present and the finish matte. This is important!

Do you use Asian-made discount canvases? Check the corners, the wood frames, and the labels on Asian discount canvases before you buy. Is the primer matte or glossy and slick. Usually  labels do not mention materials used. Why is this important?

Did you know that lots of artists have had issues with the primer coating on those super discount canvases made in Asia (Vietnam, China, etc)?  In fact, many artists who use an Asian discount canvas will first take the canvas outdoors, spray it down with a garden hose to give it a good soak and then give the canvas surface a good scrub with a hard bristle brush to remove the primer!  The extra labor off scrubbing off the primer and the mess and extra expense of applying a coat of gesso makes that bargain canvas much less of a bargain. Why scrub off the primer? Because acrylic paint doesn’t stick to the primer on some discount Asian canvases! There have even been reports of entire paintings peeling right off of Asian-made discount canvases!

If you are an artist in the US it makes sense to buy American made canvases such as stretched canvas sold my Sunbelt—the canvas is consistent high quality,  the corners tightly wrapped, the coat of white primer is a titanium white acrylic with a matte finish, as it should be, and the wood stretcher bars wide to prevent warping.

Many artists have noticed the low retail price list on the Sunbelt site and made them their source of supply for canvases, wood panels and silkscreens.

Thanks to all who tweeted and sent our promotional canvas give-away blog post to Facebook!

 Winner of our Canvas Give-Away

Seven artists left comments on our blog post making them eligible to win. We assigned each artist a number 1-7 then put the numbers 1-7 into a hat, and then (without looking) drew out a number. The winner # 1  Brenda O.  We’ve given Brenda O’s mailing address to the people at Sunbelt canvas so they can ship the 16 x 20 inch gallery wrap canvas to her.

Artist Works From the VIP Art Fair

Did you visit the 2nd annual VIP Art Fair last week? Here are screen shots of some of the art on exhibit at the fair. The first image shows how the art appears in a left to right flow–this is a line up of paintings by Anton Henning that can be clicked for a larger view with zoom features.

Anton Henning painting

painting by Beatrice Milhazes on view in the James Cohen Gallery

somehow I missed the artist's name, but the mixed techniques in this painting are wonderful

Free Classified Ads for Artists on ArtLyst, The London Art Exhibitions Network

Prints.

Image by Miss Sydney Marie via Flickr

ArtLyst ,the London Art Exhibitions Network, offers free membership to artists. Membership allows artists to post 4 free classified ads each week offering their artwork for sale.

Artists may advertise original paintings, sculpture, Giclee prints, or artist cards on ArtLyst for the coming holiday buying season. According to ArtLyst, adding your ArtLyst account link to your blog or site list of links will drive hundreds of viewers to your website!

AZITO Gallery, Tokyo, video

Tokyo dreams– this video interview with a Tokyo gallerist reminds me of my own travels to Japan.  It’s not surprising when the gallerist describes the appeal of *the unexpected*, –the unexpected is a quintessential aspect of Japanese culture, IMO.

The AZITO Gallery  shop specializes in Japanese contemporary art www.azito-art.com

Clare Haxby Art Show in Singapore

See our TIME OUT SINGAPORE  listing
  
 
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CLARE HAXBY ART SHOW OPENING EVENING THIS THURSDAY 12 MAY 2011 6.30 – 9.30pm
at S.A.G.G. 9A KERBAU ROAD LITTLE INDIA SINGAPORE 219146
DIRECTIONS : Kerbau Road is off Serangoon Road or Racecourse Road, via Belilios Road.
Car Park is also on Belilios Road
CLARE HAXBY  – SINGAPORE ART GARRETT GALLERY
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Clare Haxby
Artist Painter
Mobile : +(65) 9326 5502
Email  : cehaxby@aol.com

Share List: Directory of Art Consultants

For artists–

By request, I am sharing my personally researched Contact List of 500+  art consultants, in a PDF share file. The Directory of Art Consultants is 100+ pages, and growing, and consists of email addresses and clickable site links. Many of the listing include notes on the speciality or style or type of art the consultant is currently seeking, such as corporate, hospitality industry, health care industry, Giclee prints, photography, sculpture, etc. The Directory of Consultants contains mostly US corporate art consultants listed by region and state. There are also several listing for art consultants in Mexico, Europe –UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands–as well as some listing of consultants in Asia, Dubai, and South Africa.

Here is the link: http://transmediartistmarketing.org/wordpress/list-services-available/

photo, video, digital and sound artists

*“Transmedia”, moving beyond traditional forms of publication and networking.*

I’ve been invited to write for and now have a contributors’ account on the Transmedia blog to post my writing on photo, video, digital and sound artists, especially those in my geographic region.

As stated on their blog, “Transmedia” is VASA’s Blogging Project to connect people to events and people to people. “Transmedia” is  a global networking project publishing the work of artists, theorists, critics and others on an international scale transcending traditional media categories. The “Transmedia,” blog will cover photography, video, sound, digital art and theory. “Transmedia” will focus on artists, writers and theorists from north, south, central America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
http://vasa-project.com/blog/

If you are a  photo, video, digital, or sound artist, especially in the regions that include Cleveland and Pittsburgh, I’d like to know what you are working on for possible inclusion in a blog article.
Feel free to email me, Marie Kazalia at : MarieKazalia@gmail.com