How to choose an auctioneer

Selling your possessions at auction, whether they’re cars, houses, antiques or artworks, can be a great way to get rid of things fast whilst also fetching a decent price. Auctions are particularly helpful for companies going out of business, or for families looking to move to another country. But just how do you find a […]

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Did you know that the human brain is built for art appreciation?

According to the June issue of the journal ‘Brain and Cognition’, the human brain is in fact wired for the appreciation of art. A meta-analysis which looked at studies mapping brain processes linked to the arts. The analysis found that art appreciation is in fact a natural biological process. A number of different regions in […]

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Top tips for attending art auction fundraisers

Art auctions are great for raising funds for non-profit organisations. Not only does it benefit the organisations, but it also gives the artists involved some fantastic publicity and allows art collectors to pick up some quality pieces at very reasonable prices. Read for your art auction guide for artists, buyers and organisations. Top tips for […]

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This app for the iPhone is a real treat for art lovers

If you’re an international jetsetter with a love for art (viewing, collecting, you name it) you will absolutely adore the new app for iPhone, Art Forum’s Artguide which released in March. This app, which costs about R30 from the App Store, is the perfect guide for those who cross the globe in search of the […]

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How to bid at a silent auction

How to bid at a silent auction When one thinks of auctions, one usually brings to mind images of well-dressed men in suits talking extremely fast and a crowd of people raising paddles. When a sale is made, it is definitely not something one would call silent, as auctioneers shout “Sold!” whilst banging their gavels on […]

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Great news: Johannesburg Art Gallery to be redesigned

Great news: Johannesburg Art Gallery to be redesigned In a city of dichotomies where the rich and the poor live cheek by jowl and the finest new regenerative architecture is supplanted in a city centre that, for the most part, has fallen into disrepair, one will find the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), a hub of […]

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The art of socio-politics in South Africa

The art of socio-politics in South Africa For many art appreciators, paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art are reserved for beautification and décor purposes. This vase goes with those curtains; or this painting will make a great focus piece in the living room, etc. However, art also serves its purpose as an expression of […]

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2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown

2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown The Grahamstown National Arts Festival is one of South Africa’s most anticipated annual events. Each winter, the usually quiet university village of Grahamstown is inundated with national and international visitors, who descend on the Eastern Cape for 10 days of theatre performances, music shows, arts and crafts markets, food […]

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How to become an art appraiser

How to become an art appraiser If you have a real passion for art as well as history, and you live, eat, and breathe fine art, ceramics, and other valuables each with their own unique story, then life as an art appraiser might just be for you. However, you can’t simply set off one day […]

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Tips for buying antique African beads

Tips for buying antique African beads It wouldn’t be surprising to hear that when buyers of African beads, either at antique auctions or at more traditional craft markets, wonder about their provenance. There are many cheap versions of everything out there, including rip-offs made in different countries, and beads and beadwork are no different. We often […]

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