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The Wunderkammer | Lessons From The First Collectors

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How do you make sense of the world? For the first collectors, the answer lay with its artistic, natural and fantastical fruit, gathered into rooms called Wunderkammern, or Cabinets of Curiosity. Throughout the European Renaissance, these Wunderkammern housed the beautiful and bizarre, forging not only the first museums, but what we conceive of as collecting, the art market and cultural custodianship.  Frans Francken the Younger's painting 'Chamber of Art and Curiosities', 1636.  What is the Wunderkammer?  Caught between the mysticism of the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment, Wunderkammern were part fantasy, part taxonomy. From a monkey stitched to a fish’s tail, to...

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Difference Between Fine Art and Décor | Your Guide

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The difference between fine art and décor lies with intention. While both can be beautiful and expertly made, décor serves a more straightforward function than art. Literal in meaning, décor exists to embellish interiors, while the value of fine art lies beyond the bounds of its subject matter. In an effort to crystallise this, here’s our guide to telling the difference between décor and fine art. Content Over Subject Matter  Iconic art critic Jerry Saltz coined the difference between content and subject matter. For him, the subject matter constitutes what is depicted, while content relates to how this is depicted.  The subject matter of Charles...

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The Secrets to Hanging Art | Interior Design 101

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When it comes to hanging art, who are you? Are you a devil-may-care type, ultra meticulous or something in-between? This week, we’re here to help you find out with the five types of hangers. From the Anchor, to the Eccentric discover the delights of each type and how they can elevate any space. Which are you?   The EccentricAnything goes with the Eccentric. A combination of 2D and 3D elements, this is the style that fascinates - offering something new with every glance. It the art of hanging styles. Tip: Don’t confine yourself to one artist, object or aesthetic. From...

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Tradition, Modernity and Da Vinci | Christopher Rimmer takes us behind the scenes in his latest project in Africa, Confluence

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While 'Confluence' might document an ancient culture, there's nothing old-fashioned about it. Rather, Christopher Rimmer's new series is a must-see mediation on the tension between modernity and tradition. Speaking about politics, money, risk and the richness of Africa, read all about the process behind documenting Africa's last remaining tribes.  The artist along the Kunene River in southern Africa.  Tell us about the process behind your new series, ‘Confluence – Tradition & Modernity and the Last Tribes of the Kunene River’?  Confluence examines the amalgamation of tradition and modernity among the tribes living along the Kunene River, which forms the natural...

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The Four Species of Art Collector | Which Are You?

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What drives an art collector? Is it the thrill of the hunt, the desire to influence culture, cultivate knowledge or perhaps, something less tangible? Well, of course - it varies. Collectors, like personality types, are driven by their own set of concerns, each with their own strengths, vulnerabilities and ideas to spread. From lovers of the bold to the beautiful, here is our taxonomy of the four species of art collector.  Charles Blackman 'Orpheus - Metamorphosis' The Trailblazer The Trailblazer isn’t here to follow the crowd. Not a fan of traditional museums nor acquiring for the thrill, this group is drawn to the...

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