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Encyclopedia > Art dealer

An art dealer is a person or company that buys and sells works of art. Image File history File links Wikitext. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...

An art dealer typically seeks out various artists to represent, and builds relationships with collectors and museums whose interests are likely to match the work of the represented artists. Some dealers are better than others at anticipating market trends. Some prominent dealers may be able to influence the taste of the market. Many dealers specialize in a particular style, period, or region. The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of activities to do with creating art, practicing the arts and/or demonstrating an art. ... A museum normally has a collection of often unique objects that forms the core of its activities for exhibitions, education, research, etc. ... The Louvre Museum in Paris, one of the largest and most famous museums in the world. ...

Some people find their way into becoming art dealers by studying the history of art. Related careers that often cross-over include curators from museums and art auction firms. Related careers include being an art critic or an art academic. This article is an overview of the history of art worldwide. ... A curator of a cultural heritage institution (e. ... An art sale is the practice of selling objects of art by auction. ... An art critic is normally a person who have a speciality in giving reviews mainly of the types of fine art you will find on display. Typically the art critic will go to an art exhibition where works of art are displayed in the traditional way in localities especially made...

Art dealers travel, often internationally, to exhibitions, auctions, and artists’ studios, looking for good buys, little-known treasures, and exciting new works. Most dealers specialize in the art of a particular period or region. One might deal in contemporary Canadian art, another in seventeenth century Dutch painting, another in abstract art of the 1950s and 1960s.

Many art dealers specialize in areas such as folk art. One recent trend that has attracted a lot of dealers and collectors is “outsider art”—the works of people who have little or no formal training in art and who don’t identify themselves as artists (or didn’t until people started buying their creations).

When dealers buy works of art, they resell them either in their galleries or directly to collectors. Those who deal in contemporary art usually exhibit artists’ works in their galleries, and take a percentage of the price the works sell for.

Dealers have to understand the business side of the art world. They keep up with trends in the market and are knowledgeable about the style of art people want to buy. They figure out how much they should pay for a piece and estimate what they can resell it for. But they are also passionate and knowledgeable about art. They recognize the styles of different periods and individual artists. Most of the time, they can tell authentic works from forgeries (although even dealers are sometimes fooled). Those who deal with contemporary art promote new artists, creating a market for their works and enabling them to make a living.

To determine an artwork’s value, dealers inspect the objects or paintings closely, and compare the fine details with similar pieces. Some dealers with many years of experience learn to identify unsigned works by examining stylistic features such as brush strokes, color, form.

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Art - MSN Encarta (893 words)
We also use the word art in a more general sense to encompass other forms of creative activity, such as dance, drama, and music, or even to describe skill in almost any activity, such as “the art of bread making” or “the art of travel.” In this article art refers to the visual arts.
A definition of art that seems correct to many Americans in the 21st century is likely to differ greatly from definitions of art in non-Western cultures, in tribal societies, and in other historical periods.
We could speak instead of “art that is displayed in museums,” “art that is taught in art history classes,” or “art that art critics can interpret.” These expressions would encompass tribal objects and give them an intellectual value, no matter who made them or what their intent may have been.
Art Dealer (587 words)
Successful art dealers have the ability to cultivate a network of artists and simultaneously establish connections with collectors and museums who are interested in the work of their artists.
Many dealers have long and successful careers, and there is a steady supply of those whose taste and talent in the art world leads them to establish galleries.
Many dealers begin with degrees in art history and work their ways up as assistants in other galleries, developing the contacts with clients and artists to enable them to strike out on their own.
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