Masterpieces – Not blue chips : Investing in Art

An investment in art can bring you more enjoyment than stocks, but payoffs can be chancy. The first art investment fund dates back at least to 1904 when a Parisian financier, André Level, persuaded 12 other art lovers to contribute 212 francs each to set up a fund that would buy modern paintings. They quickly accumulated works by Picasso, Braque and Matisse amongst others and by the time the entire collection of La Peau de L’Ours (“the skin of the bear”) fund was sold 10 years later their … [Read more...]

Bad art drives out good in Hoi An Town

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Ancient Hoi An has been a favourite destination of tourists and art collectors. But lately the bloom is off the art market. Ancient Hoi An has been a favourite destination of tourists and art collectors, attracted by its handsomely preserved buildings and bustling art scene. But lately the bloom is off the art market. Many painters have moved to Hoi An Town to live, draw and open their galleries. Walking along the old streets of this acclaimed ‘world heritage site,’ one can see a hundred … [Read more...]

Exhibition features early-century print newspapers

The cover of "Sai Gon" Newspaper, 1939 Ky Mao Spring edition

An exhibition which opens Thursday in a bookstore in Ho Chi Minh features more than 100 original copies of special edition print newspaper published in the early 20th century in Vietnam. Called “Bao Xuan,” or Spring Newspaper in Vietnamese, these are the special editions that were put out for the celebration of the coming Lunar New Year back in the 1930s–1940s, a practice still common in the present-day press industry. These print works belong to various private collectors from across … [Read more...]

2012 Art Revolution Taipei

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