💰 Art Market Hacks + New Name, Same Flame!

Brock's Artistic Genius + Stoic Philosophers Meet Art + The Indigenous Art Revolution + Duveen's Market Insights

Happy Wednesday! 🔥

Ladies and gents, art aficionados, and casual admirers, a drumroll, please! 🥁

We've given our beloved "ArtHunter" newsletter a fresh coat of paint and rebranded it as "Frame&Flame."

But fret not, while the name might have a new sparkle, the content remains as rich and riveting as ever.

Today, we're whisking you away on a whirlwind tour of the art world's hidden gems.

From the audacious strokes of Brock McLaughlin to the philosophical depths of Stoicism in art, we've got the canvas covered.

Ever pondered the alchemy behind art pricing? Or yearned to plunge into the soulful realm of indigenous art?

Well, today's your golden ticket. And for the market mavens among you, our Hammer Time section is set to drop insights hotter than a jalapeño dipped in lava.

So, pop that cork, pour yourself a glass, and let's set the art world ablaze with "Frame&Flame" 🔥🍷

🌟 Artist in Focus

If Jean-Michel Basquiat and Purvis Young had a love child who was raised on a diet of Matisse's color palettes and Thomasos' mixed media collages, you'd get Brock McLaughlin.

This isn't your grandma's art history lesson; Brock is the kind of artist who makes you rethink the very fabric of storytelling in art.

With a neo-expressionist swagger that would make Basquiat nod in approval, and an urban folk art vibe that captures the heartbeat of city streets, Brock's canvases are like that unexpected plot twist in your favorite binge-worthy series.

Dive into "We Are Never What We Intend or Invent."

Picture a young Brock in Toronto, feeling like a fish out of water in a city-sized aquarium.

This piece? It's his emotional compass, pointing in all directions at once. Vibrant, chaotic, and layered, it's reminiscent of that lasagna you swear by but can never quite replicate.

Hidden tributes, nods to Stoicism, and raw emotion make you wonder: was Brock trying to paint his soul, or did his soul take the brush itself? Either way, it's a piece you can't scroll past.

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🔥 Hammer Time

In the high-stakes poker game of the art market, F.N. Souza is the ace everyone's been sleeping on.

While the Progressive group's market performance has been more "mellow jazz" than "rock 'n' roll" in recent times, Souza's Spring showcase was nothing short of a headbanging concert.

With 15 works raking in a cool $2.3 million, the average price tag danced around $153,522.

But the real showstopper? "View from Crawford Market, Bombay" from 1946. Pegged at a modest $300,000, it strutted off the stage with a whopping $1.74 million, making it the Beyoncé of the lot.

View from Crawford Market, Bombay by F.N. Souza

And let's not forget the underdog, an untitled head from 1964, which, with an initial estimate of $50,000, garnered a standing ovation at $220,500.

The numbers don't lie; Souza's works are the golden tickets in the Wonka bar of the art world.

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📚 Brushstrokes of Knowledge

Stoicism and art might seem like strange bedfellows at first glance.

One's a philosophical school of thought preaching emotional resilience and acceptance of fate, while the other is a passionate expression of human emotion and experience.

But, like peanut butter and jelly or Netflix and chill, they've got more in common than you'd think.

Throughout history, artists have often turned to philosophy to add depth and layers to their work.

White Tiger (Kenny) by Taryn Simon

Take the Renaissance, for instance. Artists weren't just painting pretty pictures; they were embedding Neoplatonic ideals into their masterpieces.

Fast forward to today, and we see contemporary artists, like our pal Brock, drawing from Stoicism. It's not about painting a stoic face (pun intended) but about exploring concepts like "memento mori" (remember you must die) to remind viewers of life's fleeting nature.

It's a nudge, a wink, a whispered secret between the canvas and the viewer.

Crump by Antony Gormley

Now, while Brock subtly incorporates Stoic teachings into his art, others wear it on their sleeve.

Consider the works of Taryn Simon, whose photographic series "An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar" showcases the impermanence and fragility of life, echoing Stoic sentiments.

Or the sculptures of Antony Gormley, which often touch on human existence within the vast cosmos, a nod to Stoic cosmopolitanism.

The intertwining of Stoicism and art? It's more common than you'd think, and it's reshaping the way we view contemporary masterpieces.

🧐 Curator's Corner

Art, in its essence, is a dialogue between the past and the present, a bridge connecting cultures, histories, and philosophies. And sometimes, it's a whisper from ancient civilizations, echoing through time.

This week, my heart and mind have been captivated by the Indigenous art forms, a testament to the resilience and richness of Native American communities. Their art isn't just a reflection of their history; it's a living, breathing narrative of their present.

The "Grounded In Clay" exhibition at the Met and Vilcek Foundation is a must-see. As you walk through, you'll find yourself immersed in a world where Western appreciation meets Indigenous epistemology.

Every piece, from the contemporary works to those dating back a thousand years, tells a story of a community's intimate relationship with its land, its people, and its history.

And speaking of recommendations, if you ever get a chance, dive into the world of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Her art, a blend of Native epistemology and contemporary dialogues, is a call for inclusivity, a reminder that every voice, every culture, deserves representation.

Green Flag, 1995 by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

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💫 Wonder of Art

The art world… a place where you can bid against yourself, hide a Monet in your basement, and still be hailed as a visionary.

Enter Joseph Duveen, the British art dealer who was the Elon Musk of the Gilded Age art scene.

Portrait of art dealer Joseph Duveen

While most of us haggle over a $5 thrift store painting, Duveen was busy shaping the collections of America's crème de la crème.

And his strategy? Well, let's just say he believed in the mantra: "Go big or go home."

He'd splash out the highest prices for artworks, sometimes even outbidding himself. It wasn't a glitch in the matrix; it was pure, unadulterated marketing genius.

In Duveen's world, high prices weren't just numbers; they were neon signs screaming 'exclusivity' and 'uniqueness'.

Lady Louisa Manners by John Hoppner (Acquired through Joseph Duveen set the record for the highest price ever paid for an artwork at a British auction.)

Now, while some might see this as an extravagant game of Monopoly, there's a method to the madness. Duveen's tactics give us a front-row seat to the timeless dance of human psychology in the art market.

It's like that age-old trick where cheap wine tastes better if you're told it's pricier.

Art, it seems, looks and feels grander when its price tag has more zeros than a binary code. And in this realm of intuition, where objective measures of quality are as elusive as a Banksy artwork, price becomes the Pied Piper leading us all into the enchanting world of value and rarity.

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