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ART VS. RECESSION

ART VS. RECESSION

With hundreds of auctions coming up over the next couple of months in more than 50 major global cities featuring dozens of blue chip artists such as Picasso, Warhol, Banksy to name a few.  It is highly unlikely that they will reach upper limits or all time highs, as a matter of fact we would be lucky to see half of them between unsold and just scrape a sale.

We have seen times like this when economic global turmoil creates weakness in high end collectors market. Many people will be happy to hear news of markets falling as this means their mortgages will not go up for many more months to come.

HARD TIMES CREATE GREAT ARTISTS

However all is not lost it is times like these that there are great potential opportunities of finding an emerging artist of the future.

As a matter of fact artists such as the great Francis Bacon made it during troubled times as did our very own Bambi, who started her trail towards her great success during the last round of the Great Recession of 2008.

At Walton we see hundreds of artists every month, fine picking one out of every couple of hundred which we feel have that special global je ne sais quoi…

THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST

This year’s hot artists who are showing great signs are Van Donna and E$COBAR….
Each from LTD edition signed prints from £49 up and originals from £1500 they make great for great potential opportunities to starting that new collection as well as adding to the exiting diversified selection.With pieces from as little as £49 this means that you can even buy one and currently have it delivered anywhere in the world as a gift for any occasion adding to your favourite person’s art collection.

Check out the Online Shop or let us know how we can help you further!


Euro Crash – Is Art Investment the way to keep your money safe?

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It’s dark times for the Euro that keeps on tumbling down.

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According to the Wall Street JournalThe euro fell against the dollar Wednesday after the European Central Bank said it would stop accepting Greek bonds as collateral for central bank loans, reviving investors’ concerns about possible upheaval in the eurozone. The euro dropped 1.1% against the dollar to $1.1348 in late afternoon trade, erasing most of Tuesday’s rally and bringing the single currency closer to an 11-year low.”

Bloomberg “Euro volatility is reaching levels unseen in three years as currency traders adjust positions on the outcome of Greece’s debt talks.”

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Walton Street Journal – Art Investment – Issue #3

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Can You Go Wrong With Blue-Chip Artists?

Looking at recent record figures from the sales of Contemporary Art in New York, the answer seems to be: no. The price surge from the already impressive results of 2012 gives art collectors worldwide the welcome reassurance that investing in Art’s big names is a secure path to follow.

Works by heavy weight names like Andy WarholJean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein are still able to pull millions of pounds – with prices inflating by tenths of millions before changing hands after just one year.

While current trends such as American Abstract Expressionism performed impressively well this year, Pop Art is still one of the most popular currents. A major Warhol retrospective at the Hong Kong Museum of Art closed in March, after drawing more than 250,000 visitors. Predictably, non-living artists like Lichtenstein and Warhol are battling for the throne with ever inflating multi-million figures, but for those already looking ahead the artists to keep on the radar are surely the ones who are still alive like Robert Indiana – whose massive retrospective exhibition (“Robert Indiana: Beyond Love”)  is opening at the Whitney Museum in New York on September the 26th.

The author of the LOVE iconic paintings and sculptures will also be honoured with an exhibition (“The Essential Robert Indiana”) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art opening on the 16th of February 2014.

Get ready for some serious Robert Indiana madness!

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On the other side of the world – at the extremely successful (more than 60,000 visitors!) Hong Kong Base Art Fair, a recent artwork by Takashi Murakami (“Pom & Me: On the Red Mound of the Dead”) was sold for a reported sum of $400,000. The prolific Japanese master, dubbed the ‘modern day Andy Warhol’ for his similar work ethic and practices to his legendary mentor, never ceases to fascinate art lovers worldwide.  

As of 2013, Blue-Chip artists’ power seems to be unstoppable.

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Walton Street Journal – An Art Investment Feature by Walton Fine Arts London


 

 


Walton Street Journal – Art Investment – Issue #2

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Marc Boyan began his career in hospitality & marketing with the Goldsmith family, creating and selling events such as World Wrestling Federation, Net Aid, Smash Hits & Route of Kings. Whilst working on a television event he came across a highly effective barter system that was generating momentum in the US and had just hit the shores of the UK. Realising barter could be used in all areas of modern commerce he approached an established US barter firm, now owned by Omnicom, setting up their Global Event/Marketing division.

In 2000 Marc setup City Tour TV a tourist information channel with Nigel Havers as the first presenter. The pilot was sold 8 months later and the concept can now be found in various airlines, black taxis and hotels in the UK. In 2002 Marc Boyan helped create the marketing procurement function of Consensus Business Group, working closely with property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz. He managed over $200m of procurement spend for companies such as Levis, Sky, Whyte & Mckay and Le Meridien Hotels. In 2003 Marc set up Miroma, a corporate barter company. A careful eye and flare enabled him to grow Miroma into one of the top corporate barter companies in Europe. He is now the majority shareholder in Miroma and the driving force behind its incredible growth.

Marc now splits his time between London, New York, Singapore and Sydney, focusing on expanding and diversifying Miroma Ventures.


Q: What was your first job
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MB: Paperboy.


Q: What was the first business you owned
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MB:City Tour TV, a tourist information channel.


Q: What drives you to strive harder in your business?

MB: People telling me I can’t do this.


Q: What was the first artwork you owned
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MB: An Allen Jones.


Q: How did you go about buying it?

MB: At Auction, I had seen his work before and knew it was something I wanted to have for myself.


Q: What kind of art selection do you visage having in ten years?

MB: A combination. I would love some more abstract pieces; I’m a big fan of Allen Jones. I find him a less severe version of Francis Bacon and his subject matter is diverse. I would like to hold a few signature pieces by young developing artists like Bambi. I think Street Art is an emerging culture and we will see a lot of artistic talent making its way into the media, as demonstrated by Banksy! I’m also a big fan of Maya Arulpragsam (M.I.A), it might not be my style but I find her work really interesting.

There is a lot of growth in art within India. They just had their first Biennale and the diversity of artists is amazing, a lot of conceptual art that contains social and political tensions that dominate contemporary society. Its today’s history recorded and with more and more active involvement, that is something worth holding onto.

Q: You are an extremely successful entrepreneur, do you see similarities between the businesses that you acquire and the way buy art?

MB: I’ve got to like what I do and like what I buy.


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What advice would you give to our collectors when it comes to buying collectible art?

MB: Buy something you understand. I wouldn’t go and buy an Old Master painting simply because I don’t relate to the context.
Marc’s company’s website: WWW.MIROMA.COM

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Walton Street Journal – An Art Investment Feature by Walton Fine Arts London.

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