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Will Artspace Become the World’s Next Major Online Marketplace?

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Online marketplaces are extremely profitable.

To say that online marketplaces such as Ebay and Amazon are highly profitable is an understatement. Without a doubt, people everywhere love the convenience of shopping from the comfort of their laptop. These days, individuals can even buy groceries on the Internet. But did you know that art is the latest rage in online sales? It’s true. In fact, many high-profile artists are selling their artwork online.

The beauty of purchasing online

Purchasing products online can be a beautiful thing. Why? First, online prices are often lower than in-store prices. This is due to a lack of overhead experienced by sellers. Additionally, it is easy for purchasers to find exactly what they are searching for because of the vast amount of product available on the Internet. Also, shopping online is simply convenient! All of these factors combined make online shopping overwhelmingly popular.

Will Artspace become the next major online marketplace?

One online art marketplace, Artspace, is making strides in the world of art as well as the world of online sales. As stated on artspace.com, “At Artspace, we’re changing the way the world experiences art. Our mission is to help collectors and aspiring collectors discover, learn about and collect fine art.” Artspace’s excellent website features sections where viewers can learn about art, artists, partners, collections, and private sales.

Artspace offers quality pieces of artwork for sale on its website. These works of art range anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands of dollars a piece. Prestigious individuals are among Artpace’s featured artists, and buyers from all over the world are responding positively to the quality product being offered on this online marketplace. Artspace has people wondering if it will soon take a place beside some of the biggest online marketplaces.

Could Artspace become the world’s next major online marketplace? Share your opinion with Segmation by leaving a comment below.

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http://www.artspace.com/

http://www.artspace.com/about

http://ezinearticles.com/?Benefits-of-Online-Shopping&id=300201

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Art Making from Unconventional Objects

Contemporary artists are constantly stretching the boundaries of art by using unconventional materials to craft their artwork. Way back when, “true art” consisted of things like realistic oil paintings and finely carved marble statues. These days, even things you find in your kitchen, office or trash bin can be turned into respectable art.

Perhaps it started in 1917 with Marcel Duchamp’s submission of a urinal that he signed “R. Mutt” to an art show in which purportedly “all submissions” would be accepted. In the end, the urinal was not placed on display, but Duchamp’s impish act revolutionized the art world.

Thanks to YouTube and various social-networking websites, unorthodox works of art are now reaching a wide, and very appreciative, audience. Artists who create portraits of Elvis out of Cheetos or detailed architectural renderings on an Etch-a-Sketch are now celebrated as innovative and amusing contributors to our contemporary pop culture.

Next time you sift through your junk drawer or finish a bag of chips, think about how those everyday things could be turned into a work of art!

Are you a person that makes are from unconventional object? If so, have you ever considered painting them for yourself? Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, you can be one today – see more details here).

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Tips for Buying Art at Auction

Anyone who’s ever visited a gallery knows how expensive it can be to purchase original art. Fortunately, there is a more economical alternative for fine art lovers who are on a budget. At an art auction, it’s possible to find a piece you love at an amazing bargain. Below are a few quick tips to ensure that your first auction is a smooth, successful experience:

  • Know which type of auction you’re attending. There are three main categories. Estate auctions (an upscale version of a “moving sale”) are held when a family or heir needs to liquidate everything in the house, regardless of price. Consignment auctions are usually held at an auctioneer house, with most sellers setting minimum reserves to ensure that their pieces don’t sell too cheaply. Mixed auctions are a combination of the two.
  • To find an auction, enter your location and “art auction” into a search engine. You can also check the newspaper and try calling antique dealers and auctioneer houses directly.
  • Once you’ve found an auction, call to make sure the location and time is accurate. Also find out when the preview period starts — this allows you to come a few hours (or sometimes days) early and get a look at the items that will be up for bidding.
  • When registering to bid, find out if the auction house adds a premium to your bids. In some cases, this can increase the total selling amount by 10% or more. Also find out what form of payment they accept.
  • At the auction, choose your seat carefully. Sitting toward the front will give you a close view of the items, but sitting or standing in the back will let you see who else is bidding on an item. Always have a maximum bid in mind for items you’re interested in. Resist the temptation to exceed it, especially in the heat of the moment during the bidding process.
  • Listen carefully to the auctioneer’s descriptions of items. Also pay attention to the conversations going on around you, as this may help you determine the value and authenticity of a piece of art. Write down the selling prices so you can review them later and recognize trends.
  • After winning a piece of art, be sure to get a receipt after the auction is over. If it’s high in value, you might also consider insuring the item.

If you do your research and resist getting carried away, an auction can be a fun and cost-effective way to enhance your art collection.
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