This is a blog for anyone interested in making art a bigger part of their lives.
I’m Joelle McTigue. Like many artists, I’ve worn many hats in the art world. I have interned at art galleries, run booths and exhibited at art fairs, co-curated exhibitions, worked for an art advisor, promoted and documented art scenes, raised funds for art museums, and participated in other typical artist endeavors.
Through it all, I have seen firsthand the power of art to transform lives. Art can inspire, educate, and spur change. It can bring people together and create community. It can challenge us to see the world in new ways.
That is why I created my blog. I want to share my passion for art with others and help them explore and discover.
To do a dull thing with style-now that’s what I call art.Charles Bukowski
What is contemporary art?
If you’re a new collector or enthusiast, it may be overwhelming to find where to start.
Whether you’re new or not, art fairs are a great place to see what is happening and changing with galleries and artists.
Like many industries, the art world has a very particular vocabulary. For instance, the phrases modern art and contemporary are not synonymous in the art world.
Instead, modern art refers to works created between the 1860s and 1970s that mainly represent the period. This era saw a definitive shift in acceptable themes, topics, and mediums.
Modern artists broke boundaries by producing works with a personal view of the world. Realism bent towards abstraction, and traditional literature gave way to beat prose.
Contemporary art is work created from the 1970s to the present. It reflects our dialogue, identity, politics, and how we define our culture. More than any other time in history, our era comprises the most diverse and critical voices with greater freedom to express themselves.
Contemporary Art Galleries, Museums, & Spaces
The Find Contemporary Art by Joelle McTigue map is an ongoing list of galleries and art spaces showing interesting contemporary artists.
What Are NFTs? FAQ Quick Guide
If you are interested in exploring NFTs (art, not “pfp” projects) or simply want to understand the vocabulary for what is happening, I’ve compiled a quick guide.
Joelle’s Art Collector’s Library
I’ve put together my suggested reading list for art collectors. There is a book for every stage of collecting. You can get your feet wet with the first book or discover the finer details in the book at the end of the list.
Joelle’s Top Art Fairs To See
Art fairs are a fantastic place to see what is new and changing in the art world, whether you are a seasoned professional or a complete novice.
With so many options, I’ve put together a calendar of what I think are the most exciting or comprehensive fairs.
I hope you enjoy my recommendations.
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