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Great artworks enhance our lives in incalculable ways. As shown by the sustained rise in prices of fine art over the past thirty years, art in today's globalized market also offers opportunities for wise investment. Founded in 1996, Chelsea Art Group provides premier art consultancy services. Our mission is to advise our clients on how to build a personalized art collection. We offer both experienced and novice collectors with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions in the often complicated landscape of the art market. We provide our clients with our guidance and expertise. In doing so, we hope to assist each client to collect great artworks that reflect their unique vision.

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Opportunity!!! Rob Panda/Heart Paintings!!!

Greetings from Milan and the MIART Art Fair!! I have been given the opportunity to acquire these works before the fair opens. These are the new works by Rob Pruitt. They are very good/extremely attractive works while also being sweet endearing and represent Pruitts most sought after body of work. Its unusual for him to do Panda work in this scale. Please consider these immediately. A few are on reserve but e can probably jump the line if we have a firm offer, At the very least we will be in the first spot after refusal. These will not be available tomorrow once the fair opens. Please carefully consider these, they are beautiful and something which will maintain and build value for the future. Rob Pruitt is a contemporary American artist. Translating personal experience into broader political statements, Pruitt's work is eclectic and ironic, often striving to achieve a spectacle while retaining a sense of social, cultural, or artistic critique. Perhaps best known for his Panda paintings, he creates large-scale canvases featuring pandas rendered in black-and-white glitter. Describing his own work as populist, Pruitt has said that his pieces are “basically blown-up versions of dining table craft projects.” He continues, “I’ve really enjoyed letting the world know that not everything is so mystified or so regulated to expertise—that you can make something really beautiful with a little ingenuity and some supplies from Michael’s.” Spanning the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography, and performance, Pruitt's practice often bridges the gap between art and life, and has been met with both critical and commercial success. Born on May 17, 1964 in Washington, D.C., he went on to study at the Corcoran College and the Parsons School. He has regularly exhibited with Gavin Brown's Enterprise in New York, and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Aspen Art Museum, and LAND in Los Angeles, among others. Pandas In 2001 Pruitt showed the first of the glittery panda paintings that would become his trademark. He explains his choice of subject matter thus: “I see it as a kind of corporate damage control -- like trying to market Perrier after they found benzene in it, or Firestone tires after they exploded. I was a reviled figure, but everybody loves a panda.” He remembers childhood visits to the giant pandas at the National Zoo. Pruitt has made many versions his panda painting using different techniques and stylizations of the same subject matter. Critic Michelle Grabner analyzes the panda project thus: “The paintings' clichéd imagery neutralizes their real endangered status making us less culpable in the creatures' pending extinction. And therein lies the beauty of the clichéd image." She goes on, "This appropriation of similes, once strictly the providence of kitsch, has nothing to do with blurring the distinctions between high and low. Instead, rainbows and butterflies have come to symbolize a magical new world where order is without hierarchies, edification is without snobbishness[…]Pruitt produces his art without the slightest glance of irony. He makes glamorous and admirable our drive for worldly success while commiserating with our search for inner virtue.” Although the paintings are designed and tightly crafted, they are imperfect; the artist’s hand is evident. His use of glitter has been compared to Andy Warhol's diamond dust, but Pruitt describes his own work as “basically blown up versions of dining table craft projects... I’ve really enjoyed letting the world know that not everything is so mystified or so regulated to expertise—that you can make something really beautiful with a little ingenuity and some supplies from Michael’s.” Pruitt collaborated with Jimmy Choo in 2012 to create a line of shoes and handbags featuring panda bears and animal prints. In 2013 Pruitt installed his "Last Panda" show at Gavin Brown's defunct bar, the Passerby. The space, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, provided an apocalyptic setting for his rainbow-colored work. It’s a solo booth of his heart shaped panda’s. Small - $20,000 Medium - $45,000 Large - $55,000 There are only ten paintings in total. They are more gold in person. Below is an image of the stand where you can see the reflective quality better.

Art for Life

When Donald Christiansen founded the New York-based Chelsea Art Group in 1996, he was, by his own admission, no art connoisseur. But his shrewd business acumen, innate understanding of financial markets and eye for talent means that, today, Christiansen is regarded as one of the world’s leading art consultants. For more than 20 years the Chelsea Art Group has established itself as a premier art consultancy service built on a team of artists and industry experts working with a worldwide network of collectors to secure rare and exclusive pieces. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or are just starting out, the Chelsea Art Group is a name you can trust to build a unique art collection. Of course, once Christiansen started working in the industry, a deep-rooted passion for art quickly grew – as did his personal collection. It is this passion and knowledge gained over the past 22 years that Christiansen and the Chelsea Art Group team are keen to share with clients and interior designers worldwide. “My greatest interest is to expose people to the fascinating world of beauty, history, and the value of buying and living with artwork,” Christiansen explains. In terms of luxury investments, over the past 20 years, the fine-art market has proved consistently fruitful and buoyant. The Chelsea Art Group has an unrivalled insight when it comes to the current market trends and securing exclusive artworks, sometimes even before auction. The group’s holistic and bespoke approach means that the buying process is simplified and the client is provided with the right knowledge to make informed decisions. Crucially, the Chelsea Art Group also understands that buying art is, ultimately, a personal investment. There are no rules when it comes to personal taste and which pieces make an emotional connection. Art is something that enhances our lives as well as our homes: a treasured asset, a beautiful object to cherish, enjoy and pass on to future generations. The Chelsea Art Group understands the heart and passion involved in buying art, as well as the potential long-term financial gains. The group’s tailored approach covers every stage of the process, from advising on which artists to invest in to finding the best place to display a piece in your home. Combining industry insight, with experience and a personalised approach, you’re in the position to create a fine-art collection that’s truly timeless. Having recently branched out into the luxury yachting industry, the Chelsea Art Group initially worked with an LA-based designer to secure and display work by the likes of Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn and Tony Cragg for a project for yacht company Feadship. It marks a new direction for the Chelsea Art Group and is an area Christiansen calls “exciting but also challenging”. It opens up a new realm of possibilities: new clients, interiors and lifestyles, while also utilising the same resources and expertise at the core of the Chelsea Art Group.

Expert Ease: Art Today

ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME: Is there one medium of art that you would call on-trend or cutting-edge today?

What is Art Basel Miami?

With Miami Art Week 2018 fast approaching, I have to say that the single most asked question in my life is ‘What is Art Basel, and why are you going again?’ It is hard to explain what exactly Art Basel is, as it is honestly a mix of everything. However my best attempt to sum it up is that its ALOT of art (in fact over 22 art fairs), tons of parties, dinners, brunches, music, book signings, fashion shows, panels, and pretty much anything else you could imagine that has to do with the creative aspects.

A Collector's Collector

WHEN IT COMES TO ART, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But behind the glamorous façade, the art world's power players and top galleries have forged a distinctly commercial and highly competitive path open to only a select—and privileged—few.

Invest In History

On the morning of the Armory Show 2017 opening, Donald Christiansen, owner of the Chelsea Art Group, met Howl Magazine NY to give us a private tour of the exhibit and a glimpse into what he does as an art advisor. What is the Chelsea Art Group? Not a gallery, not an agency, but an Art Advisory Firm— aimed to guide you towards the process of purchasing art—from smart investments, to displaying it in your home.

Q&A with Donald Christiansen of Chelsea Art Group

A few weeks ago, we accompanied Donald Christiansen, the founder of Chelsea Art Group, on a tour of The Armory Show. What resulted, was an eye-opening experience that brought forth this Q&A so that our readers could get to know more of what Christiansen specializes in. With over 20-years experience in art consultancy to the trade as well as consumers, investors, and collectors alike, Chelsea Art Group is in a category of its own.

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