ON THE VALUE OF ART

ArtExpert - Heinz Günter Mebusch, Rasterfahndung, 6er Block

Numerous levels and its facets explain the value. In any case, a broad and deep access to a work is necessary in order to experience its meaning. This is a difficult process about previous knowledge, prejudices, monetary valuations, own experiences and worldviews. Apart from the financial aspect, the value of a work of art goes beyond the work itself. At best, it renews the view of life and leads to an improved attitude to life. That is the real intangible value of art.

An art that nobody understands has therefore no value - for nobody. Because it is not enough if only the artist understands it. But if the artwork already gives someone the chance to grapple with it, its value becomes virulent. If these someones are influential people, multipliers and mediators, general meaning may develop. This also makes it easier to realize financial value enhancement. Of course, a large number of people is not really a criterion. But it feels democratic. Sound opinions and assessments are essential. This in turn also increases awareness and thus increases intangible and financial value.

The idea of ​​measurable quality of art and price evaluation is based on this idea. It will only take years or decades to see whether there is a fast-moving effect or whether a work of art is sustainable. So it can happen that an artist and his work are completely forgotten - or even rediscovered after a while and perhaps will have an even stronger effect. The fact is: the number of art events, trade fairs, biennials, gallery weekends etc. has multiplied access to artworks. To counteract this trend, the price is used as a regulatory.

Another important parameter in art is the ‘original’ term. Actually this term is misleading, because original maybe everything that was not explicitly created as a fake. And even then - it would be an original fake. The same applies to the term "real". It is to recommend, that the term ‘authentic’ should be used in art history and on the art market. This term describes a work of art as being made by hand of named artist. If the making process is not exceptionally documented, this term will be used in the sense of a convincing expert opinion. But such an expert opinion is only of value if it proves convincing in the scientific dispute. Rights holders of important artists, especially estate administrators or museums, often see this point, which is scientifically a required basis, sometimes differently. In individual cases, this can mean that not only false works are exposed, but also authentic works are prevented. The damage is initially borne by the owners, but generally the public. Because rejecting an authentic work by an important artist will lead not only to financial damage, but can also be in individual cases a cultural crime.

Art has no purpose, but it does make sense. Art is a human cultural product, the result of a creative process. There are countless definitions, probably as many as there are works of art. Leonardo da Vinci understood art as ‘the queen of all sciences, which speaks to all generations of the world’. El Greco saw ‘art wherever you look for it’. Sociologist Theodor Adorno made the definition: ‘Art is magic, freed from the lie of being truth.’

ART IN TIMES OF CORONA

REMBRANDT. ArtExpert

Some notes to collectors, artists and all art friends 

Hearing and reading the bad news in these days - we have problems to imagine, the corona virus pandemic is getting a threat to all human beings. We don't know what to expect. But we have hope. And ee also have opportunities - thanks to the unselfish help and perseverance of many people who are willing to help and maintain the functioning of society. Solidarity is particularly in demand in such difficult times. With good will and empathy, we can overcome difficulties much better. Love and respect for one another are the basis of our social life. Helping the others means helping yourself. 

Our competence is to research and evaluate artworks as a high cultural good.  Art enriches our lives and we are proud to serve all the people who enriches our lives with their creativity and support.  

The meaning of art means to recognize its art historical, philosophical and also its economic value. There are many ways to use art, especially in times of crisis. Within our competences we will be happy to serve you.

For collectors:
- Providing professional support for extensions or solutions to collections
- Evaluating individual works of art or the entire collection and convey them as a donation or endowment to a non-profit cultural institution
- Organizing and cataloguing collections in terms of their importance
- Creating a collector / collection-monograph

For artists:
- Classifying your complete or current work from a historical and philosophical point of view and present it in a catalog or monograph
- Evaluating your art inventory and archive and, if possible, receiving it for your fellow human beings and posterity in the form of a donation or endowment
- Mediating works of art to collectors and companies via non-profit sales platforms.

Please note:
Every email in the order of receipt will be answered if possible. Please understand, if there is a high demand we will continue to work on content-related aspects.

Donations and foundations
Donations and foundations can be a good way to support art as well as all the numerous creators. But it can also be a perfect way to realise your ideas now and for the eternal future.  Don't hesitate to contact us. We are able to give you best advise and coaching.

We recommend to read notes and hints on winterstiftung.eu and gopublic-stiftungsberatung.org

 

ZOLPER’s “DAME”-SCULPTURE – A MUST PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES

Zolper, Dame-sculpture for public spaces. Hamburg

The "Dame"-sculpture - a metaphor for love and respect   
A strong reminder and monument for women's rights and for better social interaction

Heinz Zolper once again drew attention to the importance of holistic social life. He gave a clear rejection to dominance outside of a factually and ethically responsible context. Authoritarian claims to power and, in the near future, mechanisms of oppression may have no place in an enlightened world. It is an anachronism, which, however, makes it very clear how bad things are in terms of education and societies and groups.

The artist Heinz Zolper (* 1949) has been pursuing these goals for nearly half a century. And he has created an adaptable metaphor for his discourse: the so-called “Dame” portrait - which he wants to put more in the public eye as a symbol that is visible from afar. When Zolper hopes for love and demands respect, he trusts nothing more than on a process in the word's true meaning. 'Re-looking' as a literal translation of the Latin respectio refers to the repeated consideration and thorough assessment of a new impression in order to avoid the limited and superficiality of the first glance. Only a constant questioning of our own actions and our immediate perspectives can lead to the recognition of the rights of the other. Only thus can effect respect for the other and our environment. However, where love and respect are lacking or not given enough attention, everyone ultimately loses, regardless of the supposed position of power. That's the reason why Zolper's "Dame" is not just a multifaceted sign of the demanded respect for women, but a reminder and monument for the incompleteness of people and for social interaction. The artist, whose painterly work has accompanied the Winter Foundation for many years, wants his "Dame" sculptures  to be understood as a memorial in public space to inspire and motivate us for our daily life. (pm)

References:
Magic of painting / or / what it is like to be yourself, monograph, 2019, ArtForum Editions
Cain - Principle of the Evil, 2019, ArtForum Editions
Zolper, women's cult, feminism and gender discussion, catalogue Dettmer art projects, ArtForum Editions

UP TO NEW HORIZONS

4th Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair

The 4th Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair is coming soon. The fair will presented galleries from 14 countries and major events, at the HELEXPO Tents 10, 9 and 8, from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 November 2019.
In addition the established institution of the "honored artist of the year" will take part. An extensive parallel program, including speeches, projects, musical events, exhibitions of important collectors collections and sections devoted to design and virtual reality will enriched Art Thessaloniki.

On Friday 22nd November, the exhibition will be open for the second time just for students and high school students, aiming to inform and promote the culture to the new generation. As a result of a former contest the works of the 10 selected artists will be exhibited in individual kiosks with the first 3 prizes awarded by a commission.

Ambassador from and for America and as well one of the honored artists of the 4th Art-Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair is Billy Zane. He was born in 1966 in Chicago by Greek ancestors. He studied Harand Camp of the Theater Arts at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. At a very early age, he discovered his love not only for acting but also for painting. He has starred in famous films such as "Back to the Future" (1985) and "Titanic" (1997). He has his own film production company and will be producer for the movie "Waltzing With Brando" in which he will play Brando.

The event features VIP Lounge, Press Office, Art Shop, Dining Rooms, Lecture and Projection Room, Free Parking, Free Wifi and 24-hour security. Visit the site art-thessaloniki.gr to view videos and screenshots from the Exhibition and to be informed about each new program.

DOCUMENTA ARCHIVE KASSEL

Documenta Archive in Kassel presents portrait designs from the series of artists by Heinz Günter Mebusch (1952 -2001) by Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell, Meret Oppenheim, Gerhard Richter and many other important artists of the 20th century who had participate at Documenta. Mebusch further developed the subjective photography of his teacher Otto Steinert (1915-1978) and established a new view on art.
Mebusch was well-known to over 200 artists of his time and he realized a conceptual work in which the question “what is art” started on a new level in confrontation between him, his portrayed artist and his art and the viewer. Among his portraits are images of  John Armleder, Olle Baertling, Lajos Barta, Thomas Bayerle, Joseph Beuys, Guillaume Bijl, Anna Blume, Bernhard Johannes Blume, Peter Boemmels, Alighiero Boetti, Christian Boltanski,  Fernando Botero, Joe Brockerhoff, Michael Buthe, James Lee Byars, Abraham David Christian, Paul Citroen, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Enzo Cucchi, Walter Dahn,  Manfred Deix, Jiri Dokoupil,  Irmel und Felix Droese, Achim Duchow, Ulrich Erben, Eva und Adele, Erró, Günter Fruhtrunk, Ernst Fuchs, Klaus Fussmann, Winfried Gaul, Ruprecht Geiger, Jochen Gerz, K.O. Götz, Kuno Gonschior, Gotthard Graubner,  Al Hansen, Keith Haring, Hans Hartung,  Bernhard Heiliger, Jean Hélion, Georg Herold,  Kali Higashiyama, Chin Hisao,  Karl-Horst Hödicke, Gerd Hoehme, Dennis Hopper, Dorothy Iannone, Jörg Immendorf,  Michael Jansen, Alan Jones,  Martin Kippenberger, Jürgen Klauke,  Edwad Kienholz, Chris Kohlhöfer, Jannis Kounellis, Nikos Kouroussis, Theo Lambertin, Maria Lassnig,  Loriot, Urs Luethi, Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Gerhard Marcks,  Brice Marden, André Masson, Stephen McKenna, Willi Maywald, Bruce McLean, Georg Meistermann, Annette und Jean Messagier, Meuser, Georg Muche, Harald Naegeli,  Hermann Nietsch, Marcel Odenbach, Markus Oehlen, Valentin Oman, Meret Oppenheim, C.O. Paeffgen, Nam Jun Paik, A.R. Penck,  Karl Pfahler, Anne und Patrick Poirier, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Mimmo Rotella,  Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Jan Schoonhoven, H.A. Schult, Emil Schumacher, Fritz Schwegler, Richard Serra, Willi Sitte, Katharina Sieverding,  Jesús Rafael Soto, Klaus Staeck, Franz Staehler, Walter Stöhrer, Kumi Sugai,  Norbert Tadeusz, Antoni Tapiès, Heinz Zolper.

The Work of Heinz-Günter Mebusch is administrated and supervised by Artforum Culture Foundation I The Mebusch Estate.