What does 2017 bring for ArtInsights? What can our friends and fans expect? We’re very excited about our plans, and we’d love to tell you a bit about them!
2016, by all accounts, was a pretty iffy year. We, like the rest of the art world, were challenged by the experiences, losses, and surprises we all faced. In the US, many artistic people are concerned about the future in a Trump presidency, even as our right-leaning friends suggest there’s nothing to worry about. We have many wonderful LGBTQ and immigrant clients, so yes, we worry.
With that in mind, we have an amazing new project we will be promoting with Tennessee Loveless. We can’t talk about it, really, but it is spectacular and very exciting. It is political in nature. How does this fit in with a gallery that focuses on animation and film art, you ask? Well….
We are going to split focus starting in 2017. It has been in the works for some time now. As many of you may know, I (Leslie) have been working directly with artists creating and building proprietary projects unique to ArtInsights. Two examples are The Art Outsiders with Tennessee Loveless, and The Image Projects with Jim Salvati. Both projects just seem to be getting better and better, and more known, and we couldn’t be happier about that.
Here is our favorite piece so far from the “Musician’s Image”, a collection of music legends created not from any single picture, but from studying many different pictures and extrapolating a unique image from the collection of them.
Those of you who are artists know how impressive this is. Very few artists can do this, but Jim Salvati excels at just that. We have been slowly building our collection of these images and have some great announcements about the collection we’ll be making very soon. Jim also started the “Sporting Image” with his instant classic representing Arnold Palmer. We’ll be adding to that soon as well. All these are part of a greater plan, and are going somewhere we can’t talk about at present, but those who are interested in commissioning their favorite musician or sports figure should contact me soon so they can get in on our plan, because it’s super cool (as are most things in which Jim takes part!) Of course Jim and I have to approve the image as part of our collection, but there are many very famous and wonderful musicians and athletes not yet spoken for…
Tennessee Loveless continues to get hotter. Not only does he spend much of his “free time” building his collection of interviews and portraits for his personal project “Drag Landscapes”, he also just gets better with each successive Art Outsider portrait. That’s not so say the first few aren’t amazing, they still floor me when I see them. He’s just always changing, always evolving. The latest pieces are just beautiful, especially Marlene Dietrich and Kate Bush (someone who inspired us both in our youth through to today).
He just charges forward, and he has more commissions already committed, as well as our new project that will be unveiled all at once, instead of one at a time. Believe us, they will be more potent that way! Follow us to see the art as it is released and announced, and of course if you are interested in a commission, let us know as soon as possible, especially as more is happening in his and our world together we can’t even talk about that will significantly influence his fame and, by extension, the prices of his originals!
(Marlene Dietrich Art Outsiders by Tennessee Loveless: contact us if interested)
As to the splitting of focus, we will still be representing the best of interpretive and original film and animation art, it just won’t be front and center on our site or our brick and mortar store. Maybe you noticed we changed our name. We are now “ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art. We will have a new website that reflects all the new and awesome work we’ll be offering… and it will be a BETTER, SEARCHABLE site! (HURRAY!) We will also have a dedicated section of our site, and will be happy to build your collections using our 28 years of experience. We just are finding ourselves more and more committed to contemporary art and the artists who are searching for a place to speak their vision. We want to help them speak, and find their audience, in any way we can. We have not only the aforementioned projects,
and are EVER committed to representing and promoting the work of the incomparable and amazing film artist JOHN ALVIN, (who, in 2016, broke all records for the highest price for a piece of film key art with the 396k sale at auction of the E.T. movie poster original!)
but we have new ones in the works we are building in 2017!
We also have a great artist new to ArtInsights we will be promoting in the U.S. who is very successful and popular in his home country of England, Mark Davies. His work will just blow you away.
Our show, which we are actively building as we speak, is a passion of mine and continues to excite me. SO MANY IDEAS! Check out our new limited edition from his last show, all of which have remarques on them.
If you find his work compelling, contact us soon, because his work is going to go up in price really fast! Right now, originals are around $6000 to $7000, and he loves nearly any movie you can imagine. If he doesn’t, i’ll let you know and talk you out of it…you know my favorite movies? He’s creating art from a number of them. How synergistic is that for me, a film critic/art gallery owner? VERY.
Lastly, those who live nearby or come to visit on occasion may have heard Reston Town Center is siting to paid parking as of January of 2017. We have taken proactive action on behalf of our clients and friends. We will validate your parking during the week, but also, since parking is free on the weekends, we’ll be open on both Saturday and Sunday, so we suggest coming to visit us then, because we’ll be making ArtInsights so much fun on the weekends you’ll WANT to come by!
We continue to be honored and touched by the support and loyalty of the clients and friends of ArtInsights. After over 22 years in business, we are so appreciative to those who keep showing up, seeing what’s new, and embracing exciting new art year after year.
We know you could go anywhere. And yet, you show up again and again, take our advice on new artists, and celebrate inventive, creative art we show you, whatever its origin or subject matter. That is beyond cool. It’s why we keep doing what we do. Happy New Year to you all, and thanks for all your support, from Michael and I.
Best in the new year,
Leslie and Michael
ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art