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Worth a look? Investing in art, an exciting and enjoyable journey



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Worth a look? Investing in art, an exciting and enjoyable journey


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Worth a look? Investing in art, an exciting and enjoyable journey

A good piece of art always gives that extra edge to the aesthetics of the room. While there are many forms of art like sculptors, installations, etc, in India the art market is dominated largely by paintings.

While earlier art was collected more like a passion, without a doubt, art as an investment has gained popularity over time. Art as an investment has been gaining gradual acceptance in India.

Many long-term investors have diversified portfolios which include artworks from both Indian and international artists. Business families too often approach investment in art, either as a valuable collection and/or as an instrument of wealth creation.

In fact, many family offices have even included art as part of their investment portfolio. Art collections have also found themselves as an essential part of estate planning, as valuables to

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Plains Art Museum show features Picasso, Chagall, Renoir and more

Still, when Andy Maus, director and CEO of the Plains Art Museum, says a new exhibit has some “rock stars,” it’s an understatement.

As the names indicate, “From Renoir to Kostabi” doesn’t just have rock stars — it has the monsters of rock. The exhibit includes the titans of the last 140 years in art, featuring Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall.

Pablo Picasso's 1959 linocut print, "Bacchanale au Taureau Noir." Photo courtesy of Park West Museum / Special to The Forum

Pablo Picasso’s 1959 linocut print, “Bacchanale au Taureau Noir.” Photo courtesy of Park West Museum / Special to The Forum

“It’s basically a journey through European and American modernism over 100 years,” Maus says. “It’s creativity through the ages.”

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The show follows the development of art styles from the late 1800s into the 2000s, from Renoir landscapes to contemporary New York artist Mark Kostabi’s sociopolitical commentary.

While the 59-year-old may not be a household name, his work is in the collections at the Metropolitan

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Art meets horticulture with ikebana, the soothing art of Japanese flower arrangement

The rise of Modern Ikebana: the art of Japanese flower arrangement - Ho Hai Tran / Frida Kim
The rise of Modern Ikebana: the art of Japanese flower arrangement – Ho Hai Tran / Frida Kim

Back in February, Frida Kim, one of London’s most sought-after floral designers, was already fully booked until October with commissions for ­dinners, parties and private events across the city and beyond. By late March all of those jobs, like those of almost all of the country’s event florists, were cancelled.

Luckily, she also has several private clients, and was able to work alone, beautifying houses with her soulful displays that seem to sit somewhere between floristry and decorative art. “I am always checking for harmony and elegance,” says Kim, who often uses just one branch or stem rising up from an elegant bowl.

“Sometimes when I see one really beautiful single stem it can speak about our current situation – you can’t show off, you can’t go anywhere, there is all

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Pros and cons of getting a car at a younger age

16 Pros and Cons of Raising the Driving Age – ConnectUS
In most countries of the world, once a person is 16, they are permitted to drive a car. However, not everybody sees eye to eye about young people driving cars. Some believe that young people are too immature to handle the freedom that comes with driving a car or to even have the trusted ability to drive, whereas others have no problem with young people driving a car. Here are some of the pros and cons of getting and driving a car at a younger age:

Pros
It fosters increased responsibility
Everyone who owns a car has some basic level of responsibility when handling it. They are responsible for their safety as well as that of others. As such, they will be more careful when they are driving their cars. Because of the responsibility the ownership of a car has plans upon them, they will be more sensitive and … Read More