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Artist duo Gilbert and George pose in front of their work. Photo courtesy Getty Images

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Sunday May 25, 2014

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Art Handler's Liability and Art Insurance

Sunday May 18, 2014

Thinkstock-Getty-Images.Museum preparators at work. Thinkstock / Getty Images.

When an artwork gets damaged during installation, who is responsible to pay the damage costs: the organizer, the curator or the art handler?

Leading experts in the field of art insurance and in art handling provide answers to such questions.

In a 3-part series, art handlers and insurance brokers from around the world conducted interviews providing specific details about the importance of coverage, and the risks involved.

Art Basel Hong Kong, May 15-18, 2014

Wednesday May 14, 2014

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Art Basel Hong Kong, 2014. Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

The second edition of Art Basel Hong Kong held its press preview on May 14, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Art Basel is the world's biggest art fairs and was founded in Switzerland in 1970. The first Art Basel Hong Kong took place in 2013 and was lauded as a huge success, so expectations are high for this current edition which runs from May 15 to 18, 2014.

The fair consists of 245 top art galleries, and art by more than 3,000 artists will be on view. A focus of the fair is art from Asia, but there will be a selection of art from all over the world.

Scottish National Galleries in Edinburgh, Scotland

Saturday May 10, 2014

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Fine Art regularly adds profiles of art museums to the site's growing database. This makes it easy for arts professionals to search for museums by location, and to look at their employment information and how to apply for a job.

This month features art museums in Scotland. So, if you live in Scotland, you may want to check out the various art museums there.

The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland officially opened in 1859. It is part of the National Galleries of Scotland, which consists of three galleries in Edinburgh and two partner galleries in the North and South of Scotland.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland officially opened in 1889. Its neo-Gothic red sandstone building is home to a historical collection of portraits of famous Scots.

UK Art Museums and Art Spaces

Tuesday May 6, 2014

Fine Art continues to add profiles of art museums to eventually create a complete listing of art museums from around the world. Each profile includes a short description of the museum's history and collection, visiting hours and location, plus employment information. Hopefully this section will help arts professionals in looking for a job in a museum.

Here are some newly added profiles:

Dairy Art Centre in London, England

The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland

Career profile of art installer and art handler

Sunday May 4, 2014
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A Lowry painting is handled at Sotheby's. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Artists often work at a variety of art-related jobs to help support their art careers. One job that is perfect for sculptors is that of handling, installing and transporting art. The career profile of art installer and art handler describes the necessary skills, education and tools required to work in this field.

If you are good with hand tools and figuring out how to install art works, then working as an art installer is an ideal job. Museums, galleries, auction houses, art handling companies are the various businesses which hire art handlers.

Julian Schnabel at Dairy Art Centre

Tuesday April 29, 2014

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Artist Julian Schnabel poses in front of his self-portrait at The Dairy Art Centre on April 24, 2014 in Bloomsbury, London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

NY-based artist Julian Schnabel is exhibiting his art in the UK, for the first time in 15 years at the The Dairy Art Centre in Bloomsbury in London, England. The exhibition titled "Every Angel has a Dark Side," consists of 18 paintings created over the past decade.

Known for bombast, Schnabel became a mega-art world star in the early '80s. His mural-sized paintings encrusted with broken crockery and mythic themes helped to catapult him to blue-chip status. Besides painting, Schnabel became an Oscar-nominated film director with films such as "Basquiat," "Before Night Falls," and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."

With such credentials it would seem like his current exhibition would garner rave reviews. However, one reviewer from the Telegraph claims the paintings to be "irrefutably awful." Maybe that is why the artist looks sad in the above photo?

Art Museums in England

Saturday April 5, 2014

England is home to a wide range of art museums. This month, Fine Art will feature several British museums including employment information.

  • The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum in Cheltenham, England officially opened in 1899. The Museum maintains a permanent collection of a wide range of cultural works such as key pieces of the renowned Arts & Crafts movement, oil paintings, archaeological artifacts and archives of local history.
  • The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England officially opened in 1877. The Museum maintains a permanent collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day.
  • The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool, England officially opened on 16 December 1922, and is best known for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite artworks.
  • The Sudley House in Liverpool, England is a well-preserved Victorian merchant's home with paintings, decorative art and period costume and furnishings on display.
  • The Museum of Liverpool in Liverpool, England officially opened to the public in 1993.
  • The Central Art Gallery in Ashton-under-Lyne, England hosts a varied temporary exhibition program of artworks by local and regional artists in the greater Manchester area.
  • The Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England opened its collections and gardens to the public in the 18th century.
  • The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford, England was established in 1951. The Museum's collection includes over 2,500 items such as oil paintings, watercolors, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, decorative arts and social history artifacts.

Architect Shigeru Ban Awarded Pritzker Prize

Monday March 31, 2014

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Visitors take in the new Nomadic Museum during a press preview for "Ashes and Snow," a multimedia exhibit by artist Gregory Colbert, March 2, 2005 in New York City. The Nomadic Museum, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, is a 45,000 square-foot temporary museum made of 148 steel shipping containers and recycled paper tubes. The Nomadic Museum sits on Pier 54 on the Hudson River before traveling to Los Angeles, Beijing and Paris. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Architect Shigeru Ban recently became a Pritzker Laureate, the highly-esteemed award for architects. Ban is known for his use of recyclable materials, most notably cardboard tubes which he uses for his infrastructure.

Even though he is an architect, Ban also works in the art world, creating installations for notable art events such as the Singapore Biennale, and creating art museums such as the Nomadic Museum pictured above.

What I find inspiring about his work is his innovative thinking and his use of regular materials. He is a good role model for both aspiring artists and architects alike.

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