Corporations and business are the most important buyers in the art market, and they continue to have a major impact on sales and exhibitions throughout the artworld
During the past 50 years of documenting trends in the corporate art world, I have seen how it has grown, retreated, and grown again like a phoenix, and has become transformed in the process each time.
Today companies have become more sophisticated and subtle in using art to enhance their company’s image, and it is being used in the workplace to stimulate creative thinking and out-of-the-box solutions
But how do they make their buying decision? …. whether you are an artist, art gallery, art consultant, auction house, or museum, you need to understand how companies decide.
You need to know how to reach the right people, decide which companies to contact, and understand how they make their collecting decisions. The 2020 Edition of the Directory and the ebook “Insiders Guide” will do this for you.
The ebook and Directory provide the two key research tools that will give you the ability to attrack more buyers and reach new audiences.
The 2020 Edition of Directory of Corporate Art Collections has been updated and is available for a 30% Pre-Publication Discount until February 1
……..it is simply the best source of information for what is happening with art in business and the workplace
And the only source of information about nearly 700 companies and businesses around the world, that are buying art, displaying art in un-traditional spaces, commissioning art, sponsoring art, and becoming partners with artists to create new ways to bring art into communities and people’s lives.
The International Directory highlights information on over 700 art programs in workplaoce settings and non-traditional spaces. This includes corporations, small businesses, partnerships, corporate foundations, airports, municipal transport and metro networks, cruise ships, hotels, and hospitals.
40 additional corporate collections have been added to this edition, and the existing information has been updated and expanded
Celebrating America’s love affair with the automobile — an exhibition and book for your car loving friends
Let’s Hit the Road Again, our new book and traveling exhibition explores the car’s impact on American life and society and celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile.
During the first decades of the 20th century, the automobile transformed the way we live.
For the first time, people could now hop into their cars, hit the road and escape from the places and circumstances that bound them. The car gave people freedom – freedom to travel, freedom to explore, freedom to experience new ways of living.
The automobile transformed America — where we live, how we work, how we travel, what the cities and suburbs look like, our environment – all have been profoundly shaped by the car.
In Let’s Hit the Road Again artists from around the world have recycled discarded metal wheel coverings and hubcaps — and turned them into fascinating and sometimes controversial artworks.
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Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy how 149 artists from the LandfillArt Collection have celebrated this unique era .
……… As long as art has existed, some of it has pushed people to look beyond their comfort zones ……. And this book and exhibition will open your eyes a little wider.
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Artists have long used junkyards and trash heaps as source material. By taking something discarded, they turned it into something beautiful, compelling or provocative.
The artists represented in the LandfillArt Collection, have become a community encouraging and supporting the creative reuse and recycling of the earth’s resources. The artists have explored the potential of re-using materials – in their hands, workroom scraps, broken dishes, and even recycled paint have become art. They have turned the ordinary into the extraordinary!
With such a diversity of creative expressions and mediums, the artists created a body of work, that makes us pause, ponder, and plan to make a difference in our own world.
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The following are a few of the surprises and stories that await you in Let’s Hit the Road Again
The book explores the lore and popular culture that surrounds some of the iconic cars, and the well- known highways and byways. Several highways became outright legends on their own.
Often called “The Mother Road,” Route 66 became one of the most famous roads in the US. It originally ran from Chicago, before ending in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).
US 66 served as a primary route for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and the road supported the economies of the communities it passed through.
It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s. The song “Get your kicks on Route 66.”became a monument to long-distance car travel..
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Highway 61 North – known as the “Blues Highway,” rivaled Route 66 as the most famous road in American music lore. It was a major transit route out of the Deep South particularly for African Americans traveling north to Chicago, St Louis and Memphis.
The highway has a long musical history, being the supposed location where singer-songwriter Robert Johnson made a deal with the Devil for his successes. The road later gave its name to Minnesota native Bob Dylan’s album Highway 61 Revisited.
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At its height, one in every six working Americans worked directly for the automobile industry, and Detroit was its epicenter.
Henry Ford in his own words……
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
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Cars of the Stars. The high end automobiles, such as the Cadillac and Mercedes, became status symbols and were popular with celebrities, and Hollywood stars.
By 1910, Cadillac was the first manufacturer to mass-produce cars with enclosed cabins. They invented climate control. By 1964, everything on your Caddy could be controlled by thermostat, the first vehicle to ever offer such a cool ride.
The fascinating story behind Al Capone’s infamous getaway car – a Cadillac – that was custom built for him. The gangster commissioned several armoured cars, but the most famous was a 1928 Cadillac – and thought to be one of the first cars to have body armour and bulletproof glass.
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The Pierce-Arrow was a status symbol, owned by many Hollywood stars and celebrities. Most of the royalty of the world had at least one Pierce-Arrow in its collection.
Actor Sessue Hayakawa, from the film Bridge on the River Kwai, drove a custom-ordered gold-plated Pierce-Arrow.
In 1909, U.S. President William Howard Taft ordered two Pierce-Arrows to be used for state occasions.
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Many television celebrities were used in car marketing.
One of the most successful was Dinah Shore . She was one of the first television celebrities whose name became synonymous with a product — and during the 50s and early 60s, she was probably most responsible for putting Chevrolet automobiles in the driveways of millions.
On her TV show she sang “the Chevy jingle” and the song became an anthem for the era; a tune approaching patriotic status. By 1962-63 Chevy sales alone were more than 2 million a year, and all of the General Motors in those years amounted to half of all vehicles sold in the U.S.
Groucho Marx was another who became identified with a car make. DeSoto sponsored the popular television game show You Bet Your Life from 1950 – 1958, in which host Groucho Marx urged viewers to visit a DeSoto dealer with the phrase “tell ’em Groucho sent you“, and to “drive a DeSoto before you decide“. The DeSoto was named for Hernando de Soto to symbolize travel, adventure and pioneering.
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Why Does Pontiac use an Indian as their symbol. The earliest Pontiac logos, show a side view of a Native American with a distinctive headdress.
Pontiac, or Obwandiyag (c. 1720 – 1769) was an Odawa war chief who led Native Americans in a struggle against British military occupation of the Great Lakes region.
Pontiac’s War began in May 1763 when Pontiac and 300 followers attempted to take Fort Detroit by surprise. They laid siege to the fort, where they were joined by more than 900 warriors from a half-dozen tribes.
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America’s love affair with the automobile was most evident in the music of the era.
The Day Music Died ….
“So bye-bye, Miss American Pie, Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die, This’ll be the day that I die.”
“Chevy to the levee” is from “American Pie,” which topped America’s music charts in 1972. Singer and songwriter Don McLean wrote it to mourn the death of three musicians in a 1959 airplane crash. Those who perished the “day the music died” included Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Jiles Perry Richardson Jr., “the Big Bopper.” The song’s familiar chorus is now part of American pop culture.
“Oh, Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.” –Janis Joplin
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The Volkswagen Beetle is arguably the most recognized industrial product shape ever produced.
But more than that, it has endured for generations, becoming a part of many families’ cultural history.
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The Jeep is the oldest four-wheel drive mass-production vehicles now known as SUVs.
“You know it’s important to have a Jeep in Los Angeles. That front wheel drive is crucial when it starts to snow on Rodeo Drive.” –Christopher Guest
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Tail Fins and the Designers
With America’s passion for the jet age in the 1950s, the public was obsessed with the need to go fast.
During the 1960s American automobiles came to resemble the jet with it’s tail fins. Large tailfins, designs reminiscent of rockets, and radio antennas that imitated Sputnik were common, due to the efforts of design pioneers such as Harley Earl. So before the 1950s and 1960s were over, designers were adding fins to every car they could.
“Dad called General Motors designer Harley Earl’s designs “chrome-plated barges,” .. he said that, if left to his own devices, Harley Earl would put fins on a TV or refrigerator.” Raymond Loewy
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Vision of the Future
Frank Lloyd Wright had three loves: cars, architecture and the American landscape. His annual road trips to Taliesin helped him refresh his architectural perspectve and vision. And gave him a clear view of the country’s changing landscape, and how automobiles were transforming American society.
In his architectural projects, he designed many car-influenced structures that included a filling station, a self-service parking garage, a “paradise on wheels housing project,” and, of course, his Jaguar showroom in New York City.
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Title: Sky High and Riding Low, by Susan Hammond
“I pesently own a Chrysler 300, and each time I drive to work in New York City I pass the beautiful Chrysler Building I chose to create a hubcap showing antique Chryslers as well as the historic Chrysler Building.” — Susan Hammond
Perhaps Corporate Art Brief readers are already familiar with the art project Qantas initiated during the 1990s to paint several of their planes with aboriginal designs to celebrate the 1993 International Year of the World’s Indigenous People.
Editor Note: More information about this project is available in the 2017 edition of the International Directory of Corporate Art Collections. Ordering information is here
The company, the national airline of Australia, has continued to initiate innovative ways of sharing the work of Australian artists with an international audience. The latest project has been to work with some of Australia’s leading artists, photographers and digital influencers to feature their work on the airline’s international Business class amenity kits.
The project, called ‘Qantas Curates’ collaborates with professional Australian contemporary art curators to select artworks from 16 Australians that work in different styles that include pop culture, photography, fine art, abstract landscape, Indigenous art and textile design.
On May 1, the new range of amenity kits (eight types for men and eight for women) were introduced and offered to Business class customers on international flights, with two designs launching every few months.
According to Olivia Wirth, of Marketing & Corporate Affairs for Qantas Group the airline’s vision was to increase an awareness of contemporary Australian art and give travellers a collectible piece to take with them.
“As the national carrier, we’re pleased to support talented Aussies telling uniquely Australian stories through their artwork and share them with a global audience. We know amenity kits are an important part of the international Business class experience. Customers love the functionality of our kits and many use them after their flight as make-up bags, an evening clutch or to carry their mobile phones. So, the exposure is broad.”
The first two artists to be featured were Jacob Leary and Liam Snootle
Bubblegum Dystopia by Jacob Leary. “Bubblegum Dystopia extends my interests into the nature of organisation. Focusing on the idea of non-linearity the picture space attempts to explore the layered complexities that define contemporary modes of experience.”
Billie Justice Thomson, whose artwork Fairy Bread will feature on a kit for women said she was proud to be part of a program that showcases artwork in such a unique way. “It’s really exciting to be part of an art exhibition at 38,000 feet. “
A full list of the 16 artists is at the end of the article.
For many years, Qantas has been giving Australian artists opportunities to reach global audiences. In 2015, a donation of AUD 2.75 million ($1.9 million) from the Qantas Foundation, the airline’s philanthropic foundation, has enabled the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and the Tate to launch a joint acquisition program for contemporary Australian art. Works acquired as part of the program will be jointly owned and displayed by the MCA and the Tate. The institutions are planning to buy a wide variety of art spanning from the late 1960s to the present, and in a coordinated selection and purchasing strategy, the museums will share resources and expertise to carefully select an exciting group of artworks which will be shown in a special exhibition at the MCA in 2016, before traveling to London for a show at the Tate. Introducing contemporary Australian art to an international audience is meant to draw more attention to artists who, in an international context, have often been overlooked.
Announcement: The story behind Qantas’ painted planes is being featured in our upcoming publication, as well as the Alexander Calder plane design project of Braniff Airways and many other fascinating art projects around the world. The book: Unlikely Bedfellows: Art Changing the Workplace and Industry will be released on June 1 in a digital and paperback edition. I am accepting advance orders and an announcement will be posted shortly. In the meantime, send me an email if you are interested in more information. email@example.com
These are the 16 artists that are being featured on the Amenity kits:
Jacob Leary – Bubblegum Dystopia features on the kit for women onboard 1 May 2017
Liam Snootle – No Queen Blues/Unwindfeatures on the kit for men onboard 1 May 2017