ArtBusiness.com provides complete art advising and consulting services, art appraisals and art price data, numerous articles for artists and collectors, and market research and information for anyone involved with art. Services for collectors and people who own art include consulting and advising on buying, selling, donating, collecting or otherwise transacting in works of fine art; appraising all works of fine art; assistance with inheritance issues involving art; research, documentation, organization and assistance in settlement or dissemination of artist estates; assistance in resolving disputes or disagreements over art; and expert testimony and opinions in legal cases involving art. ArtBusiness.com accesses a variety of archives, reference resources and databases containing millions of art price sales records and biographical information for well over half a million artists.
For artists at all stages in their careers, ArtBusiness.com advises and consults on all art and career matters including organizing and presenting their art, getting exposure, optimizing their websites, social media and online profiles, writing about their art, assistance with agreements or business relationships, marketing, promotion, pricing individual or multiple works of art, approaching the marketplace, targeting specific venues for possible shows or sales, website functionality, selling online, self-representation, exhibiting and selling at galleries or alternative venues, long term career development, estate issues, and appraisal and documentation of individual pieces or larger bodies of work.
ArtBusiness.com contains thousands of pages of new and continually updated free content, over 70,000 images of art and gallery shows, regularly posts articles about how to understand and navigate the art world, reviews art gallery openings, critiques art, covers art market news, and critically evaluates specialized technical art and artist reference works, research tools, and online databases. Out-of-print and rare art reference books and exhibition catalogues are also available through the site.
Site principal, Alan Bamberger, is an art consultant, advisor, author, and independent appraiser specializing in research, appraisal, and all business and market aspects of original works of art, artist manuscript materials, art-related documents, and art reference books.
He has been selling art since 1979 and rare and scholarly art reference books since 1982, and has been consulting, advising and appraising for artists, galleries, businesses, organizations and collectors since 1985.
Bamberger has appeared on CNN’s Daywatch, PBS radio, KTLA’s Making It(Los Angeles), and KRON-TV in San Francisco, and answered art business questions on New York City Cable TV’s Project Art Show. He’s been quoted in numerous media including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Great Britain’s Guardian Unlimited, the Toronto Star, Marketplace (National Public Radio), the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, ESPN Magazine, Real Simple, ARTnews, The Arizona Republic and Wired and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Your Money, and other publications.
Bamberger has written about the art business since 1983. His syndicated column, “Art Talk,” debuted in 1985 and appeared in antique and collectibles newspapers and magazines nationwide including Antique Week, Mid-Atlantic Antiques Magazine, Yesteryear, Antique and Collectables, The Collector, Antiques and Auction News, Antique Gazette,Old Stuff, and Collectors Journal. Bamberger also authored the “Turning Pro” column for Coagula Art Journal and “Your Business Questions” for Art Calendar Magazine, and has written numerous articles about the art business for publications like American Artist, Art Ltd., Antiques and Fine Art, Antiques West, Antique Trader, San Francisco Review of Books, and Art of California. He has also written three books, Buy Art Smartand Art For All, published by Wallace-Homestead in 1990 and 1994 respectively, and The Art of Buying Art, published by Gordon’s Art Reference in 2002, and then revised and enlarged in 2007.
He offers opinions and perspective relating to legal matters involving art, has been consulted by Spencer Michaels of The News Hour With Jim Lehrer, financial columnist Andrew Leckey for his annual predictions on what’s hot in the art market, been interviewed by Random House editors for the art section of their book The Practical Guide to Practically Everything, and is a listed expert in Tony Hyman’s best selling book Trash or Treasure. He also speaks to artist, museum and collector groups across the country and was the original moderator of the “Topics in Art” forum on the Antique Week website.
Bamberger is a member of the Association of Online Appraisers (of which he has served on the Ethics Committee), and also appraises art for Auctionata and AppraiseItNet. He was a member in good standing of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers from 1997-2011. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of Creativity Explored, an organization dedicated to encouraging artistic expression in the developmentally challenged; on the exhibition committee of Visual Aid, a service organization serving artists with life threatening illnesses; and has worked with ArtSpan which produces San Francisco Open Studios.