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When you are planning on hanging photos you need to make sure that you follow a few key steps to make sure that the process goes smoothly and you hang it perfectly. If for example you are moving house or moving in to a property for the first time, one of the main ways that you will decorate your property is to hang pictures and paintings on the wall. You want to add your own influence to the new space, stamp your mark on it and really make it your own. The last thing you want to be doing is staring at all of the pictures on your wall and thinking that you didn't place it correctly. So here are a few simple tips for you to follow.
Place it first
The first thing that you have to do is to hold your picture up agains the wall that you plan to hang it on. You should sit down and think clearly about where the photo will look best on your wall, don't rush your decision because you do not want to have to repeat the whole process again. A good rule of thumb is to hang the photos at your eye level. If there are a lot of chairs in the room then you will spend most of the time at a lower height that you would when standing, so you should consider putting the photo at your eye level when you are seated.
Make your mark
Once you have found the right spot on the wall it is time to make a mark so you know exactly where to hang it/ So, hold the painting in your preferred spot and grab a pencil. Then draw a line at the top of the frame. Of course this will not give you the perfect center position so you need to measure the photo and find your mark half way down from the line you have drawn.
Prep the picture
You should now get the photo ready to hang. If there isn't something on the back of your frame already you will need your tape measure again, measure the width and then get a piece of string to put along the back of the photo, from one side to another. Then you are ready to hag your photo in the perfect position that you have chosen.Add a comment Add a comment
Everyone has heard of Andy Warhol.
What does that even mean? Is his fame, in this regard, important? He is one of the most visible and best-known artists in the world today, but against a backdrop of scripted reality shows and the new narcissism (selfies), the implications of his extended 15 minutes of fame are hard to appreciate.
For the late art critic Robert Hughes, Warhol was for many "a name handed down from a distant museum-culture, stuck to a memorable face: a cashiered Latin teacher in a pale fibre wig, the guy who paints soup cans and knows all the movie stars".
It is a matter of fact description, one which Hughes wrote in 1982 for the New York Review of Books. He was particularly scathing of what Warhol represented. While Salvador Dali made no illusion of his love of money and fame, he at least had been, early on, a master of something new and groundbreaking.
Warhol, well, what was he really doing other than remanufacturing the already mass manufactured and repurposing it as something profound? As Hughes once said, whatever his talent, he had the cult of a leader: "His ideal society has crystallised round him and learned to love his entropy."
The opinions of others run contrary to Hughes scathing assertions. Writing in the Huffington Post last year, the author Jeanette Winterson, while acknowledging Warhol's preoccupation with celebrity, sees him as a chronicler of one of the most important societal developments of our times, and two, much more than a style.
She discusses, by way of example, his photographs and screen prints of superstars like Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger and Elvis, are sublime in their capacity to offer the viewer a lot while also holding back an immense lot. This keeps you engaged, and thus, the more you look, the more mysterious it becomes.
"That is a good test of a work of art," she stated. "If it is novelty, we shall soon see all there is to see and tire of it. We have been looking at Warhol for half a century now. The instant appeal – the advertising gimmick – gives way to what is more difficult."
Which is why he is a very bankable star and if ever there was an artist who bridges the world of fine art (critical success) with high finance (commercial success), Warhol is certainly that individual.
This was evident in November when he achieved a new record for his 1963 Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) work of art, which went for $105 million (£65 million).The previous best for one of his paintings was set in 2007, when Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) was picked up for $71.7 million (£44.1 million). Not a bad mark up to say the least.
Tobias Meyer, worldwide head of contemporary art at Sotheby's, said at the auction: "The night truly belonged to Andy Warhol. Silver Car Crash is the most important work of contemporary art we have ever had the privilege to offer, and its exceptional result is a testament to that fact."
Whatever you may think of Warhol, he is certainly an artist who is not going to go away, and he remains influential on all areas of contemporary art, as well as on media, marketing and visual imagery. Whether directly or indirectly, his legacy on the art world is set in stone forever more: his is 15 minutes of eternal fame.
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