What is a COA and why are they important?

Find peace in mind knowing when you shop at GallArt.com that the artwork you purchase is genuine and always comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 12.48.22 PMWhat Is a Certificate of Authenticity?

A Certificate of Authenticity is a bit like an artwork’s birth certificate, passport and quality guarantee all rolled into one.

Essentially, a COA is a document, created by the artist or someone who is an expert on the artist, which accompanies an artwork and contains all the information a collector could need to verify if the piece of art is genuine.

A Certificate of Authenticity (COA) provides a lot of concrete detail about a piece, but by existing for a particular piece, it says even more. An artwork that has a COA is one that is made by a professional practicing artist, not an amateur. It is a piece that has collectible value. The Certificate adds a tangible credibility to the work. It can help the work hold its value.

The COA is held to be an indirect promise of quality. Art pieces that have a COA have usually been made by an artist who cares about their work, its longevity and their collectors. The piece is likely to have been created from the best materials available, be designed to last and been created by an expert. Back to the concrete details, the Certificate will provide all the information on the medium(s) of the piece needed for conservation that might otherwise be lost forever.

Certificates protect the artist and the buyer by helping to prove that an artwork is original. Cheap copies sold without an artist’s knowledge or consent is unfortunately common. Without a COA attached, this situation makes it next to impossible for the buyer to be confident of the value of the piece or for the artist to maintain their credibility and their livelihood.

As an art collector, you really must only buy Fine Art pieces that are backed by a Certificate of Authenticity. This helps ensure that what you have bought at a premium is genuine and not counterfeit.

Keith Haring – Untitled, 1988

Keith Haring, Untitled - 1988

Keith Haring, Untitled – 1988


Verso (dedication & signature) of Untitled, 1988

Keith Haring’s Untitled is vibrant deconstruction of the artist’s iconic painterly process. Visible sketches and patches of color serve as groundwork for Haring’s distinct, bold lines with each color representing a new layer, much like the execution of graffiti. This 40′ x 40″ multi-layered composition emerged out of Haring’s early graffiti work in which he honed his signature style by adulterating the New York City subway system. Remnants of this can be seen in the dripping paint and white backdrop which give a rarefied raw and energetic quality to Untitled, recalling the moments when the artist was caught creating graffiti in public spaces and had to quickly escape the scene.
The scene depicted within the painting is consumed with energy and activity. A monstrous figure is pulled out of a hat, while an animated silhouette topples over with surprise. Using basic lines and universal symbols, Keith Haring created a kind of personal, pictographic vocabulary that is at the same time humorous and serious. The three-pronged crown, which his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat often used to sign his works, is found in the bottom-right corner, a poignant reminder of his friend, less than a month after Basquiat’s tragic death. To the right of the Basquiat crown, lines radiate out with movement and life energy. These radiating lines denote the basics of drawing and cartooning that underpin Haring’s oeuvre.

Untitled, 1988 (dedication to Xavier)

Untitled, 1988 (dedication to Xavier)

For some time in 1987, Keith Haring was living and working in Belgium. He was hosted by Roger and Monique Nellens at their home in Knokke. They had a son named Xavier. This work is dedicated to Xavier.

Haring Painting a Mural At the Casino Knokke in 1987.

Haring Painting a Mural At the Casino Knokke in 1987.

Throughout his short but prolific career, Keith Haring emphasized how he was enthralled by the visual simplicity of drawing ever since early childhood: “I’m drawing when I’m painting. When you’re drawing, it’s completely separate because drawing is making a mark and cutting into space and finding something that didn’t exist before. It’s pure creation in its simplest form.” (K. Haring, quoted by J. Rubell, ‘Keith Haring: The Last Interview’)

For more information about this artwork, please contact Gallery Art. 305.932.6166 or Info@GallArt.com – 20633 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, FL 33180

Love Is In The Air

In 2002, Banksy started an annual initiative called Santa’s Ghetto. Santa’s Ghetto typically operates during the month of December out of a small store on Oxford Street in London, where underground artists showcase their work. The original Spray Paint on Canvas Sold at the FIRST 2002 Santa’s Ghetto at Dragon Bar, London event. An amazing EARLY Banksy for the serious Banksy Enthusiast depicting his now famous “Love is in the Air”. Artwork is in excellent condition and is Professionally Custom Framed. Includes Certificate of Authenticity (Pest Control) issued from Banksy. Please call 305.932.6166 to schedule a LIVE Web Cam viewing today!!!



For The First Time Ever, Norman Rockwell’s “The Rookie” (Red Sox Locker Room) To Be Included In Christie’s May Sale of American Art

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room). Oil on canvas; 41 x 39 in.; Painted in 1957. Estimate: $20,000,000-30,000,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room). Oil on canvas; 41 x 39 in.; Painted in 1957. Estimate: $20,000,000-30,000,000. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd 2014

Christie’s announced that Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room) will be included in the May 22nd sale of American Art. The work, which has never been offered at auction, was painted in 1957 for the March 2nd cover of The Saturday Evening Post and has remained in the same private collection for nearly thirty years. It has been publicly exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston twice–once in 2005 and again in 2008–following World Series victories by the Red Sox. Estimated at $20-30 million, The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room) marks the highest estimate ever for Norman Rockwell at auction.

Elizabeth Beaman, Senior Specialist of American Art at Christie’s, said, “During his lifetime, Norman Rockwell was witness to such important artistic movements as Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. In choosing a path of illustration, however, he became as ubiquitous to the American public as the images he created. With over 800 magazine covers to his name, Rockwell earned the reputation of America’s preeminent illustrator and helped forge a sense of national identity through his art. The renewed demand for these uniquely American works of art is evidenced by their increasingly strong prices in recent seasons and this particular painting, capturing America’s favorite pastime, will surely have wide ranging appeal among collectors.”

Via (artdaily.com).

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