We have spent the first half of the year, and before 2019 wrapping up, let’s revisit what are the trends and updates in the art industry all over the world.

1. The Art+Tech Summit by Christie’s putting spotlight on the AI revolution in art


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The 2019 Christie’s Art + Tech Summit: The A.I. Revolution was an event produced in collaboration with Christie’s Education, and presented by Hyundai and Gucci, is an exploration of the impact of artificial intelligence in art. It was held in Christie’s New York on June 25, 2019.

The takeaways: machine learning is coming at the art market fast and the future of the art world with AI on the horizon is exciting. It can be seen in the premiere of Yugen, a ‘moving image artwork’ created by award-winning film-maker Martha Fiennes, starring Hollywood actress Salma Hayek Pinault. 

As Christie’s put it: “It fuses computer coding and post-production effects as a new possibility for creative expression”. It poses the question by the artist: “Might there be a greater level of consciousness to reach than has historically been demonstrated with such intelligence?”

Quoting the CEO of Christie’s Guillaume Cerutti: The summit is “redefining the art world with respect to technology, and changing the way art is created, experienced, and circulated.”

2. Bold colors


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No wonder artists with colorful approach got more and more buzz as we speak. Bold colors were, and are still a big hit in 2019. In a superior word, it is known as Maximalism style.

The style features out-of-ordinary patterns with smashing colors and different accents of layers. Think abstracts in bold oranges with a touch of tosca. The merrier, the more Maximalist it is, as confirmed by Saatchi Art.

3. Metallic accent


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The name suggests what it is: precious metals like gold and silver, but without an exact form that allows your imagination to run free. 

We think of it as adding an instant touch of sophistication and luxury, be it printed artwork on your wall or a mixed media art framed on your desk. When it’s on something you can wear, it’s sophisticated and unique. When it’s in something you can enjoy, it’s luxurious art. Which one has a more ring to your aesthetic?

4. Botanicals


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From real plants being used in an installation to shades of green on canvas and illustration, it’s all coming back to nature.

Tropical feel with strokes of botanicals color was and still is a major theme this year. We would say having an Instagrammable plant in the pot like Monsterra in the corner of your home has an art tendency to it, but an artwork of one sure is trendy for now.

5. The IKEA-art


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If you think we are suggesting what it looks like, you’re not entirely wrong. Inspired by the famed Scandinavian interior and decor, the style also seeps through the art world for this year. Think of earthy tones and sculptural motifs with bold shapes and soft hues like sage and blush. 

It looks like both bold and soft colors have its own tribes of followers this year, and in the case of artwork, both are intriguing and trend-proof as it entices a different kind of audiences

6. Meet Artchain 


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Made news in April this year, the art world had started to adopt blockchain to guarantee the authenticity of works of art. Meet Artchain, an electronic system for a secure art-trading platform developed by the researchers of Swinburne University of Technology with its partner Melbourne-based start-up ArtChain Global, first announced in 2018.

The system is described as a tool to provide additional benefits to artists that often become stale over time, such as ongoing royalties.

The same system reportedly is also used by Professor Yang Xiang, Dean of the Digital Research Innovation Capability Platform, and his colleagues in the Data Science Research Institute whom Swinburne then approached for partnership. 

In an article published in, a cryptocurrency transaction is a distributed network of invited computers that act as the witnesses, each recording that an exchange of funds took place. The computers all hold an identical copy of the transaction record so that if anybody tried to manipulate a cryptocurrency record, the doctored copy would no longer match all the other computers' version and the change would be rejected. 

In art trading world, an art-trading platform based on blockchain would eliminate the concern of fraud. It seems like a great solution, but even so, the biggest challenge remains how to develop protocols to connect the physical artwork to its digital blockchain record. 

To overcome that, the team has applied electronic technologies that start with the first level of security, which comes from attaching to the object a smart, internet-enabled electronic tag, connecting the artwork to the internet of things (IoT). These tags, which give the artwork a unique online identify, can also be integrated with GPS tracking modules, so its physical location is always known.

As a further security measure, the team has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program that analyses high-resolution camera images of the real artwork. "If there is a fake, very minor feature not recognizable by human eyes can be detected by AI," Xiang says. 

The art-trading platform will integrate all these new technologies into a single interface combining system that utilizes AI and IoT, as well as the blockchain.

Artchain is not only limited for a high-profiled art as it also addresses the problem with having online images of artworks copied and used without permission, attribution, or payment. Registering a work on ArtChain would be a safeguard with a timeline that can prove who was the creator of the work.

Beyond security, the new platform allows a new line item (or 'block') is added to the end of the existing record file each time an object is traded. The record itself, therefore, serves as a chronological history of the object's ownership and its provenance, which is the hail Mary of the art market as it can help to confirm the value of an art piece. 

It also allows for royalty payments for the artist for each onward sale of their work and value increase, as the artist continues to make a name. 

7. 3D design of isometric 


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According to 99 Designs, isometric designs cram a complete universe in a tiny space, involving 3D objects being drawn in clean, tactile two dimensions. 

You may have seen them everywhere this year but without a full realization that it’s actually trending. In web designs and illustrations, such graphics often can be found in an icon design. 

From the integration of technology into art, to the influence of high profile artwork into a daily dose of arts, the overall art trend this year could still be evolving for 2020.

Anything from the list is a reminiscence of your art work this year? Any similar approach taken? We would love to feature your work!

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