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Discoveries that matter

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“We are identifying excellent artists who have not as yet received the full recognition they deserve.”

 

— Peter Selz [1919–2019] served as our Senior Curator starting in 2012. Peter was Chief Curator of MoMA and founder of the Berkeley Art Museum. 

Welcome to a unique art magazine

DIAA is the only art publication with the special niche of exploring the lives and works of artists who were marginalized or who slipped through the cracks of art history — always for fascinating reasons. Along the way, we’ll occasionally surprise you with some emerging and mid-career talents that our Curatorial Board sees as shining brightly. Along with strategic partners, we are trying to increase the number of significant legacies that are preserved and promoted. Our organization is unique in three basic ways. First, it is the only art magazine to utilize a Curatorial Board of distinguished art historians as a key part of its vetting process.  Second, its revenue comes only from sales of its elected artists’ works. Third, social responsibility is embedded in our DNA. Ours is the art world’s first for-benefit business, dedicating a significant percentage of sales to help finance promotional expenses for the neediest of its elected artists.

A strict vetting process

DIAA is the only publication whose featured artists have been identified and submitted by members of our Curatorial Board. This growing group of art historians conducts a strict vetting process. Their eyes are focused on quality, innovation, and historical significance.

Our promise: No hype, no fluff

DIAA joins the ranks of scholarly art journals, not popular art magazines that depend upon paid display advertising and subscribers. In an art world too often filled with hype and fluff, here are artists validated for inclusion as significant chapters in our art history. You’ll also discover back-stories are as compelling as the art.

How we champion artists

At minimum, every elected artist gets a curated online exhibition and a brief introductory essay. With subvention funding we can go beyond that and produce a more substantial critical/biographical essay that fully shows why an artist’s work stands out as truly innovative. Our authors are drawn from a large network of peers — each with significant expertise relating to styles, movements, periods, media, and regions most pertinent to the artist. But we can’t expect them to work for free. The Catch-22 is that many artists can’t afford the expense. So, to help those artists in need we’ve pledged to set aside 20% of profits from our total sales commissions in order to secure for them a top historian to tell their story and critically assess their work. The more works we sell the greater the financial support we can provide to artists. That’s why, when you purchase a work of art here, you also enhance your own kismet.

Now you can acquire directly

Imagine you’re reading an article, fall in love with an artwork that’s illustrated, and want to own that very piece. Now you can. Many of our illustrated works are for sale. Just click on the “Inquire” button and we’ll tell you if that work is available, has been sold, or is in a museum collection. If it’s available, we’ll give you the details and connect you with the artist trusts, estates, foundations, or their exclusive representatives and you can transact directly. Everyone benefits. So, you see, good things happen when you acquire art here.

There is simply no greater value proposition

Our approach to offering art is grounded in the maxim that scholarship — with an eye for quality as its corollary — provides the smartest guide for collectors. The direct benefit of this maxim is that there is simply no greater value proposition in the art market. Just compare our artists’ works with those by their more famous peers fetching huge prices and you’ll discover that these prices on the ground floor — with nowhere to go but up.

We also urge you to compare our artists’ works with the hundreds of commercial websites enticing artists to consign and display their art. The biggest of these platforms posts hundreds of thousands of works. None of those websites are curated, so don’t be surprised to be disappointed. Lots of art that has its heart in the right place is frequently derivative, inept, or simply boring — but that’s what you get that with any “pay to play” business. Instead, our Curatorial Board assures that you will discover real collecting opportunities.

Enjoying art that matters

DIAA is the only publication opening doors to discoveries that encourage everyone interested in art to think and see out of the box. You will learn about artists whose lives and works matter. We’re reminded of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet (1929) in which he explained beautifully that before nosey historians like us discovered the significance of certain artists, their works were resting quietly, maturing for decades, waiting for us:

“In this there is no measuring with time, a year doesn’t matter, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come. It does come. But it comes only to those who are patient, who are there as if eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly silent and vast. I learn it every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything!”

Summer does come.
Here is art that matters.                                                          
Enjoy these discoveries!