artrepublic.com pioneers in the world of online art retail and a leading destination for the purchase of contemporary works, have announced an extended partnership with Tagsmart, the British pioneers of DNA tagging and artwork certification.
Tom Toumazis MBE, Executive Chairman of Tagsmart says:
“Given artrepublic.com’s reputation and reach, we’re delighted to be working with Anthony Nelson and his team.
It is great to see such the company join us as one of our launch partners. A large number of our artists are keen
to extend their reach and distribution and being able to offer their works via our platform to artrepublic.com is a
great way of offering trusted art direct to collectors around the world.“
"We’re delighted to be partnering with Tagsmart for the launch phase of their new B2B development. The online
market is extremely vulnerable and here at artrepublic.com we believe that Tagsmart have come up with the
highest degree of technology that could really help artists to sell more online by connecting them to various
platforms and at the same time safeguard the peace of mind for artists and collectors.”
We’ll be announcing more partnerships over the coming weeks.
Our mission is to help the art industry hashtag#trade with hashtag#trust.
Tagsmart is delighted to announce the development of the world’s first platform to trade trusted art online provisionally entitled: the ‘Hub’.
The Hub will be the first platform to enable the trade of trusted art online through the UK’s first B2B artwork aggregation service. Artists will be able to submit trusted art, pre-tagged and with a Certificate of Authenticity, directly to online retailers.
The Hub will launch in September 2018 with the support of leading and emerging artists registered on the Tagsmart platform who will offer their works for sale. Further announcement of retailer partners will be made in the coming weeks.
Tagsmart is a British technology company, formally launched in April 2016. The company pioneered the application of DNA tags to authenticate artworks and is now the go-to provider of tagging and certification services in the fine art market. It was the only such business highlighted in the 2017 Deloitte Art and Finance Report. Tagsmart already has 23,000 artworks on its platform attributed to over 200 artists and has tagged and certificated more than 11,000 works.
The company has relationships with hundreds of artists, galleries, and fabricators, from world-renowned founding partners like Gary Hume through to increasing numbers of emerging and decorative artists.
Opening today…THE REAL BAMBI Show! Bambi Street Artist has curated her first ever solo show at Joseph Fine Art. Bambi is the pseudonym of a contemporary British street artist. Known for her stencilled graffiti works, Bambi creates street art to offer social commentary and address political concerns, often through the depiction of notable contemporary figures.Bambi recently gained international acclaim for her piece entitled Lie Lie Land, which features a dancing Theresa May and Donald Trump in the pose made famous by the movie La La Land.
All works created by Bambi since 2016 are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and unique DNA Tag produced by Tagsmart to authenticate all original works.
What a great night spent at the The Club at the Ivy with musician and actor Gary Kemp interviewing David Bowie’s official tour photographer, Denis O'Regan, about his Collector Edition, boxed set of ‘Ricochet: David Bowie 1983’. Tagsmart has developed a new form of stamping technology for the authentication of the limited edition fine art photographic prints and the official David Bowie Estate stamp, which are key parts of this 2000 copy limited edition piece of art, commemorating David Bowie’s biggest and most successful world tour - Serious Moonlight.
Tagsmart offers the world’s only integrated artwork certification service designed for artists, collectors, and sellers of art.Tagsmart’s triple-lock solution uses advanced DNA tagging technology to identify artworks alongside a unique and secure system for issuing Certificates of Authenticity. These services are fully integrated with an online ownership registration platform, providing unparalleled protection to the art world, while adding value to artworks by building an accredited provenance history over time. The company launched in April 2016 after over two years of development, working closely alongside artists, conservators and the academic community. The company is led by Executive Chairman Tom Toumazis MBE and co-founder Steve Cook.
TAGSMART is delighted to have entered into partnership
with The Cultivist, the world’s leading arts club offering collectors unique access to
museums, galleries and art fairs worldwide.
This collaboration launches with the tagging and certification of 300 limited edition prints
by renowned Latin American artist Gaston Ugalde (b. 1944). The work Red Orange
(2015) focuses on the development of the artist’s colour theories . Ugalde’s creative
process celebrates experimentation by mixing performance and installation. No digital
manipulation is used in the creation of this work.
Each print has been tagged using the Tagsmart’s synthetic DNA tagging system to
secure the authenticity and provenance of the work. The prints come with a certificate
of authenticity produced exclusively for members of The Cultivist as part of the Artist
Edition Series. The Series focuses on sharing the most exciting talents from emerging
markets in countries all over the world.
Georgie Borthwick, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Cultivist said: “As the global
arts club dedicated to making new connections across the art world, it is important to us
to promote new technologies that help our collaborating artists, galleries, and
institutions to continue their fantastic work.
It has been a pleasure to support Tagsmart as a new business that entered the market
with us, and our partnership has allowed us to elevate our Global Artist Edition series,
where we provide a platform for artists from young and emerging markets, into a
collectible and authenticated series”.
Tom Toumazis MBE, Executive Chairman of Tagsmart said: “We are delighted to be
able to announce this important partnership with The Cultivist. It is thrilling to
authenticate limited edition prints for their Global Artist Edition series”
The Cultivist is a unique art membership club that offers to his members the opportunity
to visit museums, galleries and art fairs worldwide with a single membership card. The
Cultivist provides unique and privileged access to every aspect of the art world.
Developed by the art world for the art world, Tagsmart offers complete art authentication
solutions, designed for artists, collectors, and sellers of art. Endorsed and used by
leading and upcoming artists, Tagsmart uses DNA technology to identify artworks
together with a unique system for issuing Certificates of Authenticity. These services are
fully integrated with a secure online Provenance Record which enables artists to verify
the authenticity of their artworks and create an accredited chain of provenance.
The leading online art gallery artrepublic.com now offers their collectors highly secure Certificates of Authenticity with all limited edition and original artworks purchased on their website, using Tagsmart’s shopping cart integration API.As the online art market grows, this partnership demonstrates a commitment to consumer trust and encouraging transparency in the electronic marketplace.
According to Anthony Nelson, artrepublic.com’s Managing Director, “As the online art market expands, the demand for better services will continue to grow. We’re always looking for new ways to empower our customers and, by offering Tagsmart’s secure Certificate of Authenticity, we can provide our buyers with the peace of mind to focus solely on finding the art they love, without having to worry about anything else”.
Tom Toumazis MBE, Executive Chairman of Tagsmart, says: “We’re delighted to working with Anthony and his team. The online sector is a growing, vibrant part of the art world and we believe our technology can enhance the buying experience for collectors”
Tagsmart provides online platforms such as artrepublic.comwith the tools to simplify the process of secure artwork certification. Presented as an optional extra, the service enables collectors to order Certificates of Authenticity with ease, by simply clicking a button at point of sale on their way to the checkout. The Tagsmart platform then links artist, seller and collector information to generate physically and digitally secured Certificates. Each Certificate links directly to a secure artwork record, enabling the collector to view their online private portfolio, manage transfers of ownership and share works on social media. Tagsmart’s API equips online art marketplaces with a better, simpler way to convert art buyers online and secures their collection. This innovative solution enables artists, galleries and collectors to easy build a provenance history for their artwork, adding value to their collection.
Tagsmart Chairman Tom Toumazis MBE and Co- founder Steve Cooke are delighted to have hosted the first ever Tagsmart workshop. The two-day workshop have been held on Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th of February at Factory Fifteen right below the TagsmartHQ where people had the opportunity to learn about Tagsmart’s products and art authentication services. During the workshop the Tagsmart team explained the swift application process to secure artworks with Tagsmart DNA Tags, how to order Certificates of Authenticity via the platform and gave tips on how to better benefit from the services. The team showcased some of the new features of Tagsmart 2.0 which is due to launch in the newt couple of weeks.
It’s bee extremely fun and and intensive learning experience but sadly now it’s a wrap! Thank you to all the artists and friends who came along. Next –> Roy’s People Art Fair, the first ever digitally certified art fair from the 12th to the 15th of April 2018. Stay tuned for the next Tagsmart events!
Collector Myron Kaplan paid US$57,500 for Abstraction #6 by Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967) at Sotheby’s on November 20, 1997. The work was estimated at US$15,000/20,000, and the provenance in the catalogue noted that it was “acquired directly from the artist.”
In May 2016—almost 20 years after he bought it—Kaplan received a letter from the General Services Administration (GSA) stating that the painting was produced under the New Deal and remains the property of the U.S. government. The letter noted, “the last possessor of the painting [indicated] that the painting was retrieved approximately 50 years ago from the Port Richmond High School in Staten Island. The painting was discarded due to a renovation of the school building and recovered by their [sic] relation, a school staff member.”
Reinhardt was involved with the federal art program administered by the Works Progress Administration. He worked in the Easel Division of the Federal Art Project. The GSA claims that all works created under the various New Deal art projects are government property, and when the works are found, the GSA demands their return.
Kaplan’s attorney, Debra A. Mayer, contacted Sotheby’s and the GSA in an attempt to confirm the painting’s provenance from before the auction. Sotheby’s refused to provide any information about the consignor without a subpoena; the GSA also refused to provide Mayer with any information, she states in court papers. The GSA is demanding immediate possession and has threatened to refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney for criminal prosecution, Mayer claims.
Mayer, on behalf of Kaplan, has filed a motion in court seeking a subpoena to compel Sotheby’s to provide complete records of the consignment in 1997 and all documents provided by Sotheby’s to the GSA “pursuant to its December 2015 subpoena to Sotheby’s concerning this matter.”