What stocks & real estate don't have
that art has
Decades ago, I was analyzing how art can be priced to help the world. Scarcity and the increase in art prices happens, but only after a long wait for the artist to pass away. Only a few people can afford that luxury, and some investors are older than the artists.
Art is Unregulated. You can buy art for a dollar and sell it for a million dollars. If you do this with stocks, metals, real estate, etc., you can get in trouble. If you do this with art, you will get praised. Art is Global. You can support anyone's art, anywhere in the world. Art is Portable. You can have your art shipped, displayed or stored anywhere in the world.
Here is one big, weak point of stocks & real estate
Are you a trader? Are you always at a frantic pace trying to make a profit everytime the markets are open? Here is the weak point: Stocks, metals, commodities and even real estate have to keep propagating and circulating all the time. When there was a run for tulips in the 17th century, even that had to keep propagating. It's the nature of the businesses. Art can be made scarce. It can stop propagating on a per artist level.
You can dictate art to be scarce, pricey and predictable
A fast, predictable way for scarcity and price increase to happen is if artists announce that they are following their own proposed price increase schedule and are stopping their own production once a quantity gets reached. You will notice that this same principle is already done on limited edition collectible items like dolls and comic books. We just need to use it on original fine art! You can make this part of the artist commission, the binding agreement or contract between the artists, and their investors and art collectors.
You can trade in art as soon as now! Here's how
The artist commission, the contract, the agreement, provided that there are safety provisions, can be traded between investors and collectors, even before the completion of the works.
Remember that artists partnering with investors and art collectors would be no longer alone at this point.
Here is how you can piggyback on the budget of big companies
A large investor or investment company who reserves 100 works from the same artist will have the budget to promote the artist. Artists who become famous cannot be rendered unfamous. Smaller investors will also gravitate towards that same artist in the hope of piggybacking whatever methods of promotion the larger investors have up their sleeves. Investment companies and investment banks already have a Rolodex or list of contacts they can sell the art to.
How big financial companies can make a lot of money
Banks and other financial and investment companies just need to add a few new sales agents to fit in an unused, vacant office next door. Remember too that a lot of companies have quarterly financial statements that could use help. They can report a Potential Revenue from art, which results from the difference between the Current Street Market Value and the Cost of Acquistion. The Current Street Market Value may either be the current price point of the artist, or the highest resell price a fellow investor may have announced.
I have always joked that banks can "fold money." An average person can fold a $1 dollar bill many times, and it will remain $1 dollar. Financial institutions can find creative ways to present $1 dollar so it doubles to $2 or more. If more and more companies begin to support #valzubiriagenda, and a trend happens, then even more will come up with ways to facilitate the exchange of money and art.
Here is how you can speculate and invest better
Let us look at an example. An artist's current asking price is $100,000, but there are no announcements of price increase and scarcity. Investors can only wonder when the next price increase will happen. They also think that as soon as demand is produced, the artist will prosper by making too many pieces. These possibilities are what is stopping investors from acquiring art.
However, if you discover an artist who announces that he or she will only produce 100 pieces at $100,000, after which the prices will increase, then investors can speculate better. The sooner the 100 pieces are acquired by them and others, the sooner the price will increase. Because art is unregulated, the artist can announce an price schedule that increases exponentially, or geometrically. The magic is that in ten price points, $100,000 at the start can reach $51,200,000 on the tenth. I'm just capping this discussion at $51,200,000, but higher prices are possible. For example, an artist can decide to stop producing sooner, even while the collecting hasn't slowed down. On the other hand, as more invest and collect, prices can still go up.
You won't see this progression in real estate
$100,000 > $200,000 > $400,000 > $800,000 > $1,600,000 > $3,200,000 > $6,400,000 > $12,800,000 > $25,600,000 > $51,200,000.
As you can see above, as soon as the next price point is reached, even the last investment company who acquired art at the last previous price point can report a doubling of the investment value in their quarterly financial statement. I'm mentioning quarterly, because they happen every three months, and the goal for all this is to assist businesses and investors to profit and / or increase values for their companies while not interfering with their own day to day products and actual business. Investors can even resell with discounts. The next investor can just wait for the next price point to also report a positive increase. A large investment company can, for example, reserve 100 works, and promote and make the artist famous and in demand for a total of $51,200,000. This is why there might be a run for the artist as soon as such an announcement is made.
As I have said, this preoccupation started decades ago. It occurred to me that anyone can make this announcement. Any investment company can also adopt an artist and invest. If this succeeds, what we are actually doing is borrowing money and attention from the future, so we can make a lot of art today, make money for ourselves, and improve the world economy. We might make a lot of art that the next future generations will still be continuing to trade the art we produce now. My question was, how can we assist the future in trading the art we produce now?
Here is how everyone can up the ante and get daring artists
The answer I came up with is publishing books, and the best books that can come with the original art are memoirs, biographies and art books. Self-publishing has become easy to do! You can write 10 books and simultaneously release them without the permission of publishing giants. Both now and in the future, collectors and investors would appreciate having the memoirs, biographies and art books next to the original art and as one way to encourage others to acquire the art from them.
Writing and publishing books is another higher step in adding value to art. This is like two steps up and one step down. This is also the marketing approach of triangulation - with books, the artist is perceived as having additional points of interest or a wider, more stable foundation and reason for becoming collectable. However, remember too that getting a writer or a ghost writer involved in the writing process is an acceptable practice. The artist himself does not need to write the books. Investors and collectors are also encouraged to write their own art-related memoirs, biographies and art books of their collection. This increases the visibility of the art pieces.
How artists can one-up other artists
How investors can one-up other investors
Here is a funny possibility. If an artist or investor or art collector contracts or even barters with 5 writers, 5 books can simultaneously be produced within the same period of time. This is how you one up the competition.
Self-publishing continues to even out the playing field worldwide, because there are online companies which can print and ship books in less than a week. E-books can be immediately available as soon as they are uploaded. The online publishers only need two pdf files per book: the full-color cover file and the interior which may be black and white (memoirs and biographies) or full-color (art books). Being included in the databases of bookstores and libraries is possible for a few steps, most of them free. Local bookstores can also decide to carry the books.
How to start with $5 art and reach $5 million dollars
Once again, returning to the current asking price of the artists. A person who charges $5 per art piece can still publish books. A person who charges $5,000,000 per art piece can also publish books. In the past, even famous artists need the big publishing houses to publish for them. Not anymore. Remember that even expensive artists can use the boost that publishing provides.
Has this scenario happened to you?
I have seen this happen. A group of four young men walked into a gallery where I happened to be at. They asked if they can invest in art that will increase in value. The gallerist told them they can only encourage people to purchase art that they will like. The investors walked away. There was another group of two people who confidently asked the same question in another gallery and they were also turned away. Now, if the artists and their galleries decide that they will double their prices after a certain number has been sold, the galleries would not be lying if they convey this to those people who walked in.
Would you skip this effort and just close your gallery, or cafe?
There was this gallery owner with whom I talked to about my idea of publishing books. I suggested that she can publish books of the art and artists she carried. Her answer was, the idea of publishing sounded good, but she said, "That sounds like too much work." She also said that as soon as a book gets published, the artists will feel bigger and more independent that they will look for a bigger and better gallery. In the hour that I was looking at the art in her gallery, before I even talked to her, she was painstakingly pasting the brown paper covering in the back of a newly framed painting. She closed her gallery after a year because business was slow.
You should not do this in your gallery
There are galleries who agree to resell work purchased earlier at high prices. This is a great favor to their collector friends who suddenly had to move or who lost their jobs.
The problem is that the galleries reclassify the resold works as previously owned and discounted. People's notions is that collectible art should increase in value. There is something incongruent about this. Let's say that the gallery takes 50% of the retail price, and the artist takes 50%. The art collector buys at 100%, but when the gallery resells the work, the gallery might agree to only taking 20% of the newly lowered retail price, just to help the former collector. This means that the former collector would be lucky to get 50% of his money back. While doing the former investor a favor, the gallery also sends out a message to others that the art is really not a good investment.
Here is how you can change perception
I acknowledge the fact that an artist can simply tear up paper, catalog the pieces, take photographs of each piece and publish the art book. I respect that - the simple act went through the publishing process. You can change the public's perception of you through publishing even the simplest of artwork. Even if you think your art is ugly, you can sway perception through publishing.
Here is how you can easily change how you see yourself
Imagine making art that even you think is mediocre. Imagine making 100 works, and publishing them in book form, making sure you have a well-designed art book. Imagine publishing a memoir or a biography. You don't even need to be the writer of your books. You can get a writer to write for you. Now you have more than one book. Imagine being proud of your books.
100% Art + 100% Writing = 1,000+% side effect in perception. You can imagine this happening right now, but once you have one or more books listed on Amazon, your own self-worth, self-image, self-confidence, self-esteem, etc. will shoot up.
I purposefully challenged myself to become an example for you
I made a few conscious decisions for myself. I came up with this idea of exponential pricing and announcement of the number of works, and I wanted to become my own example, to show that things can still be achieved even if the process seemed difficult. I make one-of-a-kind porcelain dolls, because this art takes many stages to accomplish. I also want to incorporate gemstones and precious metals in my works, so that my collectors can have my works in a glass case that everyone will want to view when they host a party and also so I and my investors can eventually justify an asking price of $51,200,000. I just need to tell everyone that the art they acquire will be in art books that have yet to be published. Because my art books have yet to be published, I decided to write more than one memoir. I did not feel that one book would be enough to encourage other artists, investors and art collectors to write and publish their books as well. If I wanted to become leader, I had to make it harder for myself. However, with mastery comes ease. I don't feel my art is difficult. I also have plans to write more books. Each art book can showcase 150 works, so I'm also looking at more than 10 art books for myself, because I want to make 160 works per price point.
I was once a Doubting Thomas myself
100% effort in art + 100% effort in writing and publishing = 1,000+% boost in self-image, self-worth, self-respect and self-confidence. It feels different when you tell people you have a few books on Amazon.com. I started my first attempt at a book-length memoir in 2005, and finished the draft in 2006. I got a few copies printed just to see my name on the cover of a book. "To see is to believe" is a relevant notion. Even though my book still needed to be edited and revised, I proved to myself that writing a book can be done. I followed this with the publication of a 150+ page book of my 130 nude drawings and paintings. And now I have four memoirs. It can be done and I encourage everyone to do this.
Easily change yourself even if you're 70 years old
I met a 70-year old friend, Richard Lau, at church two years ago. We started hanging out after mass. He had seen my art and my books, and he also said he painted. He showed me some works on his cellphone, but he never told me how many paintings he had, because he left them in Michigan. He also thought his art did not compare to my doll art. After months of hanging out, I finally asked him how many he had. He said more than 50.
He finally brought them to Chicago, and we photographed them for two days, after which I spent three months making his book. He had a total of 273 works! It occurred to me that the big, complete book I was working on looked substantial, although it was going to be a little more pricey than a thinner one. All the picture and page files were already in my laptop, so I made one big volume, with 273 works, shuffled the works, and came up with two smaller editions, Volume 1 with 133 works and Volume 2 with 140 works.
The good thing about this approach is that Richard only needs to paint about 135 works to make Volume 3. Then, as soon as he paints another 135, Volume 4 will be simultaneously published together with a second big book.
Why self-publishing is best for you
So now Richard instantly got 3 books instead of just one. It's a way to one-up the competition. The speed of producing his book, and the number of books he now has, come from the fact that we did not need to ask the permission of any big publisher nor listen to any naysayers including relatives, friends and others around us. This is one way to one-up the competition. There are many ways to skin a cat. After producing the big book, I randomly selected and reshuffled the pages I had already formatted.
Now, imagine Richard, who at 72 years of age, tells people he has three art books he had authored on Amazon.com. Whoever buys Richard's art from the 273 are assured that their work is included in two already-published books. If they want to resell, they just need to give away the books to potential investors and art collectors or direct them to Amazon.com.
How #valzubiriagenda can help established artists
You're an artist represented by a gallery. You and the gallery agree to double your price after the sale of a certain number of works. That will entice your contacts to purchase or reserve sooner than later.
How #valzubiriagenda can help homebound veterans and others
I was on the bus one time, and I saw a veteran who was impeccably dressed in his uniform. He had lost a hand in battle. I know some people will support him if he became an artist. This cannot possibly become a handout, because he can write his memoir and announce his price increases and quantities like everyone else.
I once saw a printout of a dad and his 4 daughters on a window. The message under the image said something like, "Please help us. Our dad has cancer and we need money for his bills. We want him to live." Then there was a phone number and an email address. The family can make art. The same conditions apply, they can publish an art book or even a color storybook with their art, announce their pricing and quantities, and make money. There will be people who will support them.
How #valzubiriagenda can even help the homeless
The homeless have art, they have a little exposure. They have a story to tell. Approach them and come up with an agreement. They have to produce enough to be published.
How YouTubers can be helped
The YouTube videomakers get famous for their views. Recently, there has been a demonetization of their videos. They already know how to write and make presentations because a good number of them write their speeches and scripts. They already have a following. They can make art that reflect themselves, their content and their views. Art can be a way to continue to support themselves.
Even UFO abductees can be helped
I'm into the paranormal. There are famous paranormal experts and UFO abductees who have already written their books, and they include their own drawings of how their abductors and their UFO vehicles look like. There will be people who will want a living room full of drawings and even pencil rubbings from these famous personalities. They already have their books about their experiences and publishing art books of the original art they sell to the public will halp authenticate the works.
You can form a group or join a group to publish one book!
A group of people with the same interest can publish books as a group. I would like to see art from a group of veterans, for example. Or even victims of war. Or cancer survivors. The LGBTQ community. I would think an art book from a group of drag queen performers would be fun to look at. People are talking negatively about art that they find sacrilegious, I believe that they can change the situation by making religious art more visible.
How to make people come to your cafe or office
I believe that people will start chasing the art of people nearby. I have always told myself that even a janitor's closet can have art for sale. Collecting art can become addictive if some artists are selling at $5 to $100, they are at nearby establishments and the investors and art collectors are assured that they will be included in future books. Even more collectible are those pieces that are already in books, sponsored and sold by the cafes and offices themselves.
Why you can make use of the temporary store spaces
People will still chase art at temporary, empty store fronts and empty office spaces that you can use for low rent or for free. Remember the emphasis is on the publication of books of the art. The books just need to become available online.
How entire countries can benefit from #valzubiriagenda
I always bring up two instances to show why we should look into this. Greece and Bernie Madoff. Greece a while back was unable to pay off their World Bank loan. The Greek government can establish a new office and directly have an agreement with just 5 artists. If the artists start at $100,000, with the goal of selling $25,600,000 per art piece, the government will be able to pay off their World Bank loan.
Is your hedge fund or bank losing money?
Mr. Madoff supposedly should have generated a total of 65 billion dollars in revenue for his investors. Get your pen and paper and see if I'm correct. Had he contracted and promoted one single artist who produced 160 works per price point, from $100,000 to $25,600,000, $65 billion dollars would have been accumulated as potential revenue as soon as the 1441st piece got priced at $51,200,000. All he needed was to acquire 1440 works with 9 price points that keep doubling from $100,000 to $25,600,000. He could have produced that much in potential revenue, opted to pay off his investors with art or money, and opted to close shop before he got found out.
Lately, there is a German bank that needed an infusion of $8.5 billion dollars. Every once in a while we are reminded of the $19 trillion dollar debt by the US. There is a chance that art can help, or create another bubble. As far as the possibility of a bubble is concerned, art is not like other products. The original works can only be produced by the same artist who can stop production as agreed upon. The total number of works circulating at a give period in time will be less than the total produced, because art collectors buy art to keep, and not to recirculate.
Is your pension fund in need of funds?
I one met a country treasurer decades ago. He said his fund was in the black because he was able to invest the money with the right hedge funds. Unfortunately, a lot of pension funds are in the red. Some cities and states also are in need of funds. Some states cannot pay their publicly funded public and private schools, that some schools had to close. Art with this type of pricing has yet to be introduced to them.
Here is the way we can move forward
We should meet locally and in person. As I have said earlier, artists, investors and art collectors should meet and form manageable groups. Because it is acceptable to have writers and ghost writers to write books for the artists, investors and art collectors, then we should also involve others in the group. This includes writers and ghost writers, photographers to take pictures of works, desktop publishing professionals, book designers, editors and proofreaders. Galleries, gallerists, artist agents and representatives should also get involved because they already have spaces and contacts and this idea might help in their own sales.
Others who have contacts with investors and art collectors can also join in, and this is why I am encouraging everyone to share commissions with each other. I have designed a database to loosely track who referred whom. There will also be people in the group who would have meeting and art spaces to share. Lawyers can participate by making the art commissions, or contracts. Some might be happy to barter their time and talent, while some might ask for money. Especially as the demand, prices and earnings go up, everything is possible.
Why everyone is okay to join
Some artists have a current price of $5 for their works, and some investors have the same budget. Some charge $5,000 and some have that same budget. Some will be matched at $100,000 and up. This is why everyone should meet and eventually form smaller manageable groups from the larger groups. We just need to respect everyone's space and the range of involvement, motivations and financial budgets they have set for themselves. Expect that cliques will form.
Register and Have a
Wait and See Attitude
I have talked to galleries, financial establishments, artists and many others. Some artists cannot be bothered, and some cannot see themselves getting into huge commitments. One artist has told me that he writes, and has, in fact, thousands of pages of writings, but he would never share them with anyone because he writes as part of his own therapy. Someone said my idea takes out the "mystery" in art. Some artists are agreeable, but they need contacts and so this is why people should meet. I also believe that would-be artists will do this. If I had work space for people to meet and make art and books, I would open it to everyone.
I have distilled that people want to have a wait and see period before getting into this, because investors will be spending money, while artist find it difficult to imagine coming up with books at a time when they are still supposedly struggling with their visual art. I have also talked to some people from the financial industry, who have said that once this becomes an accepted, popular trend, the financial industry will find a way to make this business model more and more efficient.
It is also possible that some companies can come up with their own apps and software to facilitate trade art online.
I encourage all of you to register and propose or sponsor events in your locales. You can answer as little or as much as you want in your profiles. You may or may not choose to identify yourself. Discuss this idea. Tell everyone your reservations and conditions. Get yourself situated because I believe that most of us are just waiting for one huge investment company to announce a more serious commitment to this idea.
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I am encouraging people to entertain commissions and be generous with it. Everyone who makes a sale may or may not entertain it, but I believe that encouraging commissions will greatly speed up sales. You will also be able to schedule meetings. I encourage programmers to come up with better apps if they can.