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Onward and upward.

Wow, what a year. Over the past 12 months, Art Business News has undergone a powerful transformation, with all-new design and engaging editorial. I hope you're enjoying the magazine as much as we enjoy. I putting it together.

A similar renaissance seems to be taking place in the art world at large. The fact that works by Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Willem de Kooning sold for $4 million or more this year during Frieze Week speaks volumes. Simply put: Collectors--and not just the high rollers--are spending again. SPECTRUM New York and Miami and The Affordable Art Fair, for instance, are making modern art accessible to a wide range of collectors.

It's been a big year for art news headlines, too. For a recap, have a look at our Year in Review (p. 34), in which we sum up our favorite museum exhibitions and gallery shows from 2013. Looking ahead, check out the artists we'll have our eyes on and the exhibits we can't wait to see in the coming year. And get your calendars out because we'll tell you the top art fairs you won't want to miss in 2014.

Speaking of headlines, just this week, I was astonished to read about the discovery of those 1,500 works of art--$1 billion worth, including masterpieces by Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall--that the Nazis confiscated and hid for 70 years. Unbelievable. Who knows what will happen next?

It's always exciting to unearth classics, but at Art Business News, we're even more interested in discovering today's hidden gems. This issue features some extraordinary contemporary artists, such as cover artist Francois Chartier and photographer Malena Assing. And the search is on for more extraordinary artists: see p. 58 to learn more about our quest to find the top 50 emerging artists for 2014.

I wouldn't feel right signing off without mentioning an exciting new project I'm working on: the National Artist Conference and Awards (NACA). It's a cross between an artist retreat, a marketing boot camp and an exhibition. If you need some R&R after such a busy year, I invite you to check out the site at

I hope you enjoy the issue!

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Title Annotation:PERSPECTIVES
Author:Smith, Eric
Publication:Art Business News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 22, 2013
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