Monday, October 8, 2018

Work in progress:  This will be part of a 4 ft square panel set 
of four for the evolving "Rhythmistic Quilts" collection exhibition.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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Bernadine Bröcker Wieder, Co-Founder and CEO of Vastari, said: ‘Exhibitions are an important revenue stream in a time where museums and galleries need to behave increasingly entrepreneurially to build sustainable futures. We see the Vastari reports as invaluable tools in helping museums operate more efficiently and with an informed perspective on how best to collaborate, tour and finance their exhibitions. At Vastari, we believe that to share culture and knowledge is to keep it alive and we are inviting museums around the world to participate in this dialogue for the benefit of international audiences.’

Founded in 2012, Vastari is an online resource which connects exhibition producers, museums and galleries, private collectors and art logistics and administration companies around the world to improve the experience of bringing exhibitions to audiences.

Key findings of the reports include:

• There is a surplus of demand over the supply for Fine Art exhibitions, indicating that there is ample room in the market for producers of Fine Art content.

• Museums consider cost to be very important when choosing exhibitions, but rate exhibitions’ profitability as one of the least important factors.

• 30% more North American institutions host travelling exhibitions than European institutions, meaning that European exhibition producers could benefit more from transatlantic collaboration.  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

 To offer critical insights to this collection Prof. Onli published his limited edition "No Evils" Rhythmistic art / prose book that re-contextualizes the ancient Chinese proverb: "Heed No, Seek No, & Speak No Evil!".

Art is financial
Some collectors will argue that economic and cultural worth cannot be disentangled. This is something noted be it by the collector, businessman and investor. It acknowledges and esteems art as a cultural investment, he also carefully considers the possible long-term returns on investment for the artists themselves and for the collector.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

 The resurrected "Rhythmistic Quilts" Collection is doing well. 

Prof. Onli is open to important venues and opportunities such as exhibitions, artist-in-residency or having these impressive works placed in collections and archives.  

The renaissance of these powerful future-primitif quilts are the organic intersection of the formalities of selected traditional or rare icons re-contextualized to achieve their unique look while expressing core aspects or world cultures. 

The original collection was subject to the destructive forces of a devastating studio fire in 2001. A few were spared total destruction.  Now new life is flowing into this body of work. Assorted fabrics are painted then embellished in collaboration by quilters.

First by restoring the damaged quilts then creating new ones. All based on reconnecting with the original working creative vision.

They are the result of research done by Prof. Onli at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago along with finishing embellishments by several fiber-artists or craftspeople over the course of decades in production such as the late traditional quilter' poet, Marian Hayes. 

Currently master-quilter Patrick Whalen is the lead quilter who has stepped in to complete these vital works.
Art is cultural
Art collecting has a history that spans millennia. Art has always been an inherent part of culture and has the power to bring about great change within societies.

What excites many passionate art patrons is the possibility of developing their own personal taste and interpretation on artworks. By prioritizing personal preference over profitability or ‘popularity’, a collector can assemble a unique collection and advance the appreciation of an emerging trend, a dynamic style, a particular artist, the history of art and even its evolution.

These quilts belong in the most precious of collections be they personal of institutional.  They are a nexus of research, appreciation, fertile technique and cross-cultural disciplined collaborations.
Prof. Onli shown with the first quilt produced in collaboration with Patrick Whalen. "Baule Quilts".
The image-area was distressed in Onli's studio fire, but now given new life and power. On exhibit at the McCormick Gallery in Michigan City.

"When "they" exclude Rhythmistic visual art "they" affirm its exclusiveness!"
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"Tao" circa 2003 colored pencils, 24"X18". by Turtel Onli
Rendered in Onli's Cosmopolitan Rhythmistic style that he cultivated while working as a major market illustrator with the likes of Playboy's OUI Magazine & The Rolling Stones.


Building or growing a vital fine art collection requires taking a more holistic view of art. Whilst a work may prove to be a worthy financial investment, its value extends much further. The cultural value in art is of a much greater significance. Art is the result of the expressive nexus of skills and passions and as such is an investment in people and culture, rather than simply a means by which to deepen our pockets. 

Though art often have a price tag, art itself is priceless. 
NEW YORK, NY.- Jane Kallir, co-director of Galerie St. Etienne, has issued her 2018 market report on
the state of art world. Kallir has identified a number of conditions that are affecting the market and
impacting galleries and auction houses. Among her concerns are:

• Baby-boomers are aging out of the art market, and not being replaced in comparable numbers.

• The art market is increasing controlled by the major auction houses and a handful of high-powered

• Poaching of big ticket artists by mega-dealers destroys the creative ecosystem that fosters important
but less marketable work.

• The fundamental framework for assessing quality has been replaced by a system in which marketing
 prowess and financial value often trump aesthetic value.

Will fundamental economic changes destroy the art world as we now know it? Kallir notes that
millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at their age. Income inequality is on the rise and likely
to continue.

With major auction houses and mega-dealers gobbling up market share, mid-size galleries are facing
financial pressures from high rents and the expensive art fair circuit. Kallir notes that today, for the first
 time in recent memory, more galleries are closing than opening.

Another worrisome development is that the largest galleries are poaching major artists away from smaller
galleries. The more successful artists in a gallery’s stable are the cash cows, which help finance the
presentation of work by other artists. The art world depends on dealers to nurture emerging talent with
the understanding that they will reap the rewards if and when an artist becomes successful.

Grouping works according to origin, period, artistic intent, medium, etc., facilitated comparative
judgments in the past, but this approach to connoisseurship has fallen out of fashion. An obsession with
glamour, scandal, and money has largely replaced serious art criticism.

The FUTURE OF ART: 2018 Art Market Report: Jane Kallir has been issuing annual
art market reports since 2000.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Prof. Onli was featured in a dynamic signing and discussion about the ONLI STUDIOS' line of Rhythmistic Graphic Novels at the amazing Lambiek, in Amsterdam, which is the oldest store & distributor of Graphic Novels & BD in all of Europe.

Bros Irie and Boris greeted Onli upon arrival......then........

 OOOPS!........ a playful Bros-fight broke out over the sole ONLI STUDIOS sweatshirt.
It will be displayed in the Lambiek for all to appreciate.
The Lambiek is jammed packed with products, creativity and positive vibes!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

 The radical Rhythmistic illustrations from ONLI STUDIOS' innovative indie Graphic Novels are included in both editions of "Black Comix"! This explosive genre is a nexus of visual & literary art, and Onli is among the few to actually be a proven innovator in both practices. 

This is akin to being a proven composer and musician in Modern Jazz and Classical music.  Rare.....if ever!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Early Rhythmistic art by a youthful Prof. Onli was selected as the first album cover art in this amazing landmark art-book! The art is shown below. 
When considering the role of art as an investment it is important to ponder the unique qualities and characteristics that art possesses.

"The momentum of the 1960s civil rights movement and the explosion of Rock music and the underground press in that decade impacted Jazz in amazing ways, both musically and culturally. Years before Punk, musicians like John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, Don Cherry, The Art Ensemble of Chicago and others took control of their work by recording, releasing and distributing their music themselves, often in runs as low as 500 copies. As a result, Jazz music got a whole new look. The record sleeves of this era (roughly 1965-1983) are as iconic and historically unique as the music itself."

This landmark album cover was created by Prof. Onli in 1973. It expresses unique notions of higher intellectualism in a raw Rhythmistic context.  The visual worlds are catching up to his vision and practices but not embracing this practice with resources.  But this war is far from over!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"I am moving to extend this textile based quilted art collection of future-primitif Rhythmistic visual art. The goal is to grow my collaboration with quilter, then connect with collectors and curators who appreciate the insightful creative vibes of a vintage Black man whose art and practice is not a tribute to oppression or a nod to violence....but to shared artistic intellect! It just takes the right few!!"