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Artsy and the rise of the matchmaker market

In the bricks-versus-clicks shakeout, the new power players are harvesting supply and demand data

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The irresistible rise of Light and Space

Once overlooked as regional artists, West Coast pioneers have emerged from the shadows since the first edition of Pacific Standard Time in 2011

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Looted art

Islamic State's looting of antiquities is rising but hard facts remain scarce

Experts question the reported size of illicit trade, particularly as the number of fake artefacts increases

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Fast sales at 44th edition of Fiac as galleries target European buyers

High-profile fair welcomes 41 “newcomers” and starry clientele including Brigitte Macron

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Fiac welcomes design back to the fold

Fair celebrates art-design crossovers in public installations

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Galerie Templon due to open a second Paris space in 2018

Decision to expand in French capital supported by healthy local market and change in political climate

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SJ Phillips: downsizing but “not closing down”

Long established London jewellers will hold sale at Sotheby’s following move to smaller premises, but director insists it is “business as usual”

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Tracey Emin, Carl Freedman and Jonathan Viner establish Margate 'arts district'

The artist is setting up a sculpture studio, while the London dealers are opening second galleries in the same former printing warehouse

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Newhouse family hires Tobias Meyer to advise on Modern art collection’s future

The involvement of the former Sotheby’s auctioneer turned private dealer and advisor hints at bigger plans

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Object lessons: unseen photographs of the Romanovs, an early Ken Price ceramic work, and Sadie Coles's own Neo Rauch painting

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Art crime

US returns 95 works from money laundering banker’s collection to Brazil

The works were smuggled out of the country by Edemar Cid Ferreira and have been gradually repossessed over the past decade

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Exhibitions

Alfredo Jaar condemns “brutal” CIA torture chambers

Artist unveils his “black site” installation in Yorkshire as Guardian article reveals the suffering of prisoners shackled in dungeons in Afghanistan and Thailand

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Mexico’s galleries pull together after earthquake

The city’s art dealers are sharing their spaces and helping rebuild the cultural economy

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Christie's to sell Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

The painting, presumed lost until 2005, is estimated at $100m

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Hauser & Wirth’s Bronze Age 'museum' to travel to Colchester

Fictional museum booth will be re-staged at Firstsite gallery after drawing crowds at Frieze, where the gift shop raised £10,000 for UK regional museums

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Record breaking Chinese brush washer points to demand for Song ceramics in Hong Kong

At HK$294.3m, the Ru ware piece set a record for a Chinese ceramic at Sotheby's during Hong Kong's busy autumn auction and fair series

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Christie’s ends London contemporary auctions on a high note—despite Bacon flop

Market’s appetite shows no signs of flagging for fresh works that are correctly priced

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UK could completely ban ivory trade by 2018

The government has launched an immediately consultation period with the aim of protecting African elephants

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Subdued Sotheby’s sale, despite record for Josef Albers

Contemporary auction followed a lacklustre Italian sale, prompting calls for the latter to be shelved

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Artists cut out the middleman at the Accessible Art Fair

The 11th edition of the Brussels event is a part of a growing trend for fairs where artists exhibit their own work

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Frieze 2017

The great British booth-off

Showstopping stands are fast becoming a trend among London gallerists at Frieze art fair, each one recreating a different world

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Object lessons: a life-sized drawing by Charles White, a painting by Turner Prize nominee Hurvin Anderson and an early Bauhaus work by Xanti Schawinsky

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Frieze 2017

The market boom for Basquiat

A year after his death, MoMA turned down an offer of the artist’s work. Today, the appetite for his paintings has never been greater

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1:54 fair in London turns its gaze to North Africa

Contemporary African art fair welcomes unprecedented numbers of galleries from the region ahead of Marrakech launch

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Ex-Christie’s chief goes global with advisory enterprise

Steven Murphy has hired six executives for New York, China and Continental Europe

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Dreweatts and Bloomsbury get new owner

Art advising and valuations firm Gurr Johns steps in, citing "huge opportunities" in London auction market's lower levels

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Frieze 2017

Better with age: artists over 60 in the spotlight at Frieze London

1960s feminists and overlooked octogenarians are being reappraised, both critically and commercially

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Art Basel issues new exhibitor regulations

Changes are aimed at improving professionalism and shoring up buyer confidence in the wake of growing litigation

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Sotheby’s to hold first sale in Dubai

Christie’s moves October auction to London as rival plans first sale in the UAE

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The Buck stopped here

Sprüth Magers London reopening and Gary Hume show reunites YBA clan

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PAD London

Rich mix: PAD London 2017

Design fair reflects market’s eclectic tastes and aims to attract crossover collectors in town for Frieze

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US institutions dominate Sotheby’s inaugural museum prize

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Nasher Museum share the first $250,000 award for shows on Middle Eastern and South Asian art, and Latin American Pop

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Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George take charge of their legacy

Shows in New York, Paris and London mark the artists’ 50th anniversary

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Sotheby’s organises selling exhibition to commemorate a century of De Stijl

It is the only exhibition dedicated to De Stijl to be organised outside of Europe this year

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Fine Art Asia's diverse offering, from gold deities to gelatin silver prints

The 12th Fine Art Asia fair will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 30 September-3 October

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New York

Longstanding Met curator moves to Colnaghi to launch New York gallery

After nearly 30 years at the museum, antiquities expert Carlos Picón will head dealer’s new US venture

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Beirut Art Fair

Arab artists respond to dictatorship, surveillance and civil war at Beirut Art Fair

Strong showing of Syrian art across the event including by artist Saad Yagan whose Aleppo studio was destroyed in 2012

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Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth to open Hong Kong gallery next spring

Swiss dealers will occupy a space in the new H Queens development, as well as establishing offices in Shanghai and Beijing 

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Art fairs

Will If So, What? be Silicon Valley’s first “smart” art fair?

The new event, which comes online April 2018, combines art and decor and takes its cues from design thinking

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In a troubled region, Lebanon is a growing hub for artists

Beirut Art Fair includes a loan exhibition drawing on the country’s rich collections

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Rediscovered Chinese seal surfaces at auction in southwestern France

The soapstone seal is believed to be one of two used personally by Emperor Qianlong and was discovered in a French collection

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Hungary enjoys the limelight at Vienna Contemporary

At a fair that is emerging as an important locus for central and eastern Europe, the subtle strategies employed by artists living within the constraints of a communist regime come into focus

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Adventurous art collection of Jerome and Ellen Stern comes to Sotheby’s

More than 250 works owned by the couple will feature across ten auctions

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Arts hub

New South Kensington arts hub begins to woo its future clients

The multipurpose space could cut gallery operating costs by up to 40%

Sponsored byCromwell Place

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Art fairs

Expo Chicago opens a week of cross-collaboration in the city

A confluence of events and exhibitions makes the Windy City an art and design Mecca

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Signs look good at start of Art Berlin

Fair throws off disappointment of previous incarnation with reports of early sales

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La Biennale Paris aims to put controversy behind it

The revamped fair opened this week to mixed reviews from press and participants

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London commercial scene shake-up as galleries expand in the capital

Modern Art and Herald Street are opening second spaces; König Galerie is coming to town

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Art Basel

Details emerge on first Art Basel Cities programme, to launch in Buenos Aires in 2018

The long-term project begins laying ground work with a crowdfunding campaign next month

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Lapada: the innovative antiques fair

Dealers betting on overseas buyers attracted by a weak sterling and a shift in tastes away from minimalism as the UK trade association mounts its annual fair

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Art fairs

Houston and Miami fairs cancelled due to hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Art Market Productions’ Texas Contemporary and Miami Project plan to return in 2018

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Modern British art fair returns to London

When the 20/21 British Art Fair was cancelled last year after the sudden loss of its venue, the Royal College of Art, many thought it would never be revived

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Howard Hodgkin’s wildly eclectic collection goes on the block at Sotheby’s

Turkish tiles, Persian carpets and Modern British works graced the late artist’s Bloomsbury home

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Auctions

Wright to auction the personal collection of Hudson, iconoclastic gallerist and artists’ champion, in Chicago

The man behind Feature Inc is remembered for his challenging eye—and a fraught relationship with the market

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Closure of London’s art and antiques crime squad 'would be madness says former chief

The potential negative implications of the “much mooted” closure of the UK’s art crime unit set the tone for the Art Business Conference yesterday

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Cosmoscow: Russia’s contemporary art fair survives against odds in an embattled art scene

Strangled by sanctions and escalating tension with the west, the fair’s fifth edition is determined to build bridges with international galleries

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Lévy Gorvy expands in Asia with opening of Shanghai office

Gallery appoints Danqing Li, former Christie’s specialist, as senior director in Asia

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Auctions

Sotheby’s releases sales dates and estimates of works from Berkshire Museum

The auction house will offer works from the Massachusetts museum, including two major Rockwell paintings, starting 13 November and running through next spring

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Frank Cohen’s collection goes on the block down under

Sale at Mossgreen in Melbourne has Asian contemporary focus and aims to appeal to expatriate community

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Second time lucky for Fine Art Bourse?

Online platform aiming to undercut traditional auction house fees relaunches after folding in 2015 when it ran out of funds weeks before first sale

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Location, location: first gallery opens on Paris’s Boulevard Magenta

The re-opened Untilthen gallery will show contemporary art in a domestic setting, off the beaten track near fashionable Canal St Martin

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a poetic take on decay, a goddess drawn by a cult favorite and a rare study by Peter Blake

Our pick of highlights from upcoming fairs and auctions

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Christie's adds London auctions in October, raises buyer's premium

House sees "great potential for growth" for lots under £1m in the photograph and design categories during Frieze week

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Can new leadership and a change of name save the Biennale Paris?

For its 55th birthday, the fair formerly known as the Biennale des Antiquaires is hoping for a “renewal” after a difficult 2016 edition

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Private View: Jordan Casteel, Leon Polk Smith and Jack Whitten

Noteworthy exhibitions at commercial galleries, from emerging names to forgotten talents

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Surfacing on the Block: a Finn Juhl coffee table and playwright Edward Albee's collection

Spotlight on this month’s most distinctive auctions

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Italy relaxes stringent export laws for post-war art

New legislation eases movement of post-war Italian art out of the country, lifts restrictions on photography in state archives

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Closure of South Kensington saleroom marks end of an era

As Christie’s chases new markets, the middle is a casualty. Where will the trade move?

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Christie's South Kensington: the training ground where an industry learned its game

Art world power players add their voices to the eulogy for the well-loved secondary saleroom

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Object lessons

Object lessons: an unearthed Norman Rockwell, a glass flower by Chihuly and a rare work by Ursula von Rydingsvard

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Design auctions buck the downward trend

Expanded access via online platforms has boosted the market for the masters of Modernist furniture

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Object lessons

Object lessons: classic Americana by John Brewster, a rare sculptural work by Julian Schnabel and a Burntwater rug by Philomena Yazzie

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a Tibetan Buddhist relic and a boxer made from recycled materials

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Christie’s to hold first Modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art sale in London

Auction house cuts Dubai October series as it looks to “internationalise” the sector's market

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a sculptural horse honouring the Tōhoku disaster by Deborah Butterfield and a still life by E. Charlton Fortune

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Galleries and programme confirmed for ninth Abu Dhabi Art fair

New curated section organised by Omar Kholeif aims to bring new works to Middle Eastern audiences

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Report gauges state of art market in post-Brexit UK economy

Cross-border EU trade essential to maintain UK's position as second largest art hub, says British Art Market Federation

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Object lessons: a work from a Chicago Imagist and a promotional gift from the Campbells Soup Company after Andy Warhol

Our pick of highlights from upcoming auctions

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Santa Fe shows the contemporary side of folk art

Three-day event brings together artists updating their countries’ native craft traditions

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Fairs

The future is handmade: Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market

This weekend's festival aims to be engine of economic change

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Commercial galleries

In the wake of a wave of closures, galleries are adapting to survive

Dealers are rethinking the bricks-and-mortar model in favour of temporary, collaborative and virtual platforms

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The Armory Show moves forward a week, but the ADAA Art Show stays put

Rescheduling means Armory Week art fairs will be spread over two weeks in 2018

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Damien Hirst banks on Venice show for his renaissance

Artist and his investor-collectors hope spectacular exhibition and plenty of spin will revive flagging market

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Breasts, bears and Barbie: what you might have missed in Hirst's Venice show

British artist has added a number of small inside jokes throughout vast exhibition

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a Venetian scene by Guardi, an ancient Egyptian relic and an artefact from an important collection of ethnographic art

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Gary Hume creates new works for Sprüth Magers London reopening

German dealers to relaunch in expanded gallery in September after 18-month refurbishment

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London poised to regain Old Master crown from New York

Sotheby’s offers its most valuable Old Master sale in London, and a Guardi painting at Christie’s could break records

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Auctions

Record for Wolfgang Tillmans as Phillips and Bonhams achieve top results in contemporary sales

Auction houses capitalise on summer season of biennales and art fairs

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Art fairs

Contemporary art ushers in visitors to Masterpiece

Art fair is attracting a younger crowd with its glamorous but collegial approach

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Warhol's first 'selfie' sells for £6m at 'tight and solid' Sotheby’s sale

Successful contemporary auction calms nerves after Christie’s decision to cancel its own

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Christie’s Impressionist and Modern sale falls short of goal but beats last year’s result by nearly 500%

Max Beckmann’s Birds’ Hell sells for a record £32m, with new highs also notched for Hannah Höch and Georges Vantongerloo

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a Broodthaers décor, the head of Sekhmet and a rare portrait of a female court jester

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David Bowie’s Tintoretto altarpiece to return to Venice for 2019 Biennale

New research reveals underdrawing that dates the painting to a decade earlier than previously thought

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The ‘only annual biennial’: La Biennale Paris reveals details of 2017 edition

The first edition of the now yearly event, which changed its name of the Biennale des Antiquaires, opens in September

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Will the real Modigliani please stand up?

Modigliani Project aims to throw new light on a market bedevilled by fakes and squabbles

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a maquette by Barbara Hepworth, a Cubistic balalaika by Ben Nicholson and a work by Venice Biennale artist Mark Bradford

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Gutai’s spectacular rise—and potential fall

After a show in Venice and sales in Paris a decade ago, US collectors started to take the post-war Japanese movement seriously and demand soared—but have prices peaked?

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Object lessons

Object lessons: a portrait of Jacqueline Roque by Picasso and an image of Christ by Dalí

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Economic blues on back burner as collectors flock to Art Basel

What to expect at the Swiss fair, including new faces and a funfair in the Messeplatz

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Lights designed by Le Corbusier withdrawn from Paris auction at last minute

Artcurial auctioneers left surprised as sale of 100 light sconces from Firminy World Heritage site is halted