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The Year in Review 2019

King Tut’s golden year, Koons’s worst: the highs and lows of the art world in 2019

As Notre Dame burned, protestors called the shots and a gold toilet vanished, it was certainly a year to remember

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The Year in Review 2019

Finally out of the shadows: the biggest exhibition trend in 2019

We look back at some of the best shows this year

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The Year in Review 2019

From cancelled fairs to street art's auction room takeover: the art market's fruitiest stories of 2019

We look back at the stories that have overturned the art world order this year

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Art market

'Christmas dinner without the turkey': little festive cheer at Sotheby's Old Masters sale

December auction generates less than half the total of last year's sale, with several lots failing to sell

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China

Why museum partnerships between China and the West are booming

Cultural institutions have embraced mutual benefits of collaboration, despite challenges of communication and censorship

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Art market

Tiepolo and Giovanni di Paolo spark excitement in underpowered Christie’s Old Master sale

Auction raised more than last year but supply still limited as Brexit-dominated general election looms

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Immersive experiences

Snap and go: the pros and cons of the art experience economy

Immersive experiences define the most popular contemporary exhibitions, but where does this leave the commercial art world?

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Sotheby's

Sotheby’s at the crossroads: new owner, new chief executive, new era

Will new management be able to grow the newly privatised auction house on a tight budget?

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Art market

Randomness rules New York's $42m American art sales

Small works won out at Sotheby's and Christie's as top lots went for their low estimates or were withdrawn

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Auctions

New York's autumn sales were subdued but not necessarily septic

Overall sales were down by around 30% but beyond the disappointing headline figures, women and minority artists shone

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Climate Change

Three ways museums can face up to the climate crisis

No issue is more relevant—and relevance is the cultural sector’s current leitmotif

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Auctions

Countdown to the auction block: one Rodin's journey from consignment to sale room

How a work of art comes to auction is far from a simple process and its place in the eventual sale order is crucial

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From the archive

The demolition of the Berlin Wall had immediate effects on German life. But how did it affect artists?

By far the most comprehensive artistic testimony were paintings in what immediately became known as the East Side Gallery

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From the archive

Notes from a demolition: five works about the Wall in Berlin collections

From Frank Thiel's Stadt to Tacita Dean's Palast, some of the best works about the Wall and life in Berlin after reunification

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Salvator Mundi

Is the $450m Salvator Mundi really on a Saudi yacht?

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia’s luxury vessel has unexpectedly circumnavigated Europe and docked in the Netherlands

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From the archive

How Mitte embodied new artistic spirit of Berlin after the Wall came down

East German area became a space of possibilities, not unlike inner-city New York or east London before they were gentrified

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From the archive

Since the fall of the Wall, Berlin has established itself as the artists' capital

Despite not being rich, the city has a large percentage of professional creatives and a booming gallery scene

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From the archive

Throughout the Cold War Berlin’s museums quietly kept in touch—when the Wall came down, they embraced

This archive article, taken from our feature looking back at the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years later, shows how German culture remained linked when politics broke down

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Buyer's Guide

Prices, pitfalls and the biggest collectors: a buyer's guide to Les Lalanne

A controversial Sotheby's sale following the death of Claude could further propel the prices of the artist couple celebrated for their works fusing flora and fauna.

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Art crime

It’s 50 years since Caravaggio’s Nativity was stolen in Palermo: have the police been chasing red herrings all this time?

New enquiries suggest a US or Swiss connection through the mafia heroin trade

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Auctions

New artists to the block bring excitement to Phillips Contemporary evening sale in London

New record set for Alex Katz, but less-familiar names also exceed expectations

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Albert Oehlen

Buyer's guide to...Albert Oehlen

With three separate shows of his work taking place in London during Frieze Week, the German artist's market is heating up

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Auctions

Selling off the Gloucestershire Gustons: Jeremy Lancaster collection kicks off Frieze Week auctions

Christie's sale in London totals £23m with Modern British artists rubbing shoulders with international post-war names

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Inside Notre Dame: a blow-by-blow account of the restoration process

Five months on we look at the steps and measurements implemented by experts to start rebuilding the fire-ravaged cathedral

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Art market

High-earning young collectors come out in force at Expo Chicago

Although top prices are hard to come by, a new class of collectors is shoring up the middle market

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Commercial galleries

Mega-galleries pick up the pace in the race for space

Commercial galleries continue to expand in Manhattan despite steep real estate costs

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Art market

East Asian unrest plays in Art Jakarta's favour

Fair is benefitting from Indonesia's burgeoning economy as well as cancelled Singapore fairs

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Art crime

Seller beware: how to avoid being duped by an artful dodger

Timothy Sammons misled clients over sales of works by artists including Picasso

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

New law regarding Notre Dame says restoration must preserve its 'historic, artistic and architectural interest'

But attempts in the senate to ensure it will look as before the fire were dropped from the final version

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Louise Bourgeois

Buyer's guide to...Louise Bourgeois

The late French artist’s phallic bronzes are not as easy to home as many of her other works, but it is the spiders that remain the most coveted— and hardest to come by

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Politics

The artistic women in Boris Johnson's life

From his mother to his partners, the UK's new prime minister has been surrounded by people in the arts

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Climate Change

Venice has no official plan for how to deal with climate change

A new report by Icomos details how the science/culture divide is stopping world heritage coming to the aid of climate change and urges speedy action

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Antiquities & Archaeology

A Getty lifeline for classical mosaics in the Middle East and North Africa

As the Getty winds down its decade-long Mosaikon project, it leaves behind a legacy of expertise in a region threatened by looting and political unrest

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Art market

Price match! Old Masters vs contemporary art: what can you get for your money?

As London's Classic Week of sales comes to a close, we take a look at what the same sum will buy you at either end of the art historical timeline

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Art Basel 2019

Art Basel: where political cartoons still have a home

As the New York Times bans satirical illustrations, Art Basel has plenty on show, from the 1920s to today

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Gerhard Richter

Buyer’s guide to...Gerhard Richter

As a major retrospective on the artist is due to open at the Met Breuer in New York next year, we look at the German artist's market

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Ethics

The only way is ethics: the art world's 'networks of undue influence'

Ethics specialist Piergiorgio Pepe claims the power in the art industry is still held in the hands of a few

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Venice

Where does the cruise ship crash leave Venice?

The mayor demands that liners use other channels to enter the lagoon but this solution also poses problems

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Auctions

Edward Hopper's over-priced ode to Shakespeare goes unsold as market for American art proves capricious

Christie's American art sales this week realise a new record for Hartley but Sotheby's struggles to get the pricing right on Hopper's Shakespeare scene

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Architecture

Notre Dame is unstable: a strong wind could make the walls collapse, independent report says

The current approach to its restoration fails to take account of the interconnected structural “engineering” of Gothic architecture

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Venice Biennale 2019

National pride, national shame and the ‘post-national’: the question of identity at the Venice Biennale

National pavilions in Venice have long been criticised as anachronistic. But for nations newer to the event, such quibbling can seem like a luxury

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Art market

Spanish still-lifes test the staying power of a dealer's legacy at Christie's

Two works from the private collection of renowned New York dealer Herman Schickman, previously on long-term loan to the Met, hit the auction block today

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Frieze New York 2019

Battle of the art fairs: Frieze New York feels the pinch as Tefaf gains ground

After contending with flooding in 2017 and a heatwave last year, some major players are heading for the Armory instead

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From the archive

Church and State disagree over management of religious heritage in France

The country possesses more than 32,000 churches, 6,000 chapels and 87 cathedrals. Their dual administration has caused serious problems of management and conservation

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Museums & Heritage

Nineteenth-century realists pull in mega-crowds as Russian museum attendance peaks

Exhibitions in Russia of homegrown artists attract proportionally greater numbers than blockbusters in other countries

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Museums & Heritage

Topping a million visitors: how MCA Australia broadened the appeal of contemporary art

With more than a million people through the doors annually since 2015, the museum is a case study in how to expand audiences

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Musée du Louvre

Thirty years on, Louvre's pyramid scheme pays off

I.M. Pei’s controversial entrance symbolises the Parisian museum’s spectacular growth

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Egon Schiele

Buyer's guide to... Egon Schiele

While well known in the West, the work of this major figure of Austrian Expressionism is less recognised in Asia—until now

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Art's Most Popular: here are 2018's most visited shows and museums

Fashion continues upward trend in the US, shooting to the top of The Art Newspaper's chart, while the British Museum slips from the top spot in the UK

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Art market

From tribal art to Old Master paintings, taking the market's temperature at Tefaf Maastricht

As the Dutch fair opened its 32nd edition, we spoke to exhibitors across four sectors about the state of the market

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TEFAF Maastricht 2019

Tefaf Maastricht overhauls Modern art section in battle to stay on top in changing market

Loss of some regular exhibitors in favour of blue-chip contemporary art galleries is the latest in a string of changes to the venerable Dutch fair

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Venice Biennale 2019

Painting's death was fake news? Venice Biennale to address art in the post-truth era

Despite lacking a designated theme, the event will take the unusual step of being divided into two distinct exhibitions

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Auctions

Hockney double portrait sells for £37.7m, accounting for half of Christie’s contemporary sale in London

Overall results are down 42.7% on last year, but European buying remains strong despite Brexit

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Arco

Arco provides lifeline for South American dealers

Political turmoil and economic crisis keep collectors away from countries such as Venezuela, so galleries rely more on fairs

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Museums in the changing world order

Museums in the changing world order: a question of ethics

In the first part of a new series, Adrian Ellis looks at the increased public scrutiny of museum boards in the social media age

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Rembrandt

Trimmed, splashed and slashed: the anatomy of Rembrandt's The Night Watch

As the Rijksmuseum prepares to restore the Dutch master’s most-celebrated painting in full view of the public, we look at its chequered conservation history

Supported byRijksmuseum

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Art fairs

New report says South Asian gallery sales are on the rise but does that ring true at India Art Fair?

Speculative buying in the region has also increased, ArtTactic’s 2019 South Asian Art Market Report concludes

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Restitution

The repatriation debate intensifies as calls for post-colonial restitution grow—but is it legal?

Recommendations from Savoy-Sarr report into restitution by French museums may contravene the country’s laws

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Art market

Dealers turn to digital apps to help close sales

FaceTime and WeChat are shifting how collectors choose to buy

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Exhibitions

The year in exhibitions: world’s great collections reunited for once-in-a-lifetime shows

In 2018, curators turned into sleuths to track down works that belonged to some of history’s greatest—but often flawed—collectors

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The Year In Review

2018 in the market: the price is right for pale males

David Hockney was latest white male artist to set a record this year

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The Year In Review

2018 in contemporary art: the themes of Documenta 14 dominated much art over the past year

Contemporary artists are making art from adversity

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The Year In Review

2018 in museums: big ethics questions dominate the field

Museums are facing greater scrutiny over sponsorship and the artists they choose to display

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The Year In Review

The year in heritage: conservators become art

The conservation of masterpieces is happening in the full glare of the public

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The Year In Review

Market stunts predict the future… and evoke the past

The Leonardo and Banksy auction spectacles suggested a future in which marketing triumphs. But was it ever thus?

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The Year In Review

Vik Muniz: My advice to fellow artists in the face of grim political times

Brazil’s cultural sector must respond to hard-right politics by reconnecting with the wider community

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The Year In Review

From counting muddles to collective cuddles: the art world's highs and lows of 2018

The people, places and things that had a year to remember—or to forget

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Law

Rule of law: Legal tips for art lovers

From new exhibitor regulations at Art Basel in Miami Beach to questions over insurance and taxes

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Market

In debt we trust: the rise of art-secured lending

The rapid growth in the number of loan providers, from private banks to specialist lenders, could transform the art market’s relationship with the financial markets

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Turner Prize

'I wouldn’t be here were it not for public funding': Turner Prize-winner Charlotte Prodger makes case for state support for the arts

Glasgow-based artist won the coveted award for her intimate videos filmed entirely on an iPhone

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Auctions

The highs and lows of New York ‘gigaweek’

Hockney made the headlines, but other artists made waves—or flopped—at November’s auctions

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Art market

Downright quirky appetite for American masters at Sotheby's

A monumental painting of the American West by Emanuel Leutze breaks records while works by Rockwell and Hopper flop

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Art market

Performance art finds its voice at Independent Brussels

Contemporary fair has reinvented itself after scaling back and moving to a November slot, although it has lost some big name exhibitors

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Art market

Paris versus Shanghai: photo fairs old and new compared

Despite censorship, China’s appetite for photography is growing but Paris Photo remains pre-eminent

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Art market

Witchy works cast a spell at Turin's Artissima art fair

Feminine power and the occult permeate the Italian event and the city beyond