Anna Brady

Anna Brady is Art Market Editor at The Art Newspaper

News
Art market

Christie’s results for first half of 2021 show marked shift towards Asia, online and private sales—and female auctioneers

Auction sales, according to the analysts ArtTactic, are up 230% to a total of $5.9bn so far this year at the three major auction houses, Christie's, Sotheby's and Phillips

News
Art market

Can you build a national collection without actually buying any art? The Dubai Collection says you can

The state-backed online "museum" plans a physical exhibition later this year at the Ethihad Museum

News
Art market

Bellotto's view of Verona sells for record £10.5m at Christie's Old Master sale in London

Seven new artist records were set in tonight's auction, including for Georges de La Tour, while a second highest prices were set for female painters Angelica Kauffman and Artemisia Gentileschi

News
Art market

Head of a bear sets new record for a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, selling on a single bid for £8.8m at Christie's

The tiny "Post It note" drawing was sold by Thomas Kaplan, owner of the Leiden collection of Rembrandts, who bought it in 2008 based on a fax

News
Art market

'An opportunity for bargain hunters' or a waste of time? Italy relaxes stringent export laws for Old Masters and antiques worth less than €13,500

Lower-value older works and those by artists who died less than 50 years ago no longer need an export licence to leave the country—but the process can still be slow

News
Art market

England may be through to the Euro finals, but Sotheby's Old Master paintings sale scores an own goal

The auction house's £17.2m offering in London tonight was only 57% sold, overshadowed by the football

Preview
Art market

London Art Week finds the revolutionary in ancient relics with hybrid selling event

Collaborative shows from 2 to 16 July features over 40 galleries, with Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi chief curating an online exhibition for those who cannot make the trip

Preview
Art market

Highlights from July's auctions: from a Leonardo bear to a Dürer-inspired hare

Our pick of the works coming up for sale in London and Los Angeles

Preview
Object lessons

June auction highlights: from a delicate Degas pastel to a Kandinsky painting once owned by the Guggenheim museum

Our pick of the best objects up for sale in London and New York

News
Art market

Anonymous peer-to-peer trading platform LiveArt Market launches with $5m of sales already—but how on earth does it work?

Buyers and sellers will never know each others identity when transacting through the online site, but its founders say such privacy encourages trust and transparency

News
Art market

'Two cool older boys': Lucian Freud's portrait of David Hockney expected to sell for up to £12m

The work, which took four months to paint in 2002, will be auctioned at Sotheby's this month

News
Art market

Sotheby's owner Patrick Drahi buys £2.2bn majority stake in BT

The cost-cutting French telecommunications billionaire has formed Altice UK to buy a 12.1% stake in the company

News
Art market

If you sell art in the UK, you must register for anti-money laundering supervision by tomorrow—or risk prosecution

"Art market participants" who sell works of art worth €10,000 (£8,600) or more must register with the HMRC by 10 June

News
Art market

Artists will not be subject to anti-money laundering regulations, UK Treasury says

After lobbying from art organisations, government has made last-minute decision that creators who sell their work direct to clients will not be classed as "Art Market Participants"

News
Art market

Frieze got Seoul: fair to launch in South Korea next year

The first event, featuring 100 exhibitors, will run in September 2022 in partnership with Galleries Association of Korea

Interview
Collector's Eye

Collector's Eye: Yan Du

The Hong Kong- and London-based collector talks about glowing mushrooms and her dream of feeding specialty dumplings to Yayoi Kusama and Leonora Carrington

News
Art market

Thaddaeus Ropac is the latest Western gallery to open in Seoul

With its resilient economy through the pandemic, South Korea is attracting the art industry's attention, with rumours of Frieze launching a fair in Seoul next year

News
Art market

Christie's to offer paid internships to students with disabilities

Auction house has partnered with disability charity Leonard Cheshire's Change 100 programme to give work placements in-house and fund others at Tate and National Galleries of Scotland

News
Art market

Charles I disposed of this Van Dyck portrait when he signed the sitter's death warrant. Now it is up for sale at Christie's

The 17th century painting of the Earl of Strafford, recently discovered to have been in the Royal collection, is expected to sell for up to £5m in London in July

News
Art market

Artists are expected to give away their work for charity. This new auction platform aims to give them something back in return

The Stand has been launched by former Sotheby's boss and will give 70% to artists, 20% to charity

News
Art market

Crypto-creep accelerates as Sotheby's accepts Ether and Bitcoin for $5m Banksy painting

The sale this month will be the first time the auction house has accepted cryptocurrency as payment for a physical work of art

News
Art market

Taxidermy flying kittens, Irish giants and Queen Victoria's knickers: the world of Viktor Wynd

The artist, writer and dealer is selling a selection of bizarre pieces from his London-based Museum of Curiosities on 6 May

News
Art market

'I was brought here to get the company sold privately and that is done': Amy Cappellazzo to leave Sotheby's in July

Brooke Lampley and Mari-Claudia Jiménez will step up into new roles in the global fine art division, while Gregoire Billault is the new chairman of contemporary art

News
Art market

Flight of the Balloon Dog: Jeff Koons leaves Gagosian and David Zwirner galleries for Pace

The gallery will now represent the shiniest and most expensive living artist worldwide

News
Art market

Gettin' biddy wit it: Will Smith handprint painting to appear alongside works by Hockney and Picasso in Dubai auction

Charity sale is in aid of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's "100 Million Meals" campaign

News
Art market

Gallery Climate Coalition expands to Berlin

The London-based eco-friendly initiative aims to reduce galleries' carbon footprints by at least 50% over the next decade—now German galleries are getting involved too

Preview
Exhibitions

Lockdown easing: the best gallery shows to see in London right now

Eerie wooden cabins, rural quiltmakers and dismembered, tentacular dolls are among our highlights from the city's commercial exhibitions

News
Art market

Frieze Los Angeles 2021 is cancelled, new venue for 2022

The fair will move from Paramount Studios to a tent on Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, for its next edition in February

News
Art market

Christie’s to auction a slice of NFT history for $9m this May

Larva Labs created 10,000 CryptoPunks three years ago—and gave away most of them

Preview
Art market

Object lessons: from illuminated early golf memorabilia to a marble fragment with a twist

Our pick of the highlights from April's auctions

News
Art market

Art Dubai fair opens—in real life—with 'pay nothing up front' plan for galleries

Most of the 50 exhibitors participating are based in the Middle East but seven who are unable to travel in person have sent works for "remote participation" stands

News
Art market

Casting doubt over hopes of a 'normal' UK summer, Masterpiece London cancels June fair

The fair will hold an online event in some form, while the London Original Print Fair plans to hold a gallery-based event for 33 of its exhibitors this May

News
Art market

Sacha Jafri reveals the backbreaking process of creating 'world's largest painting' that sold for $62m

The work sold to cryptocurrency entrepreneur Andre Abdoune and all proceeds will be donated to four charities fighting child poverty

News
Art market

Banksy's Game Changer sells for record £16.7m in aid of charities supporting the NHS

The work appeared suddenly last May at the University Hospital Southampton as a thank you to its staff during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic

News
Art market

Jean-Michel Basquiat's Warrior becomes most expensive western work of art sold in Asia at $41.7m

The 1982 work sold today at Christie's in Hong Kong to an Asian buyer

News
Art market

Christie’s abandons Impressionist and Modern and post-war and contemporary sale categories

The new 20th and 21st century auction format will launch in New York this May

News
NFTs

Sotheby’s gets in on NFT fever with a collaboration with digital artist Pak

Auction house's head of sale Max Moore has already personally bought a work by the artist

Interview
Art market

'No one feels ambivalent towards Russia': Jo Vickery on leaving Sotheby's, launching her art advisory and looking beyond politics

Despite its size and power, Russia is a blindspot for the international art market but Vickery wants to change that perception

News
NFTs

Revealed: Metakovan, pseudonymous founder of ‘crypto-exclusive fund’ Metapurse, is the buyer of Beeple’s $69.3m NFT

Everydays: The First 5,000 Days sold at Christie’s yesterday—and the buyer says it is worth $1bn

News
NFTs

Chinese tech entrepreneur reveals he was narrowly outbid for Beeple’s NFT—and computer said no when he tried to pay $70m

TRON blockchain founder Justin Sun says on Twitter that Christie’s website would not let him place another bid with 30 seconds to go of the online auction yesterday

Analysis
Art market

You’re fired! Art workers who have lost jobs report poor treatment by employers—and junior staff are most vulnerable

Some gallery and museum staff say they feel pressure to go into the workplace when they fear it is unsafe, while tough non-compete clauses can limit future employment options

News
Art market

Winston Churchill's painting of Marrakech—given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and sold by Angelina Jolie—sells for record £8.2m

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque was one of three works by the former British prime minister sold at Christie's tonight for a total of £11.2m—to the same buyer

News
Art market

The 'quintessential' Art Deco smoking (or vaping) room—yours for £2m

Jean Dunand's Les Palmiers was designed for a Parisian apartment in the 1930s

News
Art market

Hauser and Wirth's Menorcan 'quarantine island' will open in July with Mark Bradford show

Warning: contains graphic images of sun-drenched Balearic art idyll

News
Art market

House of Frieze: fair company reveals more details about new London gallery space

No.9 Cork Street will launch in October, to be hired out to galleries for pop-up exhibitions and used for Frieze talks and events year round

News
Art market

Jean-Michel Basquiat's Warrior could become the most expensive Western work of art ever sold at auction in Asia

The 1982 painting will be sold in a single-lot evening sale at Christie's Hong Kong on 23 March with an estimate of $31m to $41m

News
Art market

English house museum Kettle's Yard to sell donated collection to raise funds

Group of 36 works left by John Ady is hoped to make around £35,000 for the Cambridge gallery when it sells at Cheffins auction house this month

News
Art market

Christie's closes access to historic archive due to staff cuts

The vast collection of auction catalogues dates back to Christie's very first sale in 1766 and has been an invaluable resource for dealers and academics

News
Art market

'The London art world we started in could fit in a single pub': Frieze turns 30

The magazine and fair brand celebrates three decades with an online festival this month and launch of new membership programme

News
Auctions

Botticelli portrait sells for record $92.1m at Sotheby's in New York

A portrait of a Young man holding a roundel (around 1470-80) by the Renaissance master seemingly sold to a Russian buyer

News
Art market

Tefaf Maastricht 2021 postponed again—this time to September

Dutch art fair will now run immediately before the delayed Art Basel, while Tefaf New York Spring has been cancelled altogether this year

News
Object lessons

Object lessons: from a rare outing for an Old Testament Rembrandt to a Bernini double act

Our pick of highlights from New York's Master Week sales

News
Art market

Déjà vu: Art Basel postponed from June to September—again

Swiss fair was also delayed from June to September in 2020, before being cancelled altogether due to coronavirus

News
Art market

UK Supreme Court judgment on pandemic insurance payouts 'not a blank cheque' for art organisations

Some insurers using "aggressive tactics" to reduce barrage of claims following rejection of appeal on clarification of business interruption cover

Preview
The Year Ahead 2021

Art fairs in 2021—expect spring jitters, a summer crush and maybe even a return to some normality

After a year marked by cancellations, international fairs such as Art Basel, Frieze and Tefaf are vying for attention in an already crowded year

News
Art market

Tech-savvy Sotheby's $5bn global sales beat Christie's $4.4bn in 2020

The two rivals have made record online and private sales as pandemic overturns traditional live auction format

Podcast

2020: the year in review

The Art Newspaper team picks apart this year's biggest art stories, from the art market heading online to the fight for racial justice

News
Art market

Grime stars: paintings set new records for Domenico Ghirlandaio and Jan Davidsz de Heem despite being covered in dirt

Christie's end of season Old Masters evening sale in London totals £22.8m, despite last-minute withdrawal of Bernadino Luini's Nativity

Analysis
Art market

‘We have to broaden our reach, be more interesting’: the year the Old Master trade went digital

The pandemic has forced a resolutely analogue trade to go digital. Despite the technical hurdles, the results have surprised even traditionalists

News
Art market

Rare Georges de la Tour painting sells for record €4.3m—the most expensive Old Master painting ever sold at auction in Germany

The 17th century painting of a young girl blowing on brazier by the French baroque painter sold at Lempertz in Germany today

News
Art market

Frieze takes gallery space on London's Cork Street for 'ambitious' exhibitions

Magazine publisher and fair organiser plans to rent the premises on a permanent basis

Analysis
Art market

Six of the best catalogues raisonnés

From Leonardo to Bacon, take your pick from a selection of essential texts on leading artists

News
Art market

This Hans Memling painting failed to sell at Christie's—now its owner has given it back to Bruges where it was painted over 500 years ago

The work was offered for sale at £1.5m to £2.5m in 2019 but US collector Bill Middendorf has decided to give it to the Belgian city

News
Art market

Instagram rules but don't expect loyalty: new report analyses our online art buying behaviour

The latest Hiscox Online Art Trade Report found that online only art sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips more than tripled at $597m

News
Art market

New gallery platform South South launches to promote art from outside the dominant US-Europe axis

Goodman Gallery's Liza Essers came up with the idea in lockdown and plans an online selling event, called Veza, using auction technology in February

Analysis
Art market

'One of the most shocking, tumultuous years on record': art market figures reflect on 2020—and guess at what 2021 might hold

The pandemic has ripped apart the industry as we know it this year but it has sparked innovation and conversation like never before

Analysis
Art market

Art market 2020: the year of cancel culture and bricks-and-clicks

A year marked by wholesale event cancellations and job losses has also seen the art market innovate to keep businesses going.

News
Art market

Carphone Warehouse billionaire David Ross did buy the Royal Opera House's $12.8m Hockney—now he is loaning it back

The portrait of David Webster will return immediately to the opera house before going to the National Portrait Gallery in 2023 for its reopening exhibition

News
Art market

Rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci's 'little devil' lover and collaborator sells for record €1.7m in France

Penitent Magdalene by Salaì, who entered Leonardo's workshop at the age of ten, was estimated at €100,000 to €150,000 and is one of only a handful of known works by the artist

News
Art market

Pace to take over Blain Southern's former gallery in London expansion

Announcement comes as two of the gallery's presidents in the US are facing allegations of abuse in the workplace

News
Art market

New York state sues Sotheby's for allegedly helping collector evade tax on $27m of art

Auction house "vigorously refutes the unfounded allegations" made by the attorney general, who claims the auction house knowingly aided the offshore company Porsal Equities

Interview
Artists

‘Prison is boring as hell’: Sarah Lucas on isolation and judging art by inmates

The artist speaks about her role in judging the Koestler Awards for art made by UK prisoners and the importance of creativity in confinement

News
Art market

Gagosian director Sam Orlofsky let go following allegations of ‘unacceptable and repugnant’ misconduct against women

Gallery brought in outside counsel to investigate claims against the senior New York-based digital-focused director, who was suspended without pay last month

Preview
Private view

Our pick of must-see gallery shows opening around the world in November

From new works by the emerging artist Collins Obijiaku in Accra to a pre-election tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Los Angeles

News
Art market

French and German art fairs forced to cancel as new national lockdowns come into force

Fine Arts Paris and Art Cologne boldly believed they could run Covid-secure events in November, but both have had to relent to new restrictions

News
Art market

Ancient Greek bust of Hercules dug up in a garden will now appear in virtual reality at Tefaf Online

ArtAncient has created a VR experience of the marble bust to enliven the digital version of the now-cancelled New York fair

News
Auctions

The Royal Opera House's David Hockney painting sells for £12.8m at Christie's amid deaccessioning debate

The auction house's four-part £90.2m "20th Century: London to Paris" sale saw small bursts of energy for quality lots in the wake of Frieze and Fiac's cancellations

News
Closures

Marian Goodman to close London gallery

The New York-based art dealer will instead launch a project initiative in the city, with no permanent space, starting next autumn

Interview
Art market

'The art world had become extremely aggressive': Rachel Lehmann on a return to localism and intimacy in the art market

As Lehmann Maupin opens at London's Cromwell Place, its co-founder speaks about systemic change—and addresses recent allegations against the gallery

News
Art market

Tefaf Maastricht shifts back from March to May as Covid-19 disruption extends into 2021

The 34th edition of the Dutch art fair will run from 31 May to 6 June, two days shorter than normal, while the fate of Tefaf New York Spring hangs in the balance

News
Art market

In search of la bella vita, Mendes Wood sets up in bucolic Italian villa

Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Cristina Canale, Vojtěch Kovařík, Paulo Nazareth and Brice Guilbert at Villa Era as clients seek a more rural art experience during pandemic

Preview
Private view

Private view: must see gallery shows opening in October

From Theaster Gates's black bricks at Gagosian to Gillian Wearing's contemplative lockdown self-portraits at Maureen Paley

News
Art market

Paula Rego leaves Marlborough gallery for Victoria Miro

The 85-year-old artist will have a major retrospective at Tate Britain in 2021

Interview
Art market

'I'm always amazed, in this business, by how seriously some people take themselves': Stephen Friedman on 25 years as an art dealer

The Canadian came to London as a 22-year-old, fell in love with the city and never left

News
Art market

Class of 2020: five picks from Art Basel's online viewing room (another one)

The latest virtual fair, OVR:2020, limits 100 galleries to showing six works each, all produced this year—we pick our highlights

News
Art market

UK High Court ruling could be 'welcome news' for arts organisations denied Covid-19 insurance payout

Judgment this week ruled in favour of the Financial Conduct Authority's test case seeking clarification of policies as many insurers refuse to pay out during the pandemic

News
Art market

Galleries cast doubt on the return of fairs in 2021 in latest Art Basel and UBS report

Covid-19 has forced galleries to cut staff by 33% on average as sales plummet 36% in the first half of 2020—and optimism is dwindling for next year

News
Commercial galleries

Hauser & Wirth appoints Fortnum & Mason head as first global chief executive

Ewan Venters will join the mega gallery in January with a focus on leading the business while co-presidents concentrate on the artists

News
Art market

Status of $4.8m Modigliani painting challenged as legal battle over artist's catalogues raisonnés ramps up

French expert Marc Restellini claims substantial modifications to Italian painter's 1915 portrait of Beatrice Hastings were not mentioned by Christie's when the picture was sold—twice

Preview
Commercial galleries

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in September

From Danh Vo in London to Linda Stark in Los Angeles

News
Art market

London's £20m Cromwell Place gallery hub to open on 10 October

Complex, housed in five townhouses in South Kensington, was due to open in May but the launch was delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown

News
Art market

War declared over lucrative Modigliani 'monopoly' as Wildenstein Plattner Institute fights back at Marc Restellini

Institute is claiming copyright ownership and right to publish expert’s research, alongside share of profits from Institut Restellini which it claims charges €30,000 per inquiry

News
Art market

All change at Tefaf: finance chief takes on managing director role as art fair reduces New York staff

Charlotte van Leerdam will take on additional role as organiser of Maastricht and New York events as Sofie Scheerlinck steps down and chief executive is not replaced

News
Art law

Yves Bouvier evaded paying taxes on £276m of art sales, Swiss authorities claim

Switzerland's Federal Criminal Court ordered documents unsealed that call into question whether the dealer declared all profits from sales made to Dimitry Rybolovlev

News
Art market

Sotheby's racks up $2.5bn of sales so far this year—down 26% on 2019

Value of private sales at auction house remain around the same as last year at $575m but number of online auctions more than doubles

News
Commercial galleries

Gogo Greece lightning: Gagosian opens new gallery in Athens

Gallery has had a premises in city since 2009 but will open bigger space this September with exhibition of Brice Marden's work

Podcast

Ready to see some art? The top exhibitions of the summer

Plus, the artist Hassan Hajjaj on a Dr Alimantado album cover

News
Art fairs

Scaled back 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair will go ahead in October—despite Frieze cancellation

Smaller fair and online collaboration with Christie's planned as UK government says trade fairs can resume from 1 October

News
Art market

Restituted Renaissance battle scene highlight of Sotheby’s pick-and-mix £150m evening sale

Six works were withdrawn by nervy vendors just before the start but Rembrandt to Richter sale still totalled nearly £150m, topped by a £22.3m Joan Miró