Art market

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Auction houses

Phillips names Olivia Thornton head of 20th-century and contemporary art in Europe

The appointment comes after a handful of new hires across the auction house’s offices

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Art market

Biennale Paris vetting committee co-presidents withdraw two months before the fair is due to open

Chairmen of the CNE and the SFEP say the fair's vetting experts disagree over the admission of two exhibitors to this year's edition

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Commercial galleries

‘Brexit changes the game’: David Zwirner to open Paris gallery

Mega-dealer’s first space on the European continent will open to coincide with Fiac art fair this autumn

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Art fairs

Himali Singh Soin named winner of the Frieze Artist Award

The commission marks the first time the prize has been awarded for a film, which will debut in October as part of the fair's Projects section

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Commercial galleries

US-China trade war proves the 'last straw' for Pace Beijing

The gallery closed its mainland China outpost after ten years due to ongoing tariff hikes, but may expand its Hong Kong presence

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Art market

Artist-led groups battle to stem gentrification in New York

Ambitious new developments in Manhattan’s Lower East Side threaten the vibrant community

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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 market

Protestors gather outside Christie's as ancient head of Tutankhamen sells for £4.7m

Egyptian authorities had tried to stop the sale claiming that the 3,000 year old quartzite sculpture should be repatriated

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Art market

Sofa King's collection plumps up Sotheby's Old Master sale—helped by a suite of guarantees

Five lots from the DFS founder Graham Kirkham's collection made up almost half of the value of the £56.3m London sale, which was led by a late Turner

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Art market

'Olyvia's soirées': adviser launches private selling events in format devised by Adam Chinn

Olyvia Kwok launches series of invitation only events in London and New York offering financing against big-ticket works for collectors looking to circumvent auctions

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UK politics

Boris Johnson wants to create six freeports and tax-free zones around the UK

Vast storage facilities for high-value items such as art and cars have stoked controversy

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Commercial galleries

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening this July and August

New commercial gallery shows—from a sense of spirituality in Liverpool to Long Island loving in New York

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Art market

Warhol's Prince series ruled fair use by a New York judge in contested copyright case

The ruling settles a heated two-year legal battle between the artist's foundation and photographer Lynn Goldsmith, who shot the original image in 1981

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Art market

A new catalogue raisonné organisation aims to foil fakes in the art market

The membership-based International Catalogue Raisonné Association will offer discounted legal advice and institute an annual conference

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Art market

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang designer's giant machine sculptures up for auction

Rowland Emett's Cloud Cuckoo Valley automata will be for sale at Bonhams in September and on view in August

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Art fairs

Bigger is not better at Chicago’s Alternative Space art fair

The gallery-share fair model that predates Condo brings smaller dealers together as the Windy City's commercial gallery scene grows

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Auctions

Female painters steal the limelight at Phillips contemporary evening sale in London

Market is not “as effervescent as it was”, but £36m total is the auction house’s highest in June for over a decade despite disappointing results for Modern works

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Art fairs

Paris Photo to launch its second US edition in New York

After cancelling its Los Angeles event in 2016, the French fair is partnering with Aipad to develop Paris Photo New York

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Commercial galleries

'You can’t do this by yourself': in a lean market, New York's smaller galleries stick together

Younger dealers share experiences and expertise to survive the middle-market squeeze

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Art market

Did US collector Tom Hill buy the 'lost Caravaggio'?

France's Gazette Drouot claims that Hill might have bought the painting and it could be headed for the Met in New York, according to a source

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Art market

Jo Stella-Sawicka leaves Frieze to head up Goodman Gallery in London

South African gallery will open in Cork Street redevelopment this autumn

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Art market

Christie's holds auction in Saudi Arabia to raise funds for Jeddah museum

Sale raises $1.3m for new heritage museum dedicated to the history of Jeddah's historical district

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Auctions

Flipping the Bacon: Sotheby's £69m post-war and contemporary sale lacks fizz

A £16m Francis Bacon self-portrait and a record for a little-known German artist enliven an otherwise dry sale in London as totals fall 40% on last year

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Law

Sotheby's denied dismissal of Rybolovlev's $380m lawsuit by New York judge

Papers filed in a Manhattan court this week order a pre-trial conference and the release of confidential documents

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Art market

Tedious link: six degrees of separation at Masterpiece London

Emphasis on "storytelling" and making connections at the cross-collecting fair this year, chief executive says. So we created some tenuous links of our own

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Auctions

Fresh talent breathes life into slim £45m postwar and contemporary evening sale at Christie’s London

Records set for Tschabalala Self and Kara Walker as a new wave of works by contemporary artists come to auction

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Art market

Ignored by the Louvre, 'lost' Caravaggio bought in private sale is destined for 'important museum'

Estimated to sell between €100m-€150m at auction on Friday, an anonymous buyer has snapped up the disputed painting that was discovered in a French attic

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Art market

Contested export of a Caillebotte painting raises questions about Canadian cultural law

A Canadian court recently overturned a ruling on the "national importance" of the French Impressionists's work, sold at Heffel Auction House in 2016

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Art market

Tehran's art fair opens despite sanctions and growing tensions with US

Second edition of Teer Art Fair aims to foster domestic Iranian art scene at a time when international sales increasingly difficult for the country's galleries

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Art fairs

Frieze announces the most international edition of Frieze London as well as new additions to Frieze Masters

The contemporary art fair will feature a new section devoted to textile works while Antiques Roadshow expert Amin Jaffer curates Collections at Frieze Masters

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Art market

Mini Impressionist and Modern sale at Sotheby's makes £99m thanks to auction debutantes

Monet's waterlilies and Modigliani's portrait of an unknown boy lead the 25-lot sale, and new record made for Austrian artist Alfred Kubin's haunting drawing

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Art market

Australia has underrated Sidney Nolan, expert says, as artist's widow's estate comes up for sale

Mark Fraser makes the remarks as a group of works by the Australian artist is about to be offered at Bonhams in Sydney with a combined estimate of AUS$1.3m-$1.8m

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Art market

The Trump administration’s tariffs will not hurt China but they will hurt the US art trade

Art organisations join other US businesses at a series of hearings this week in Washington, DC on the proposed 25% tariff on $300bn worth of Chinese goods

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Art market

Tough going for Christie's skinny £36.4m Impressionist and Modern art sale

Early Schiele drawing is the low-key star of an unremarkable sale, topped by a flashy Picasso

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Art market

Sotheby's newfound privacy gives it greater freedom, but at what cost to the rest of us?

Former public company status left the auction house at a disadvantage to rival Christie's, but its quarterly finance reports provided rare insight in a secretive market

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Sotheby's

Sotheby's goes private as it is sold for $3.7bn

French-Israeli media billionaire Patrick Drahi's company BidFair USA buys firm from shareholders

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In the frame

Toddler sends €50,000 sculpture flying at Art Basel

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Art Basel 2019

Now showing: why do art fairs neglect video art?

Collector interest in videos is rising, but the medium still struggles to find floor space

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Art Basel 2019

South African art fair gets reboot under a new owner

Johannesburg-based FNB Joburg fair has been bought by its former director Mandla Sibeko

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Data

A crisis of faith: is Big Data the art world’s new religion?

The rise of Big Data means that connoisseurship is being replaced by "intel", which has far-reaching implications for the art world

Interview
Collector's Eye

Collector's Eye: Markus Hannebauer

The Berlin software entrepreneur tells us what he's bought and why he loves it

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Art Basel 2019

Off-floor selling boosts trade at Art Basel

Viewing rooms, appetite-whetting preview publications and digital platforms are all paying off for galleries at the fair

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Paula Rego

Paula Rego: 'retire? and do what? eat ice cream?'

The Portuguese artist’s work focusing on issues such as abortion and honour killings is more relevant than ever – and curators cannot get enough

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Art Basel 2019

Auction prices: the elephant in the room at Art Basel

The first rule of art fairs is don't talk about auctions—but sometimes they can benefit artists and their dealers

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Art Basel 2019

At Art Basel, dealers are looking to reap the rewards of the Venice Biennale

It is an open secret that sales are made in Venice, but dealers at the Swiss art fair are looking to capitalise on the buzz the Biennale creates

Analysis
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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Art market

Goodman Gallery will open in London to rail against 'heightened nationalist sentiment and populist politics'

South African gallery is first to be confirmed for new Cork Street redevelopment which has been empty since it was finished last year

Analysis
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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Art market

Gender parity in commercial galleries lags behind public sector in UK, report finds

Opinion that female artists make poorer investments has a lasting impact on the legacy of women, according to the research from Freelands Foundation

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New York real estate

Artists and dealers resist the development of New York’s Chinatown

The coalition Art Against Displacement rallies against the construction of four contested luxury towers in a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing today

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Art market

Vancouver's art market sees influx of Chinese cash

As British Columbia clamps down on foreign real estate investment, Chinese collectors are investing in contemporary Canadian art with "no expense spared”

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Art market

Gagosian to go off-piste with first pop-up show during Art Basel

Continuing Abstraction show will run off-site throughout the fair, featuring artists such as Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and Theaster Gates

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Commercial galleries

Marlborough rebrands and expands in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood

Max Levai will head up the newly consolidated global gallery as blue-chip dealers increase their real estate footprint and stretch their family legacies

Interview
Commercial galleries

Dominique Lévy: ‘I just don’t think big is better’

She started off as an apprentice clown and did a stint as a currency trader, but it’s as a dealer in works of art in the vanguard of social change that Dominique Lévy has found her true calling

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Auction

Multi-million-dollar Matisse fails to find a buyer at Toronto auction

The French Modern master’s oil painting Femme assise sur un balcon was withdrawn from a Canadian sale after bidding stalled below the reserve price

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Art market

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening this June

New commercial gallery shows—from notions of black culture in London to immigrant identity in Los Angeles

Review
Tbilisi Art Fair

Why the Tbilisi art fair should not be afraid of communist-period art

A successful second edition of the fair, with visits to houses and studios, and lots of collateral shows

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Art market

Art Busan hopes to dodge US-China trade war crossfire

Free of the high taxes and stringent customs of mainland China, the fair adds to a burgeoning art scene in South Korea's second largest city

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Art market

Art Basel owner sells stake in Art Düsseldorf to fair organisers Sandy Angus and Tim Etchells

Angus says he is also keen to buy MCH’s share in the India Art Fair as the group divests its regional art fair portfolio

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Art market

More grief for Aristophil investors as French government seizes hundreds of documents

Around 18,000 people invested in the now bankrupted company's manuscripts collection, but state says many items of historical importance should never have been sold

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Art market

Anti-Brexit artist campaign set to raise more than £1.5m as UK heads to polls for European elections

United Artists for Europe exhibition and auction will benefit cultural projects supporting heritage preservation across the continent, but Notre Dame is ruled out

Analysis
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

Comment
Litigation

The elephant in the room: the rise of art-related lawsuits

Worthy causes can often disguise more opportunistic motives

Comment
Art market

Forget millennials —the art market should be looking at Gen Z

People under the age of 22 account for 40% of consumers

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Art market

San Francisco museum's Rothko sells for $50m as Sotheby’s closes bumper week of New York auctions

Dana Schutz’s record broken twice in one night at Phillips then Sotheby's, while the bidder behind the $91m Koons Rabbit buys Lee Krasner painting for $10m

Review
Art market

Back to the drawing board: new London fair pushes works on paper

Draw Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery caters to fans of the quieter medium with a range of budgets

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Art market

Rabbit hops to a record $91m at Christie's as Jeff Koons once again becomes the world's most expensive living artist

Post-war and contemporary sale in New York also produced a big sale for Robert Rauschenberg and new records for Louise Bourgeois and Jonas Wood

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Art market

Monet's glowing haystacks set alight Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern art sale with a new £97m record

Market is alive and kicking at the top for prime Impressionist works, though Bouguereau's uncomfortably placed, 19th century Bacchanalian scene failed to sell

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Art market

'Those were different times': the antics of an Imps and Mods dealer in the swinging sixties

Martin Summers recalls a long and eventful career in the trade

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Art market

Anish Kapoor unveils new paintings that evoke menstruation

British artist says men should be able “to deal with women’s questions”, as first major solo show in China is announced

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Tbilisi Art Fair

Why I agreed to join the advisory board of the art fair in Georgia (no, not the southern US state)

It has art schools, tradition, a culturally rich catchment area, and a true-grit backer

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Art market

Big but bland Impressionists lead Christie's sale, with new records for a peachy Cezanne and feline-filled Bonnard

Fresh material from big collections led the $399m New York auction, while mid-tier Monets primed the market for his $55m haystacks work at Sotheby's tonight