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Art market

Art Basel in Hong Kong exhibitors call for 50% discount as concerns mount over a drop off in collectors and freedom of expression

Galleries including Lévy Gorvy, Lisson and Sprüth Magers have expressed their concerns in a letter to the fair organisers

Analysis
Art market

Dealers mix it up at more international Brafa fair

Galleries are displaying different styles and cultures at the Belgian antiques fair this year

Podcast

2020: art market issues and big shows

We look at the year ahead for galleries, art fairs and auctions, and seek out the big shows in the UK, Europe and the US

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Art market

Christie's cancels Dubai sale of Middle Eastern art

March auction will return to the Emirate in spring 2021, but is cancelled this year due to new strategy and constrained supply of works

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Fraud

German socialite Angela Gulbenkian faces second criminal case over Warhol picture

The Munich-based dealer and collector is also due to stand trial in London for allegedly stealing £1.1m in Kusama pumpkin sale

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Art market

Tefaf boss Patrick van Maris—who took the fair brand to New York—quits

The president and chief executive of the Dutch fair group since 2015 will leave at the end of May

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Art market

San Francisco fairs reflect the Bay Area's widening wealth gap

While Fog Design+Art and Untitled continue to draw established dealers, younger galleries opt out due to concerns over sustainability

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Exhibitions

Sean Scully to have first show in Switzerland in nearly a decade

Italian dealer Marco Voena is supporting an exhibition of the Irish artist's work at the Forum Paracelsus in St Moritz

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Art fairs

Singapore and Taipei art scenes vie for Hong Kong trade

Fairs hope political upheaval and ongoing protests will not deter pan-Asian collector base

Interview
Art market

In person | Dealer Daniella Luxembourg on taste-making and being stubborn

The gallery owner and art world grande dame explains why the big art fairs are not for her

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Frieze

Frieze shake-up: former media boss chosen as company's first CEO

Changes are afoot with both the fairs and the magazine as majority shareholder Endeavor make plans for the future

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Catalogues raisonnés

Secret papers on famous artists including Gauguin, Renoir and Monet to be revealed

New York-based Wildenstein-Plattner Institute will digitise fabled Wildenstein archive of sale catalogues, letters and experts’ notes

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Art market

Sotheby’s to auction three Nazi-looted works restituted to Jewish collector’s heirs

Two paintings by Signac and one by Pissarro are expected to fetch as much as £20m

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Want to buy a Van Gogh? Sotheby’s has four works with (relatively) modest estimates

Unseen for 25 years, they all come from a very private American collector

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Art market

Tough UK anti-money laundering law comes into force tomorrow—here's what you need to know

The lawyer Kenneth Mullen offers advice to art dealers, agents and galleries who could be unprepared for the hastily enforced new regulations

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Commercial galleries

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in January

Lydia Benglis's sparkly vessels and an abortion rights fundraiser—the best new commercial exhibitions this month

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Tax

Demand for New York's first freeport facility steps up

Increasing numbers of dealers and collectors take advantage of tax-exempt Arcis, the foreign trade zone in Harlem

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The Year Ahead 2020

Newcomers and stalwarts: highlights from the 2020 fair calendar

Art Basel celebrates its 50th anniversary and new fairs in London and New York join the fray

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The Year Ahead 2020

The Art Newspaper's comprehensive 2020 art fair guide

From Miami to Marrakech, here are all the dates you need for your calendar this year

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Money laundering

Is the art trade ready for new EU law calling for tough action on "dirty money"?

Many dealers say new regulations on money laundering will be almost impossible to comply with

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Art market

French government has 30 months to find funding for Cimabue kitchen painting

Culture ministry blocked export of medieval work but will the French state proceed with purchase?

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Art market

Dutch dealer promises new Rembrandt discoveries in five-volume publication

Part one focused on early years of Old Master's career will be published in 18 months

Analysis
Art market

Jitters and reasons to be cheerful: art market experts give their 2020 predictions

Faced with economic uncertainty, turmoil in Hong Kong, Brexit and a shrinking auction market, the art trade has some justifiable anxiety about the coming year

Podcast

2019: the year in review

The Art Newspaper team ponder 2019's biggest art stories. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art market

'All bets are off': Hong Kong protests cause insurance headaches for dealers heading to Art Basel

With pro-democracy demonstrations showing no sign of abating, the fair is working with a broker to offer galleries cover at 20 times the normal rate

Comment
Art market

Why the catalogue raisonné is the forger's bible

An international conference considered the challenges and risks— not to mention the sheer size of publications

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Art market

Kenny Schachter on his Christmas clear out

Sotheby’s sale is set to raise half a million pounds, offsetting money lost in Inigo Philbrick deals

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Art storage

As banks shut down vaults, safety deposit boxes lure in collectors

Political uncertainty has seen a rise in the use of private security boxes for art, jewellery and collectibles

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Art market

Spanish police investigate nuns over religious sculpture that surfaced at Tefaf last month

The sculpture is thought to have been illicitly sold from a convent in Granada

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Art market

'A victory of justice over big money': criminal case against art dealer Yves Bouvier dismissed by Monaco court

Verdict is likely to have a domino effect on all other cases filed by Russian billionaire collector Dmitry Rybolovlev

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Two Van Goghs sold from the recovered hoard of an Italian fraudster

One painting was hidden in a Parma cellar, leading to the discovery of the Tanzi Treasure

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Art market

Amy Cappellazzo becomes head of expanded Fine Arts division as Sotheby's restructures

While her role grows to cover departments such as Old Masters, second global division will include luxury objects and decorative art, jewellery and wine

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Art market

Sotheby's wins case over 'modern forgery' Frans Hals

Consigner of problematic painting must repay auction house for reimbursement to American client

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Art market

Art Berlin is scrapped due to venue uncertainty and lack of profits

Organiser of German fair describes cancellation as "regrettable"

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Lawsuits

Dodgy dealers beware: anti-fraud lawsuits are on the rise

A spate of fraudulent agents in the dock this year give the art trade a bad image—even if only a few individuals are involved

Analysis
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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Appointments & departures

Frieze LA director Bettina Korek appointed chief executive of Serpentine Galleries

Los Angeles art veteran takes the reins at the London institution in its 50th anniversary year

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Appointments & departures

Charles Saumarez Smith steps down as senior director at Blain Southern

Gallery is going through a “period of restructuring”, according to founder Harry Blain

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Text and slogan 'statement pieces' draw Instagram crowd to Art Basel

But it's not all about selfies, many art pieces with a motto carry a socially conscious message

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Montreal dealer Robert Landau to move his headquarters to Lucerne in 2022

He has secured a 40-year lease on a 35,000 sq. m castle-like complex, with plans to create a sculpture park and private freeport

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Discounts give younger galleries a leg up at Art Basel in Miami Beach

A 20% fee reduction for new galleries exhibiting contemporary art has enabled smaller players to join the fair's main section

Analysis
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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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

South American galleries face down turmoil

Civil unrest and economic shifts have Latin American dealers doubling down on Miami's international market

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

UBS survey finds millennials are becoming more environmentally conscious in their art buying habits

Not collecting sustainably? OK, boomer

Analysis
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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Art market

Rare Tahitian painting by Gauguin sells for €9.5m at Artcurial in Paris

Te Bourao II, which went to an international collector, was on loan to the Met in New York for ten years

Analysis
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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Art market

Portrait commissioned by Charles Dickens, unseen for a century, goes on sale at Sotheby's London

The artist William Powell Frith 'almost collapsed' at the honour of being commissioned by the famous writer to paint his heroine Kate Nickleby

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Art market

Perrotin moves Hong Kong gallery to Kowloon—but it has nothing to do with the protests

The gallery will relocate to a new cultural and residential district developed by billionaire collector Adrian Cheng

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Art market

Rediscovered Rubens to star in Sotheby's Old Masters sale in New York

Painting depicting the Holy Family in an evening landscape has been owned by a Manhattan family for more than 60 years

Interview
Art dealers

‘I just wanted people’s attention’: dealer Mariane Ibrahim on championing young artists of the African diaspora

Ahead of her debut at Art Basel in Miami Beach, the Chicago-based gallerist walks us through her journey from marketing McDonald's to setting up shop in Seattle

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Art fairs

Fees revamp brings new blood to Art Basel in Miami Beach

Over a dozen galleries will join the fair's main Galleries section for the first time

Comment
Art market

Comment | Why are we seeing so many counterfeits?

Artistic fraudsters are still pushing their luck—creating works ranging from the barely believable to the downright hilarious

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Forgeries

Bankrupt 'playboy' James Stunt attempted to borrow £40m against works of art claimed to be forgeries

The former husband of heiress Petra Ecclestone owes £5m in debt including an unpaid sum of £3.9m to Christie's

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Art fairs

Untitled art fair takes on the human cost of climate crisis

Exhibitors and special projects at the Miami Beach fair will tackle both the global and local ramifications of a planet in serious peril

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Art market

Beaufort Securities broker pleads guilty to fraud involving art

Global money laundering scheme allegedly attempted to use Picasso to "clean up" £6.7m for undercover FBI agent

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Diary

Is this a previously unknown portrait of Queen Elizabeth I?

Analysis
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

Lifting the lid on auction house salaries: how long would it take an intern to earn Tad Smith's $28.2m Sotheby's payout?

Executive salaries rises, while junior staff struggle to move up the ladder

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Art market

'Challenging' art market hits Momart's revenue

Art logistics firm's results are down due to "Brexit related and global uncertainty", sharply reducing activity among commercial galleries and auction houses

Comment
Art market

'We felt we had to make a choice and we chose scholarship': why Galerie St. Etienne went non-profit

Jane Kallir explains why, after 80 years as a commercial enterprise, the New York gallery has become a foundation

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Art market

At $6.8m, Picasso hits the high mark at Toronto sale

Portrait of Dora Maar eclipses other auction offerings at Heffel

Analysis
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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Commercial galleries

Cheap rents and larger spaces: Barcelona suburb tries to entice dealers out of the city

Some galleries have moved to the industrial warehouse L’Hospitalet but others say it is too far out of the commercial centre

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Art market

Marina Abramovic’s The Life to become first mixed reality work ever auctioned

Christie’s will sell the piece with a £600,000 price tag next October to coincide with artist’s Royal Academy retrospective

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Diary

Sotheby’s to offer space snaps online

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Art fairs

After years of debt and disaster, Puerto Rico’s Meca art fair offers economic boon

Opening this week in San Juan, the third edition of the event hopes to help the region on the road to recovery

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Art fairs

Collector and patron Kamiar Maleki appointed director of Volta and Pulse art fairs

The two events have recently come under the same ownership although there are no plans to merge them—yet

Analysis
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

Review
Art fairs

Still very much a local (af)fair: Art Düsseldorf's Asian promise is yet to come to fruition

Strong German collector base attracts European and US galleries but the the influx of international dealers and visitors is only a trickle