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May 2009archive

Chicago's industrialist benefactors built the city’s art collections—but can today’s patrons maintain them?

So far the next generation have yet to replicate their parents’ efforts on the same scale

Interview with Chuck Close on how his grandma’s crochet inspired his artistic vision

On the eve of a show at PaceWildenstein in New York, the veteran US artist discusses the importance of the year he spent with his grandmother when he was eleven

Difficult timing for autumn fairs in New York as financial crisis hits home

Allegations of “fake” antiques further undermine confidence

Messe Schweiz, parent company of Art Basel, to run Miami Beach Convention Centre

Critics question their priorities, one city commissioner calling their plan to manage the venue “like the fox in the henhouse”

Art Baselarchive

Roman Abramovich keeps spirits high and dealers rely on old favourites: Art Basel 2008

While the known and bankable sold at a steady rate, Abramovich was the name on everybody's lips

Brad Pitt spends $1m on contemporary work at Design Miami/Basel 2008

Design is in vogue, as buyers show appreciation for the everyday turned decorative

Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 to boast double the exhibition space

Art Basel owners Messe Schweiz are in pole position to take charge of Miami venue

Design Miami plans global expansion

The fair, now backed by Art Basel’s owners, targets China

Dealers double as patrons: Design Miami/Basel 2007

The dealer-artist relationship becomes more prominent as galleries strive for individuality, while Jean Prouvé's dominance is undeniable

New Korean buyers responsible for most ostentatious purchases at Design Miami/Basel 2007

As the market becomes more international, Jean Prouvé and the Danish school enjoy a resurgence

Art fairsarchive

Asia Week, New York: Dealers and auction houses report strong sales

There were new buyers and more collectors from India and China, but the art fairs were quieter events


Tate woos US patrons with cocktails at 10 Downing Street

Guggenheim director says US institutions cannot compete with such incentives

Art Basel/Miami Beach 2006 sees the breakdown of the binary between functional and ornamental

There has has been talk of an unusually high proportion of sales, particularly of design pieces

Antiquesarchive the traditional antique gallery dying?

Dealers race to sell stock at auction as buying tastes change

Art marketarchive

Warring New York dealers guilty of tax evasion

Court orders Helen Fioratti and James Sansum to repay huge sums

The new domesticity in Contemporary art

Focus is on the decorative arts at Art Basel Miami Beach

SOFA fair, Chicago. Who are the craft collectors?

Many who buy paintings and sculpture are now starting to invest in contemporary decorative arts

Art marketarchive

Appeal over Peter Brant ownership of Warhol

Ms Lindholm has been attempting to regain Warhol's Red Elvis since 2000

Art marketarchive

Western collectors still paying highest prices for top lots of Asian art

While Chinese sustain the middle market for rare but flashy cinnabar, rhinoceros horn and cloisonné


MoMA acquires $25 million Matisse

The plum blossoms painting is one of the artist's last works

UBS art goes on show at MoMA

Founder Donald Marron has been instrumental in the acquisition of classic Modern and contemporary art


Collector Bob Rubin's proves passion for Prouvé in $1 million restoration

The artist’s Maison Tropicale is on show this month at Yale

Art marketarchive

America votes for giltwood at the International Art and Antiques Show

Decorative arts dealers reported good sales but paintings were harder to shift

From flea market to Manhattan penthouse: the revival of Christopher Dresser

Gilbert and George and Mickey Wolfson are among the enthusiastic collectors

Winter Antiques Fair: “The Academy Award of dealers’ shows”

Exhibitors reported enthusiastic buying as collectors embraced new areas of the market

Diary of a New York dealer: Carlton Rochell

Contemporary art collectors are coming to Southeast Asian art. Hollywood’s fascination with Buddhism is also a trigger