What makes a masterpiece? It depends who is selling…
Traditionally reserved for an artist’s greatest works, the term “masterpiece” now appears routinely in auction catalogues, and may just mean a work is good, novel—or expensive
The magic behind Sotheby's Freddie Mercury sale
There was a certain degree of sleight of hand at play by the auction house to achieve 100% of lots sold
Mind the (shrinking) gap: Paris gains on leading London
The debate over Europe’s art capital intensifies as post-Brexit red tape complicates business for UK art sellers and more major galleries set up shop in the French capital
Private sector picks up the pieces as UK government cuts art education funding
The art market is on a bumpy ride in 2023
Major auction houses have posted steep falls in turnover for the year so far—but some categories, such as luxury goods, are booming
What goes around comes around: the art of finance
As a show at the Monnaie de Paris explores how money and creativity have been intertwined since the early 19th century, Sotheby’s is set to move into the Whitney’s former home
Long-lost canvas by Flemish painter Michael Sweerts propels Christie's Old Master sale in London to its best result in seven years
The auction house made £53.9m (with fees) from 38 lots, and saw a new record established for Fra Angelico
Selective buying leaves 35% of lots unsold at Sotheby's Old Master sale in London
The £39.4m auction was led by a 15th-century painting by the Master of the Baroncelli Portraits at £7.9m, while a new record was set for a work by William Hogarth—albeit sold to a single bid
'The prestigious places are the worst': low pay still dogs the art industry, despite optimistic salary survey
Sotheby’s will pay $100m for the Whitney Museum’s Marcel Breuer building
Wealthy American art collectors capitalise on tax-efficient gift scheme
Artists paid less than £3 an hour for public art commissions, report finds
The Structurally F–cked survey looked at artists' pay and conditions, and found a "culture of low fees, unpaid labour, and systemic exploitation"
Art for Tomorrow conference | What can art do for our democratically depleted, digitally distracted societies?
The role of art in a time of crisis was the subject of a three-day discussion between leading cultural figures in Florence last week
Is art once again becoming a lifestyle choice rather than an asset?
Results from the recent auction season, where young, “red-chip” artists surpassed expectations, while big names of Modern art went unsold, point to a shift in how collectors think
What lies behind the demise of British art and antiques fairs?
The problematic trend could reflect a wider international problem for the art market
Does the West really care about human rights and art washing?
How online buyers of luxury collectibles reshaped auctions in an economic slump
Turnover is increasing at a time of global turmoil—and it is mostly down to growing digital sales and new tastes among the 1%
The donating game: How artists like Tracey Emin are driving philanthropy in the art world
Guarantees, withdrawals and billionaires bidding at their own auction houses: Flagging market gets by with a little help from its friends
Don't be fooled by the higher-than-ever sale figures—the market is softening
Are charity art auctions, not donations, the new model for offsetting taxes?
The elephant in the booth: the environmental toll of art fairs
Brexit woes contribute to slim Old Master sales in London
Nonetheless, buoyed by the Grasset collection, Sotheby's posted its best results in six seasons and Christie's sale was up 26% up on last December
Old Masters need reinventing to avoid being frozen out
Last year, European Old Masters represented just 4% of the world’s $26.3bn art auction sales. In our contemporary-obsessed world, we’re just not paying them enough attention
Can art actually help improve Saudi Arabia's abject human rights record?
Five years since the $450m Salvator Mundi sale: a first-hand account of the nonsensical auction
At the record-breaking sale at Christie's New York on 15 November 2017, the audience gasped and whooped as if they were at a very exclusive firework display
Why the global explosion of billionaires will keep auction houses afloat—for now
Record-breaking sales from the collections of Microsoft founder Paul G. Allen and the acrimoniously divorced Macklowes herald the start of a 20-year bonanza for auction houses
Five years after #MeToo, what has changed for female artists?
Pakistani artists raise money for its devastating floods—and question which causes garner art world support
Paris vs London: which capital will win the hearts of art collectors?
London’s struggles with the reality of leaving the European Union coupled with a government unsympathetic to the arts means the French capital is gaining the edge over its rival