Where does art fit in a post-liberal world?
Western liberal democracies have long called the shots when deciding what is “good” art. But that could be about to change
Another Botticelli hits the market: Sotheby's to sell Botticelli's The Man of Sorrows for in excess of $40m
Auction house will sell the painting in January and is dubbing it "The defining masterpiece of Botticelli's late career". But what exactly does that mean?
Young, monied and keen to gamble on art: the super power of Asian collectors
Asian buyers are now the biggest spenders at international auctions and these digitally-native collectors are happy to splurge online
Connoisseurship: is it time for a comeback?
When prices and cultural value are so easily confused, there is a case for the return of critical evaluation—in updated form
As the Euros kick off, we ask…what has football got to do with art? Quite a lot, actually
The European Super League, an elite alliance betraying football’s roots, was scuppered by fans. These same power structures exist in the art world – so where’s the resistance?
NFTs and colossal prices have turbocharged the art market—but has something died in this 'second renaissance'?
As people pay eye-watering crypto-sums for digital art, many see losses as well as gains in this brave new intangible world
The cost of a single tulip bulb surged to the same price as a mansion 400 years ago: are NFTs the ‘tulipmania’ of the 21st century?
Similarities between the new digital technology craze in the art world and the surge in value of tulips in 17th-century Holland suggest that it could all end in (real) tears
Today’s obsession with assigning singular attribution to Old Masters may be lucrative, but it is often misleading
The cult of the individual reigns supreme but in reality Renaissance works were often not made by one hand
Neoliberalism is distorting how we see art—is there no alternative?
While today’s art world has been shaped by the prism of price, our current economic model may not be inevitable
Blue-chip artists move over, here come the red chips
Art as a blue-chip investment has had its day, as buyers chase the latest "red-chip" names
All ears: why collectors can’t get enough of industry hype right now
In an increasingly asset-driven art trade, collecting by listening to the buzz is fast becoming the norm
Livestreamed auctions make gameshows of art, but where is the glamour?
Christie's and Sotheby's have rapidly adapted to 'bricks and clicks' sales, but they will need to do more to attract top-notch consignments and the experience-hungry generation
The art market is more neoliberal factory farm than finely balanced ecosystem: now is the time to 'rewild' it
The Covid-19 crisis presents an opportunity for artists to reclaim power from the institutions that buy, sell and show their work
Christies winds up belated summer auction season with £21.2m Classic Art sale led by £4m Rubens
16th century Italian marble attributed to Antonio Lombardo steals the show, but auction house's digital face is showing its age against stiff competition
Could Covid-19 kill off the market for the art world’s star names?
Some big artists may be toppled from their pre-pandemic pedestals and new ones promoted to the art-as-investment pantheon
A brave new virtual world or joyless mundane experience? Glamour of collecting gets lost in online translation
Digital transactions cannot replicate the social cachet of buying art at exclusive events—and prices will inevitably slide as a result
Britain's young artists had a hard time before the pandemic. What will happen to them now?
Inequality is rife in British society, not least in the arts, where decades of ‘class-cleansing’ policies have made it harder than ever to be an artist and designer
Can you teach an Old Master fair new tricks?
While auction houses are more aggressive and newer works dominate the global market, Tefaf’s exhibitors remain resolute
And all that jazz: upbeat sale at Christie's sees Tamara De Lempicka portrait beat record set just three months ago
Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist art auction last night made £106.8m, 35% down on last year—but with three works sold for over £10m
2020 vision: the big year of change for auction houses?
Supported by transformational new technology, the sector is ditching its traditional business model in favour of the luxury goods 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
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
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?
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
'The nothings that threaten everything': how Banksy, Kaws and other street artists are shaking up the art world
Instagram power and the rise of the consumer collector are turning the art world upside down
The blue chip delusion: why investors should be wary of the brand name lure
Art is pitched as an asset class, but even big-name artists are not guaranteed to hold their value, let alone turn a profit
This could be the first Cimabue painting to be sold at auction in recent times
Panel depicting the Mocking of Christ will go on sale at French auction house, in collaboration with Eric Turquin, in October
Feeling the pinch: why the middle-class collector is a dying breed
The Vogels filled their modest apartment with contemporary art, but wage stagnation has seen the professional-classes squeezed out of this overheated market
Is this $30m portrait the 'last Botticelli'?
Painting will be exhibited at Frieze Masters next month, after a "style of Botticelli" sleeper sold for over £6m at Zurich auction in June
Newly launched Hastings Contemporary reveals an ‘entrepreneurial’ institutional model
Located on England’s south coast, the independent charity is collaborating with commercial galleries to mount exhibitions
Price match! Old Masters vs contemporary art: what can you get for your money?
During London's Classic Week, we take a look at what the same sum will buy you at either end of the art historical timeline