6 July 2017

George Frederic Watts Masterpiece Orpheus and Eurydice Auctioned At Sotheby’s

An important Important Work by the Artist George Frederic Watts is to be offered at Sotheby’s. This marks the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of Watt’s Birth.

2 July 2017

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Virtual Masterpiece The Masterpiece Art Fair By Edward Lucie-Smith

What people choose to describe as ‘a masterpiece’ is usually pretty much a matter of context. On the whole, at this annual beanfeast for conspicuous consumers, you won’t find much in the way of graffiti art lurking around, though it’s just possible that you might be confronted with a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat now that he’s included in the pantheon of artists with multi-million dollar price tags.

30 June 2017

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London Art Week Corridor Presents Blue Chip Fairs And Galley Openings

London Art Week, summer 2017 gets underway today 30th June. This is mostly geared up to the ‘Old Masters’ and Blue Chip market which will be offering an array of special exhibitions hosted across more than forty of the capital’s galleries and three leading auction houses. There are also two major art fairs on during this corridor week. Masterpiece in Chelsea and Olympia in Kensington are worth a visit.

29 June 2017

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale Realises Respectable £62.3m Total

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale has realised a very respectable £62.3 million / $79.8 million / €70.4 million total.

27 June 2017

Max Beckmann Painting Achieves £36m World Record Price

The German expressionist painter Max Beckmann has achieved a new world record price for the artist

Edward Albee Estate To Be Auctioned By Sotheby’s New York

Sotheby’s has announced that it will be handling the estate collection of the great American playwright Edward Albee. The dedicated auction will be held this September in New York with proceeds of the sale benefiting The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island.

22 June 2017

Wassily Kandinsky Painting Achieves £33m A New Auction Record At Sotheby’s

A new auction record for Wassily Kandinsky was broken twice last night at Sotheby’s London. Murnau – Landschaft mit grünem Haus from 1909, sold for £21 million / $26.4 million / €23.9 million. Both early works by Kandinsky were among the few left in private hands, this painting made its auction debut having remained in the private collection of the same family since the 1920s.

18 June 2017

Art Basel 48 What the Dealers Said About The Fair

Galleries throughout Art Basel 48 have reported exceptional sales across the board, pointing to Art Basel’s ability to convene leading galleries and collectors from around the world.

Art Basel 48 A Curated Selection Of Twelve By Virginie Puertolas-Syn

Curator and Gallerist Virginie Puertolas-Syn chooses twelve of the best stands at Art Basel 2017. Art Basel is a curated selection of 291 first-rate galleries exhibiting at the fair’s 48th edition in Basel.

General Idea Estate To Be Represented By Mitchell-Innes & Nash

The Estate of General Idea (1969-1994) is to be represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, it has been announced.

12 June 2017

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Picasso Ring With Portrait Of Lover Dora Maar To Be Auctioned

A ring, containing a Picasso portrait of Dora Maar is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s.

10 June 2017

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Pop Artist James Rosenquist Estate Sign Representation Deal With Thaddaeus Ropac

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (London, Paris, Salzburg) have announced that they will represent the estate of the late Pop Artist James Rosenquist Estate based in New York.

9 June 2017

Lost Jackson Pollock Gouache To Be Sold By Provincial Auction House

The discovery of a lost Jackson Pollock painting is always big news in the art world. Now such a painting is going under the hammer on Tuesday, June 20 at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale Arizona. The small auction room has spent 18 months and tens of thousands of dollars researching the Abstract, untitled gouache painting measures 22 ½ x 32 inches. Forensics and ownership history has been extensively investigated.

7 June 2017

Christie’s Secures David Rockefeller Collection For Highest Estimated Auction Sale

Christie’s Auctioneers have secured the estate of David Rockefeller, the youngest son of American philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and art patron Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.

1 June 2017

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Dan Colen To Be Represented By Lévy Gorvy In New International Partnership

The American artist Dan Colen (b. 1979, New Jersey) is to be represented by Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy. This marks a conjoining of galleries which also exhibit the artist’s work. In the past Gagosian and Massimo de Carlo, Milan had an exclusive deal with the artist.

Vulgarity Rules A-List Contemporary Art Non-Existent At Riviera amfAR AIDS Gala

A – lister actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Will Smith turned out for the amfAR AIDS benefit that is the social highlight of the Cannes film festival. The event held annually at the Eden Roc Hotel, Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera saw celebrities and benefactors paying up to $500,000 for a table. But where was the Contemporary art on the auction block?

27 May 2017

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Mario Testino Puts His Personal Art Collection Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

Mario Testino, is to put his art collection under the hammer at Sotheby’s. As one of the most celebrated photographers of our time, this project will look beyond Testino’s enigmatic images that have shaped contemporary culture and reveal the artist as collector, patron and collaborator.

19 May 2017

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Overhyped Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For $110.5m At Sotheby’s NY

A major painting by the New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has sold at Sotheby’s for an unprecedented $110.5m (£85.4m).

18 May 2017

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Photo London Returns For Edition Three With A Swagger

Photo London returns for its third edition with a swagger this year, confidently asserting its position as a premier international photo event. Like it or not, it has become the event around which all photography in London now revolves, and in this edition, it goes someway towards justifying its gravitational pull.

17 May 2017

Sotheby’s New York Impressionist and Modern Spring 2017 Sale Achieves $173 Million

Sotheby’s New York Impressionist and Modern sale last night achieved $173 Million, despite an important early work by the Austrian master Egon Schiele being withdrawn at the last minute. Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist painting Composition With Plane In Projection (1915). topped the sale.

16 May 2017

Constantin Brancusi Head Smashes Artist’s Auction Record At Christie’s

A bronze sculpture by the Modernist artist Constantin Brancusi has sold for the record-smashing price of $57.37 million in New York on Monday. This is the highest price achieved for the Romanian-born sculptor and more than twice the pre-sale estimate.

7 May 2017

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Frieze New York 2017 Lizanne Merrill Chooses Her Top Six Booths

Whether you reach the luxurious tent that is Frieze by waterway or highway, the art fair’s weekend home on Randall’s Island is as accessible as the art itself.

4 May 2017

TEFAF Spring New York Presents Exemplary Modern and Contemporary Art & Design

TEFAF New York opens to the public today to take on Spring from May 4-8, 2017.

26 April 2017

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Super Gallery: Thaddaeus Ropac Opens New Mega Mayfair Space

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens their third mega gallery in London on Friday 28 April 2017. The new London gallery is located at Ely House in Mayfair, a historical five-floor 18th-century mansion being sensitively restored by New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf. The gallery will be inaugurated with a series of four separate exhibitions in the ground and first-floor galleries: Since […]

25 April 2017

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Online Art Trade Report Shows Art Market Sales Reach £2.92 Billion

Online art market sales have reached £2.92 Billion $3.75 billion. This is up 15% according to Hiscox, who commissioned the report.

23 April 2017

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Frieze Sculpture In Regent’s Park Moves To Summer Calendar Slot

Frieze Sculpture, a free outdoor exhibition of 3D work will open from 5 July to 8 October, for the first time.

20 April 2017

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Is This Basquiat The Most Hyped Auction Painting Of 2017?

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ‘Untitled’ painting from 1982, a monumental canvas that has rarely been seen since it last appeared on the market in May 1984, is the centrepiece of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale in New York on the 18 May.

13 April 2017

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Knoedler Gallery Rothko Forgery Case Settles With Casino Owner

Another of the mounting lawsuits in the worlds largest art forgery case, centring around the now-defunct Knoedler Gallery in New York has settled out of court. Seven of the 10 lawsuits involving the scandal have now come to agreements out of court. The Knoedler Gallery was one of the most respected galleries in the world and NY’s longest established.

12 April 2017

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Planning Secured For New London Art Gallery Hub In South Kensington

Council approval has been secured to provide a new home for up to 30 independent art galleries in the heart of South Kensington. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has rubber stamped the plans and the construction work is due to break ground over the next few months.

6 April 2017

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Chris Levine Queen Portrait Triples Estimate Selling For £187K At Sotheby’s

The auction was led by a record for pioneer of ‘light art’ Chris Levine as his strikingly modern portrait of Queen Elizabeth II tripled its pre-sale estimate to sell for £187,500 (£50,000-80,000).

2 April 2017

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TEFAF 2017 The Journey Virginie Puertolas-Syn Picks Six Of The Best

Coming to TEFAF 2017 is a journey, but it is worth it. The fair is a feast for the art lovers eyes.

31 March 2017

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Important Picasso Muse Dora Maar Portrait To Be Sold At Christie’s

Femme assise, robe bleue by Pablo Picasso will go under the hammer at Christie’s NY as a highlight of its Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale (Estimate: $35,000,000-50,000,000).