Being asked to write about an art fair is a bit like being commissioned to write about Waitrose and compare tins of baked beans with sardines or chocolate biscuits.
Cristea Roberts, one of London’s leading art galleries, has sent a memo to all of their clients warning of strict new Anti-Money Laundering legislation, effective from 10 January 2020
A long lost painting by LS Lowry which hasn’t been seen for 70 years has been rediscovered and heads for the auction block at Christie’s in the new year. The work titled The Mill, Pendlebury, painted in 1943 shows workers on a bank holiday with children playing cricket.
Art Basel in Miami Beach closed yesterday with reports of significant sales in all disciplines and mediums. In recent years it has become the cultural meeting point for the Americas, in December attracting collectors and institutions from the U.S., Latin America, and around the globe.
The 18th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach takes place in the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Centre from 5-8 December 2019.
An export bar on Joseph Wright of Derby’s ‘Two Boys with a Bladder’ has been placed on the recommendation of Arts Minister Helen Whately. The work, completed between 1768 and 1770, is valued at £3,500,000 is at risk of being lost abroad unless a UK buyer can be found.
As everyone must know by now, FIAC one of Europe’s most important fairs opened for the VIP preview today at the Grand Palais in Paris.
9 October 2019
The 17th edition of Frieze London closed on Sunday 6 October, has brought together more than 160 galleries from 35 countries, representing the fair’s most international edition to date and driving excellent sales across the fair.
The largest painting on canvas by the elusive street artist Banksy depicting the House of Commons populated with chimpanzees has sold at auction for a record £9.9m. The 4m (13ft) wide artwork Devolved Parliament was one of the showstoppers in the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale on Thursday. A “record price for a Banksy painting” “shame […]
On my way to Tate Modern in the rain, last night, I smiled, thinking just how much Susan Hiller would have liked that there was to be an evening there in her honour. Susan could be famously grumpy and the last time we had lunch together she spent much of it complaining that the Tate […]
Banksy’s 17-ton truck, covered in graffiti by his own hand, will be going under the hammer at Bonhams on Saturday 14 September, at its motor car auction, the Goodwood Revival sale.
An outstanding painting by Claude Monet ‘Le Palais Ducal’ 1908 is at risk of going abroad unless a UK buyer can be found . The picture valued at more than £28 million is one of a number of the artist’s works depicting Venice.
When someone attacked Michelangelo’s Pieta with a hammer in the 1970s, the sculpture was severely damaged. It was restored and put back on display at the Vatican. A few years later a paranoid schizophrenic slashed Rembrandt’s masterpiece ‘The Night Watch’ putting a gaping hole in the canvas with a bread knife, at the Rijksmuseum.
An elderly New York art collector has taken his Philadelphia attorney to court for cheating him out of millions.
The noted writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent gives us his rolling ten recommended Contemporary and Modern art exhibitions for July 2019 in London now.
27 June 2019
The London Summer Art week which includes Contemporary auctions at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Masterpiece London the art fair recently acquired by Art Basel as well a Olympia and newcomer FairForSaatchi is well on the way.
27 June 2019
Sotheby’s London Evening Sale of Contemporary Art has realised £69,143,300/ $87,811,991/ €77,440,496 (est. £58-82.8 million/ $73.5-105 million / €64.7-92.4 million).
A long lost painting attributed by a French provincial auction house to Caravaggio, which languished in a chateau attic in France, for over 100 years goes under the hammer at La Halle aux Grains in Toulouse, on June 27. The much-hyped work just back from a world tour could achieve up to the presale estimate […]
Sotheby’s has been sold to the French/Israeli Media Tycoon Patrick Drahi for $3.7 Billion, taking the second largest Auction House in the world from public ownership to private.
Art Basel closed the doors on the 2019 edition reporting buoyant sales to private collectors and public institutions by galleries across all market sector. The fair attracted buyers from over 80 countries and an overall attendance of 93,000.
Each year during Art Basel in Switzerland, UBS publishes its annual art market report. The document has become one of the most essential barometers in the art world.
Christies Postwar and Contemporary Sale in New York has realised a total of $538,971,750 / £418,131,691 million, reaching their revised presale estimates after the withdrawal of two key works of art.
Sotheby’s New York has broken yet another record for the Impressionist artist Claude Monet. The painting titled Meules (Haystacks) from 1890 sold for $110.7 million.
The opening day of this year’s Frieze New York, which featured galleries from 26 countries was a roaring success following last year’s scorching fiasco
20 April 2019
Christie’s NY is to offer a rare Amedeo Modigliani’s limestone sculpture, Tête, carved circa 1911-1912, in its New York Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, On May 13.
There is no doubt Hong Kong is becoming one of the leading destinations for art lovers, collectors, curators and art professionals in general.
Grayson Perry has donated a work of art to raise funds for the leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
4 April 2019
The Hiscox online art trade report 2019 was released this week and besides revealing some very discouraging growth figures it has explored the indeterminate world of Instagram as part of their analysis.
Francis Bacon’s $20-30m ‘Screaming Pope’ Study for a Head is to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s, in May. It is one of the most iconic works by the artist remaining in private hands
High-end art, antiquities, and antiques have become more and more attractive to money launders says, Peter D. Hardy a partner at Ballard Spahr, writing for The National Law Review, in an in-depth article published today.