24 September 2020

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$80m Price Tag For Botticelli Portrait To Be Sold At Sotheby’s

A portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel by Sandro Botticelli painted in the 15th century will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s in January. Young Man Holding a Roundel is expected to fetch more than 80 million dollars the highest estimate ever placed on a work by an Old Master in Sotheby’s history, the auction house says.

15 September 2020

COVID19 Blamed For 36% Drop In Gallery Sales Art Basel Reports

Art Basel has published their 2020 mid-year survey ‘The Impact of COVID- 19 on the Gallery Sector’ shows smaller galleries have been hardest hit, while online selling platforms are a growing priority. 

15 September 2020

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FIAC Paris: Artworld Mourns Another Major Fair Cancellation

The French are a defiant lot when it comes to business and culture, but COVID and new EU movement regulations have cancelled FIAC Paris the last major fair of the year to announce it will not be taking place in October.

10 September 2020

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Meet The Next Generation Saatchi Gallery Entrepreneurs

The daughter of advertising mogul/collector Charles Saatchi has announced the launch of a new gallery in London’s Mayfair.

2 September 2020

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Art Basel Announces Cancellation Of Miami Beach fair

Art Basel has had a very tough year. Could it be the Murdoch curse?  Due to the COVID pandemic’s impact, Art Basel has announced the cancellation of its Miami Beach fair.

30 August 2020

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Frank Dunphy Damien Hirst’s Financial Advisor And Manager Dies Age 82

Frank Dunphy, the man behind Damien Hirst and many leading YBAs financial success has died age 82. 

Photo London Cancels 2020 October Fair Opting For Virtual Replacement

Photo London the UK’s premier photo fair which was supposed to take place in October during Frieze week has been cancelled

30 July 2020

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Sotheby’s Sells A Rembrandt For The Price Of A Leger – Hugh Mendes 

I also visited the auction house to view all the lots, which made up quite an impressive exhibition: from ‘Rembrandt to Richter’ as it was called.

14 July 2020

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Frieze London Cancels Flagship Autumn Fair 2020

Frieze has announced that their flagship London fair won’t take place this year. The announcement came into VIPs this afternoon. See full statement below.

2 July 2020

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Art Derivatives Challenges Auction House Manipulation By Analysing Data 

Art Derivatives  a project by the Italian artist Paolo Cirio that challenges the ‘out of control’ practices of manipulation of the art market, the largest unregulated market after narcotics

19 June 2020

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Marlborough To Close NY Gallery – London Next?

The legendary Marlborough Gallery is to close their NY premises with an announcement about the future of their London flagship pending. 

11 June 2020

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Sotheby’s Rembrandt Self Portrait Should Be Returned To Holland

Sotheby’s announced this week that a small, delicate Rembrandt self-portrait is to be auctioned on July 28th, here in London. The painting is unusually intimate, (about 17 x 22cm) and was painted in 1632 when the artist was 26 years old. 

London’s Galleries And Auction Houses To Reopen From 15 June

The first of the London mega galleries have announced they are to reopen after a three-month lockdown period. White Cube and Gagosian will open by timed appointment to comply with social distancing measures from next week.

6 June 2020

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Art Basel Cancels 2020 Flagship Fair

Art Basel has announced that after an extensive analysis of the current global situation, due to the Coronavirus pandemic they will not be presenting their flagship Basel show this year.

Photo London Moves To October Date At Gray’s Inn Gardens 

Photo London has relocated to Gray’s Inn Gardens for new Frieze Week Autumn dates (7–11 October with a preview on the evening of 6 October). This move away from Somerset House is likely because it would clash with The African Art Fair already booked for the October dates. 

13 May 2020

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London Museum And Gallery Lockdown Could Be Relaxed In June

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday, the next stage in easing the COVID-19 lockdown could include the reopening of Museums and Galleries. This would be possible as soon as 1st June. 

12 May 2020

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London Art Week Goes Digital This July

This summer London Art Week is launching a new online platform. LAW DIGITAL which will showcase the world’s leading pre-contemporary galleries from 3 – 10 July 2020, with a Private View on Thursday 2 July. 

6 May 2020

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Frieze NY 2020 Moves From Randall Island To A Laptop Near You

In light of global health concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and following advice and restrictions from local, national, international and health authorities, Frieze NY 2020 has moved from Randall’s Island Park to a laptop near you. 

28 April 2020

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Art Collective MSCHF Who Cut Up £25k Damien Hirst Spot Print Auctions It For £212,000

The Brooklyn-based Art Collective MSCHF has purchased a £25k Damien Hirst spot print and cut out the dots.

13 April 2020

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CoronART Chronicles: From ARCO To ConfineART – Virginie Puertolas-Syn

Who would have thought early February when Art Basel Hong Kong was cancelled that the coronavirus crisis was going to spread like lighting to everywhere else on the planet

2 April 2020

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Sotheby’s Announce Significant Redundancies Due To Coronavirus

Sotheby’s has announced significant redundancies, staff hiatuses, and pay cuts as a result of the Coronavirus.

29 March 2020

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Art Goes Viral – Edward Lucie-Smith

The coronavirus has been responsible for a major crisis in the art world. Museums and galleries have slammed their doors shut. Increasingly the only way to look at art, in the present situation, is to look at it on a computer screen – or, at a pinch, on the screen of your mobile phone. This is creating a ‘viral’ phenomenon.

26 March 2020

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And Last But Not Least Art Basel Gets Postponed

Well well, we all knew this was coming. TEFAF Maastricht is currently under fire for infecting the upper echelons of the art world with up to 50 cases of the Coronavirus. It has been linked to over 300 international exhibitors who unwittingly took the virus back to their home countries.

Paul Kasmin Formative Contemporary Art Dealer Dies Age 60 

The London-born dealer PAUL KASMIN (1960–2020) has died in New York after a protracted illness. The gallery released the following statement.

18 March 2020

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Frieze New York 2020 Cancelled 

Frieze has announced the cancellation of the ninth edition of the Frieze New York art fair. It falls in line with health and safety guidelines regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID19) with restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people.

16 March 2020

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London Art Gallery Closures Latest COVID19 Updates

The National Gallery has unprecedentedly cancelled their highly anticipated Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition, scheduled to open on 4th April. The ICA, Wellcome Collection, South London Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Beaconsfield, and Modern Art Oxford has also suspended opening to the public.

14 March 2020

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Gagosian Gallery Closes Due To COVID-19 

Gagosian, the largest chain of commercial galleries in the world, has shuttered until further notice. The following message was released this morning.

7 March 2020

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Late Francis Bacon Triptych Set To Soar At Sotheby’s

Francis Bacon’s late large-format Triptych Inspired by the Greek tragedy Oresteia of Aeschylus, will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s. This will be the highlight their Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York on 13 May 2020, when it will be offered with an estimate in excess of $60 million.

12 February 2020

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Blain|Southern To Close Worldwide Operation

After a tumultuous six months, Blain|Southern has decided to call it a day.

6 February 2020

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Coronavirus Cancels Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel has just announced the cancellation of the upcoming fair in Hong Kong due to the outbreak and spread of the new coronavirus. The fair was already struggling with the uncertain political climate and student riots in the region.

22 January 2020

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London Art Fair’s Positive Spin On A Diverse Range Of Work – Sue Hubbard

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.

6 January 2020

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London Galleries Warn Clients About New Anti-Money Laundering Laws

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