14 February 2019

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Artsy Hacked With User Details For Sale On Dark Web

Artsy the art selling platform has been hacked along with 620 million accounts

7 February 2019

Marina Abramović Serpentine Performance Presented In Augmented Reality

Marina Abramović, the iconic performance artist, presents her latest performance: The Life in Mixed Reality (a wearable augmented reality experience).

4 February 2019

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Hertfordshire County Council Sells Off Their Art Assets

A Major Art Collection including works by Barbara Hepworth and Keith Vaughan is to be sold on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council to fund much-stretched services but should this be happening at all? And will they squander the funds raised on everything but enriching the art community in the area?

29 January 2019

James Turrell Shuts MoMa Skyspace As Neighbouring Construction Invades Installation

James Turrell has voluntarily shut his popular Skyspace installation at MoMA due to scaffolding from a nearby construction site overshadowed the delicate viewing chamber.

14 December 2018

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Art Accepted For Nation Through Cultural Gifts Scheme Down By A Third

Arts Council England has published the 2017/18 Cultural Gifts Scheme and Acceptance in Lieu annual report which shows that in the last year, 42 cases

10 December 2018

Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 What The Galleries Said – Artlyst Report

Art Basel’s 17th edition in Miami Beach concluded with strong and consistent sales across all levels of the market.

28 November 2018

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Innovative Arts Hub Offers New Venue For Mid-Level Galleries – Georgina Adam

Much has been written recently about the problems of the mid-level gallery, and indeed the roll-call of spaces that have closed in the last three years makes grim reading. While the biggest dealers – such as Zwirner, Gagosian or Hauser & Wirth – continue to extend their global empires, smaller players are struggling. Low foot-fall […]

21 November 2018

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Nicholas Serota Quits Ben Uri Advisory Panel Over Collection Deaccession

We reported 0n 30th October that the Ben Uri Gallery trustees had decided to de-access around 700 artworks, in order to fund wider plans to include immigrant and refugee artists from all global backgrounds.

20 November 2018

Billion Dollar Week For Christie’s And Sotheby’s As Iconic Works Smash Records

It’s been a week of record-breaking sales for the two leading auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s recording billion dollar sales totals and record-breaking prices for artists living and deceased.

12 November 2018

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Paris Photo Closes 22nd Edition With Robust Sales And Optimism 

Paris Photo, the well established fair dedicated to the photographic medium, closed the doors to its 22nd edition on Sunday 11 November

4 November 2018

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EMPIRE 2 Project Moves To Paris – Jude Cowan Montague

As one of the participants in the globe-trotting EMPIRE 2 project, exhibiting the moving image on a world tour, I came to Paris for the project’s opening at Le100Ecs, an artist centre at 100 Rue de Charenton.

25 October 2018

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Diebenkorn Ocean Park Masterpiece From Mary Tyler Moore Collection Auctioned At Christie’s

Christie’s NY will be offering a large Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park series painting from 1985 on November 15.

13 October 2018

Discredited Banksy Mural To Go Under The Hammer In LA

An iconic secondary market Banksy mural that was hacked off of a wall in London is to go under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions in LA.

8 October 2018

Jeff Koons Cracked Egg Blue Loses Its Lustre At Christie’s

Jeff Koons Cracked Egg (Blue) a large two-part stainless steel sculpture from the Celebration Series, which began with Balloon Dog in 1994, is the first of five versions, each one rendered in a vivid colour.

5 October 2018

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Grenfell Victim Khadija Saye Estate Prints Go Under The Hammer At Christie’s

Two works by Grenfell victim Khadija Saye are to go under the hammer today at Christie’s

4 October 2018

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Has Frieze Become More About Instagram and Less About Art?

I’m what you could call a seasoned Frieze regular. I may have missed the first London fair but I was soon sucked into the great black hole of mega-international art fairs and beamed myself out beyond London to Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, not to mention the first Frieze in New York. Galleries […]

23 September 2018

Frank Dunphy: Damien Hirst Manager’s Art Collection Sells For Millions At Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s, London, have sold the collection of Damien Hirst’s business manager, mentor and ‘partner in crime’, Frank Dunphy for a total of £10,088,125 million

17 September 2018

Edward Hopper: Controversial Chop Suey Painting To Be Auctioned At Christie’s

Edward Hopper’s Chop Suey, 1929, one of the most important works by the artist, still in private hands, is to controversially go under the hammer at Christie’s NY

14 September 2018

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David Hockney’s £80m Splash To Go Under The Hammer At Christie’s

One of David Hockney’s most important paintings from the 1970s is to go under the hammer at Christie’s.

5 September 2018

Bonhams Auction House Acquired By Epiris Fund II

Epiris Fund II a private equity company has announced that has agreed the acquisition of Bonhams, the global auction house, from private shareholders.

10 August 2018

Sotheby’s Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results And It’s Not Great

Sotheby’s has reported its financial results for the second quarter and six months ending June 30, 2018.

25 July 2018

Christie’s Record £3bn Half-Year Figures Eclipses Sotheby’s

A 26% rise has been reported at Christie’s with overall sales to almost £3bn ($4bn, up 35%) compared to £2.35bn in the first half of 2017.

Unseen John Virtue Paintings To Be Unveiled At Fortnum’s X Frank 2018

Fortnum & Mason will be continuing their annual artistic collaboration Fortnum’s X Frank 2018 (FXF18), 10th September – 20th October

7 July 2018

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Masterpiece 2018 An Eclectic Set-Up – Zoltan Alexander

With friend, Paul Freud, we took a golf car at the entrance of Chelsea Bridge Road to drive to the 9th edition of Masterpiece at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the ultimate glitzy meeting place colliding with the Mayfair Art Weekend.

3 July 2018

Art Athina 2018 – Curatorial Strategies Support Strong Artistic Statements – George Micallef Eynaud

Art Athina 2018: When a city like Athens, Greece, is undergoing some form of economic crisis, a paradoxical trend tends to emerge.

3 July 2018

Lucian Freud Landscape Discovered Under Suffolk Sign Painter’s Canvas

A landscape painting depicting trees and a bridge over a stream attributed to the British artist Lucian Freud has been uncovered after conservators painstakingly stripped off layers on a picture by a Suffolk artist acknowledged as a friend of Freud. The work of art is thought to have been painted over after World War II. […]

28 June 2018

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Masterpiece London – Affair To Remember – Or Not – Edward Lucie-Smith

The initial omens are not good. As you go into Masterpiece 2018, the first thing that greets you – though ‘greets’ is the wrong word, it stands there as if trying to block your entry

27 June 2018

New Record For Lucian Freud Painting At Sotheby’s London

A painting by the British Artist Lucian Freud from his ‘last great nudes’ series, Portrait on a White Cover has sold at Sotheby’s London for £a record 22.5million / $29.8 million.

21 June 2018

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Government Earmarks £20m For Culture and Creative Industries In England

Arts Minister Michael Ellis has launched a £20 million fund aimed at helping culture, heritage and the creative industries to benefit towns and cities across England.

31 May 2018

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FIAC Paris Announce Exhibitors List For 45th Edition

FIAC, the leading international Contemporary and Modern art fair, held each year in Paris has announced their exhibitor list for the 45th edition.

19 May 2018

Christie’s Record $1.79 Billion Spring Auction Season

Christie’s Spring auction series in New York achieved a grand total of $1.79 billion across two weeks of sales, marking another crowning achievement in the company’s more than 250-year history.

16 May 2018

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Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale Totals $415,852,500

Another successful Christies Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale has topped expectations with record prices for Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957) and Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935).