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Art market Christie’s results for first half of 2021 show marked shift towards Asia, online and private sales—and female auctioneers Auction sales, according to the analysts ArtTactic, are up 230% to a total of $5.9bn so far this year at the three major auction houses, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips
Art market 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
Art market How do you spot a looted antique? Germany brings in team of experts to help Government has established €600,000 three-year pilot project called NEXUD to combat illegal trade in antiquities
Art market Sotheby’s launches sales in Germany—against stiff competition from local auction houses The opulent Palais Oppenheim in Cologne will host exhibitions and sales from September. Sotheby’s says move is due to growing client base in country, not Brexit
Art market JingArt fair returns to Beijing—with a new crop of young collectors The fair was cancelled last year due to Covid-19 but this year was bigger than ever before, at 43 galleries
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Canada Works by women artists reach new heights in Canadian auction Two canvases by Carr blew past their estimate to become among the highest auction prices paid for her work, while a painting by 92-year-old Rita Letendre set a record for the artist
Art market ‘If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough’: vintage prints by war photographer Robert Capa to headline Photo London Some of the earliest known prints by the mythological founder of Magnum to be shown from an unseen private collection
Art market Sotheby’s will sell Christo’s preparatory works for Arc de Triomphe wrap Proceeds from exhibition will go towards funding the monumental Paris project
Art market Highlights from July’s auctions: from a Leonardo bear to a Dürer-inspired hare Our pick of the works coming up for sale in London and Los Angeles
Art market Here is a glimpse of what you can expect at Art Basel’s return event in Switzerland next month Visitor capacity is capped at 20%, but organisers are bringing back both Unlimited for large-scale works and the public art trail Parcours
Art market ‘An opportunity for bargain hunters’ or a waste of time? Italy relaxes stringent export laws for Old Masters and antiques worth less than €13,500 Lower-value older works and those by artists who died less than 50 years ago no longer need an export licence to leave the country—but the process can still be slow
Art market Three women, two cities, and a sea of Asian bidders—Christie’s London to Paris sale delivers ‘strongest summer season’ since 2017 All but one of the four auctioneers conducting the £153.6m marathon 20th- and 21st-century evening sale were women
Art market Thatcher and tampons: How Tracey Emin came to sell her unmade bed to Charles Saatchi British artist says she had previously refused to sell her work to the YBA collector after his ad campaign rocketed Margaret Thatcher to power in 1979
Art market US galleries survive: despite a stark decline in revenue in 2020, many galleries have a positive post-pandemic outlook, report says The Art Dealers Association of America 2021 survey shows many galleries intend to increase their artist roster in 2021 and slowly hire back employees
Obituaries Former Bonhams owner Robert Brooks dies The ambitious auctioneer started out in car racing before going into art and antiques, eventually retiring to his farm near Exmoor to rear a herd of beef cattle
Art market New York Harbor favours Independents
Art market California man admits to selling over $1m in forged art, purportedly by Richard Hambleton and Barkley Hendricks Jason Harrington pleaded guilty to selling phony paintings to at least 15 galleries and individuals between 2018 and 2020
Art market Head of a bear sets new record for a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, selling on a single bid for £8.8m at Christie’s The tiny “Post It note” drawing was sold by Thomas Kaplan, owner of the Leiden collection of Rembrandts, who bought it in 2008 based on a fax
Art market More uncertainty for autumn fair season: PAD London cancels The art and design event has been cancelled due to the continuing difficult travel situation between the UK and France and will return in October 2022
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Art fairs Relaxed summer vibes at Arco Madrid despite opening with a third fewer exhibitors and no Latin American galleries The Spanish art fair, which usually takes place in February, has braved the Madrid heat with this year’s postponed edition
ePaper Newsletter News Art market Museums & heritage What’s on Book Club Podcasts Diary Van Gogh blog News Art market Museums & heritage What’s on Book Club Podcasts Diary Van Gogh blog News Art market Museums & heritage What’s on Book Club Podcasts Diary Van Gogh blog News Art market Museums & heritage What’s on Book Club Podcasts Diary Van Gogh blog Art market Stargazer idol will not be returned to Turkey, New York federal judge rules News Art market Stargazer idol will not be returned to Turkey, New York federal judge rules The court found there is not enough evidence that the work was taken out of the country after 1906
Art market Autumn crush: our pick of art fairs and gallery weekends this September and October The Covid-19 Delta variant may be causing some jitters, but a glut of fairs from New York to Paris are planning to go ahead in the next two months
The Armory Show 2021 New and noteworthy: see what the Armory Show’s younger galleries are bringing to the fair In the Presents section, galleries founded within the past ten years present solo or dual-artist shows. Here are some works to look out for this year
US politics Under the Biden administration, can US cultural policy better reflect American values? Building relationships with all stakeholders—from dealers and collectors to museums and archaeologists—is vital
Art market UK art fairs breathe sigh of relief as government waives quarantine for vaccinated overseas exhibitors Some US and European galleries at events such as Photo London in September had threatened to drop out due to added cost of isolating in hotels
Art market Overseas galleries and art advisors listen up: you are not immune to new money laundering laws at UK fairs this autumn Those exhibiting and doing business at events in the country now have to abide by the same, stricter rules as British businesses
Art market Abstract art, mid-century furniture and contemporary design all under one roof at new London gallery LAMB opens this week in the Georgian townhouse formerly occupied by Bernard Shapero rare books
Art market Chinese gold sculpture breaks German auction record at €14m—almost triple the previous high A Chinese collector bought the 15th century gold and bronze Ming-dynasty sculpture of the god Vajrabhairava earlier today
Artists Damien Hirst laid off 63 people last autumn while claiming £15m in government Covid-19 loans Job cuts came after major retrospective in Beijing was cancelled due to the pandemic
Art market Back to the beginning: author and art critic Frederic Tuten will have his first solo show in the Hamptons Tuten was close friends with Roy Lichtenstein, who twenty years ago saw promise in the writer’s sketchbook.
Art market Let them buy cake! From Charles and Diana to Donald Trump, the auction stars of the wedding cake world As a 40-year-old piece of icing and marzipan sells for £1,850, we look at the market for elderly baked goods
Art market England may be through to the Euro finals, but Sotheby’s Old Master paintings sale scores an own goal The auction house’s £17.2m offering in London tonight was only 57% sold, overshadowed by the football
Art market New York dealer arrested for selling ‘cookie cutter’ manufactured goods as authentic antiquities Investigators found thousands of fakes, as well as tools and materials used to make them seem ancient, in rooms near Sadigh Gallery’s Fifth Avenue showroom
Crime Jailed diamond dealer and art collector Nirav Modi fights extradition to India on mental health grounds Modi, who is currently Wandsworth Prison in London, is wanted for allegedly defrauding a state bank of £729m
Art market Art world rushes to conform to UK’s anti-money laundering laws So far a total of 475 “art market participants” have been registered—but delays mean more are likely to comply in the coming months
Banksy Banksy’s £1m self-destructing painting goes back to auction—and could sell for six times the price Work went viral in 2018 when it shredded during the sale at Sotheby’s
Adventures with Van Gogh Exuberant Van Gogh landscape—featuring his beloved olive and cypress trees—could well make $40m at Christie’s New York Always hidden away in private collections, the painting will probably sell to a someone in the Far East
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Art market ‘No gallery is an Island’: Nordic galleries gather for Chart art fair Twenty-six dealers participate in the “essential” re-booted regional event in Copenhagen
Art market Abuja, Miami, Seoul: gallery director Dolly Kola-Balogun maps out her path to African art’s world domination The 27-year-old powerhouse founder of Retro Africa talks about her expansion plans and how she is helping to build a contemporary art scene in Nigeria
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Art market Livestreamed or IRL, gallery weekends or satellite spaces—the art market faces a paradox of choice Thanks to the pandemic, we have many alternative ways to buy, sell and enjoy art, and now this genie is out of the bottle, we don’t want to put it back
Art market Sotheby’s doubles down on private sales with Monte-Carlo gallery Seasonal two-storey space is newest addition to Monaco’s growing commercial art scene
Object lessons June auction highlights: from a delicate Degas pastel to a Kandinsky painting once owned by the Guggenheim museum Our pick of the best objects up for sale in London and New York

Art market Were Banksy and Pranksy both pranked in $330,000 NFT sale? NFT of a smoking punk appeared to link to Banksy’s website but the webpage was swiftly removed, prompting rumours of a hack
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Art market Los Angeles gallery Regen Projects brings on two new directors Bryan Barcena and Stephanie Dudzinski Both Bryan Barcena and Stephanie Dudzinski have worked with major museums and galleries in the city
Art market Why the art market must stop trying to predict the unpredictable and enjoy a well deserved #hotgirlsummer Life is still uncertain but we know the industry can keep functioning against all odds through the pandemic, so enjoy the sun and save the questions for the autumn
Art market Sun, sea and Esther Schipper: Berlin gallery pops up in Mallorca and Taipei this summer This is the first time the Berlin-based gallery will open temporary spaces
Art market Blast off! Painting by David Bowie sells for more than $87,000 in online auction The painting was found in an Ontario thrift shop and purchased for just five Canadian dollars
London What to see during Mayfair Art Week in London From portraits of Napoleon and his wife reunited after nearly 200 years to Rafael Nadal’s buttocks
Art market Not all they seem: how galleries can spot fake ID documents From face-matching software to watching out for shifty behaviour, here is how you can protect yourself from fraudsters attempting to buy art under a false identity
Art market Bellotto’s view of Verona sells for record £10.5m at Christie’s Old Master sale in London Seven new artist records were set in tonight’s auction, including for Georges de La Tour, while a second highest prices were set for female painters Angelica Kauffman and Artemisia Gentileschi
Art market What happens when artists die without making a will? art articles in newspapers Dealer fights to save remains of Fred Yates’s estate French government sold works by the intestate artist for a pittance; now the UK is set to follow suit
Art market Safani Gallery’s lawsuit against Italy over disputed antiquity dismissed in court The New York-based gallery sued after US authorities seized a bust of Alexander the Great in 2018. The sculpture’s ownership and future remains unresolved
Art fairs Art Basel gets complicated: Swiss authorities will not accept Astra Zeneca vaccine while US issues ‘do not travel’ advisory Non-EU visitors will have to apply for Swiss Covid-19 certificate before attending and, with certain vaccines not recognised, some will have to take tests onsite
Art market Design Miami to launch Podium pop-up exhibition in Shanghai this November Rather than a full fledged fair, the event will bring together works from galleries and independent design studios
Art market The dep-Art-ment store: New York gets new gallery hub within Barneys former flagship store Tefaf New York’s former co-owners will launch the five-storey Art House this November with space for 60 galleries and a member’s club—a similar model to London’s Cromwell Place
Art market Follow the money: Christie’s bets on Hong Kong with vast new headquarters as clients in Asia spend over $1bn so far this year Auction house will move into Zaha Hadid-designed luxury tower The Henderson in 2024, where it will hold year-round sales and exhibitions
Art market Artmonte-carlo takes advantage of an open fair calendar to entice blue-chip galleries to Monaco In addition to the fledging fair, the tax haven on the Côte d’Azur is hosting a week of exhibitions and auction house offerings
Art market Noah Horowitz is stepping down as Art Basel’s director of Americas—next month The Art Basel in Miami Beach chief will leave at the end of August, less than four months before the fair is due to take place in early December
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Fairs New York International Antiquarian Book Fair cancels its September edition Officials cite a surge of Delta variant cases and the ongoing travel bans to the US, which blocked more than half of the event’s exhibitors from attending
Art fraud Former dealer Angela Gulbenkian is sentenced to three and a half years for defrauding art clients Charges involved sale of a £1.1m Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture that was never delivered and the theft of £50,000 that a friend had given her to invest
Art fairs Felix brings the in-person art fair back to Los Angeles The fair, hosted at the glitzy Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, features 29 L.A. based galleries and is bolstered by the city’s own gallery weekend and the Frieze online viewing room
Art fairs Armory week marks a return to normal—but not business as usual As the art world judders back into action, dealers are taking stock of lessons learned, with many prioritising “doing more by doing less”
Art market Object lessons: from an Inuit child’s parka made of seal guts to a golden shawl spun from spider silk Our pick of the highlights from this month’s fairs and auctions
Art market Frieze Art Fairs return to Regent’s Park in October—so what has changed since 2019? Galleries from 39 countries will participate this year as the art fair circuit kicks back into life
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Art market New dealer partnership between Lévy Gorvy, Salon 94 and Amalia Dayan hints at post-pandemic shift in traditional gallery model The firm, called LGDR, will launch in January as a hybrid advisory/gallery and will abandon costly US fairs in favour of only doing events in Asia
Art market Choose your unicorn: why angel investors are ploughing millions into art startups Tech-led art businesses are starting to attract venture capitalist funding, with the NFT platform MakersPlace recently gaining $30m investment
Art market Campeche, a new gallery in Mexico City, champions underrepresented artists in a country dominated by ‘machismo’ “We are trying to build a programme that will be very female and queer oriented… that might be difficult for a Mexican audience, but it has to happen,” founder says
Art market Young British artist Tunji Adeniyi-Jones paired with Duncan Grant for the Bloomsbury set artist’s first solo show since he died in 1978 Exhibition at Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex comes as White Cube gallery announces representation of the 28-year-old Brooklyn-based painter
Museums OCAT Shanghai closes after public outcry over Uglier and Uglier video that ranks women’s attractiveness The work by Song Ta consists of eight hours of secretly shot footage of 5,000 college women
Art market Manet of the Valleys: portrait of the artist’s bespectacled cousin to be restored by National Museum Wales Painting will undergo extensive technical examination and cleaning thanks to €20,000 grant from Tefaf fund
Art market Douglas Chrismas arrested for allegedly embezzling over $260,000 from Ace Gallery’s bankruptcy estate Chrismas, who founded the Los Angeles gallery in 1967, is accused of embezzling the funds while acting as the estate’s trustee and custodian
Art market Christie’s to sell Texan oil tycoon Edward L. Cox’s collection of Impressionist art The collection is expected to make over $200m in New York in November
Art market Superblue to bring its immersive art experiences to New York and London this autumn Dutch duo DRIFT launches multi-sensory exhibition at The Shed, while Japanese-British collective Studio Swine’s presentation will go on show in Pace Gallery’s Burlington Gardens venue
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Art market Let’s bid: David Bowie album artwork for sale, direct from the artist who created it A 120-lot online auction of Edward Bell’s collection of designs, photographs and proofs starts today
Artists ‘I am honoured to be one of the first Black men to have my work sent to space’: Amoako Boafo to paint triptych on rocket The Ghanaian painter speaks about his plans for the work, which will be attached to the head of a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket when it blasts into space this autumn
Art market Neurodiverse and disabled artists are joining the mainstream—yet discrimination persists With Project Art Works nominated for the Turner Prize and growing institutional interest, the art world is waking up to “outsiders” but advocates fear their exploitation
Art market Satellite summer: Lehmann Maupin and Carpenters Workshop Gallery collaborate in Aspen, while Christie’s pays homage to the Hamptons Galleries and auction houses continue to set up shop with niche exhibitions where their clients spend their vacations
Art market Is performance art finally collectible? New London gallery event aims to move medium into mainstream market Performance Exchange will show work this weekend by artists including Helen Cammock, Abbas Zahedi and Tim Etchells in collaboration with ten commercial spaces
Art market From a Roly-Poly chair to a 15th-century illuminated manuscript made for the King of France: five highlights from Tefaf Online Our pick of items that are for sale via the fair’s online platform, which replaces the IRL fair which had been scheduled to run this week in Maastricht
Art market Secrets and lies: the role of restorers in art crime Regulation of the conservation profession may be a start, but can it quash the “ego” that often motivates restorers-turned-forgers?
Art market Art Basel promises to pay quarantine hotel bills and launches $1.6m ‘solidarity fund’ for galleries who fail to make sales As exhibitors threaten to pull out of the fair in the face of travel uncertainty, another letter offering “extraordinary” one-off concessions to dealers is sent
Art market What the US government sanctions of prominent Bulgarian art collector Vassil Bojkov mean for the art market Oligarch is blacklisted as countries ramp up regulation and authorities move yet another step closer to the art world
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Antiquities & Archaeology Hoard of plundered ancient art—discovered by police in a Belgian dealer’s home—is returned to Italy The almost 800 rare archaeological artefacts are now on show at the Castello Svevo in Bari
Art market ‘I don’t touch contemporary art—it’s a gamble’: 102-year-old appraiser Alex Rosenberg on how deducing value is both a science and an art Rosenberg, who has been an expert witness in court cases including the Knoedler trial, retrained as an appraiser when he retired as an art dealer in 1985
Art market Art Basel writes letter of reassurance as galleries suggest fair should be cancelled Fair says it is committed to going ahead but offers concessions to exhibitors, including rolling over booth fees to 2022 if they cannot enter the country and offering staff to man stands
Art market Can you build a national collection without actually buying any art? The Dubai Collection says you can The state-backed online “museum” plans a physical exhibition later this year at the Ethihad Museum
Art market How did this gem—an ‘archaic Greek masterpiece’—end up for sale at Christie’s in New York after being banned from leaving the UK? The Ionides Scarab sold for $250,000 in April—but it may not have been the auction house’s, nor the consigner’s, right to sell the object in the US
Art theft German socialite Angela Gulbenkian pleads guilty to theft in London court The charges against her stemmed from the fraudulent sale of a £1.1m Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture to a Hong Kong collector, while a similar claim against her over a Warhol portrait remains in German court
Art market Forgotten Fragonard painting, deemed ‘worthless’ by its owners, fetches £6.6m at auction Philosopher Reading is now the third most expensive work by the Rococo artist to sell at auction
Art market Autumn fair calendar is fit to burst as Fiac relaunches in new temporary Paris venue near Eiffel Tower Dealers must decide which fairs to prioritise as Art Basel in Switzerland and Frieze in London are scheduled just weeks apart
Art market Legal battle over €15m Leonardo discovery: owner, Tajan auction house and French government fight it out An export ban was placed on the drawing in 2017 but the French culture ministry has not purchased the drawing as planned
Art market London Art Week finds the revolutionary in ancient relics with hybrid selling event Collaborative shows from 2 to 16 July features over 40 galleries, with Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi chief curating an online exhibition for those who cannot make the trip
Art market Need a 100-year-old Inuit parka made from seal guts? Dealer Peter Petrou to sell collection at Sotheby’s The London-based dealer of four decades is downsizing and having a 200-lot sale of contemporary art, Modern furniture, ethnographic art and antiquities
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Art market Lucian Freud’s portrait of David Hockney fetches £14.9m in strong hybrid sales at Sotheby’s in London Asian bidders and British art boosted figures to make auction house’s highest summer total since 2018
Art market Almost all galleries are back for Art Basel’s 2021 edition as Switzerland eases travel restrictions Basel edition will continue hybrid model and satellite booths introduced in Hong Kong
Artists Damien Hirst secures £15m in government Covid-19 loans despite owing more than £100m to his parent company in Jersey The companies that make Hirst’s art and manage his £183m collection are owned by the offshore parent Science
Art market Records set for Cinga Samson, Avery Singer, Vija Celmins, Titus Kaphar and Julie Curtiss at Phillips’s $118.2m evening sale Auction house chose to hold its 20th century and contemporary art evening sale in New York during what is traditionally the London season due to “detonated” calendar
Art market Noah Horowitz joins Sotheby’s after stepping down as Art Basel’s director of Americas Horowitz’s new position will see him increasing Sotheby’s collaboration with galleries and art dealers
Art Market Eye Why the figures bandied about in the art market are subject to caution Estimates of the potential size of the art market are way off the mark
Art market Place your bids: Sotheby’s to auction 11 Picassos live from Bellagio in Las Vegas The works, anime shoes drawing