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Art market

South American galleries face steep challenges as the region's biggest fairs shutter due to the spread of coronavirus

In economically shaky countries like Argentina, annual fairs like the now-cancelled ArteBA are a financial lifeline. Now galleries must "rethink how to produce"

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Coronavirus resources

Dietl initiative supports art technicians who lost work due to coronavirus

A new commission-free sales platform launched by the art logistics company benefits art handlers, who are often artists subsidising their studio practice

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Diary

Piasa launches charity auction to protect healthcare workers

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Art market

La Biennale Paris relies on government funding bailout to support dealers during coronavirus crisis

Exhibitors at the art and antiques fair in September will not have to pay the usual advance deposit and allowed to spread out payment over four months

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Art theft

Boomerang art thefts: the stolen art that finds its way back

From a Van Gogh left in a public toilet to a Klimt found inside a gallery wall, just what is it that prompts criminals to return such valuable works?

Podcast

Can the art market weather the coronavirus storm?

Plus, Sean Scully talks about his favourite "lonely work", The Moroccans by Matisse in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Produced in association with Christie's

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Middle East

UAE government promotes existing Art in Embassies acquisition scheme as a coronavirus relief plan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested its AED 1.5m in purchases were part of a new initiative following the suspension of Art Dubai due to Covid-19

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coronavirus

Galleries and auction houses reflect on Italy’s ground zero

Events have moved to summer and autumn in a swift response, with acceleration of online activity

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Art market

Redundancies, pay cuts and staff furloughs at Sotheby's as coronavirus impact bites

Christie's is also making salary cuts and furloughing staff as lockdown closes auction houses and forces sales online

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Private view

Available online or by appointment: the best new commercial exhibitions to check out during lockdown

From a virtual tour of William N. Copley's Surrealist-inspired paintings to Joshua Citarella's exploration of young political online spaces

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coronavirus

Will coronavirus-related cancellations spell the end of ‘fairtigue’?

When the merry-go-round restarts, it will be in a changed landscape. While fairs have been postponed and others cancelled, there may be benefits

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Art market

Sotheby's postpones New York May 'gigaweek' sales due to coronavirus

Move is in line with Christie's and Phillips which postponed their sales to late June, but Sotheby's is yet to announce when its auctions will actually happen

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Art market

London’s young galleries fight for survival during lockdown

But being smaller can mean lower overheads and more nimble business models, with some venues more upbeat than others as the shutdown hits

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Art fairs

Frieze offers full refunds to exhibitors after cancelling its New York fair due to coronavirus

The fair will also launch a new online viewing room feature at no cost to planned exhibitors and will apply reimbursements to future editions

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Art market

New York galleries seek rent relief from state government in the wake of coronavirus shutdowns

Some dealers are "prepared for a rent strike" if Governor Cuomo does not address a new bill offering rent suspensions to small businesses before 1 April

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coronavirus

Post-pandemic, the art market might return to 'normal'—but do we want it to?

Many in the art world see the impact of coronavirus as a chance to slow down the frenetic pace of global activity and rethink the whole system

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Obituaries

Peregrine Pollen, who revitalised auction industry and laid the ground for the booming art market of the 21st century, has died, age 89

One of the most dynamic figures in the international expansion of Sotheby's in the 1960s and 1970s, descended from generations of collectors and men of action

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Copyright

US copyright law comes under scrutiny as new legislation makes its way before Congress

A planned new mediation system, which aims to streamline copyright breach claims in the US, has loopholes that could deny artists justice, critics say

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coronavirus

New York galleries turn on the cameras as they turn off the lights during coronavirus lockdown

As programming and expansion plans are halted, innovation kicks in with virtual performances and tours

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coronavirus

Masterpiece London cancels 2020 June edition as UK cracks down on coronavirus spread

The move follows news that Art Basel will postpone its 50th anniversary edition until September and New York's major auctions pivot to June

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coronavirus

After much speculation, Art Basel postponed to September due to coronavirus

Swiss art fair is the latest of numerous fairs to be moved to the autumn, as the pandemic decimates the art world calendar

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coronavirus

Tefaf Maastricht comes under fire as Covid-19 cases surge among the fair's attendees

Infected participants criticise fair’s decision to open in March as virus was spreading

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Media

Are commercial galleries the next big content producers?

The top dealers are increasingly becoming audio and video makers and magazine publishers—is it all still about sales?

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Art market

Smaller galleries frustrated by digital sales platforms as dealers move business online due to coronavirus lockdowns

Existing online marketplaces like Artsy attempted to raise membership rates as galleries were forced to indefinitely close due to Covid-19

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Art market

From hot new thing to 'cryptowinter' chill: sizing up fractional ownership of art

Companies are offering shares in works by artists from Monet to Warhol through crypto tokens, but the jury is out as to the benefits for investors

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coronavirus

'I'm gearing up for a conversation with my landlord': Small US galleries prepare for the first wave of coronavirus losses

Considering staff furloughs and calling for state and city governments to expand small business grants, dealers are bracing themselves for significant financial downturn amid Covid-19

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Art market

Muted sales in Art Basel’s online viewing rooms as art market turns to technological solutions amid coronavirus crisis

Dealers say expectations were low but are grateful to be in touch with the art community

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Art market

Latest art fair to succumb to coronavirus: Tefaf New York Spring postponed to autumn, swallowing up sister fair

Event has now moved to the dates normally occupied by Tefaf New York Fall, which has been scrapped as a result but will return in 2021, organisers say

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Art market

Christie's and Phillips move May 'giga-week' New York sales to end of June due to coronavirus

Expanded 20th century art week in US will swallow up London auctions. Sotheby's has yet to make a decision about its New York Spring sales

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Art market

Online auction house Paddle8 files for bankruptcy

But firm says move allows it "to protect the company and its assets... we are not shuttering the business"

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Covid-19

Frieze New York cancels its ninth edition due to coronavirus

The fair is the latest to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic as cases in the city rise to 1,339

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Art market

Pyjamas and cava: the diary of an Art Basel VIP in an online world

A blow-by-blow account of the Hong Kong digital viewing rooms that launched this morning

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Art market

As Art Basel in Hong Kong launches online, we look at how the art market is using cyberspace to combat coronavirus

From VIP virtual viewing rooms to grassroots digital action

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Art market

London galleries latest to go into lockdown as concerns grow over coronavirus pandemic

Move follows widespread closures in the US and Asia

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Art market

In a drastic move, Christie's shuts most locations and postpones sales due to coronavirus

Auction house has closed New York saleroom along with other offices—Sotheby's follows suit while Phillips has postponed all events and sales until mid-May

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Art market

Here are the art fairs and auction houses that have been cancelled or closed (so far) due to coronavirus

Updates on how Covid-19 is turning the art fair calendar upside down as (most) organisers err on the side of caution

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coronavirus

Coronavirus postpones Art Cologne from April to November

Large-scale events have been banned in the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia, while travel has become restricted for international exhibitors

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coronavirus

US dealers rush to leave Maastricht as Trump’s European travel ban causes confusion

Aiming to stop the spread of coronavirus, the suspension begins at midnight on Friday and is expected to last 30 days

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Art market

Citing coronavirus, New York auction houses reschedule Asia Week sales from March to June

But specialist galleries, who might expect up to 50% of their revenue to come from the annual event, still plan to host exhibitions this month

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Art market

In unprecedented move, Tefaf Maastricht shuts early due to coronavirus

Dutch fair will close tonight following news that an exhibitor has tested positive for the disease

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Art market

Tefaf Maastricht exhibitor tests positive for coronavirus

Art dealer did not show any symptoms at the fair and was diagnosed in his home town on Monday

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coronavirus

Paris fairs scramble dates in light of coronavirus outbreak

Salon du dessin contemporain has rescheduled its dates while Salon du Dessin organisers are in discussion about whether to still open later this month

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Berlin Gallery Weekend

Berlin Gallery Weekend downsizes for now—but launches second edition in September

The collaborative event is also planning to launch an event to replace the recently cancelled Art Berlin fair

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Art market

Dickinson sells €15m Van Gogh painting at Tefaf Maastricht—the highest value reported sale so far at the Dutch fair

Peasant Woman in front of a Farmhouse, once sold in a farmyard auction for £4, sold to a private collector

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Art market

Fairs in a time of coronavirus: trepidation turns to relief at a quieter—but not disastrous—Tefaf Maastricht

It was touch and go as to whether the 33rd edition of the Dutch fair would go ahead, but so far most exhibitors seem relieved even if business is slower

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Commercial galleries

Lisson Gallery to unveil new space in New York this May

The gallery will takeover the storefront next door to its current Chelsea outpost as neighbouring blue-chip galleries continue to expand

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Art market

What is Sotheby’s doing to win private sales?

As the Donald B. Marron collection goes to three dealers, the auction house is rethinking how it pitches for works

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Art market

Armory Show will move to New York's Javits Center in 2021 and switch from spring to autumn

The shift of venue and date follows ongoing issues with the city's west side piers and marks a significant change to the art world calendar

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Art fairs

June Edmonds wins inaugural $10,000 Aware Prize for women artists at the Armory Show

Presented by the Paris-based nonprofit Aware, the new award recognises a solo presentation of work by a female artist at the fair

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Art market

Art Basel/UBS report: global art market dips 5% in ‘tricky year’ but private sales are up

Chinese and British markets take a hit amid trade wars and political unrest

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Exhibitions

Saved from collapse, sculptor Elisabeth Frink's studio to be resurrected within 13th-century barn

Messums Wiltshire bought the building last year and will now reconstruct it for an exhibition in its gallery—at a cost of £100,000

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Art fairs

New York's Armory Show sees solid sales despite coronavirus risk

Liberal amounts of hand sanitiser and a consistent base of US buyers dominated the fair's opening day

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Art fairs

Independent New York offers fair fatigue antidote

The fair's first New York event since closing its Brussels edition sees strong transatlantic ties and museum crossover

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Tefaf Maastricht 2020

Tefaf Maastricht: an expert's guide to three niche collecting areas

Delving into the arms and armour, contemporary ceramics and French design at this year's fair

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coronavirus

Art Dubai postponed as coronavirus spreads in the Middle East

Fair organisers are instead holding a programme of events and exhibitions tailored to local galleries and artists

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Art market

Old Master scandal: Italy rejects European arrest warrant for painter connected to forgery case

Lino Frongia was arrested in September as part of a major investigation involving works purportedly by Lucas Cranach, Frans Hals, Parmigianino, Gentileschi and Bronzino

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Art market

Tefaf Maastricht will go ahead despite three exhibitors pulling out so far over coronavirus fears

Some US museum staff will apparently not attend the 33rd edition of the Dutch fair this week, while many galleries remain defiant in the face of a "tough" fair ahead

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Art fairs

Aggressive seizures by police at Brafa leave dealers feeling ‘assaulted’

Authorities brazenly took 34 artefacts during public opening hours at the Brussels fair

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Art fairs

Boutique before it was cool: did the ADAA Art Show set the precedent for future fairs?

The annual New York art fair remains a uniquely community event but with a "broad" reach

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Art market

Business as usual as Arco opens in Madrid against a backdrop of coronavirus anxiety

Spanish art fair celebrates the work of Cuban-American artist Felix González-Torres, who died of Aids in 1996

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Surrealism: what was Britain's role?

Plus, Independent Art Fair's director on New York's changing gallery landscape. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Law

Mary Boone sued by former director for withholding wages and ‘misappropriating’ more than $10m

The incarcerated dealer allegedly had Gagosian gallery wire millions into her personal account for the sale of a Brice Marden painting to pay off tax penalties before she went to jail

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Commercial galleries

Private view: must-see gallery shows opening this March

From Kevin Jerome Everson's videos of working-class displacement to Donna Huanca's wet slit—the best new commercial exhibitions this month

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Art market

Leading French auctioneer François Tajan dies, aged 57

The deputy chairman of the Paris-based auction house Artcurial was suffering from food poisoning

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In person

In Person | Armory Show director Nicole Berry keeps the show on the road

The director of New York's homegrown art fair says she is ready to make some "radical" shifts following last year's venue upset

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Art Market Eye

Death of a wannabe 'mega' gallery—was the closure of Blain Southern an outlier or the canary in the mine?

Gallery's demise could be symptomatic of the growing polarisation of the art market

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Art Basel

Art Basel announces exhibitors for its 50th anniversary edition this June

More than 20 galleries will take part in the flagship Swiss fair for the first time

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Art fairs

Arco Madrid reforms selection process following criticism of lack of transparency

The 39th edition, opening tomorrow, has exhibitors from across Latin America, including Peru, Cuba, Chile and Colombia

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Art market

New digital art fair in Paris hopes to attract tech tycoons

Cadaf Paris claims to be Europe's only fair dedicated to new media and will coincide with Vivatech conference in June

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Art market

Blain Southern goes into administration as artists reveal debts owed by gallery

Abrupt closure of three spaces has prompted criticism from some about the way the business was run

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Art market

Sotheby’s relocates April Hong Kong auctions to New York due to coronavirus

The firm is also rolling its London June sales into one week for the first time in more than a decade

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Art market

Lakin Ogunbanwo awarded 1-54 art fair's first residency as popularity of artist funding schemes grows

New initiative in collaboration with Thami Mnyele Foundation will offer artist a three-month stipend to live and work in Amsterdam