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Art market

Artory bags Spotify backer in first funding round

The blockchain-based art registry announces a $7.3m group investment, following the acquisition of Auction Club and partnerships with Christie’s

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Art market

Larry Gagosian launches art advisory firm in New York

Laura Paulson, formerly of Christie's, to head up new business, while her husband Andrew Fabricant has been promoted to the new position of chief operating officer

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Art market

Should dealers reveal past prices in provenance?

London case surrounding Brueghel painting raises questions over whether a work's full sales history should be listed—even when that shows a big markup

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Art market

Smaller Art Cologne caters to our short attention spans

Less is more in the internet age, says organiser of fair which has dropped from 210 exhibitors to 176

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Havana Biennial

Cuban galleries rebound as Havana Biennial opens

Dealers mount work that responds to political tensions while noting art is a 'difficult business' in Havana

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Art market

Patronage without pretension abounds at the 2019 edition of the Dallas Art Fair

The 11th edition of the Texas fair boasts cats, cacti and a sense of community that has some dealers returning after a hiatus

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Art market

Kamel Mennour to show controversial 'rediscovered' Caravaggio in Paris gallery

Judith beheading Holofernes—due to be auctioned this June estimated at £86m-£129m—will be juxtaposed with a Daniel Buren installation

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Art market

Court case over 'modern forgery' Frans Hals concludes but judgment reserved until summer

Sotheby's James Martin stands by his assertion that the painting is a fake following hours of interrogation challenging the independence of his scientific analysis

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Art market

Bonn library recovers 600 books missing since the Second World War

Sotheby's assisted the return of the books, including 11 medieval manuscripts, which were found in Belgium

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In the frame

Art Basel to unite across continents to celebrate 50th anniversary

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Art market

Another shake-up in art finance sector as Athena sold for $170m

New owner, digital investment platform YieldStreet, calls art finance an "exciting and sound new investment option" with low correlation to the stock market

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Art fairs

ArteBA unfazed by uneasy Argentine recovery

The 28th edition of the fair opens this month as the Argentine economy continues to struggle—but the cultural sector remains upbeat

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Art market

UK art market recovered in 2018, with hike in exports to UAE while trade with Switzerland declines

Global art and antiques imports and exports in and out of the UK increased last year but are yet to reach the levels seen during the 2015 peak

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Art market

Bigger is not always better at New York's Photography Show

Although down a few exhibitors, Aipad's annual photo fair delivers with both large-format and intimately scaled photos

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Adventures with Van Gogh

What lies behind the auction of Van Gogh’s gun?

New details on “the most famous weapon in art history”

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Art market

A 'feminist fair' but Art Paris still lacks a clear identity

Focus on female artists this year has given the fair a boost yet some exhibitors think more should be done to draw international collectors

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Art fairs

SP-Arte opens with a bright mood and sunny outlook on the market

Sales were slow—and stayed mostly inside the Brazilian circuit—but the trade remains optimistic

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Private view

Private View: must-see gallery exhibitions opening this April

New commercial gallery shows—from East African scenes to Freud’s sitter

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Art market

Why KAWS is not a great artist

Brian Donnelly's painting sold for a record $14.8m at Sotheby's—but there is little value in his art

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Caravaggio

Discovery in a Toulouse attic is no Caravaggio

There are too many oddities in the painting discovered in France five years ago

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Art market

'I would give my head to be cut off—like Holofernes!' Eric Turquin on the Caravaggio attribution

The Old Master specialist who researched the provenance of the recently attributed painting on the joys of exploring French attics

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Art market

Sketchy Brexit fails to smudge Paris drawings fair

Sales at the Salon du Dessin continued to be brisk regardless of turmoil in UK parliament

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Brazil

Brazil’s art market emboldened by Bolsonaro as São Paulo's SP-Arte fair opens

Controversial president’s economic reforms may prove a boost for the country’s art market, despite worries about censorship

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Art market

European Parliament puts 'urgent' phasing out of freeports top of agenda

New report deplores the use of freeports to permanently store assets such as art

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In the frame

Belieber in the KAWS: did Justin Bieber buy record painting?

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Art market

Sotheby’s settles claim against London dealer Mark Weiss in Frans Hals case

Settlement came day before trial was due to start, but its suit against financier will continue

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Art fairs

What has sold at Art Basel in Hong Kong?

Early sales reports raise old questions about the process of selling at a fair

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

'Fingers crossed for China’s art market'

The latest Art Basel and UBS report makes for uncomfortable reading

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Art market

Works by major Indian Modernists lead $8m sale of jailed diamond dealer's art collection

Saffronart's sale of works from Nirav Modi's collection is the first time an Indian auction house will sell on behalf of a government agency

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Commercial galleries

Five minutes with… Brett Gorvy on the Asian art market

Lévy Gorvy launches its Hong Kong space with a group show exploring how nature and tradition have provided comfort in turbulent times

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Art market

Sandy Angus—founder of six fairs across Asia—on his mistakes, MCH Group and a new event in China

In the first of a new art market interview series, we speak to the art fair boss about his career

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Art market

‘Stay of execution’ for art shippers as EU extends deadline for permits

A shortage of ECMT permits poses “huge concerns” for British art handlers in Europe

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Art market

Controversial auction of Hertfordshire council's art collection sells out for £444,000

Important art world figures and institutions condemn the move

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Art market

No mega-buck deals, but Art Dubai dodges economic doldrums

City's economy may be flagging, but fair's diverse offering and clientele help sales stay afloat—up to a certain price

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Blockchain

Blockchain-based art registry Artory acquires Auction Club database

The acquisition will make public 4,000 international auction house sale records

Art market

Inside the Chinese art market: The Art Newspaper meets Kejia Wu

The author of the Tefaf Art Market Report talks about China's art market in the last four decades, from state-controlled antiques shops to competition from Western galleries

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Art market

Dubai's Alserkal Avenue launches arts foundation

The not-for-profit will commission works and offer residencies and educational programmes to promote artistic development in Dubai

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Auctions

Going, going, gone online: Europe's auction houses go digital

Online-only auctions may tend to focus on the lower end of the market, but they are key to expanding clientele. We survey ten auction houses to find out their strategy

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Art market

Historic Bernheim-Jeune and Fine Art Society galleries shut up shop

A sign of the times, two of London and Paris’s oldest firms closed their premises in the traditional art heartlands of the cities

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Art market

From tribal art to Old Master paintings, taking the market's temperature at Tefaf Maastricht

As the Dutch fair opened its 32nd edition, we spoke to exhibitors across four sectors about the state of the market

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Art crime

London dealers embroiled in Ezra Chowaiki fraud scheme over $1.2m Chagall painting

Fresh complaint seeks the return of the work allegedly sold by the disgraced Manhattan dealer under false pretences

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Art fairs

From a change in sponsorship to new directorship, Art Dubai prepares to open after year of upheaval

Co-directors Pablo de Val and Chloe Vaitsou reshuffle the fair's layout and focus on art from the Global South with guest stars from Latin America

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Art market

Bid me up before you go-go: sun goes down on George Michael’s art collection at Christie’s

Buyers have faith in Tracey Emin who leads the white glove, YBA-heavy sale, but Damien Hirst’s market continues to soften

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Art market

Powerful collectors open up in Tefaf Maastricht's Chinese art market report

New study, released today, covers 40-year history of the country's market and reveals many private art museums run at a loss

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Wham! The George Michael auction and the YBA market. Plus, Sharjah Biennial

We go to the sale of the late singer's collection at Christie's and speak to London-based artist Shezad Dawood about his new VR

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Art market

Asia Week’s 10th anniversary brings classic and contemporary offerings

Our picks of highlights from commercial galleries participating in the event

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Art market

Should galleries adopt the Tinder approach?

Dealers face a difficult marketplace and industry leaders say “engagement is the currency of the 21st century”

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Bob and Roberta Smith

Bob and Roberta Smith protests Hertfordshire County Council's decision to auction off art collection

Works by Carel Weight and Julian Trevelyan are among those to be sold at Cheffins auction house

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Art market

Jean-Claude Juncker dismisses claims that freeports are ‘systematically used to commit fraud’

European Commission president rebuffs German MEP Wolf Klinz's demand for a proper investigation into the management of Le Freeport Luxembourg

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TEFAF Maastricht 2019

Still life thrives and Group Zero nails it: expert collecting guides for Tefaf Maastricht

Dealers tell us the hot trends and what to buy at the Dutch fair

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TEFAF Maastricht 2019

Tefaf Maastricht overhauls Modern art section in battle to stay on top in changing market

Loss of some regular exhibitors in favour of blue-chip contemporary art galleries is the latest in a string of changes to the venerable Dutch fair

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TEFAF Maastricht 2019

Savoy-Sarr report fails to dent tribal market, says Tefaf exhibitor

Didier Claes, who was consulted for the restitution report commissioned by French president Emmanuel Macron, says it has invigorated the market for African art

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TEFAF Maastricht 2019

Spoonfuls of brie and G&T fishbowls—how to gain the Maastricht inch

Tefaf exhibitors know their food, drink and naked saunas, so here is their guide to the most indulgent spots in the Dutch city

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Art market

Galleries are focusing on female artists to tackle the industry's gender divide

Dealers are attempting to redress the balance as report shows that women continue to be underrepresented

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Lyon & Turnbull

Contemporary works from London charity to be sold at inaugural Lyon and Turnbull modern auction

The proceeds of the auction will go towards a fundraising campaign which helps those affected by homelessness in London

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Art market

Frieze shareholder Endeavor returns $400m investment to Saudi Arabia

Sport and entertainment group severs ties with the kingdom’s leaders after murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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Art market

Gerhard Richter’s jet fighter painting finally takes off at Phillips after bumpy legal battle

After previous buyer defaulted on paying for the work in 2016, painting sold in London for £15.5m in a significantly smaller auction compared with 2018

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Collecting

Hustlers with a habit: what five Tefaf exhibitors collect and why

From Dinky toys to Old Masters, dealers share what objects take their fancy

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Art market

Smaller galleries rely on just one artist for almost half their income, Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report finds

Gender parity and behaviour of high net worth collectors are focuses of the study, which calculates market grew to $67.4bn in 2018

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Art market

Sales at New York’s Armory Show prove more stable than its venue

After the fair's last-minute relocation that displaced Volta from Pier 90, exhibitors from both fairs credit 'generous' community support for good business

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Art market

Richard Saltoun will donate a portion of his sales at Independent New York to support the all-female exhibition space A.I.R. Gallery

Founded in 1972 to support women artists, the non-profit gallery will use the proceeds to fund its fellowship programme

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Auctions

Hockney double portrait sells for £37.7m, accounting for half of Christie’s contemporary sale in London

Overall results are down 42.7% on last year, but European buying remains strong despite Brexit

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Art market

Sotheby's puts female artists first in contemporary sale, but men still end up on top

Jenny Saville's Juncture sells for £5.4m and records set for Rebecca Warren and Nigerian artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, but Jean-Michel Basquiat still leads prices

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Art market

Getting Old Masters' sexy back: Colnaghi to take over Venetian abbey for Biennale show

London-based gallery will team up with interior designer Chahan to create "home of a 21st-century Grand Tourist" in the medieval Abbazia di San Gregorio

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Art market

Vexed issue of vetting: force for good or conflict of interests?

Tefaf Maastricht's removal of art trade professionals as voting members of its vetting committee raises the wider question of the role of self-policing by fairs

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Art market

Blain Southern to open in New York

British art dealers will open in Cheim & Read's former Chelsea space in May with a show of Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté

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Art market

New York’s fair landscape is in flux as Armory Week kicks off

Armory Show shifts venues, causing the cancellation of Volta and the emergency launch of Plan B, revealing the stakes for commercial art platforms are rising

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Arco

Arco provides lifeline for South American dealers

Political turmoil and economic crisis keep collectors away from countries such as Venezuela, so galleries rely more on fairs