Art Market

Does the Old Masters market need to learn some new tricks?

Is our interest in Old Masters waning or is the issue a lack of imagination? Five experts weigh in.

31 Jan 2023

How healthy is the market for Old Masters?

Blockbuster shows and occasional auction records can seem at odds with the lukewarm interest from collectors

30 Jan 2023

Auction highlights – how André Leon Talley made his mark

The collection of the influential fashion journalist with a penchant for voluminous caftans is up for sale at Christie’s in February

30 Jan 2023

The sophisticated Japanese paintings that have never gone out of style

Works by the true masters of the Rinpa style are rare – which makes prices rather high

27 Jan 2023

Around the galleries – New York falls head over heels for Asian art

What not to miss at Asia Week New York, plus our pick of gallery shows coming up

27 Jan 2023
Vase (c. 1896–97), Alfred William Finch

The art nouveau potters who broke the mould

The fin-de-siècle movement fired up the imaginations of avant-garde ceramicists across Europe

The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Pieter Huys

BRAFA reclaims its rightful place in the calendar

Northern Renaissance paintings and art nouveau designs are among the highlights of the Brussels fair when it returns at the end of January

1 Jan 2023
Visitors at Art Basel Miami Beach in November 2022

What will happen to the art market in 2023?

After the uncertainty of the pandemic, the art market bounced back in 2022, but what challenges will the new year bring?

29 Dec 2022
Rubens

Auction highlights – is there life in the Old Masters yet?

New York’s January sales boast an impressive line-up, including a gruesome painting by Rubens and a lost portrait by Bronzino

16 Dec 2022
Venus and Adonis (detail; 1555–57), Titian and workshop. Sotheby's London (est. £8m–£12m)

Auction highlights – what makes a Titian a Titian?

London’s Old Master sales this month include a version of a great ‘poesie’ painting – though questions have been raised about its attribution

2 Dec 2022
Ursula Endlicher's Input Field Reversal #2 (2022)

NFTs after the crypto crash – what happens now?

Are NFTs a revolutionary approach to new media art or simply a fleeting trend? Jane Morris explores the role of non-fungible tokens today

28 Nov 2022
The Mocking of Christ (c. 1280), Cimabue (Actéon, €24.2m)

Uncommon grounds – the market for paintings on gold

When it comes to gold-ground paintings from Italy, condition is everything and the older the work, the better

28 Nov 2022
Trestle-leg table (17th century), China. Christie's Hong Kong ($1m–$1.5m)

Auction highlights – what Hong Kong is bringing to the table this month

As New York takes stock of a whirlwind season, attention turns to marquee sales in Asia

18 Nov 2022

Auction highlights – Christie’s first billion-dollar sale

The collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is set to be the first to break the $1bn barrier next week – though it is unlikely to be the last

4 Nov 2022
Tiger, Edo Period (1600–1700), Japan. Jorge Welsh Works of Art at Asian Art in London

Around the galleries – Asian Art in London, plus other highlights

This bumper edition of the annual event continues to demonstrate the capital’s strength in this field

24 Oct 2022
Pieno di Vuoto by Minjung Kim

Is bypassing a gallery as lucrative as it seems?

The boom in international demand for contemporary art has seen more and more living artists begin to sell at auction. But who stands to gain?

24 Oct 2022
Folding horseshoe chair, late Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), China. Sotheby’s Hong Kong, HK$124.6m ($15.8m)

Why is the market for classical Chinese furniture so hot?

Collectors are snapping up elegant huanghuali chairs and beds of the Ming and Qing dynasties at record prices

24 Oct 2022
Young Lady in a Loge Gazing to the Right Mary Cassatt

Auction highlights – Mary Cassatt gives a star turn in New York

A magnificent portrait by the Impressionist leads the pack in the sale of Ann and Gordon Getty’s collection at Christie’s this week

20 Oct 2022
William Kentridge

Frieze week highlights: petrol-can pastiches and chopped-up Shostakovich

Romuald Hazoumè’s latest ‘masques bidons’ focus on global figures whose ‘masks’ were stripped off by the revelations of the Panama and Pandora Papers – plus more shows not to miss this year

11 Oct 2022
Alice Neel

Frieze week highlights: Alice Neel and Victor Willing

An exhibition of Alice Neel’s portraits and abstract works by Victor Willing are among the shows we’re looking forward to seeing this year

10 Oct 2022
Amy Sherald

Frieze week highlights: Amy Sherald and Craig Murray-Orr

Amy Sherald’s striking portraits and Craig Murray-Orr’s postcard-sized paintings are among the highlights to see this year

8 Oct 2022
The Salon de Curiosités at the Hôtel Lambert. Photo: courtesy Sotheby’s

Auction highlights – an Al Thani treasure trove comes up for sale in Paris

The first of Apollo’s new, fortnightly auction previews looks at Sotheby’s sale of objects from one of Paris’s most colourful private mansions

7 Oct 2022
Helen Saunders Hammock

Frieze week highlights: Beat Generation artists and the forgotten Vorticist

Drawings and paintings by the little-known Vorticist artist Helen Saunders and a screening of Bruce Conner’s 1967 film ‘THE WHITE ROSE’ are among the shows not to miss this year

6 Oct 2022

How will a global recession affect the art market?

There is a growing nervousness about the effect a predicted global downturn might have on the art market’s post-pandemic bounce-back

26 Sep 2022