Art Market

The ceramics at TEFAF New York are worth getting fired up about

The wares on offer at the event this month are enough to bowl over any ceramics aficionado

8 May 2024

Will the May auctions have a spring in their step?

If sales so far this year are anything to go by, the high-profile auctions taking place this month may not bring much excitement

3 May 2024

The lesser-known greats of Abstract Expressionism are making a mark

Art by the movement’s best-known practitioners still fetches huge sums, but it’s work by women and artists of colour that is really taking off,

Frieze New York puts a premium on performance

This year’s laudably international line-up gives plenty of space to photography, performance and video

29 Apr 2024

Who really pays for public exhibitions?

The Venice Biennale is a good time to pull back the curtain on the funding of major arts events, which can often be shrouded in mystery

15 Apr 2024

The white-hot work of the Italian Spatialists

The artists may have spoken about voids and infinities, but the market for their work has stayed satisfyingly solid

12 Apr 2024

What to expect from EXPO Chicago 2024

At the art fair’s first edition under new ownership medieval manuscripts can be found alongside contemporary offerings

8 Apr 2024

The French collectors prizing provenance over glitz

Books and manuscripts, 18th-century furniture and Old Master drawings are driving a thriving art market in France

26 Mar 2024

Lustre for life – the Huguenot refugees whose silver still shines

Fleeing persecution in France, thousands of Protestant silversmiths set up shop around Europe – and London attracted many of the most skilful

22 Mar 2024

Dealers draw together for Salon du Dessin

There are plenty of new discoveries to be made at the Paris fair focused on fine draughtsmanship

20 Mar 2024

Museums and the art trade get together for Asia Week New York

The annual event provides plenty of artistic surprises and has much to offer to smaller collectors

9 Mar 2024

Beyond TEFAF – the shows to see in and around Maastricht this month

Among the exhibitions that can be seen in a day trip from the fair are Frans Hals in Amsterdam, Immanuel Kant in Bonn and Sung Hwan Kim in Eindhoven

4 Mar 2024

What to see at TEFAF Maastricht 2024

Highlights at this year’s edition include a gold-ground painting, a French landscape by Turner and a woodblock print by one of Japan’s Living National Treasures

26 Feb 2024

For collectors, Chinese silk never goes out of style

The wearing of imperial silks was an extremely hierarchical affair. No wonder Chinese textiles appeal to the most discerning modern buyers

21 Feb 2024

When the art market is tight, quality is key

The art market may have been quiet in 2023, but the handful of major sales point to where the real interest lies

2 Feb 2024

Blue sky thinking with Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

The artist is better known for painting Ancien Régime aristocrats than for verdant hills and melancholy skies. That may change after an auction at Sotheby’s

30 Jan 2024

The Belgian Surrealists who are starting to gain on Magritte

When it comes to Belgian Surrealism, Magritte still leads the pack – but collectors’ tastes are begin to broaden

23 Jan 2024

BRAFA marks the centenary of the birth of Surrealism

This year’s edition of the Brussels fair is full of dreamlike offerings from new exhibitors and stalwarts of the event alike

19 Jan 2024

French art deco is still in the ascendant in New York

After a mid-century dip in enthusiasm, the demand for exceptional pieces of design seems irrepressible

16 Jan 2024

What’s in store for the art market in 2024?

After a period of mediocre post-pandemic growth, what will the next year bring? Apollo’s columnist peers through the mists to make some predictions

2 Jan 2024

Old Masters prove lacklustre at auction – but a late medieval painter is golden

A newly attributed Rembrandt failed to hit the heights at Sotheby’s, but Pietro Lorenzetti pushed up the bidding in Paris

21 Dec 2023

Have single-owner sales had their day?

Mediocre results for the November auctions in New York suggest that the auction-houses have put too many eggs in the same kind of basket

1 Dec 2023

Why won’t the UK government stand up for the arts?

The art market is one of Britain’s economic successes, but politicians of all stripes are unsupportive of the sector

28 Nov 2023

Under the influence – can social media stars also be market makers?

Cause and effect is hard to pin down, but a certain type of celebrity association does seem to affect the value of a work of art

20 Nov 2023