Art Market

On a scroll – Chinese classical painting is finding new favour

From the November 2023 issue of Apollo. Preview and subscribe here. The twin brush arts of calligraphy and painting first developed…

19 Oct 2023

Are auction houses starting to run out of steam?

Disappointing results for a series of sales in London suggest the market may not be as healthy as Frieze made it seem

19 Oct 2023

The modern-day collectors who want to build their own cabinets of curiosities

Wonders that were once prized by Renaissance princes still inspire plenty of awe

18 Oct 2023

Frieze week highlights: breast-feeding goddesses and poetry in performance

Paintings of women by Rubens at Dulwich Picture Gallery and an installation by Julianknxx at the Barbican are among the shows not to miss this year

10 Oct 2023

Frieze week highlights: calligraphic paintings and serene still lifes

More than 100 works by the painter Frank Walter are on show at the Garden Museum while the Foundling Museum pairs contemporary works with its historic holdings

10 Oct 2023

Frieze week highlights: fast fashion and Georgian light displays

Shopping bag installations by the Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury and an illuminated display at the Soane Museum are among the shows not to miss this year

9 Oct 2023

Frieze week highlights: West African masks and New York bohemia

Sculptures and textiles by Yinka Shonibare are paired with works by artists from across the African diaspora at Stephen Friedman’s new Cork Street gallery

9 Oct 2023

How healthy is London’s contemporary art market?

The first Frieze Art Fair in 2003 made the capital cool again – but how much does it matter now, 20 years on?

9 Oct 2023

Around the galleries – Paris+ par Art Basel is back with even grander plans

Art Basel’s newest offshoot returns to the French capital with a public programme that is free and open to everyone

2 Oct 2023

The true heirs to the Rothschild taste are actually in New York

Objects belonging to the French branch of the family are being sold by Christie’s this month – and they’re likely to wow US collectors

29 Sep 2023
Freddie Mercury at the Queen in Concert Magic Tour at Wembley Stadium, London, in 1986. © Richard Young (

The Freddie Mercury sale is a show that could go on and on

Smashing expectations, the hype-powered auction introduced a new and particularly well-oiled model of the big houses’ marketing machine

8 Sep 2023

Parcours des Mondes takes a truly global approach

This year’s edition of the event in Paris includes more dealers from more countries and offers an astonishing range of artefacts

4 Sep 2023

Can selling artworks in small pieces yield big dividends?

A new breed of business is offering investors shares in blue-chip artworks – and making big claims about their profitability

25 Aug 2023

Around the galleries – British Art Fair welcomes a fresh crop of collectors

Under new owners, this stalwart of the London fair calendar shows that a focus on British art needn’t be parochial

22 Aug 2023

Can London auctions give collectors what they really want?

A few excellent results can’t paper over the deeper cracks that have appeared at Christie’s and Sotheby’s this summer

12 Jul 2023

The young gallerists reinvigorating London’s art scene

A wave of emerging galleries is breaking across the capital despite difficult economic conditions

10 Jul 2023

Classical African sculpture keeps moving with the times

Provenance is more crucial than ever but the market for masterpieces is now broader than ever

Around the galleries – the Armory Show is still a force to be reckoned with

At a time when art fairs around the world are scaling back, the New York mainstay is still thinking big

3 Jul 2023

Portraits get seriously high-profile at the London auctions this month

A record-breaking Klimt at Sotheby’s has put the marketing machine in overdrive, but quieter joys can be found elsewhere in the capital

22 Jun 2023

Around the galleries – Treasure House sets out its stall in London

From the ashes of Masterpiece rises an ambitious and even more selective successor

19 Jun 2023
giltwood and marble table

The golden age of English furniture

After a period in the doldrums, pieces by the best 18th-century makers are back in demand

30 May 2023

Who really wants to buy video art?

Video art makes the running in the art world – but commercially, it has some catching up to do

30 May 2023

Auction highlights – a window on the world of Pierre Boulez

The famously irascible composer’s collection is up for sale at Artcurial in Paris this month – and it’s full of unexpected delights

26 May 2023

Auction highlights – Basquiat is still very much in fashion

Sotheby’s and Christie’s are both hoping to capitalise on the artist’s luxury status next week

12 May 2023