Art Market

Art businesses must get creative if they’re going to survive this crisis

Dealers and auction houses will need to think strategically as they try to weather the pandemic and its fallout

15 Jan 2021
A livestreamed sale at Sotheby’s in June 2020.

What does 2021 hold for the wounded art market?

The art market, like many other business sectors, is not about to revert to its pre-pandemic appearance

29 Dec 2020
Michael Gove: Leon Neal/Getty Images; Background: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery

How can UK art businesses prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period?

Recent guidance published by DCMS highlights implications for the movement of goods – and art dealers would do well to take note

3 Dec 2020
A Girl Blowing on a Brazier (detail; 1646–48), Georges de La Tour. Lempertz, Cologne (estimate €3m–€4m)

A sale in Cologne turns the spotlight on Georges de La Tour

Only one of the artist’s celebrated night scenes remains in private hands – and it comes to auction at Lempertz in Cologne next month

25 Nov 2020
Table (late 18th century), circle of Lorenzo Dolci.

What not to miss at TEFAF Online

With galleries encouraged to focus on a single masterpiece, this year’s online fair includes an array of museum-quality works

30 Oct 2020
‘Dragon’ dish, Yongzheng period (1723–35), China.

Highlights of Asian Art in London – East Asian art

The spotlight falls on art from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia in the second half of the event

27 Oct 2020
The nayika and the black buck the workshop of the Guler artist Chhajju at Chamba. Francesca Galloway (price on application)

Highlights of Asian Art in London – Indian and Islamic Art

Reimagined for its 23rd edition, the event is now split into two sections – with the first leg focusing on Indian and Islamic art

21 Oct 2020
Aq Qoyunlu turban helmet (second half 15th century), Turkey or Persia. Sotheby’s, London (estimate £400,000–£600,000)

A museum of Islamic art in Jerusalem is selling works to make ends meet

The museum is selling part of its collection of Islamic art as well as some extraordinary timepieces

14 Oct 2020
Thomas Olbricht’s Wunderkammer.

Two exceptional single-owner collections come to auction

A important group of Gandharan sculptures and Thomas Olbricht’s modern-day Kunstkammer are both on sale this September

15 Sep 2020
Arkady Rotenberg, who together with his brother Boris Rotenberg has been accused by a US Senate report of evading sanctions by buying art at auction in New York, at an awards ceremony with President Putin in Russia in March 2020.

The US art market must demonstrate its integrity – or further regulation is a certainty

Art businesses in the US have a limited time to prove that responsible practices are already in place

11 Sep 2020

What not to miss as Art Paris opens in the Grand Palais

Highlights of the first modern and contemporary art fair to take place in Europe since the continent locked down

9 Sep 2020

Parcours des Mondes puts Paris at the centre of things

The annual celebration of art from around the world returns to the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

7 Sep 2020
Art handlers preparing Kehinde Wiley’s Le Roi à la Chasse II (2007) to be exhibited ahead of auction at Sotheby’s New York in June 2020.

‘The gallery experience in 2020 certainly isn’t business as usual’

How have art businesses coped with the crisis – and what might they look like post-lockdown?

6 Jul 2020
Memento mori medallion (1612), Jan de Vos. Georg Laue Kunstkammer (£58,000)

What to look out for at London Art Week this summer

From 3 to 10 July the galleries of Mayfair and St James’s are putting on physical and digital displays to appeal to dedicated connoisseurs and casual browsers alike

1 Jul 2020
Gilded statues and ritual objects arranged by Alice S. Kandell

Looking closely at art during lockdown

Philip Hewat-Jaboor, chairman of Masterpiece London, and Tibetan art specialist Alice S. Kandell on spending more time with objects

24 Jun 2020
Komainu (lion-dogs) (c. 1300), Japan.

Masterpiece pulls out the stops for its first online edition

Virtual viewing rooms, video tours and private Zoom meetings – here’s what to expect from Masterpiece Online

16 Jun 2020
Leaf from a set of eight choir books (detail; 1470s–80s), San Sisto, Piacenza. Christie’s London, £657,250 (for the set)

Monastic habits – the market for illuminated choir books

With splendid examples of illumination accompanying early musical notation, medieval choir books are highly prized by collectors around the world

Reliquary head (19th century), Fang people, central Africa.

A head of its time – a Central African masterpiece comes to auction

A Fang reliquary sculpture with an illustrious history is the first classical African work to be offered in a contemporary evening sale

3 Jun 2020

Art businesses are emerging from lockdown – but how best to go about it?

When commercial galleries in the UK reopen, they will need to be mindful of social-distancing rules and wary of legal obligations for online sales

28 May 2020
Screenshot of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac’s online viewing room at Art Basel Hong, March 2020.

Are online viewing rooms the future of the art market?

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced art fairs and galleries to move their presentations online – but are virtual viewings here to stay?

8 May 2020
Le Mobilier Funéraire Gallo-Roman et Franc en Picardie et en Artois (Paris, 1902).

A history of Birmingham in 456 lots – the Assay Office Library comes to auction

A sale of volumes collected by the Assay Office over two centuries brings numerous important works to the market, despite local opposition

24 Mar 2020
Screengrab of Fergus McCaffrey’s online viewing room at Art Basel Hong, March 2020.

‘The experience was not so very different from my recent online grocery shopping’ – Art Basel Hong Kong goes virtual

The art fair’s online viewings will suit some collectors down to the ground – but it’s harder to make genuine discoveries

20 Mar 2020
Mandoline et portée de musique (1923), Pablo Picasso. Dickinson, price on application

The best of TEFAF Maastricht 2020 – part three

A tiara fit for a queen and a portrait of a princess are among the objects not to miss at the fair this year

6 Mar 2020
St Michael the Archangel fighting Lucifer (1626–27), Giuseppe Cesari, Cavaliere d’Arpino. Hazlitt, price on application.

The best of TEFAF Maastricht 2020 – part two

From a monumental mannerist canvas to a silver-and-coconut cup – more works not to miss at the fair this year

5 Mar 2020