The British summer season is in full swing, and the art world is joining in. To the ritual splendours of Wimbledon, Ascot, Henley and Glyndebourne, London adds the major impressionist, modern, contemporary and Old Master sales, the Masterpiece and Olympia art and antiques fairs, London Art Week (in which dealers in traditional fare mount special exhibitions), and Mayfair Art Weekend (in which the galleries thronging London’s historic arts quarter stay open late and all weekend). While museum curators from all over the world are arriving in the capital to inspect what is on offer, are the all-important collectors here in force, too? The June events came hot on the heels of major fairs in New York, plus the May auctions, which soaked up $2 billion (£1.5 billion) on top of the $800 million Rockefeller collection sales at Christie’s, and Art Basel, where $5 billion of art was on offer. Though London’s June sales of impressionist and modern art … [Read more...] about Mercury rising: contemporary art sales hot up in London’s summer season
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The shortlist for the Turner Prize 2018 was announced last week, with four emerging artists competing for the honour and the accompanying £25,000 windfall. Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson are this year's entrants, all video-centric creatives concerned with "the most pressing political and humanitarian issues of the day", according to Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson. The winner will be announced on 25 September. Response to the nominations has mellowed considerably in recent years but in its 1990s heyday, when the accolade was regarded as a key event in the "Cool Britannia" calendar, they were a reliable source of contention. The Turner was routinely picketed by the Stuckists, a protest group calling for a return to figurative painting, who would demonstrate outside Tate Britain dressed as clowns bearing placards dismissing it as "a state-funded advertising agency for Charles Saatchi" … [Read more...] about Turner Prize 2018: 10 memorable winners of the controversial contemporary art award
At the Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in London next week there are no million-pound Basquiats or £500,000 Hirsts – it is aimed at what it terms the lower end of the market, i.e. art under £20,000 and for as little as £200. It is the latest in a series of sales designed to attract buyers into the market. One of the ploys used is to invite successful figures, from the world of fashion, for instance, to select works from the sale, printing interviews with them in the catalogue and making videos for the website. This gives the sale added kudos and credibility with novice collectors who might be influenced by celebrity taste. Recent selectors, rather grandly called “guest curators” by Sotheby’s, have included Erdem Moralioglu, the fashion designer and Caroline Issa, Tank magazine fashion director, and Telegraph Luxury expert. Each one, according to Sotheby’s, introduces new clients to the company. The next “guest … [Read more...] about Will Mark Hix’s contemporary art picks help revive the YBA market?
There is something of a buzz in RSA galleries as we walk in, a press view that seems to have come in the midst of installation, the art still being labelled and hung, trestle tables scattered about the gallery with pens, papers, tools of the trade. Artists and gallery technicians hunker over their work. “Are you on the awards committee?” someone asks cheerfully as I peer at an A4 print-out taped to a wall underneath a collection of intricate folded paper and silver jewellery by Isabel Distassi. Loading article content In another room, three women stand under recent Duncan of Jordanstone graduate Calum Wallis’ spare and beautiful prints of mountain sides and geologies, hanging, as if drying, from one of the art college’s old print-drying racks. “How many labels have we got?” says one. “Five…” says another doubtfully. “And how many prints are there?” “Seven…” A raised eyebrow, and they are off … [Read more...] about Galleries: Joint venture is a fine showcase for contemporary art and design
ART lovers will flock to admire 'some of the world's most exciting contemporary art' at the fifth Oxford International Art Fair. The free event, which runs this year February 23 - 25, aims to bring together 'the most innovative new work from established and emerging artists and galleries'. Framed by the 'magnificent' 19th century Oxford Town Hall the show will feature an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, illustrations, photographs, ceramics and jewellery. Much of it will be presented, for sale or just to admire, by the artists themselves. Novice and seasoned art collectors will be able to peruse collections, talk to the artists and even get pieces specially commissioned. Fair organiser Joëlle Dinnage said: "This bustling art fair gives art collectors and enthusiasts a great opportunity to get their hands on art, buying directly from the artist who has travelled all the way to Oxford to show and sell their unique pieces." The art on show over the weekend … [Read more...] about Oxford International Art Fair returns for a fifth year