Artnews: Art Institutions Brace for Hurricane Irma Impact

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🌀 Art & Hurricane: Just days after the Gulf Coast began what is likely to be along period of reconstruction and recovery following the havoc wrecked by Hurricane Harvey, a new Category 5 storm named Hurricane Irma is barreling across the Atlantic Ocean, with damage already in the Caribbean and the prospect of direct impact on Florida forecasted for this weekend.   Many museums are once again in the line of the storm, and officials have been … Read More

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY RETURNS FROM 7-10 SEPTEMBER

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🎨 SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY, AUSTRALASIA’S PREMIER CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, RETURNS FROM 7-10 SEPTEMBER 2017 WITH THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST AND MOST DIVERSE GATHERING OF LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES. Staged at Carriageworks, Sydney’s striking multi-disciplinary arts precinct, the Fair welcomes over 90 galleries from around the Pacific Rim with strong representation from Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. With a thriving contemporary art scene, Sydney is a dynamic cultural destination with an international reputation for presenting the very … Read More

Violent controversy about (art) censorship through Facebook

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🔞 Ex-Sotheby’s Australia chairman writes open letter to Mark Zuckerberg following censorship of his new art auction venture. Next month, newly-launched auction house Fine Art Bourse will host their inaugural auction entitled Erotic, Fetish and Queer art. The content of the auction certainly has raised a few eyebrows, and even faced censorship from Facebook. Continue reading on blouinartinfo.com… → OPEN LETTER TO MARK ZUCKERBERG Dear Mark, On July 28th our auction house Fine Art Bourse went live … Read More

theartnewspaper: Scotland Yard’s Art Unit heading for closure

Detectives have been redeployed to work on Grenfell Tower investigation

👮 Scotland Yard’s Art Unit: Detectives have been redeployed to work on Grenfell Tower investigation. Scotland Yard looks set to close its Art and Antiques Unit, according to a former head. Its three detectives have been reassigned to help the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire, in west London, which killed more than 80 people on 14 June. Vernon Rapley, who led the Art and Antiques Unit from 2001 until 2010, told The Art Newspaper … Read More

The Art of Art Insurance: A Practical Guide for Artists, Galleries, and Collectors

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By Will Fenstermaker/artspace.com ✪ When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast in October 2012, one of the most damaged neighborhoods in New York City was Chelsea, the art district along the Hudson River. Flooding on some streets reached five feet, and numerous ground floor galleries suffered severe damage both to the structure of the buildings themselves, and the artworks within. Now, almost five years later, many are still recovering, thanks to skyrocketing insurance premiums and reduced … Read More

MutualArt: The Most Expensive Paintings Ever Sold

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A Paul Gauguin thought to have been the world’s most expensive artwork has been revealed to have sold for $90 million less than originally thought, at $210 million. The news follows a legal battle with auctioneer Simon de Pury, who claims he is owed $10 million for his role in the deal. We look at the new world record holder — and the 10 highest prices paid for artworks in history… → The Picture shows Willem de Kooning (completed in 1955, … Read More

The Guardian on Art: Hollywood stars should avoid the canvas.

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Jim Carrey’s art is yet more proof that Hollywood stars should avoid the canvas/by Jonathan Jones. The comic actor’s short film about his paintings is painful viewing, but he’s not the first star who has tried, and failed, to moonlight as an artist. This is not a scientific law, probably, and I cannot suggest what causes the phenomenon, but the most embarrassing and talentless of all celebrities who try their hand at art tend to … Read More

Nikolaus S. Barta: Lord of the mummies

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Lord of the mummies: Viennese Nikolaus Barta insures the treasures of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, whose future lies in the balance in the wake of the revolution. At its height, the world famous Egyptian Museum was visited by 1.5 million people a year. After the revolution this figure sank to zero. And now, sooner than expected, the first tourists are coming back, numbering an estimated 50,000 this year. Austria’s well-known weekly magazine “NEWS” portrayed art-insurance … Read More

MA: Market Focus: June’s Record-Breaking London Sales

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MutualArt/JULY, 2017 | We share key findings from this year’s June’s Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary Art sales in London. Impressionist and Modern Art Market Shows Signs of Growth Impressionist and Modern Evening Art sales at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s saw growth in sold value compared to equivalent sales in 2016. At Sotheby’s, the 21 June evening sale total was ÂŁ127,945,750 ($161,326,796) — up 24% from ÂŁ103,280,000 ($151,834,501), appearing to indicate a market lift. The sale … Read More

Coming soon: Melbourne Art Fair 2017

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Melbourne Art Fair returns as the region’s most significant commercial platform for Australasian contemporary art The Fair takes place during Melbourne Art Week, 2 – 5 August 2018, housed in a temporary structure within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside the iconic ACCA. Showcasing around 40 galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region, Melbourne Art Fair returns with a curated selection of some of the newest and most respected names in contemporary art. Beginning in … Read More