Review

Review: The Fall Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Auctions in New York, 11th-16th November 2018

After several months of business-getting in the run up to 16 mammoth sales of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art we saw two Billion US dollars-worth of paintings and sculpture go up for auction last week. Inevitably, the notable highlights were Edward Hopper’s Chop Sueyand David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an artist (Pool with two figures)’ which …

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Frieze Week Review 2018

Last week (1st – 7th October) was one of the busiest of London’s calendar as international galleries and collectors flocked to the Big Smoke. The main events were Frieze and Frieze Masters Art Fairs in Regent’s Park as well as the major Post-War and Contemporary sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Both the Frieze fairs were …

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Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy – Tate Modern, London, until 9th September 2018

Of all the exhibitions I was lucky enough to view over the Summer this wonderful Picasso show was truly the most brilliant. His work in the early 1930s is sculptural yet elegant, light of composition and tender in colour. Picasso’s deep devotion to Marie Therese Walter is a huge part of the exhibition but the …

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Market review: The London Impressionist & Modern Art Sales 19th-21st June 2018

Perhaps the most surprising factor of this sale week has been the sheer desire for works of art in light of the huge sales that we saw recently in New York in May. Despite the strong overall sales results Sotheby’s had a tricky evening sale with only two thirds selling in a small auction of …

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The Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Sales review: 8th-18th May 2018

Despite the vast quantity of works of art available for sale over the last two weeks it has been a triumph across the board. Whilst many thought that auction fatigue would set in after the first week of sales there was still a remarkable buzz around each and every Evening sale. Christie’s sales of the …

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Review: The Impressionist & Modern Auctions in New York, 13th-17th November 2017

Last Wednesday night, at Christie’s New York, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, sold for 450m USD: shattering the record for a work of art sold at auction by 270m USD. When Giacometti’s Standing Figure broke nine figures at auction I was working at Sotheby’s London and no one could quite believe what …

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Frieze Masters & The Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC); October 2017

Frieze Masters in Regent’s Park (4th-8th Oct.) was a triumph. I spoke to the majority of the fine art dealers exhibiting and across the spectrum everyone seemed content. This seems to be the first time that Frieze Masters has been properly, commercially, successful. It has taken five years of this particular sector to get going but …

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‘Matisse in the Studio’ at the Royal Academy, London – until 12th November 2017

Last month I was fortunate enough to be invited by Bonham’s to a wonderful show at the Royal Academy, London: Henri Matisse ‘In the Studio’. Though a small exhibition in the Sackville Galleries it was perfect for the space: a small, intimate exhibition showing both stunning works of art as well as the odds and …

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Review: The June 2017 Impressionist & Modern Art Auctions in London

The evening sales this Summer were both as successful as ever, and certainly more promising than the equivalent sales in 2016 – they were both small yet well curated. The dispersed sale dates and diminished auction attendances did not take away from a rich vein of bidding at both week’s blue-riband events.   I wondered …

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