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May 2017

BASQUIAT, BRANCUSI AND DOIG: GUARANTEED SUCCESS IN NEW YORK

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In May and November each year, New York becomes the stage for the auction market’s biggest act; the Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales. These are by far the biggest sales of the year; the two seasons combined can go on to represent about a third of the annual turnover for the major auction houses. When the global art market hit its peak in May 2015, these sales made well over $2.5 billion in a week – a staggering total.
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MODERN & CONTEMPORARY SPRING AUCTIONS

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Just two weeks into May, and without pausing for breath, focus shifts from this week’s previews at the Venice Biennale and returns to New York for next week’s major auctions of Modern and Contemporary art. Just two weeks ago, the city hosted a busy week with Frieze and TEFAF New York, both of which led to reports of a solid, if not frenzied, market in the private market. The auction season will give a much more public bill of health.
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VENICE – THE 57th BIENNALE BEGINS

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This week sees the opening of the 57th Venice Biennale (until 26 November) – the original showcase for international contemporary art, and probably one of the most frenzied art events in the world. The first Biennale took place in 1895, and it soon became a hugely popular showcase of international art, with countries taking national pavilions in the Giardini to showcase works by their best contemporary artists. The list of greats who have shown there include – among so many others – Gustav Klimt, Renoir, Courbet, Pablo Picasso, Lucio Fontana, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Edward Hopper, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, and Lucian Freud.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

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It’s all eyes on New York this week as the Frieze art fair once again seizes the attention of the art world. Opening for its sixth edition in the Big Apple this Friday (5 -7 May, Randall’s Park Island), it includes over 200 of the world’s leading galleries for modern and contemporary art.  New this year is a symposium (5 May) in collaboration with the Getty and the Institute of Fine Arts which will examine questions relating to Latin American art and culture, reflecting the more pronounced international focus of this year’s event. Read More