Editorial

Toe-to-Toe: The Old Master Evening Sales

Posted by Hannah Marks on

When it comes to assessing the outcome of significant auctions of Post-War and Contemporary, or Modern and Impressionist art, a recurring criteria seems be how one house squared up against its opponent: did the results surpass or fall to its rival? With the Old Masters, though, there's a certain tendency to negate this competitiveness; rather, discussions are focused on what the combined results tell us about the state of the market. This in turn leads to a certain dullness surrounding the Old Masters: if the sector wants to drum up the attention it so desperately desires, why not add a little drama? We can do this ourselves by conducting a toe-to-toe analysis to see which auction house came on top in the battle of the Summer Old Master Evening Sales. Ding Ding!

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For the Love of God, Someone Keep Steve Wynn Away From His Picassos

Posted by Hannah Marks on

Having spent the majority of my professional career in the art trade, I’ve become acutely aware of the grim reality, and importance, of the Three D's: death, debt, and divorce. Ask anyone in the art world what the biggest factors are in driving supply and ensuring the consignments keep a’flowing, and the D’s will inevitably be at the top of the list. The 3 D’s also allow the industry to retain a certain buoyancy in the face of global market contractions.

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Month in Review: June in the Art World

Posted by Hannah Marks on

The art market is its own universe in many regards, but nowhere is this clearer than the calendar it has created and adheres to, completely separate to the one that dictates the day to day lives of those outside it. In the art world, the Gregorian calendar is replaced by the collective understanding that specific months in certain seasons are defined by which heavy hitter auction is taking place within it. The month of May, for instance, belongs to the New York offices and their Contemporary/Post-War and Modern/Impressionist sales, while London has traditionally claimed June auctions of those same sectors. With regards to the latter, ‘traditionally’ is the operative word.

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Artist Spotlight: Leslie Singer

Posted by Hannah Marks on

“For me, the human figure has always been the most interesting subject. That being said, I would describe myself as a painter of people, not portraits.” Portraits seem to convey a certain stillness- an attempt on behalf of either sitter or painter to not just capture this specific moment, but to eternally preserve it as it exists in this state. The work of Leslie Singer, on the other hand, seem to deliberately shake the notion of what defines a portrait by capturing the essence of its sitter, but doing so in a manner that invokes an unequivocal sense of fleetingness....

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Artist Spotlight: Victoria Angeline

Posted by Hannah Marks on

One of the defining characteristics of the work of contemporary artist Victoria Angelina is the explosion of color against fine line, essentially obliterating the typical ‘either or’ boundary we tend to adopt between the two. In any given work, just when you think color takes precedence, the eye is tricked into making out shapes from thinly wrought lines over the canvas. Yet there is no struggle or imbalance between the two; rather, they act as the yin and yang to one another- that is, each is only successful because of the other. This interplay is best felt in her abstract...

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