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Kobel's Art Weekly Archive

Summer review II/III; photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 30 2022

Given the current world situation, the art trade is doing surprisingly well in some areas. At the same time, it is currently undergoing a fundamental change, as becomes clear in the second of the three parts of our seasonal review.Digitization first and the auction houses as winners of this trend are the subject of an essay by Christie's President Dirk Boll in the NZZ of ... read more

Mirco Bompignano Bella ciao; free via

Kobel's Art Weekly 29 2022

The year 2022 is clearly a Monday. Those who tried to console themselves at the end of last year by saying that it could have been worse are now finding themselves vindicated. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has had an impact on almost all areas of life, including the art market. Our review of the first half of the year is under the impression of ... read more

Maria Mano, Stand with Ukraine, freedom and peace; free via

Kobel's Art Weekly 28 2022

After more than two years, Art Karlsruhe presents itself in a new order, but apparently with as few criteria as ever, according to Daniela Gregori's impression for Artmagazine: "There is the familiar confusion, but the focus of the individual halls has been changed, which did not go down well with the opening audience everywhere, because it caused a certain disorientation ... read more

Alex Nirenberg, War in Ukraine;  freevia

Kobel's Art Weekly 27 2022

The Ukrainian collector is donating the proceeds of 10.2 million pounds, which Victor Pinchuk achieved through the auction of a Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons at Christie's in London, to humanitarian projects in his home country, reports Artlyst.London has held its own as an auction venue for modern and contemporary art, Stephanie Dieckvoss sums up the auction week in the ... read more

Finally Tefaf again; Photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 26 2022

The Bristish Council and the Ukraine Institute are launching a nine-month Season of Culture in the UK, reports Martin Bailey in The Art Newspaper.Berlin's ArtEast gallery is organizing an exhibition of Ukrainian art in Paris on June 29 and 30, with all proceeds "benefiting the artists and the French creative ... read more

Isagus Toche, Olesia the Tchernobyl Bride, Performance in front of Art Basel; photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 25 2022

The art world's support for Ukraine is not only met with enthusiasm, Kabir Jhala and Tom Seymour found out in Basel for The Art Newspaper: "The wealth of initiatives in Basel providing support for Ukraine has proven that the art market can act in unselfish ways, and with speed. But others question why the art market's growing generosity is reserved ... read more