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Kobel's Art Weekly Archive

precarious existence: T.L. Busby, Painter's hall ca. 1826. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain

Kobel's Art Weekly 19 2024

Even in its current edition, the small Frieze New York hardly seems to excite anyone. Interestingly, both the big galleries with their usual sales reports and the usual media, which support the fairs' PR with reports of a “brisk start” and “buyoing sales”, are conspicuously reticent. Incidentally, Tefaf New York appears across the board in reports on satellite fairs, including Rachel Sherman's overview for the ... read more

Art Brussels 2024; photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 18 2024

Christian Herchenröder feels overwhelmed by the abundance of Gallery Weekend Berlin in the Handelsblatt: ‘The programme of the 55 participating galleries and other dealers ranges from German abstraction at Wolfgang Werner Kunsthandel to new artistic positions, as embodied by the landscapes of American Haley Mellin at Dittrich & Schlechtriem. There will also be a comeback by the Mülheimer Freiheit group ... read more

La Biennale di Venezia 2024; photo Stephan Zilkens

Kobel's Art Weekly 17 2024

Art market reporting in the narrower sense was sparse last week because the arts media worldwide focused on the Biennale di Venezia, which is officially a non-market event and yet is considered the largest art fair in the world. Here, not in Kassel, it feels like there is a gallery representative next to every exhibit and here, not in Miami, the most sophisticated dinners and ... read more

Art Düsseldorf 2024; photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 16 2024

Georg Imdahl emphasises the feel-good factor of Art Düsseldorf in the FAZ: "The feel-good factor in the former steelworks of the Böhlerhallen with its daylight is indeed hard to beat. A dealer from Düsseldorf isn't just being locally patriotic when he describes Art Düsseldorf as the second most beautiful fair after Paris+ in the Grand Palais Éphémère. Now that everything ... read more

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Kobel's Art Weekly 15 2024

Following the discontinuation of the Fiac, Art Paris is increasingly establishing itself as a marketplace not only for the French middle market, observes Bettina Wohlfarth for the FAZ: "The fair offers galleries from the broad midfield a platform and sees itself as complementary to the top international fair in autumn, which has been organised by Art Basel for the past ... read more

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Kobel's Art Weekly 14 2024

International coverage of Art Basel Hong Kong is less extensive than it used to be, as Art Basel says it wants to concentrate more on regional media and correspondents in its press work. In the FAZ (paywall), Ernst Herb sees the current edition of the fair as being dominated by the recently tightened security laws: "At the fair, the issue ... read more