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Pre-Basel is usually silly season, except for the German auctions. There are a few surprises this year. Just a few years ago, most of the million-dollar surcharges achieved in this country would probably have taken place in London. Thank you Boris!The 500th auction of the Cologne auction house Van Ham was also its best, Susanne Schreiber reports in the Handelsblatt: ... read more
With over 120 participating galleries, the London Gallery Weekend markets itself as the largest event of its kind. In view of the abundance, the press dispenses almost entirely with coherent text and restricts itself to Best of lists, such as Tom Jeffries for Frieze, Kabir Jhala as well as Ben read more
Arco Lisboa is emancipating itself from its Madrid mother with its own focal points, according to Nicole Scheyerer's report on the fair for the FAZ: "86 galleries are participating in the sixth edition, of which only 25 are from Portugal. For the past three years, ARCO Lisboa has focused on Africa, as Portugal's colonial history has maintained close ties with ... read more
The rather sluggish course of the New York auction week summarises Barbara Kutscher in the Handelsblatt: "Bidders only grabbed important works fresh from the market and the very special. As Alex Rotter, Christie's head of the 20/21 department, stated on 11 May: "We are confronted with a more difficult market situation, economically, politically, in every respect". Low interest rates, which ... read more
Institutions and the market are extending the discourse of decolonisation eastwards, explains Katie Marie Davies in the Russian exile portal Meduza: "It wasn't until Moscow's 2022 invasion of Ukraine that the topic of Russian colonialism converged with broader conversations about decolonization, but it catapulted into the public consciousness quickly. Previously, decolonization was one of the issues that we would come ... read more
After half a year of seat-vacancy, Art Basel in Basel has a new director in Maike Cruse. Berliners lament the departure of the director of Gallery Weekend Berlin, including Marcus Woeller in the WeLT: "The appointment is a good decision for the world - but bad for Berlin. A big gap needs to be filled here. Because in the capital, ... read more