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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
The New York Times last reported on the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019. Yet this spring, diversity and a spirit of optimism reign on the Spree as rarely in recent times. Kevin Hanschke sums it up in the FAZ: "Overall, identity, whether social, political or digital, is one of the common threads holding the weekend together. [...] The response from international ... read more
Jens Bülskämper opens his good-humoured tour of Art Brussels for Monopol with a detailed appreciation of the fair's successful and publicity friendly charity campaign with good art for little money: "But that's over now, Art Brussels has come up with a successful gimmick for a good cause: numerous artists at the fair contributed a picture in postcard format to declare ... read more