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Kobel's Art Weekly Archive

Vytautas Narušis, Monument to Putin; image free via

Kobel's Art Weekly 26 2023

Christoph Heim makes a series of demands in the Tagesanzeiger to Art Basel. Some of them sound somewhat out of touch with reality, others seem entirely justified and should give the Swiss food for thought: "A core issue of this 'going public' is ticket prices. In order to become more firmly rooted in Basel, Art ... read more

Art Unlimited, access not; photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 25 2023

Fair coverage is often limited to summaries of jubilant press releases or summaries, especially for events as confusing as Art Basel. One of the few exceptions is Anny Shaw's analysis in The Art Newspaper, which at least dares to admit that the situation is complex: "By the end of Tuesday, ... read more

Basel Social Club; photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 24 2023

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

London Gallery Weekend; photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 23 2023

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

Fits unfortunately to many topics at the moment; HINKU Mainostoimisto "Freedom of Speech", free via

Kobel's Art Weekly 22 2023

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

Stable Diffusion, Prompt: Portrait of the singer Prince in the style of Andy Warhol

Kobel's Art Weekly 21 2023

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