Category: Discussion

Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares: Raqib Shaw, Lu Song and Kenny Scharf

Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares: Raqib Shaw, Lu Song and Kenny Scharf

The narratives of dreams and nightmares have long been represented in art. Whether biblical, fantasies of folklore or fictionalised, artists have for centuries depicted surreal visions. Recent works by the three artists Raqib Shaw, Lu Song and Kenny Scharf all provide interpretation of dreamscapes that linger in your mind long after your first encounter with...

17th July 201924th February 2020
London’s Contemporary Art Auctions June 2019: Spotlight on Her

London’s Contemporary Art Auctions June 2019: Spotlight on Her

Last week’s Contemporary Art sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips saw established names achieving stellar results. William Kentridge’s The Pool set a record for a work on paper at the hammer price £447,000 at Sotheby’s on Wednesday. At Christie’s the day before, Gerhard Richter’s Musa (2009) achieved £1,031,250, a world record for a tapestry by...

2nd July 201928th July 2019
Contemporary Art Trends 2019

Contemporary Art Trends 2019

Tumultuous global relations, the consolidation of the technological revolution and an ever-louder call for populist ideologies have guaranteed 2019 to significantly develop from the status quo of 2018. Whilst artists and institutions are being urged to reflect on and contribute to the current socio-political zeitgeist, the question remains: how is the contemporary art world responding?...

29th May 201920th July 2020
Our Venice Biennale Highlights

Our Venice Biennale Highlights

Two weeks ago, the jet set of the contemporary art world continued their breakneck pace around this year’s circuit of must-see/must-be-seen-at-events with the preview of the 2019 Venice Biennale, titled “May You Live in Interesting Times”. It seems as though the whirlwind of Frieze New York is in the distant past. The crowds were heavy...

20th May 201920th May 2019
What VR Means for Artists, Galleries and the Art Market

What VR Means for Artists, Galleries and the Art Market

What is VR? Virtual reality (VR) devices have become popular accessories worldwide. The technology was established in the 1990s, rising to prominence in recent years. VR experiences are enabled through a headset that displays a panoramic field of vision. The visuals move in synchrony with the user’s own movement, thereby distorting their perspective and creating the effect of situating [...]

26th September 201823rd January 2019
The Future of the Art Market: Synthetic DNA

The Future of the Art Market: Synthetic DNA

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have the potential to disrupt the ordinary flow of business in a profound way. Many are wary of these technologies and their growing prevalence in society. However, the steady growth of demand for secure and affordable means to digitally authenticate art is seeing a rise in the number of firms working in this [...]

16th May 201810th January 2019
The Future of the Art Market: Blockchain

The Future of the Art Market: Blockchain

Authenticating art in the digital age is proving increasingly difficult. Though the art market has faced issues of counterfeiting and fraud for years, recent advancements in technology have, until now, made combatting this a huge challenge. Could new technology, however, revolutionise the way art collectors, galleries and artists work? Blockchain is an electronic, transparent, public, [...]

9th May 201810th January 2019
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