We all love supporting our favourite artists. Whether that’s going to shows, art fairs or posting their work all over our Instagram feeds, there’s no denying that art girls are artists’ biggest fans. But, how many of us can actually afford to buy their art?
When I met Stefania Bortolami at her eponymous Tribeca gallery earlier this November, she was midway through overseeing the installation of her latest exhibition, a solo show of new paintings by the New York-based artist Robert Bordo. Walking around the space, she was a commanding presence, certain of her choices and intimately alive to the sight-lines and architectural quirks of her surroundings.
With nearly 1,800 artworks offered across the Big Three auction houses’ main evening and day sales, New York’s fall auction week borders on sensory overload. To help make sense of the latest heaping helping of hammering, we used the data to zoom out to the big picture.