The Internet Is Abuzz With the News That Britney Spears Is Getting Her First Gallery Show. But It’s All a Lie

The Internet Is Abuzz With the News That Britney Spears Is Getting Her First Gallery Show. But It’s All a Lie

Last week, in a stunning Instagram post, Galerie Sympa in France claimed that it would be giving the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” pop star her debut solo art exhibition. Not only that: the gallery also claimed to now represent the singer, who is also an amateur painter of native plants.

Artnet3 days ago

The Future of Painting Is Here, and It’s Weird As Hell

The Future of Painting Is Here, and It’s Weird As Hell

At FBA Futures, the UK’s largest annual showcase of emerging art, painting is used to represent a state of mind. These highly subjective reflections offer new perspectives on the world around us, one that is playful, strange and occasionally surreal.

Elephant3 days ago

Who Will Shape the Art World in 2020?: ARTnews Presents ‘The Deciders’

Who Will Shape the Art World in 2020?: ARTnews Presents ‘The Deciders’

This issue of ARTnews offers a glimpse into the future by way of visionaries in our communities who continue to look and think forward. I am honored to be a part of it, and I hope it sparks conversation and collaboration while rethinking outdated narratives.

Art News3 days ago

How Do You Build a Blue-Chip Market in 10 Years? The Trajectory of ‘Bad Painter’ Albert Oehlen Provides a Blueprint

How Do You Build a Blue-Chip Market in 10 Years? The Trajectory of ‘Bad Painter’ Albert Oehlen Provides a Blueprint

Could 2020 be the year that Albert Oehlen—a polarizing artist both beloved and dismissed—sees his work top $10 million at auction?

Artnet9 days ago

The Evolution of the Art Industry in the Next Decade

The Evolution of the Art Industry in the Next Decade

What will this and future years to come look like in the art industry? From technology to security, read our predictions of evolution and revolution.

Artland Magazine13 days ago

Ones to Watch: The Rising Art Stars of 2020

Ones to Watch: The Rising Art Stars of 2020

As we enter a new decade, these are the artists who will see their star rise this year. Keep your eyes peeled for these future greats—you’re going to be seeing a whole lot more of them in 2020.

Elephant15 days ago

7 Dramatic and Highly Specific Predictions for the Art Industry in 2020

7 Dramatic and Highly Specific Predictions for the Art Industry in 2020

Ah, the early days of the new year: perhaps the only stretch of the calendar when it feels not just permissible but obligatory to spend serious time wondering which events among infinite possibilities might actually take place in the next 12 months.

Artnet15 days ago

The Biggest Art World Flops of the 2010s

The Biggest Art World Flops of the 2010s

Fairs and biennials got cancelled, exhibitions got panned, an air-conditioning system failed—here are some of the decade’s biggest flops, presented in chronological order.

Art News16 days ago

The Fraught Business of Removing and Selling Street Art Murals

The Fraught Business of Removing and Selling Street Art Murals

“It’s against the street art world for items that are done in public to be sold,” said Darren Julien, founder and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, which specializes in selling pop culture–related items and street art.

Artsy16 days ago

Here Are 5 of the Most Notorious Art Thieves, Swindlers, and Forgers of the 21st Century—and How They Were Finally Caught

Here Are 5 of the Most Notorious Art Thieves, Swindlers, and Forgers of the 21st Century—and How They Were Finally Caught

“It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in,” wrote Raymond Chandler in the classic detective novel The Big Sleep. Chandler wasn’t talking about the art world specifically, but the sentiment captures some of its well-heeled, occasionally unscrupulous dealings.

Artnet17 days ago

Trends that Shaped The Art World of Today

Trends that Shaped The Art World of Today

In his regular dslcollection column leading collector Sylvain Levy identifies the key trends that have shaped the art world of today.

Artland Magazine20 days ago

The 10 Most Expensive Works Sold in 2019

The 10 Most Expensive Works Sold in 2019

The past several years in auction house news have been marked by jaw-dropping records, but in 2019, the drama didn’t only happen during the actual auctions. Perhaps the largest piece of news was that Sotheby’s had its final round of auctions as a public company, as the house went private with French-Israeli media magnate Patrick Drahi at the helm.

Artsy21 days ago

The Art Market Has Transformed Over the Past Decade. Here Were Its Fastest-Rising Stars, According to the Artnet Price Database

The Art Market Has Transformed Over the Past Decade. Here Were Its Fastest-Rising Stars, According to the Artnet Price Database

We like to think good art is timeless. But the art market is in the business of timeliness, not timelessness. And that means that changes in the market—whether they are the result of an institutional push, a speculative rush, a change in taste, or simply the death or divorce of a collector—can happen fast. Many of the most sought-after contemporary artists today were not particularly coveted just 10 years ago.

Artnet22 days ago

Which Emerging Artist Dominated 2019? 12 Art-World Players Share Their Thoughts

Which Emerging Artist Dominated 2019? 12 Art-World Players Share Their Thoughts

There is never any shortage of cutting-edge work by rising art stars to get your fill of, and this year was no exception. With so much material to wade through, we asked curators and other art experts to tell us which names dominated 2019 and are worth keeping an eye on as we head into the new year. Below, 12 experts share their thoughts.

Artneta month ago

9 Leading Advisors, Dealers, and Art-World Insiders Tell Us Which Artists They Think Are Poised to Break Out in 2020

9 Leading Advisors, Dealers, and Art-World Insiders Tell Us Which Artists They Think Are Poised to Break Out in 2020

Artnet News asked nine taste-makers for their thoughts on which artists will be hot in 2020—and why. Here’s what they told us.

Artneta month ago

The Biggest Sales of the 2010s

The Biggest Sales of the 2010s

In the past decade, the art market has achieved new heights—or, some might say, become more unmoored from reality. It reached a fever pitch in 2017, when Saudi Arabia’s crown prince purchased a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci for an astonishing $450 million, making it the world’s most expensive painting.

Artsya month ago

The Millennial Art Star Julie Curtiss’s Paintings Now Sell for Half a Million Dollars. It’s Kind of Freaking Her Out

The Millennial Art Star Julie Curtiss’s Paintings Now Sell for Half a Million Dollars. It’s Kind of Freaking Her Out

“When you see those works that are recycled so fast, and you look at how much a piece generated versus the amount of money I made on it, it’s almost funny,” Curtiss went on. “It’s tragicomic.”

Artneta month ago

An unprecedented event’: is this the most important art show ever seen in Africa?

An unprecedented event’: is this the most important art show ever seen in Africa?

Fully organised and created by Africans, and featuring the continent’s finest contemporary artists, a touring exhibition is marking a bold new dawn

Guardiana month ago

The Art Movements of the 2010s

The Art Movements of the 2010s

Protests, the introduction of Instagram, and social revolution have shaped the art of the past decade. During this period, as art-market trends rose and fell, there were seismic shifts in our perceptions of contemporary art and art history. The 2010s have seen some historic art moments, some of which sparked full-blown movements. Here, we share seven such instances, ranging from momentary fads to lasting developments that will shape the art world for years to come.

Artsya month ago

The US Treasury Department Sanctioned Dealer Nazem Ahmed for Allegedly Using His Gallery to Fund a Terrorist Group

The US Treasury Department Sanctioned Dealer Nazem Ahmed for Allegedly Using His Gallery to Fund a Terrorist Group

In a press release issued Friday by the Department of the Treasury, the US government announced sanctions on diamond dealer and prominent art collector Nazem Said Ahmad, in an effort to fight money-laundering that supports Hezbollah—the Lebanon-based political faction categorized as a terrorist movement by American officials.

Artneta month ago

The Gray Market: Why the End of Art Berlin Reveals a Weakness in All Art Fairs (and Other Insights)

The Gray Market: Why the End of Art Berlin Reveals a Weakness in All Art Fairs (and Other Insights)

Our columnist unpacks the ways that real estate is just as important to trade fairs as to their exhibiting galleries.

Artneta month ago

Some People Think Cattelan’s Banana Is Genius. This Law Professor Thinks It’s Illegal

Some People Think Cattelan’s Banana Is Genius. This Law Professor Thinks It’s Illegal

Just when you thought you would never have to swallow another banana, here comes a law professor with a jocular legal argument against Comedian, the artwork that Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan came out of retirement to offer for sale at Art Basel Miami Beach earlier this month.

Artneta month ago

The Scandal Surrounding Dealer Inigo Philbrick Deepens as Claims on Millions of Dollars’ Worth of Art Keep Piling Up

The Scandal Surrounding Dealer Inigo Philbrick Deepens as Claims on Millions of Dollars’ Worth of Art Keep Piling Up

The tangled mess of overlapping claims that caused now-disgraced dealer Inigo Philbrick to shutter his gallery spaces in Miami and London—and then reportedly go into hiding—appears to be intensifying.

Artneta month ago

Buyers of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Banana Defend the Work as ‘the Unicorn of the Art World,’ Comparing It to Warhol’s Soup Cans

Buyers of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Banana Defend the Work as ‘the Unicorn of the Art World,’ Comparing It to Warhol’s Soup Cans

The banana that sparked a deluge of think pieces and media hype at Art Basel Miami Beach last week shows no signs of slowing down. And those who dropped around $120,000 on their purchase of an edition of Marizio Cattelan’s Comedian—which is, as everyone now knows, a banana duct-taped to a wall—are now stepping forward to defend their purchases.

Artneta month ago

Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Art Basel in Miami Beach was… bananas. The story of the week, for better or worse, was Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian, the banana duck-taped to the wall that sold for $120,000 (twice) and eventually became so popular it had to be prematurely removed.

Artneta month ago

How the Unhinged Reaction to Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana Revealed the Thin Line Between the Art World and Total Anarchy

How the Unhinged Reaction to Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana Revealed the Thin Line Between the Art World and Total Anarchy

When Parisian gallery Perrotin unveiled Comedian, Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 conceptual art piece of a real banana, duct taped to the wall, at Art Basel Miami Beach, it sent the meme factory into overdrive. Within minutes of the kick-off of the fair’s opening day, Cattelan was receiving texts from friends who were recreating the artwork at home. Almost instantly, it became a viral sensation.

Artneta month ago

The Gray Market: 3 Takeaways From the 2019 Edition of Art Basel Miami Beach (and Other Insights)

The Gray Market: 3 Takeaways From the 2019 Edition of Art Basel Miami Beach (and Other Insights)

Our columnist wraps up this year's Miami Art Week extravaganza, from sales, to parties, to, yes, because it's the law, that banana.

Artneta month ago

‘Tasting Good’: An Artist Just Ate One of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Bananas Off the Wall in Miami

‘Tasting Good’: An Artist Just Ate One of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Bananas Off the Wall in Miami

Maurizio Cattelan’s banana sculpture at Art Basel Miami Beach has taken on a life of its own. On Saturday, amid a crush of fairgoers, a performance artist successfully managed to nab, peel, and eat the conceptual fruit duct-taped to the wall of the booth of Perrotin Gallery. The New York-based artist David Datuna said the edible piece of art, priced between $120,000 to $150,000, tasted good, but he grumbled that there was too much tape.

Artneta month ago

The challenges facing the art world today

The challenges facing the art world today

In the latest dslcollection column, Sylvain Levy assesses the key challenges facing the art market as we enter a new decade.

Artland Magazinea month ago

The Most Expensive Paintings of the Decade. Part 1: 2010 – 2014

The Most Expensive Paintings of the Decade. Part 1: 2010 – 2014

The Most Expensive Paintings of the Decade. Part I: 2010-2014. As one decade draws to a close and 2020 approaches we survey the market's milestones of the past 10 years.

Artland Magazinea month ago

Wet Paint: Art Basel Miami Beach Party Mania, the KAWS Whisperer, & More Juicy Art-World Gossip

Wet Paint: Art Basel Miami Beach Party Mania, the KAWS Whisperer, & More Juicy Art-World Gossip

Which celebrities attended the Dior show at the Rubell Museum? What art did Justin Bieber choose to sell at auction? Read on for answers.

Artneta month ago

The Best Art Books of the Decade

The Best Art Books of the Decade

Art books are forever, but the past decade brought forth what very well might have been more than ever before. What follows is a survey of the best art books published from 2010 to 2019, ranked in order of importance. They run the gamut from fiction to photo-books, and some have altered art history along the way.

Art Newsa month ago

Art Basel Miami Beach’s VIP Opening Sees Brisk Sales, as $2.4 M. David Hammons, $1.7 M. Helen Frankenthaler Find Buyers

Art Basel Miami Beach’s VIP Opening Sees Brisk Sales, as $2.4 M. David Hammons, $1.7 M. Helen Frankenthaler Find Buyers

It’s no secret that the global art market is alive and relatively well, especially in the air-conditioned bubble of the spacious Miami Beach Convention Center, where the V.I.P. vernissage of the 18th Art Basel Miami Beach fair took place Wednesday. As beautiful weather graced the city outside, 269 galleries offered primary and secondary market material.

Art Newsa month ago

Small Galleries Assess the Benefits of Big Art Fairs

Small Galleries Assess the Benefits of Big Art Fairs

For larger, more well-established galleries with big-name artists on their rosters, there is a nonchalant air to their booths — they know the drill. But for galleries that are showing for the first time, it can be a nerve-racking experience that can feel like an enormous gamble in terms of expense, but also a huge opportunity in exposure.

New York Timesa month ago

Here’s What VIPs Were Buying During Art Basel Miami Beach’s Leisurely Preview Day

Here’s What VIPs Were Buying During Art Basel Miami Beach’s Leisurely Preview Day

Some collectors said that the action felt more relaxed and that galleries were playing it safe. Still, VIP visitors flooded the preview day and the fair unveiled a big new initiative, its sweeping new “Meridians” section dedicated to elaborate, large-scale art installations in the second floor grand ballroom of the convention center. By most accounts, sales were off to a strong, though hardly frenzied, start right out of the gate.

Artneta month ago

Maurizio Cattelan Is Taping Bananas to a Wall at Art Basel Miami Beach and Selling Them for $120,000 Each

Maurizio Cattelan Is Taping Bananas to a Wall at Art Basel Miami Beach and Selling Them for $120,000 Each

When I started dating my now husband, the decor in his dorm apartment included a banana that he and his roommates had drunkenly taped to the wall. There it stayed all semester, through winter break, and then the end of finals. After their junior year, they took it down but saved it, only to once again display the shriveled husk in pride of place above the common room couch. Twelve years later, believe it or not, he still has it in a plastic bag somewhere in our apartment.

Artneta month ago