by Annie McGrath IT’S GOOD TO TALK.

    In my foundation year at Camberwell College, I remember asking my tutor if I could go to the library and, without a hint of irony, he said: “you can, but don’t get suffocated by all the knowledge”. I laughed, before realising that he definitely wasn’t joking. 

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  • Art Fairs: The Auction House alternative for dealers

    Originally published in the May 2015 issue of Arts Industry
    by Tony Thorncroft, Guest blog Art Fairs: The Auction House alternative for dealers

    One of the familiar London experiences of a generation or so ago was to stroll down Bond Street or Cork Street, glancing in at the ubiquitous art galleries crowding there, to observe a bored young Sloane painting her nails and waiting desperately for a potential customer. It is an image of the past. Now many of those galleries will have transmogrified into global fashion shops and, in those that linger on, the listless girl will have been replaced by a harassed man anxiously searching a computer for an internet sale. Today the passing trade has all but disappeared for art and antique dealers: business is done mainly online – or at art fairs. 

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  • Dorotheum’s Contemporary Art sale

    by Anna Kirrage Dorotheum’s Contemporary Art sale

    Dorotheum’s Contemporary Art sale, held in Vienna on the evening of 10th June, offered for sale the auction house’s most international roster of artists yet. Alongside works by Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Victor Vasarely and Marc Quinn, was a group of masterpieces by the famed Italian avant-garde school which included artists like Fontana, Manzoni, Bonalumi, Castellani, Scheggi and Melotti.

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  • All the Fun of the Fairs

    by Hermione Wace All the Fun of the Fairs

    June has arrived, and with it London will see an influx of international collectors, art professionals and aficionados flocking to this month’s veritable feast of art fairs, auctions and exhibitions. The first of the art fairs is Art Antiques London (12-18 June) returning for its fifth edition in Kensington Gardens. It is followed by Olympia International Art & Antiques that will move its dates to 19-28 June, in order to coincide with major Impressionist and Modern art auctions as well as Masterpiece London. The latter will open its door on 25 June, and after only four years is firmly established on the global art calendar. For those on the preview circuit, the excitement continues throughout London Art Week (3-10 July) in which 44 galleries and 3 auction houses will participate.

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  • A-Mazed: Photo London 2015

    by Abi Gold Teddy BamBam ©Jocelyn Bain Hogg courtesy ATLAS Gallery

    Last weekend, the largest photography fair ever staged in London took place at Somerset House.The weekend event welcomed over 20,000 visitors to 70 international galleries exhibiting vintage and rare prints, and contemporary and new work by both established and emerging talent. Also included were 3 special exhibitions, installations in the courtyard, and a varied talks programme.

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  • Sculpture shines at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    by Charly Hancock Sculpture by the Lakes's stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

    Amongst the roses and dahlias, at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, there was an overwhelming presence of outdoor sculpture. One key trend was the use of recycled materials from Laura Antebi's galvanised steel wire sculptures and James Doran Webb's driftwood horses, to the weird and wonderful shell-encrusted animals by Polly Fields, which included a frightfully elaborate Tyrannosaurus Rex head.

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  • Golden² Consulting

    by Hermione Wace Golden² Consulting

    Golden Square is fast-becoming a hot spot for the London art scene. Since 2007 it has housed the Frith Street Gallery, with its exhibition programme of leading contemporary artists and emerging talent. But is was the opening of the palatial Marian Goodman Gallery in October 2014, with an inaugural exhibition of Gerhard Richter that really put this corner of Soho on the map. This is not to mention Sadie Coles’ nearby premises on Kingly Street, Pace Gallery on Lexington Street and pop-up gallery Herald St on the Square itself. The newest addition to this impressive line-up is not a gallery, but multi-faceted arts business Golden² Consulting. 

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