Art market

‘The Japanese’ by Hans Makart, 1870–75

Fickle fortune

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Here’s an intriguing thought experiment: could Damien Hirst disappear? By that I mean not the 52-year-old artist himself — that…

Why I find women-only exhibitions depressing

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Modern Scottish Men, a new exhibition celebrating the achievements of male artists in the 20th century, opens next month in…

Why are students of curation being taught to ignore the public and be suspicious of enterprise?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

The world exists and then it disappears, piece by piece, the gaps widening until one age is replaced by another,…

‘Portrait of Juan de Pareja’ by Velázquez

The story of the first painting to sell for over a million pounds

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Nothing could have prepared the art world for the astounding moment in 1970 when, at a Christie’s sale on 27…

‘14.11.65’ by John Hoyland

Is John Hoyland the new Turner?

27 September 2014 9:00 am

What happens to an artist’s reputation when he dies? Traditionally, there was a period of cooling off when the reputation,…

Market dominance: ‘Dustheads’, 1982, by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Do you think this painting is worth $48.4 million?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Earlier this year a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, depicting two figures stoned on the hallucinogenic drug PCP, was offered for…

A is for Artist, D is for Dealers

26 October 2013 9:00 am

‘S is for Spoof.’ There it is on page 86, a full-page reproduction of a Nat Tate drawing, sold at…