Art market

‘The Japanese’ by Hans Makart, 1870–75

How do artists vanish?

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…

Brand ‘Picasso’: the artist surrounded by a portion of his 45,000 works, in Cannes, 1956

The squalid afterlife of artists' estates

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Artists’ legacies were once controlled by opportunist collectors or vengeful harpies. Stephen Bayley meets the German lawyer trying to civilise the process

Oh Lord, free us from Brussels: the sale of ‘L’Angelus’ (1858) by Jean-Francois Millet prompted the introduction of ‘droit de suite’

Why Britain’s world-class galleries and auction houses could benefit from Brexit

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Why Britain’s world-class galleries and auction houses could benefit from Brexit

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

Collectors may be mad for Jean-Michel Basquiat but the critics hate him. Niru Ratnam asks why

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…

Ring of truth

27 November 2010 12:00 am

The glamorous art world of Manhattan is a natural subject for novelists and film-makers, but with the honourable exception of William Boyd’s Stars and Bars, written before the great art boom of recent times got going, few of the novels or movies have quite got it right.

Chinese burn

27 November 2010 12:00 am

A kind of madness has taken grip of the art market.