Tag: art market

Art Essays

Melbourne Art Fair 2012

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Another Melbourne Art Fair, another chance to take the unsteady pulse of the local art market. With no hard data about turnover, a hasty prognosis would suggest the sector is still feeling the pain, although smiling through tears. Every year the Fair commissions a major work that is subsequently gifted to a public gallery. This […]

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Masami Teraoka, Migration

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

One of the strangest developments in the Sydney art scene is the sudden upsurge of galleries showing and selling high priced international art. This is surprising, given the fact that these are dismal times for retail and the art business is essentially retail with delusions of grandeur. There are only two explanations: either there are […]

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Art Hong Kong 2012

Saturday, May 26th, 2012 Art Essays, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Hong Kong is ideally located to take advantage an eastern economic boom that keeps defying western prophets of doom. Although it may sound scarcely believable, that defiant attitude is shared by leading western art dealers who have begun opening gigantic new spaces in a city long known as a cultural backwater. Those bad old days […]

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Struggling Artists

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 Australian Art, Blog,

A reader, Glenn Stelzer, has emailed me to suggest that his brother, Bevan, is an artist worthy of attention. He says, quite rightly, that there are a lot of talented but “struggling” artists who never get their time in the sun. A painter, Edwin Smith, has written to alert me to his exhibition with Bruce […]

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Art Hong Kong 2011

Friday, June 10th, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It is scarcely believable that the Hong Kong Art Fair is only four years old. As the infant prodigy among the many, many fairs that have been breeding, virus-like, in all parts of the world, Hong Kong’s growth has been freakish. It started out as a shrewd, optimistic idea in 2008; struggled through the GFC […]

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James Guppy

Saturday, December 18th, 2010 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This has been a forgettable year for the commercial galleries. Not only are sales down, even attendances have been disappointing. It is as though people don’t trust themselves to visit galleries in case they are tempted to spend money. Art dealing, after all, is a glorified form of retail, and the economists are telling us […]

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Super Cooper

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 General Art Essays,

Despite a ludicrous survey conducted by the Australia Council that tells us 93 per cent of Australians are actively involved in the arts, the politicians are not fooled. They know that art is a minority pursuit, with no votes to be won or lost. One of the reasons for this stasis is the age-old connection […]

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Brett Whiteley: A Sensual Line 1957-67

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 Australian Art, Book Reviews,

Brett Whiteley: A Sensual Line 1957-67 By Kathie Sutherland Looking through a recent auction catalogue I was struck by the estimate given for a picture of a blue and white bird by Brett Whiteley. This attractive but undoubtedly minor work is expected to sell for $500,000-$700,000 – a ludicrous sum for a painting that would […]