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As the Art World Watches, an Oligarch Takes an Auction House to Court

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Source: The Newyork Times

In 2013, when Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian oligarch, was in the midst of buying $2 billion worth of art, one of the many works he purchased was “Tête,” a sculpture by Modigliani, for $83 million. That, he says, was the price Yves Bouvier, a man helping to handle the transaction, told him the seller would need to part with such a masterpiece.

But actually there was no other seller. Bouvier himself owned the sculpture, which he had quietly bought only months before at half the price, according to court papers.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/04/arts/design/dmitry-rybolovlev-sothebys-trial.html

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Why the Art World Is Just Waking Up to Sophie von Hellermann’s Dream-Like Visions

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Source: Artnet news

Almost like the rapidly fading recollections of a dream, Sophie von Hellermann’s paintings capture the otherwise intangible sensation of a fleeting moment held in the mind’s eye. Her works are semi-figurative, containing painterly vignettes rendered with a lyrical, light touch that appear almost to swim in a swirling sea of pastel pinks, greens, and blues. Her subject matter borrows from her own life, history, myth, and literature, intertwining these references into wondrous scenes that pull us out of our drab realities.

“The paintings are tinted with emotion. It helps to communicate emotions to make something more vivid or warmer,” von Hellerman explained of her fanciful compositions’ signature color palette during a recent conversation.

Read more: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/why-the-art-world-is-just-waking-up-to-sophie-von-hellermanns-dream-like-visions-2511227

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What Is the Status of Class in the Art World?

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Source: Ocula

This summer, a new initiative to empower the art world’s working class is emerging. Working Arts Club, a networking group for art professionals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, will officially launch on 16 July.

‘Starting Working Arts Club had been on my mind for some time, but it took a while to gain the confidence to put it out there. As seems typical of people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, I felt worried about being judged,’ said Meg Molloy, WAC’s founder and Head of Communications at Stephen Friedman Gallery.

Read more: https://ocula.com/magazine/art-news/what-is-the-status-of-class-in-the-art-world/

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Can Tokyo Gendai’s Sophomore Edition Build on Japan’s Art World Momentum?

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Source: Artsy.net

As its VIP preview wraps up today, hopes are high for Tokyo Gendai’s sophomore edition. The fair, which runs through July 7th at PACIFICO Yokohama, aims to build on the momentum established by a strong first outing last year, which arrived after some five years in the making. This year’s fair features 70 galleries (compared to 73 last year) from 20 countries—including the U.S., South Korea, France, Germany, Spain, and the U.K., besides Japan—alongside an expanded public program with talks, satellite events, and youth workshops.

Tokyo Gendai—dubbed the first truly international contemporary art fair in Japan—was co-founded by founding director of Art Basel Hong Kong and its predecessor ART HK Magnus Renfrew, under the umbrella art organization, The Art Assembly, which also runs other fairs ART SG in Singapore and Taipei Dangdai in Taiwan. More than demonstrating a comprehensive discourse between Japan and other parts of Asia, and beyond, the Gendai aims to reinstate Tokyo as a leading global art hub, while naturally reigniting and interconnecting the local Tokyo gallery scene.

Read more: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-tokyo-gendais-sophomore-edition-build-japans-art-momentum

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