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What’s up with the spate of London gallery closures?

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The bitter winds of Brexit, Covid and economic downturn finally blew a terrifying gale across London last year, claiming multiple gallery victims. It’s been a tough few years that many galleries have survived, but Simon Lee, Fold, and Darren Flook in Mayfair and Fitzrovia didn’t manage to endure. The Zabludowicz Collection and the Jewish Museum also closed, as did Gagosian’s Britannia Street branch. Are these the end times for London’s art scene?

Simon Lee, founded in 2002, was one of London’s most successful major galleries, specialising in the upper end of the art market: big artists making big art for big money. They had spaces in Hong Kong and New York, they represented painters and photographers like Christopher Wool, Dexter Dalwood, Rachel Howard, George Condo and Michelangelo Pistoletto, taking them to art fairs around the world. And they did interesting, adventurous stuff too, not just rampant commercial painting shows. In 2014 they held a wildly popular sale of Larry Clark photos that allowed visitors to rifle through boxes of his test prints and pick one up for just £100 (I bought one so full-frontally raunchy I’m almost too embarrassed to have it on display), they showed mythical queer black art by April Bey and hyper-militaristic weirdness by Mai-Thu Perret. They were the model big gallery, in other words.

Read more: https://www.timeout.com/london/art/gallery-closures-2024

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What are the best galleries in London? Artists choose their favorites

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Artists named some of London’s most visited galleries including the Royal Academy and Tate Modern among their favorites.

They also picked smaller, contemporary galleries such as The Gilbert & George Centre and the Estorick Collection, a townhouse in the Islington area.

The artists also gave insider tips — such as going to an auction house to see top art for free.

London has long been home to some of the world’s leading art galleries — Tate Modern, Somerset House and the National Gallery are among the U.K.’s most visited attractions.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2024/07/03/what-are-the-best-galleries-in-london-artists-choose-their-favorites.html

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London’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition presents mix of art stars and newcomers

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From a sculpted athletic torso pierced by metal rods to a skull adorned with glittering decorations, the Royal Academy’s eclectic Summer Exhibition has something for everyone.

The Royal Academy of Arts’ legendary summer exhibition is underway in London.

From big name artists, like Tracey Emin, to new and emerging talent, more than 1,700 works are on display across 13 gallery spaces.

The Royal Academy selects renowned artists like Emin as Royal Academicians, granting them membership in the historic institution. Currently, there are fewer than 100 Academicians, so each year, about two-thirds of the exhibited works are by non-members.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/06/28/londons-royal-academy-summer-exhibition-presents-mix-of-art-stars-and-newcomers

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PuckA Preview of Christie’s and Phillips’ London Art Sales

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A preview of the Phillips and Christie’s London sales, including a number of important works that may define—or rewrite—the narrative coalescing around the current art market.

Sotheby’s London Evening sale took in £83.6 million ($106 million) with 46 of 51 works sold. The hammer ratio was a passable 1.03. Those are the official statistics. But three lots were withdrawn, including the £6 million Tamara de Lempicka nude. If we included those lots, the hammer ratio falls to .94, or pretty much where we’ve been all through the first half of the year.

Even in soft sales there can be strong showings. Tonight, Françoise Gilot posted her ninth-highest auction price, for a 1944 self-portrait that made $457,200. A bouquet of lilacs that Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted in 1878 sold for more than 2.5 times the estimate to make $8.7 million. Cy Twombly, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, Alexander Calder, Agnes Martin, and Lucy Bull all had good nights, too. Jean-Michel Basquiat “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Derelict”MARION MANEKER • June 23, 2024London Art Fogloic gouzerMARION MANEKER • June 18, 2024Loic Gouzer’s Imaginary Collectionlarry gagosianMARION MANEKER • June 16, 2024Basel’s New Money & a Gagosian Ouster.

Read more: https://puck.news/preview-of-christies-philiips-london-art-sales/

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