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January Edition 2022
First, it was Hong Kong. Then Seoul hit the spotlight. Now, the art world is buzzing about Singapore, which has just hosted the first edition of Art SG, a major art fair, and its first major big event since the pandemic to welcome international visitors.
But can the city-state live up to the hype?
December Edition 2022
With the pandemic-induced upheaval of the art world in 2020 and 2021, there were big hopes that 2022 would be the art market’s return to form. In some ways, that was what we got.
This month, I’ve rounded up some of the trends that have shaped the art market in 2022.
November Edition 2022
This year has presented myriad challenges for galleries.
Despite the obstacles, however, there are several galleries that made 2022 a time to stretch to new heights. This month, I’ve rounded up some of the emerging galleries that have been breaking through this year.
October Edition 2022
The internet has changed everything, so why shouldn’t it change the art world?
Indeed, online sales now make up a large chunk of the art market. What we hear less about, though, is how the growth of online art buying is affecting the relationships between collectors and gallerists. I asked how dealers are using digital media to maintain relationships with their clientele, and how art buyers use them to feel closer to the works they love.
How have online tools like marketplaces, price databases, and social media changed the way that gallerists and collectors build lasting relationships?
September Edition 2022
Art fairs have always been important to galleries, but perhaps it was only during the pandemic that we learned just how important.
It’s not that sales dropped without them (by all accounts, they didn’t), but the conversations between gallerists and collectors that lead to fruitful relationships down the line? They often happen at fairs. That’s why I was intrigued to see what galleries’ fair participation would be like this fall.
This year, there are more fairs than ever for galleries to attend in September and October. With so many options, how have galleries decided where to focus their time and energy?
August Edition 2022
For some gallerists, the scorching temperatures signal that it’s time to follow their clients in taking a well-earned rest and close their gallery’s doors to visitors. For others, the pressure of the always-on art world can’t be ignored so easily.
I asked galleries about their attitudes towards the summer break as well as spotlighting some destination galleries that meet holidaying collectors where they are.
July Edition 2022
Fraud—no one wants to talk about it, but it happens all the time. This month, I’m talking about the most common ways that galleries fall prey to scams—particularly, the kind that involves email.
It’s also summertime, so as well as digging into this serious topic, I also asked gallerists where they are going on holiday this year?
June Edition 2022
How can galleries support queer art practices? Much of the art world has become increasingly welcoming of queer artists and communities, and all of the galleries I spoke to expressed their desire to show their artists’ work authentically and sensitively.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of buyers who are specifically interested in this kind of work. How do galleries cater to these collectors, while keeping their artists’ needs in mind?
May Edition 2022
For art lovers, there’s nowhere like New York City. As gallerist Sean Kelly said last week, speaking about the city’s capacity for art events: “I don’t think there’s a limit on New York.”
It certainly seems like it this month. With this in mind, I looked at the unique challenges and opportunities for gallerists and art fairs in the city. Will collectors grow fatigued with New York fairs?
April Edition 2022
It’s been a long, hard wait, but the Venice Biennale is finally back. It’s the first time in the Biennale’s history that the exhibition will include a majority of women and gender nonconforming artists. Amid all this change, I wanted to find out how are galleries supporting their artists who will be showing in the Biennale.
March Edition 2022
On February 24th, everything changed. The past few weeks, I’ve been watching what’s unfolding in Ukraine in horror, and wishing I could do more.
While artists and institutions in Europe in particular have been contributing to fundraising efforts for Ukrainian aid, one notable source of help has been cryptocurrency and NFTs. The Ukrainian government called for donations in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Tether—and over $60 million has been raised at the time of writing.
Sinziana Velicescu of Vellum LA and artist/writer Mieke Marple discuss how generative art works with NFTs and what should collectors know about buying NFTs.
February Edition 2022
Welcome to the first edition of The Gallerist, a newsletter from Artsy highlighting the latest topics affecting the art industry. From market analysis to art fair updates to million-dollar sales, I’ll be bringing you the long view on what lies ahead in the art world and spotlighting some fantastic art and artists in the process.
For this edition, I’ve homed in on the return of Frieze Los Angeles. As the 2022 fair kicks off, I asked gallerists how things have changed for them in the past two years, and consider what this moment of in-person meeting means to the L.A. art scene. I also chat with Knowledge Bennett, the artist and founder of L.A. gallery The KNOW Contemporary.
In a new location, a larger roster of galleries, and new director Christine Messineo at the helm, will the fair offer galleries and collectors a glimpse of a more “normal” art market in 2022?
Knowledge Bennett discusses his latest show of work by emerging Black artists, “BLACK,” co-curated by Bennett and author and art historian Charles Moore.