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'Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture,' hardback, english text (Russian version also available), Unicorn Press, London, Aug 2016, 416 pages.

An important new book on Russian art of the Soviet era is published

Sep 15th, 2016 | By

Several years in the making,  ‘Masterpieces of Soviet painting and sculpture’ has now been published. The book is to be formally launched at Waterstones in Piccadilly in London in October but the English version is already available on Amazon: – This handsome coffee-table sized book is published in separate English and Russian versions, gives
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Maastricht and the River Meuse

Maastricht Fine Art Fair, 11th – 20th March, 2016

Apr 18th, 2016 | By

The Maastricht Fair (TEFAF) this year was as spectacular as the press made it out to be. I hadn’t been for a couple of years and it had been so hyped up I expected to be disappointed… but I wasn’t. Everywhere you turned there was another stand full of masterpieces that enticed you in to
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"Marusya" by Geli Korzhev

Geli Korzhev exhibition opens at the Tretyakov Gallery

Apr 4th, 2016 | By

  The Korzhev retrospective is running at the Tretyakov until June 14th.  Herewith a review of the show on the Russian Art and Culture website:-

Picasso's plaster Buste de femme (Marie Therese).

When does title pass in an art transaction? Test case between Larry Gagosian and Qatari Royal Family.

Mar 1st, 2016 | By

Normally title of an artwork passes to a new owner upon the seller’s receipt of agreed funds. The seller presents an invoice to the buyer showing he has a clear title to a certain object and that he has agreed to sell at a certain price. However, a court case in the news at the
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Korzhev's 'Miner Girl.'

Geli Korzhev exhibition in preparation at the Tretyakov Gallery for March opening

Feb 12th, 2016 | By

An exhibition titled “I have a right” featuring the works of the late Geli Mikhailovich Korzhev is due to open at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow on March 18th and run till June 14th.  This is part of a series of exhibitions that the Tretyakov is devoting to the post-war ‘Severe Style’ artists. Also in
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Kremlin and Moscow River by night

Art Market cools in 2016

Jan 29th, 2016 | By

The art market is entering one its cyclical periods of adjustment. As we shake off the lethargy of the Christmas holiday period and start to re-engage with the workplace the world feels a less certain place. Dangers seem to lurk around every corner including a slowing China, a recovery in the USA that is already
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Yves Bouvier

Buyers remorse in Monaco – Rybolovlev/Bouvier saga continues

Dec 30th, 2015 | By

The Rybolovlev/Bouvier saga has now spilled over from the art press into mainstream publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Town and Country Magazine have just published an interview with Dmitry Rybolovlev, a link to which is listed at the end of this article. The details of the case are being
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Modigliani's 'Reclining Nude' sold for US$170m at Christie's.

Modigliani joins the US$100m club

Nov 11th, 2015 | By

Amadeo Modigliani’s ‘Reclining Nude,’ or ‘Nu Couche,’ sold on Monday at Christie’s for US$170m launching Modigliani into the US$100m club, which includes Picasso, Bacon and Giacometti (all three times), Munch and Warhol. The painting depicts an attractive and languid nude lying down completely at ease enjoying the flattering intensity of the artist’s gaze and the
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Lucio Fontana's 'Concetto Spaziale.'

All Change in the Art Market

Nov 5th, 2015 | By

For centuries the rules for successful participation in the art market remained broadly consistent for collectors but times are changing…and fast…and it is no longer so clear that the old rules apply. The old rules to successful art buying were roughly: – study your subject, buy what you like so you could enjoy it on
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English High Street Banks

Banks now call the shots in art deals

Oct 25th, 2015 | By

Whereas Bankers used to process art deals with little fuss, they now examine them in detail and decide if they will accept them or not. Your ‘Relationship Manager’ always wanted to know more about your business….well, now he does… and he is your new boss. All art deals of any significance now get referred to
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