It’s been a memorable year in the art world, not for what happened, but for who left.
Carmen Herrera and Dorothea Rockburne are among those whose works will be sold at Sotheby’s; Oprah Winfrey and Agnes Gund are honorary auction chairwomen.
Auction houses are still getting high prices for works from the historic canon, but demand isn’t what it once was.
Sales have slowed in the face of new political realities, including Western sanctions on Moscow. But wealthy buyers continue to create surprises.
The scribblings of a brilliant 20th-century physicist show that he did not get everything right on the first try, either.
A blockbuster week of sales backed by third-party guarantees reassures the art world that the market is humming, if not booming.
In three auctions, there were some formidable prices, though eyebrows were raised at a number of intimidating estimates. And there were failures.
Chinese collectors flock to London to buy items from their country’s Imperial past, attracted by pieces with ownership histories that guarantee authenticity.
The maximalist, cross-cultural decorating style favored by the two Frenchmen has long been admired as an antidote to the minimalism of contemporary interiors.