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Top Trending Art Exhibitions to see in the first 6 months of 2020!

Top Trending Art Exhibitions to see in the first 6 months of 2020!
Olivia Drage, January 28, 2020

2020 is packed with fascinating and jaw-dropping art exhibitions. Although there are hundreds of notable exhibitions this year, it would be almost impossible to attend them all. I have read about many and compiled a list of what I believe to be the most significant exhibitions dominating the next six months. My choices were based on a number of factors: The artist, the venue and the location, and not just because they are my personal favourites. They explore and highlight significant advancements and achievements in art, crucial debates of the modern day and celebrate the talent housed in our creative institutions.  

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Auction Houses vs The Internet

Auction Houses vs The Internet
Alchemy Admin, November 28, 2019

Throughout the years, high end retailers and luxury brands alike have been reluctant to market their products online and have shied away from the use of digital selling channels in the past. This is a conscious decision made by influential figures within such companies wanting to preserve the sense of exclusiveness that comes with purchasing from a luxury outlet. However, the way in which consumers are shopping has drastically changed over the last decade with more and more demographics choosing to browse and purchase goods online.

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Black History Month: Prominent Artists

Black History Month: Prominent Artists
Kerry-Ann Holleyman, October 8, 2019

An Annual Celebration

October marks Black History Month in the UK; a yearly commemoration of the accomplishments, contributions and history of black people around the world. Throughout this month, many will be observing and celebrating the achievements of black people both in the present and throughout history. In this post, Alchemy will be looking at highly esteemed black artists and their key artworks.

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What are the most expensive artworks ever sold?

What are the most expensive artworks ever sold?
Kerry-Ann Holleyman, May 30, 2019

Recently, the artworld has been dazzled by the sale of Claude Monet’s 1890 painting ‘Meules’. The artwork was sold in an astonishing eight minutes for an eyewatering $110.7million, breaking records for the most an impressionist work has ever sold for. Interestingly, professionals are describing the sale as a ‘bargain’ in comparison to previous sale records – so what are the most expensive artworks ever sold, and what makes them so valuable?

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

Art Basel Hong Kong 2019
Harriet Lodge, March 27, 2019

Coming Soon!

Art Basel Hong Kong is fast approaching and features the most prestigious galleries and art institutions from around the world. The show focuses on the leading modern and contemporary galleries who showcase their variety of artists from the modern era. The first day is a private view by invitation only, however the show offers three days that are available to the public and you don’t have to be an art professional to attend. Although, you do have to be quick, only Premier Passes are now left.

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Echoes – An Exhibition of work by Qu Leilei

Echoes – An Exhibition of work by Qu Leilei
Olivia Drage, February 26, 2019

Alchemy’s fine art team were delighted to attend the opening exhibition of Qu Leilei’s Echoes at 3812 Gallery in London last month. Echoes is on display from 29th January to 9th March 2019 and if you haven’t visited already make sure you do, it is not to be missed! 

Having worked closely with the 3812, it was fantastic to finally visit the new London location and meet with the Directors behind its transformation, Calvin Hui and Mark Peaker. Thank you very much for the invite!   

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Notable UK Exhibitions of 2019 - 2020

Notable UK Exhibitions of 2019 - 2020
Harriet Lodge, January 25, 2019

Gallery 3812

Alchemy has been closely working with Gallery 3812. Having recently acquired a new location in Central London as an expansion from their Hong Kong base, the Gallery has been quickly gaining momentum. Gallery 3812 specialises in contemporary Chinese art and ink work, aiming to increase the appreciation of Chinese artworks internationally. Their new exhibition 'Echoes' by artist Qu Leilei is (taking place between 28th January to 9th March 2019) is an exploration of the UK based Chinese artist’s contemporary ink works.

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Gallipoli: The Scale of our War – A Te Papa Exhibition, New Zealand

Gallipoli: The Scale of our War – A Te Papa Exhibition, New Zealand
Harriet Lodge, November 26, 2018

New Zealand

I have just completed an eight-month sabbatical travelling in New Zealand. As a member of Alchemy’s Fine Art Team, I found I couldn’t keep away from the art world for too long. Whilst exploring the ‘land of the long white cloud’, I visited various museums and galleries, enjoying cultural and local artworks. One exhibition really resonated with me; Te Papa’s ‘Gallipoli: The Scale of our War.’ This piece is particularly relevant to this year’s First World War Centenary.

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Three Significant Artworks by Banksy

Three Significant Artworks by Banksy
Olivia Drage, October 30, 2018

Inspired by the recent event at Sotheby’s, I felt it fitting to devote my latest blog to the work of Banksy; a famous street artist whose identity has always been a subject of mystery and speculation. Despite obscuring his (or her) identity, Banksy has become well known not just within the art industry but on a global scale for his creative, ingenious and often controversial graffiti. He fascinates the public in his use of street art, which comments on and raises questions about modern society. I have selected my top 3 jaw-dropping Banksy works, which in my opinion, have considerably impacted society and pushed the boundaries of the art world and art classification over the last two decades…

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Fine Art Shipping: A Timeline

Fine Art Shipping: A Timeline
Laura Edgell, September 26, 2018

Alchemy

Alchemy is lucky enough to work with some of the world’s most famous auction houses and leading galleries; to reflect this we have produced the following ‘Fine Art Shipping Timeline’ with the kind assistance of our learned contact Racine Berkow, Owner and President of Racine Berkow Associates and Lecturer at NYU. Fine Art Shipping is an incredibly niche and specialised industry – but it also has a rich and fascinating origin story which stretches back to the very dawn of human culture… I am therefore delighted to share some of the notable highlights on the journey to today’s Fine Art Shipping industry as we know it.

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Art Authenticity and Attribution

Art Authenticity and Attribution
Olivia Drage, April 24, 2018

Art Authenticity and Attribution

The authenticity of any artwork is questionable. Is it an original? Is it a copy? Who can it truly be attributed to? These factors become more questionable the further back in art history we travel. This might be due to loss of documentation, the nature of style within artistic movements or forgery.

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Reflections on LAPADA 2017 & an Exclusive Art Preview!

Reflections on LAPADA 2017 & an Exclusive Art Preview!
Harriet Lodge, October 24, 2017

Walking towards LAPADA Art Fair you are met with an impressive view of a building that seems to fit perfectly within the high end and opulent area of Berkeley Square, Mayfair. Surrounded by exclusive restaurants, brands such as Rolls Royce and couture fashion houses, the mid eighteenth century sculptured square provides the perfect setting for a splendid display of antique treasures and modern masterpieces. 

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Sotheby’s November Sales Set New Records

Sotheby’s November Sales Set New Records
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, November 30, 2016

Sotheby’s have completed their November Sales in New York with a contemporary art evening sale, which totaled a huge $276.6 million. This lot was not only the week’s most impressive in terms of total sum, but also due to its sell-through of 94%, with only 4 out of the 64 lots failing to be sold. 

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Working in an Auction House

Working in an Auction House
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 27, 2016

Working in an auction house can be the perfect place to build a career in art. There are many auction houses around the world, with institutions such as Christies and Sotheby’s as the most famous, which all have different requirements and specialties, but there specific job requirements that all have something in common.

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