Contemporary Art

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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Environmentalist Artists: Climate Change Awareness

Environmentalist Artists: Climate Change Awareness
Kerry-Ann Holleyman, August 1, 2019

In the 21st Century climate change is an inescapable, but hard to face aspect of our world. From rising sea levels to melting glaciers and rising temperatures, scarcely a day goes by when we are not confronted by a discussion about climate change. However, in our day to day lives, the immediate impact of climate change can be hard to see (many of us do not live near glaciers or notice the tiny yet devastating yearly changes in temperature that effect our planet).

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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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72 hours in Vienna, Austria: An Art Lovers’ guide!

72 hours in Vienna, Austria: An Art Lovers’ guide!
Kerry-Ann Holleyman, April 26, 2019

Brimming with magnificent palaces, sumptuous streets and lavish architecture, Vienna is an ideal city to escape into a world of luxury and opulence.  Whether you are a seasoned Art buff or simply a tourist with an appreciation for the finer things, this beautiful Austrian city has something to offer everyone. I was lucky enough to visit last month and have noted some of my favourite places to visit.

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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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Artworld Gaffes of 2017

Artworld Gaffes of 2017
Katie Smith, September 25, 2017

There is an autumn chill in the air as the UK Art World transitions from summer exhibitions to the closing season of 2017. As we look ahead towards 2018 we could review the notable successes of British Artists and Institutions so far this year… Or just for a moment, we can choose not to linger on past glories and instead consider those unfortunate events which we must now view with good humour in hindsight:

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Categories: Contemporary Art, Fine Art

Fine Arts Funding Cuts

Fine Arts Funding Cuts
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 27, 2017

In times of economic struggle, it is sadly the art industry that face cuts to their funding. The UK Arts Council has seen its funding slashed by millions in previous years, leading to fewer performances and exhibitions and less opportunities for people to engage with the arts. 

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Categories: Contemporary Art, Fine Art

Brexit Art: The Art World Responds

Brexit Art: The Art World Responds
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 3, 2017

Brexit has rocked not only the country but the entire world. The repercussions have been felt in a wide range of sectors and opinions on the UK’s departure from the EU have been vociferous. As ever, the art world has been publically expressing their views on the matter through a variety of different mediums. 

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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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The Impact of Brexit on the Art Market

The Impact of Brexit on the Art Market
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, September 30, 2016

Brexit has impacted on a variety of industry sectors around the world and the art market is no exception. Britain has the third largest art market in the world with more than 7,800 British art and antique businesses and a 65% share of the EU’s art and antiques market.

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Categories: Contemporary Art, Fine Art