A View from the Market – Q&A with Preston Benson, Managing Director of Cromwell Place

As the outbreak of COVID-19 has intensified, the UK art market, an inherently international industry, which thrives on both its domestic and global events, has felt the unprecedented effects. Despite this, the art market is proving a very resilient and flexible industry finding new and innovative ways to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances we are finding ourselves in.

Art Law & More brings you A View from the Market, a series of Q&As with figures from different realms of the art world as we uncover how they are adapting to the new normal, their reflections on how COVID-19 could change the future of the art market and the great importance of art and creativity.

We continue the series with Preston Benson, Managing Director of Cromwell Place. Cromwell Place is a membership organisation offering a first-of-its-kind exhibition and working space in central London due to open in Autumn 2020.

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Major exhibition will reopen to mark Raphael’s 500th anniversary

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael (1483-1520), one of the most acclaimed artists of the Italian Renaissance. Yet 2020 has also been marked by the unprecedented spread of Covid-19, the life-threatening respiratory virus that locked down entire countries, halted the art world and shrunk economies. Cautious optimism is now returning to Italy, as Rome’s blockbuster exhibition on Raphael is set to reopen for an additional three months from June.   Continue reading

And the answers are…

Pens down, Art Law & More quizzers!

It’s time to find out if you know your Maurizio Cattelan bananas from your Caravaggios, your self-destructing Banksy works from your diamond hoards as we reveal the answers to our first ever Art Law & More Quiz.

First off, a big, Art Law & More thank you for taking part. By playing along at home, you have helped us in continuing to support the vital and life-changing work of Boodle Hatfield’s Charity Partner of the year, The Rainbow Trust.

We hope you also enjoyed a little welcome, art-infused distraction from these unprecedented times and that you, your families and friends continue to stay safe and well. Continue reading

Frontline Folklore

This blog post is written by guest author, Ben Edge. Bed Edge is an artist who is predominately a figurative painter interested in folklore and storytelling. His paintings depict the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. He believes his interests originate from his childhood, where he grew up around colourful and eccentric family members who would tell him remarkable stories. Here, Ben explains his current project on folklore and takes us on a journey of folkloric customs accompanied by his paintings depicting the rituals. Continue reading