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
Along an inconspicuous hallway on Level C of Southampton General Hospital, now hangs a surprising new addition to the institution’s collection of artwork. The elusive street artist Banksy has paid tribute to the NHS for their role in fighting the coronavirus with an unusually small, but moving, piece called ‘Game Changer’. Continue reading
The COVID-19 crisis has represented a steep learning curve for all of us in how to go about our daily lives and the art world has not been immune. Continue reading
Since the outbreak of covid-19 the world has experienced an unprecedented level of change. In the UK nearly 20,000 individuals have lost their lives to the virus, a nationwide lockdown has been imposed, and the economy has been severely hit. Yet the good in human nature is still managing to shine through; a 99-year-old veteran raised £28 million for the NHS, an extraordinary one million people signed up to volunteer schemes, and children’s artworks of rainbows have brightened up windows all over the UK. Continue reading
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 begin the series with Artist, Ben Edge. Ben is predominately a figurative painter interested in folklore and storytelling, whose 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. Find out more about Ben and his work here. Continue reading
Opportunistic criminals have stolen Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring’ (1884) from the Singer Laren Museum in east Amsterdam. Continue reading