Welcome to NewsFile, our round-up of newsy tidbits and happenings from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. We launch this edition with an Art Basel report on the health of art galleries.
Galleries Struggle to Survive
While gallery openings and closings have always been a characteristic of the art world, The New York Times reporting on an Art Basel report writes that in 2017––for the first time in 10 years––gallery closings outnumber gallery openings.
“The collectors aren’t going to galleries any more, they’re going to art fairs,”said John Martin, a dealer in contemporary art who has a gallery in the Mayfair district of London. “They’re less intimidating, more social, more convenient, and they’re open in the evenings and at the weekend,” he added. “People are time-poor.”
You can read the entire article here.
Best Attended Museums in 2017
Another analysis by The Art Newspaper highlights the best attended museums in 2017. The report indicates––as published by Hyperallergic––the Louvre remained the world’s most visited museum, though Beijing’s National Museum of China is closing the gap, with just 100,000 fewer visitors.
[The report] spotlights these figures for the publication’s annual survey of global museum attendance trends, the most comprehensive of its kind. It found that many major international institutions attracted record numbers of visitors last year, from the Guggenheim Bilbao to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. The latter, just four years old, hosted 2017’s second-most popular exhibition, a display of Russian industrialist Sergei Shchukin’s modern art collection that attracted over 1.2 million people.
Read the article in its entirety here.
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