News & Views

The End of Exhibitions?

20 July 2018

As Attendance Plummets, New York Dealers Are Scrambling to Secure the Future of the Art Gallery

To lure the public back into art galleries, dealers are banding together and adopting vintage tactics like the old-fashioned gallery walk.


No auctioneer licensing so anything goes?

16 July 2018

We tend to hear this argument somewhat regularly: “There is no auctioneer licensing in that state, so anything goes …” In other words, there are no laws or rules which apply to an auctioneer in a non-license state.

More bidders or the right bidders?

10 July 2018

The question again seems to be do auctioneers need more bidders (a larger bidder pool) or just the right two bidders.


At auction, the final high bid is (largely) determined by the last two bidders — the high bidder and the runner-up bidder. Given that, no other bidders are arguably really necessary. The trick is finding those last two bidders, or “the right bidders” for each property put up for auction.


Huang Yao's calligraphy in HK

5 July 2018

The Voice of the Brush is a series of exhibitions showcasing works by distinguished Chinese calligraphers -- Gu Gan, Huang Yao, Luo Qi, and Wang Dongling -- at Alisan Fine Arts in Hong Kong from July 5 to Aug 4. 

On July 10, Carolyn Wong, granddaughter of Huang Yao,  will conduct a walkthrough of the exhibition at 3.30pm. The walkthrough is followed by an English lecture on the life and work of Huang Yao.

Sotheby's specially curated sale rakes in US$6mil

11 June 2018

Targeted at younger collectors, the 'Curated: Turn It Up' artworks auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong totalled HK$47.7 million / US$6 million. 

All of the 102 pieces offered found buyers, with 78% realising prices above their high estimates.