What's On? Old Masters and Beyond

What's On? Old Masters and Beyond

Exhibitions Opening this Month

April 2019

From Giorgio Morandi and the Old Masters at the Guggenheim Bilbao to Tiepolo frescoes at the Frick Collection.

TEFAF Meet the Expert

TEFAF Meet the Expert

Nicholas Hall - Antonio d'Ubertino Verdi, called Bacchiacca

March 2019

Nicholas Hall presents a fine Portrait of a Young Lady Holding a Cat, a brillantly seductive image painted by Antonio d'Ubertino Verdi, known as Bacchiacca, for the TEFAF 2019 - Meet the Expert series. 

Odilon Redon, l'Ange du Destin (The Angel of Destiny)

Odilon Redon, l'Ange du Destin (The Angel of Destiny)

New acquisition by the MFA Boston

March 2019

Congratulations to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their recent acquisition of l'Ange du Destin by Odilon Redon.

Vereniging Rembrandt TEFAF TIPS

Vereniging Rembrandt TEFAF TIPS

17de-eeuwse schilderkunst

March 2019

The Monogrammist I.S. Portrait of a Woman at Nicholas Hall (Stand 342) shortlisted as one of the best 17th century paintings at TEFAF Maastricht 2019 by the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt). The selection was made by Ann Demeester, director of the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. 

Francisco de Goya, Visiones

Francisco de Goya, Visiones

Recently Acquired by the Meadows Museum, Dallas

January 2019

Congratulations to the Meadows Museum, Dallas for their recent acquisition of Visiones, the last drawing for Goya's album D in private hands from our exhibition Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art (Sept 13 - Oct 27, 2018).  

'Museum 2050' booklaunch at Asia Society HK

'Museum 2050' booklaunch at Asia Society HK

November 2018

Book launch for the publication accompanying the inaugural Museum 2050 symposium 'Looking to New Institutional Models: China’s Cultural Landscape by Mid-Century' (Long Museum, Shanghai June 9-10, 2018) took place at the Asia Society, HK on Sunday, November 25, 2018. 

The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos

The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos

Lecture accompanying the exhibition at The Frick Collection

September 2019

Lecture by Emma Capron accompanying the intimate exhibition she curated at The Frick Collection entitled The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos, which brought together two Early Netherlandish masterpieces commissioned by the Carthusian Monk Jan Vos for only the second time in history. 

Metamorphosis: Liu Dan’s Fantastic Landscape and the Renaissance now on view

Metamorphosis: Liu Dan’s Fantastic Landscape and the Renaissance now on view

at NICHOLAS HALL 17 East 76th Street New York

September 2018

The opening reception for the exhibition Metamorphosis: Liu Dan’s Fantastic Landscape and the Renaissance at NICHOAS HALL, 17 East 76th Street New York. 

Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art now on view

Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art now on view

at David Zwirner 537W 20th Street New York

September 2018

This exhibition takes as its point of departure Alfred H. Barr Jr.’s legendary 1936 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism, which not only introduced these movements to the American public, but also placed them in a historical and cultural context by situating them with artists from earlier centuries. Drawn from international museum and private collections, the exhibition at David Zwirner will include works from the twelfth century to the present day.

Endless Enigma: Gallery Talk with Nicholas Hall

Endless Enigma: Gallery Talk with Nicholas Hall

September 2018

Nicholas Hall introduces the exhibition Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art at David Zwirner's 20th street gallery space. 

Old Masters, New Frontiers

Old Masters, New Frontiers

Presentation at the Long Museum, Shanghai

June 2018

This weekend, Yuan was invited to present at the Long Museum in Shanghai for the inaugural Museum 2050 symposium, investigating the future of the cultural institutions in China.

Louis Finson, The Four Elements

Louis Finson, The Four Elements

Recently Acquired by the Blaffer Foundation through Nicholas Hall from a private collector

February 2018

Nicholas Hall wishes to congratulate the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation on its recent acquisition of the painting The Four Elements by Louis Finson. The painting will be on loan to Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art, an exhibition Nicholas Hall organized in association with David Zwirner. It will be on view at 537W 20th Street, New York from September 12 to October 27, 2018 before heading down to its new home in Texas. 

Old Master Sales Maintain Momentum

Old Master Sales Maintain Momentum

December Evening Sales in London

December 2017

After the extraordinary price achieved by the Salvator Mundi in a Post-War Evening sale one wondered whether conventional Old Masters would fare so well in a conventional Old Masters sale. The Leonardo story was still dominating the art news last week with conflicting accounts as to who actually bought it, even though it is now clear that the painting will be going to the Middle East. The December sales often have less to offer than their July counterpart and this year was no exception. However, both houses had paintings of real interest and these generated competitive bidding.

What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

The $450 Million da Vinci

November 2017

Astonished and baffled, many of us are probably still trying to make sense of the $450 million Leonardo. The freakish price, which made over $300 million profit for the seller who originally felt to have overpaid at $127 million, far exceeded everybody’s expectation. It challenged our preconceptions about the art world mechanics and brought on a slew of questions: how did the work manage to sell for such an astronomical figure? How will this affect the Old Masters trade? What does the price mean for the condition-conscious Old Masters market? What does it say about the art market in general?  

October Art Week 2017

October Art Week 2017

September 2017

NICHOLAS HALL is delighted to announce their participation in the second edition of October Art Week, which will take place alongside TEFAF New York and Christie’s Classic Art Week. 

Giovanni da Rimini

Giovanni da Rimini

Focus Exhibition at the National Gallery, London

August 2017

A year ago the Duke of Northumberland sold, at Sotheby’s in London, a remarkable panel painted in about 1300 by an exceptionally rare artist, Giovanni da Rimini. The panel was acquired at the auction by the American collector and founder of New York’s Neue Galerie, Ronald Lauder. He has generously donated this panel to the National Gallery in London and, to celebrate that, the National Gallery has assembled a dazzling little exhibition which reunites the ex-Northumberland panel with its companion piece, as well as showing alongside them other works that speak to the old Byzantine and new Giottesque currents which would have influenced the artist in 1300.

Dealers Show their Mettle During Old Master Sales Week

Dealers Show their Mettle During Old Master Sales Week

July 2017

In addition to the auctions of Old Master paintings and drawings at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Bonham’s, there was plenty of activity in London from the trade this July. Agnew's celebrated its 200th birthday at Spencer House, Colnaghi gave two lively parties, the Masterpiece fair drew crowds to the Chelsea Royal Hospital, and over 30 dealers participated in a series of exhibitions during London Art Week. These exhibitions, mounted by many of Europe's foremost galleries, give dealers an opportunity to show how they represent an interesting alternative to buying at auction. Galleries exercise taste, expertise, and patience, and at any one of these shows it was possible to find things of real merit at all price points. 

Mute Eloquence

Mute Eloquence

Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

July 2017

A once in a lifetime opportunity to see 120 drawings by one of the greatest draughtsmen of all time on view at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, until September 3rd

July Old Master Sales Meet High Hopes in London

July Old Master Sales Meet High Hopes in London

July 2017

Sotheby’s and Christie’s assembled extremely respectable Old Masters sales this summer. The good news was the impressive sell-through rates at both houses, even for material that had not just come out of some ancestral home. Also, despite talk about the shortage of supply, there were plenty of very good Old Masters of most schools on offer this year. It was reassuring that both top lots found buyers, reinforcing the well-worn adage that we live in a ‘Masterpiece Market’.

Old Masters Thrive in Classic Week

Old Masters Thrive in Classic Week

Christie's April Sale in New York

May 2017

For what it is worth, Christie's Old Master Paintings Department took market share in New York following a successful sale this April. The centerpiece of Classic Week, the sale exceeded expectations largely on account of the impressive price achieved for a single painting, the success of the other offerings from the collection of which that formed part, and competitive bidding for a rare Netherlandish panel recently plucked off the walls of the Met. 

A Future for Maastricht?

A Future for Maastricht?

The Art World Convenes at Maastricht as Storm Clouds Loom

May 2017

After a succession of recent TEFAF fairs at Maastricht had left visitors and exhibitors underwhelmed there were concerns that this legendary event had lost its luster. However, despite modest expectations there were many collectors and dealers who judged it a success.

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