“The past year shook up the art industry as never before.” You can read this assessment by Colleen Cash, Vice President of artnet’s auction division, in a company announcement the listed art portal made on 17 May 2021. Although here in Germany’s far north – Art.Salon is based in Hamburg, the city of Hanseatic serenity – shake-ups are not usually diagnosed quite so quickly, there is nevertheless no doubt that the art market is currently undergoing considerable changes and also facing serious challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Identity in a social context
Matthew Eguavoen portrays people with a strong personality and a fixed gaze. Depicted against a reduced background, the social context is kept deliberately hidden, making it a subject for discussion. Eguavoen challenges the observer to speculate about the living conditions, experiences and characters of the people depicted, and takes them into uncertain terrain. A young artist from Nigeria with his own signature, whose paintings deal with the central question of origin and identity.
One Hundred Gifts
Georg Baselitz is entering the collections of the Albertina in Vienna and the Morgan Library in New York with a donation of 100 works on paper - not sketches, but autonomous drawings. The significance of this medium for the oeuvre of the contemporary painter, sculptor, and graphic artist will be revealed by the Viennese museum from June 7 in Georg Baselitz. 100 Drawings.