Posted in: Art, Articles, Culture, International Column- Feb 02, 2017 Comments Off on BRAFA BOUNCES ON: BUBBLY BRUSSELS FAIR GIVES RUSSIANS THE CHAMPAGNE TREATMENT. BY SIMON HEWITT

A2pix_018#No other European Fair makes such efforts to attract a Russian clientèle as BRAFA, the Brussels Art Fair. It has its own special Moscow agent, Comtesse Ekaterina de Rochambeau, who engineers the VIP visits of over 100 Russian collectors, journalists, designers and interior architects.… Read more

Posted in: Articles, Culture, Events, International Column, Russian art- Jan 09, 2017 Comments Off on ARTICLE: ROUND & ABOUT IN RUSSIAN WEEK. It’s Not All Auctions – as Simon Hewitt Discovers
IN THE SECOND OF TWO ARTICLES, OUR INTERNATIONAL EDITOR SIMON HEWITT INTERVIEWS ACE VIOLINIST YURI ZHISLIN AND DISCUSSES SOME OF THE OTHER EVENTS HELD IN LONDON DURING RUSSIAN WEEK

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One meeting leads to another, and I was grateful to Mumtoz Kamolzoda, Craig Murray’s Russian translator at the Turkish Cultural Centre, for introducing me to the work of one of Tajikistan’s most distinguished and unusual artists: her father Olim Kamalov, who was born in Dushanbe in 1960.… Read more

Posted in: Academic, Articles, International Column, Post-Soviet Countries- Jan 06, 2017 Comments Off on ARTICLE: MORE THAN A GAME. Craig Murray Blows the Whistle on British India, by Simon Hewitt
MURDEROUSLY HOT BUT NO ROD : SAMARKAND IN 1870 BY VASILY VERESCHAGIN

MURDEROUSLY HOT BUT NO ROD : SAMARKAND IN 1870 BY VASILY VERESCHAGINing the 19th century.

AFTER HIS ANALYSIS & REPORT ON THE RUSSIAN AUCTIONS HELD AT THE END OF NOVEMBER, OUR INTERNATIONAL EDITOR SIMON HEWITT DISCUSSES SOME OF THE OTHER EVENTS HELD IN LONDON DURING RUSSIAN WEEK IN TWO EXCLUSIVE ARTICLES:
 
THE FIRST RECOUNTS HIS MEETING WITH AUTHOR & FORMER DIPLOMAT CRAIG MURRAY, AND DISCUSSES HIS RECENT BOOK ON ‘THE GREAT GAME’ BETWEEN BRITAIN & RUSSIA DURING THE 19TH CENTURY.Read more
Posted in: International Column- Dec 09, 2016 Comments Off on AUCTION RESULTS: RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE Post-Sale Report by Simon Hewitt

Russian Auctions in London 28-30 November 2016

RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE Post-Sale Report

BY SIMON HEWITT (INTERNATIONAL EDITOR)

ROOTLESS RODDY RAISES THE BAR

ZAKHAROV SOOTHES BUT IVANOV SEETHES

FROM THE MOMENT Russian Art+Culture’s new owner Natasha Butterwick uncorked the first bottle of Lamborghini Spumante at the opening reception in Alon Zakaim’s Chagall-lined Dover Street gallery, it was clear things had changed.Read more

Posted in: International Column- Dec 07, 2016 Comments Off on AUCTION RESULTS: Back from the Brink by Simon Hewitt, November 2016

Russian Auctions in London 28-30 November 2016

RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE Post-Sale Survey

BY SIMON HEWITT (INTERNATIONAL EDITOR)

BACK FROM THE BRINK

Russian Sales Rebound 40% After All-Time Low

After a rock-bottom Auction Week total of £16.4m last June, I suggested the Russian auction market’s collapse might have bottomed out.Read more

Posted in: Articles, Culture, International Column, Russian art- Sep 02, 2016 Comments Off on ARTICLE: STEPPING UP THE TONE
Why Valery Gergiev is All Ears for a Kalmyk Beauty, by Simon Hewitt

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TALL, SVELTE, with a mane of long black hair and a Facebook profile-photo in bikini and sunglasses, Danara Urgadulova looks every inch a movie star.

Doesn’t sound like one.

I had lunch with the Mariinsky’s Deputy Leader of First Violins during the orchestra’s summer sojourn at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad.Read more

Posted in: Articles, Auctions, International Column, Russian art- Jun 24, 2016 Comments Off on AUCTION RESULTS: RISING FROM THE RUINS? RUSSIAN AUCTIONS SPROUT TIMID SHOOTS OF RECOVERY, by Simon Hewitt

Russian Auction Week in London 6-8 June 2016

RISING FROM THE RUINS?

RUSSIAN AUCTIONS SPROUT TIMID SHOOTS OF RECOVERY

BY SIMON HEWITT
INTERNATIONAL EDITOR

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THE MOOD IN LONDON ahead of this June’s Russian Auction Week was downbeat.Read more

Posted in: Art, Articles, Auctions, International Column, Russian art- Jun 10, 2016 Comments Off on AUCTION RESULTS: BOTTOMING OUT: Russian Auction Slump Appears To Have Stabilized, by Simon Hewitt

Russian Art and Culture logoRussian Auctions in London 6-8 June 2016

RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE Post-Sale Survey

BY SIMON HEWITT (INTERNATIONAL EDITOR)

BOTTOMING OUT:

Russian Auction Slump Appears To Have Stabilized

After a lowest-ever total of £17.2m last December, takings from Russian Auction Week in London were down another 5% this June to a new low of £16.4m.Read more

Posted in: Art, Articles, International Column, Russian art- Jun 03, 2016 Comments Off on ARTICLE: Alexander Bogomazov: Sawn Off In His Prime, by Simon Hewitt

Our International Editor Simon Hewitt outlines the extraordinary career of Alexander Bogomazov

sp6After being a focus of attention at the last two editions of TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s premier art and antiques fair, the great Ukrainian Cubo-Futurist Alexander Bogomazov will be the subject of a groundbreaking exhibition at Kiev’s National Museum next year.Read more

Posted in: Art, Articles, Auctions, International Column, Russian art- May 27, 2016 Comments Off on ARTICLE: WIDENING THE LENS
SPECIALIST RUSSIAN PHOTO SALES HERE TO STAY, SAY MACDOUGALL’S by Simon Hewitt

JUST OVER HALF the 82 lots in MacDougall’s debut sale of Russian Photography on May 21 found takers. The auction totalled £65,740, with around 40 present in the saleroom but most of the bidding conducted over the telephone.Read more

Posted in: Articles, International Column, Russian art- May 10, 2016 Comments Off on ARTICLE: SKEWERED CHASHNIK
FRENCH AUCTION-FIRM GRILLED OVER AVANT-GARDE IMBROGLIO, by Simon Hewitt

To mark the 2016 Authentication In Art congress (May 11-13) in The Hague, where London dealer James Butterwick will lecture on Mass Deception & The Russian Avant-Garde, our International Editor reports on a recent saleroom controversy in Paris

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AN AUCTION staged in Paris this March has written another unedifying chapter in the art market history of the Russian Avant-Garde.Read more

Posted in: Articles, Auctions, International Column, Russian art- Apr 25, 2016 Comments Off on ARTICLE: OPPORTUNIST THINKING: MacDougall’s Enter The Frame, by Simon Hewitt
Maks Alpert, Kyrgyz Girl Leading in a Horse Racing Competition, gelatin silver print, photographed and printed c. 1936, 25.5 by 20.5 cm. £1,000–2,000 / Courtesy of MacDougall's

Maks Alpert, Kyrgyz Girl Leading in a Horse Racing Competition / Courtesy of MacDougall’s

WHEN REPORTING on Russian Week last December, I predicted that the London auction-houses might soon be looking at changes in approach to counter the current slump.Read more