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Rebecca Royal Academy of Arts Elects Rebecca Salter as President

December 11th, 2019

Rebecca Salter has been elected as new president of the Royal Academy of Arts. “A great day for the Royal Academy as Rebecca Salter is elected the first woman to be president since its founding in 1768,” says artist and academician Cathie Pilkington.
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Art Berlin Fair Cancelled

December 11th, 2019

The Art Berlin fair has been scrapped, Art Newspaper reports. “We regret this step very much,” says Gerald Böse, the managing director of Koelnmesse. “But at the moment we don’t see the conditions necessary to achieve our visions in producing this event.”
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British Court Orders Sotheby’s Repaid for Disputed Work Sold for $10.8 Million

December 11th, 2019

A British court has ruled that Sotheby’s is due repayment for a disputed Frans Hals work, which originally sold for $10.8 million before being declared a fake.  “We were glad to see our position completely vindicated by the court,” a representative for Sotheby’s says. 
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Baroness Marion Lambert

Collector’s Birthdate: NALambert, wife of collector Baron Philippe Lambert of the prominent Belgian banking family, is one of the first collectors and patrons of contemporary photography.

Her photography collection Veronica’s Revenge was assembled thanks to her close relationships to artists as well as her keen collector’s sense. The exhibition was shown at the family-founded Bank Brussels Lambert in 1996 in Geneva. Subsequent protests from the bank director led to its removal and ultimate sale at auction in 2005.

Key works include Mike Kelley’s “Ahh… Youth”.

On collectors:

“Collectors are hoarders, and probably fodder for shrinks. I am no exception, although with the years I have learned to control myself while weeding out the mediocre and superfluous from the essential and best…Collectors often do not make an attempt to establish a discourse between the works, and do not build something coherent. They buy names, fashions, trends, and what their neighbor has.”

She adds, “people who only buy art to invest, sooner or later will fall flat on their faces.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.