May 2018, Year X, n. 5
The lady of the art market
Telos: You are one of the world's leading dealers in bronzes, sculpture and works of art. What has been, in your view, the impact of the economic crisis on the art market worldwide?
Patricia Wengraf: I am not an economist so can only respond from a personal perspective as a dealer in Old Master art. Personally I have had some of my most successful years since 2007, due in part to the fact that an owner of some prime works, which I had been trying to buy for over twenty-five years, finally decided to sell, and a number of other works also came to me. Luckily, my collector clients have also felt confident focusing more on their collections, rather than stocks ...more
It took Silvio Berlusconi, torn between abstaining and not supporting a vote of confidence in the attempt to form a Five Star Movement–League government, to shine the spotlight on AMART, the Milan antiques fair, where he allegedly purchased a painting of a female nude by Chagall. As it turns out, there was no Chagall, and it was later discovered that this female nude was by Rome painter Giuseppe Carosi, displayed for the first time at the Venice Biennale in 1924 ...more