Kleinwort Hambros launches second Emerging Artist Prize
Three artists to be rewarded by a prestigious judging panel comprising of Fiona Bradley, Aurélie Deplus, Andrew Nairne, Sarah Brown and Melanie Keen
18 March 2021
The report, which integrates a survey of 2,569 high-net-worth (HNW) collectors, across ten markets, as well as data from UBS Evidence Lab, found that for the first time the share of e-commerce in the art market has exceeded that of general retail.
Despite the rise in online sales, the overall market contracted. The value of global art market sales eased 22% year on year to $50.1 billion and the number of transactions declined to 31.4 million.
The report also found that:
Christl Novakovic, CEO UBS Europe SE, Head Wealth Management Europe and Chair of the UBS Art Board said: “The year 2020 marked a turning point for digital innovation in the art market. The shift to online platforms enabled collecting, increased transparency, and bolstered the market even when national lockdowns forced gallery, live auction, and museum closures. Collectors remained passionately engaged during the hardest moments and devoted to collecting with purpose and a long-term plan.”
Clare McAndrew, Founder, Arts Economics said: “The fall in sales was inevitable. But the crisis also provided the impetus for change and restructuring, the most fundamental shift being the rollout of digital strategies and online sales, which had lagged behind other industries up to now. The art trade showed incredible resilience in how it adapted to some of the new realities, and although businesses are still figuring out how to balance the new more online-based market with the shared experience and excitement of offline sales and events, few see these shifts as transient.”
Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel said: “While the market contracted sharply across all sectors in 2020, with declines in both value and volume of sales for dealers and auction houses alike, the resilient interest in collecting throughout it all was profound, as the year also marked a transformative period of innovation, restructuring, and new consumer behaviors, especially online—all of which have the potential to significantly redefine the shape of the art business in the coming period.”
Download the report and more at: https://www.ubs.com/art