Art market Briefing— Global


A pioneering art gallery project in Oslo, a Q & A with Brussels-based publisher Andreas Qvist and a sleek new digi-radio.

Auction, Christie's, Darren Bader, Petter Ballo, Philip Aarons


Capital gains


From architecture to fashion and art – the Nordics have always had the guts to experiment, enthrall and even scandalise. So when Norwegian artists Steffen Håndlykken (below right, pictured on left) and Stian Eide Kluge (pictured right) decided to transform a former lumberyard in Grønland, downtown Oslo, into a gallery space, the capital’s art society applauded the idea and awaited the results. 1857 opened its doors in May 2010 with Like Eskimo Space displaying works by Falke Pisano, Haegue Yang and Timothy Furey…


Philip Aarons


New York

London’s ICA is hosting In Numbers, a survey exhibition of serial publications by international artists from the 1950s to present day. Running from 25 January to 25 March, In Numbers features sought-after examples of the ’60s correspondence art movement and the DIY-zine culture of the ’80s, all part of NYC-based Philip Aarons’s private art collection.

When did you start collecting art and what was your first buy?
My wife and I were always interested in art – when we had the means, we started buying. Our first serious purchase was a Louis Lozowick print of Coney Island from the ’20s which we still have.

How long have you been collecting magazines and serial publications by artists?
Thirty-five years ago I became fascinated by conceptual art and how books and magazines became central to the works themselves and started collecting the material.

What is your favourite publication in the collection?
The set of Wallace Berman’s Semina. It combines all of what I believe is significant about these publications: the direct involvement of the artist, the handmade production, the sense of community created by alternative free distribution and incredible beauty. It just doesn’t get any better.


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