About

Workshop 17, Cape Town

Art Gazette is a curated catalogue of unique contemporary artworks, providing elegant, creative environments for a range of public and private spaces.

Alice Wilson, Forest Green 02, 2020

We buy smaller artworks from artists worldwide on a large scale so that buyers can select ten or more works at affordable prices.

We started buying and commissioning artworks in 2019, and now work with 458 emerging, as well as more established artists, worldwide. This number is growing weekly.

Art Gazette is unique in supporting artists’ practice by providing them with a curated online platform, while buying their work up-front and in series for its inventory, which now comprises over 7000 artworks.

Ed Young, The fun will find you, 2019
Sujin Lee,
Green Pool W.2, 2020
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Clemente Vergara, Gallaratese, Milano (2019), 2020
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How does it work?

The selection of artworks for our inventory is a curated process, leading to the likelihood of works being included in personal and corporate collections globally.

Art Gazette has an experienced and respected team of advisors selecting the artworks, including collector, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Martin Epstein; ex-CEO of Saatchi Gallery and highly experienced arts professional, Nigel Hurst; Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the Bangkok Art Biennale and former Permanent Culture Secretary of Thailand, Apinan Poshyananda; and curator, Morné Visagie.

Clarisse D’Archimoles,
The Culturist Series 14 Tiras, 2020
Benjamin Pearey,Assemblage 5, 2019

Our unique acquisition and pricing model ensures that we do not compete with commercial galleries, while developing a sustainable formula for both the artists and Art Gazette.

Nika Neelova, C1, 2018

For Artists

Artworks ranging from A3 (30x42cm / 11x16in) to A0 (119x84cm / 47x33in) will be considered, though these sizes are not prescriptive. We believe larger and more complex works should remain the focus of commercial galleries.

Selected artists are able to present any number of works to our panel through their private artist portal on our website. We aim to acquire up to ten works per month from chosen artists – more works may be requested based on demand.

Works are purchased unframed, allowing artists to dispatch works via standard postal services. Pricing formulae are based on relevant sizing and Art Gazette will discuss these relevant prices with you.

Immediately after selection, a standard consignment invoice will be generated; Art Gazette will pay artists within ten working days of receiving, checking and approving their artworks.

Jenny Beard, Pick Up, 2020
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Faatimah Mohmmed-Luke, Kiss, 2020

For Buyers

Art Gazette clients can use our online platform to browse through our diverse range of contemporary artworks in different media and genres.

Lebogang Mabusela, Ga O Batla
Di Kuku Wa Di Beika, 2020

Once registered, potential buyers will be contacted by an Art Gazette sales representative to discuss the selection and our buying or renting options.

Clients can make an independent selection of their own or draw on Art Gazette’s curatorial expertise and request our team’s assistance to create a unique group of artworks specifically for their space.

What sets us apart?

We recognise that there are many online art platforms around the world, but none that presents a fully-curated portfolio of art that is owned by the business itself, and which pays artists up-front.

We also appreciate that artists often work in series, or studies toward more resolved work, but that this important part of their practice seldom sees the light of day beyond their studios. Art Gazette is interested in acquiring these experimental works.

Nico Krijno, Lockdown Collage 199 00114, 2020
Olivia Bax, Zest I, 2016

Our acquisition formula is simple, to ensure the most transparent, efficient and cost-effective process for artists and buyers alike.

As Art Gazette purchases all the art in its inventory directly from selected artists, there is no pre-sale consignment of artworks, no agent, and no additional administation between artists and third parties.

As part of our commitment to artists, all Art Gazette clients are contractually obliged to pay 15% of the proceeds of sale in the secondary market of any artwork sold within a 5-year period from acquisition, to the artist.

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Lakin Ogunbanwo, Ehn Untitled 1, 2016
David Price, Lockdown Drawing #1, 2020

Interested?

Tim Ellis, Systems and Parallels CDXCIII, 2020

We are always looking for new artworks and artists, so if you are considering working with us, please register here.

If you are interested in buying artworks from our inventory, please register here.

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Adam Dix, Hobby Horse, 2020