The contemporary art market raked in a record-breaking $2.7 billion in sales between June 2020 and June 2021, according to Artprice’s annual report. This incredible bump follows the relative implosion of the art market during the first half of 2020, when gallery sales dipped 36 percent following the early stages of the pandemic, according to a study.

According to the report, the pandemic-era switch to online auctions initiated a shift in the kinds of works buyers are purchasing. Pieces that more easily translate to a digital format did especially well this year. “Photography and prints have been particularly successful in this new online environment and in 2021,” said Artprice CEO Thierry Ehrmann in a foreword to the report. “We have [also] seen the sensational arrival of completely dematerialized artworks, the famous NFTs.” Sculptures, however, have dipped in demand.

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IN THE MOMENT: A Year Through The Arts In Wake County Photography Exhibit On Display In The Betty Ray McCain Art Gallery

After a year-long postponement, IN the MOMENT: a year through the arts in Wake County, presented by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County with documentary photographer Christopher Janaro is now open.

IN the MOMENT: a year through the arts in Wake County
September 28 – December 31, 2021
Betty Ray McCain Gallery
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and during performance hours

As Wake County’s 2019-2020 Artist in Residence, photographer Christopher Janaro captured moments illuminating the vibrance and diversity of Wake County’s artistic landscape – predominantly through the lens of United Arts. His photographic journey through the arts began in August 2019 when the arts and festivals were collective experiences. It ended in June 2020, during the pandemic and a summer of social justice activism, when artists responded

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MAINSITE Contemporary Art will host an opening reception for “The Left Hand of Liminality,” an art collaboration from artists Denise Duong and Gabriel Friedman, on May 14 as a part of the the first in-person 2nd Friday Art Walk since the pandemic began. 

The exhibit will open in conjunction with the art walk and will be the first in-person opening event held by MAINSITE since February 2020, according to a tweet from the Norman Arts Council. Duong and Friedman’s exhibition will run through July 9 and features works inspired by the tumultuous feelings surrounding the pandemic, according to the Norman Arts Council website

In addition to the MAINSITE exhibit, the art walk will feature the grand opening of the Oscillator Press — a print shop that offers custom screen printing and design services, according to the Norman Transcript

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