The stage is set: 'REBEL' exhibition launches in London on historic night

All the world’s a stage, and every October all the players make their entrances on the London art scene. From the galleries who launch their newest exhibitions to auction houses hammering down on their latest prized artworks to numerous weekend long art fairs; in this time the capital becomes the undisputed centre of the art world.

The launch night for Reem Gallery’s inaugural London show brought together art admirers, passers-by, collectors and artists into one merry and vibrant evening. Being surrounded by more traditional art dealers, our selection of carefully curated artists has been very well received as a welcome addition to the Mayfair and St. James area. It seems deep down there is a rebel in all of us.

Around the corner at Sotheby’s auction house, Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ sold for just over £1 million pounds and then was instantly shredded infront of aghast onlookers! An historic event for sure that was broadcast globally across news channels. A timely reminder too that despite its infancy, the street art movement is one of the most talked about genres in the world today and will no doubt have a lasting legacy.

You can catch Reem Gallery’s ‘REBEL’ exhibition until October 30th at Mason’s Yard, St. James’s in London.

King Samo Lives On! Basquiat Sells for $110.5 Million

Believe it or not, I can actually draw.
— Jean-Michel Basquiat

'Untitled' (1982) by Jean-Michael Basquiat rewrites the history books.

History was made at Sotheby's in New York with a single thunderous drop of a auctioneer's gravel that brought an end to 10 minutes of pure excitement for spectators and adrenaline pumping bids for collectors. The prize was the extraordinary artwork 'Untitled' from 1982 by African American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, with the lucky and delighted collector, Yusaku Maezawa, having to part with a cool $110.5 million for the privilege.

This sale was significant for a number of reasons. Firstly it's the highest sale amount an American artist has achieved ever at auction. Secondly by doing so the artwork and artist join a small handful of historically important personalities such as Picasso, Klimt, Renoir, de Kooning and da Vinci as artists who have broken the $100 million frontier; with this achievement only occurring 10 times previously.

Zaid admiring the sheer scale of Basquiat's 'Glenn' (1984), at the MoMA in New York.

Our personal joy at seeing an artist such as Basquiat join such accomplished household names of the art world stems from his history as one of the most original street artists from Brooklyn. From spraying his signature crown and SAMO© tag with phrases in the streets of New York to record breaking auction results, Jean-Michel's success fuels credibility for the urban art movement to receive historical recognition as well as appreciation as the current leading genre of contemporary art and cultural commentary. Although he is not alive today to see the world wide awe or critique of his artworks, thanks to the patronage of Yusaku Maezawa, King Samo Lives On!