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Contemporary Challenges and Trends in the Global Art Industry All Art Lovers Must Know

Yes, we love ART. However, the global art industry, characterised by its dynamic nature and constant evolution, has witnessed several hot issues that have significantly influenced its trajectory in recent years. These issues encompass a broad spectrum of topics, including digitisation, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and ethical considerations; we hope that all artists and art lovers will be aware of them.

Digitisation and NFTs

The digitisation of art and the emergence of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have been at the forefront of discussions within the art industry. This transformative technology has opened new avenues for artists, collectors, and institutions, challenging conventional notions of ownership and authenticity.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion have become critical issues in art as scholars and activists advocate for more excellent representation of marginalised groups in galleries, museums, and collections, including women and artists of colour.


Environmental sustainability has gained prominence in the art world, with discussions focusing on eco-friendly practices, sustainable materials, and the carbon footprint of the art market.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly impacted the art industry, leading to the closure of physical spaces, financial challenges, and a shift toward digital platforms.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies in art creation, curation, and authentication has raised intriguing questions about authorship, creativity, and the role of technology in art.

Ethical and Legal Issues

Ethical dilemmas, such as art repatriation, copyright infringement, and art market transparency, continue to shape the discourse in the art industry, prompting debates about ownership and accountability.

What do you think of the above highly debated topics in the art world nowadays? Any interesting point? The global art industry is experiencing unprecedented change, driven by technological advancements, socio-cultural shifts, and external crises. We, the APA team, believe that all researchers, artists, collectors, and policymakers must remain attuned to these evolving challenges and trends to effectively navigate the ever-changing landscape of the art world. We hope you enjoyed this content; feel free to contact us if you have any exciting issues to discuss or see in the Global Art News. We are always open to art lovers' thoughts and ready to be engaged with them.

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