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Jacques VILLEGLÉ (1926)

Jacques Mahé DE LA VILLEGLÉ , Jacques MAHÉ DE LA VILLEGLÉ

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Traditionally London and New York host the so-called ‘prestige’ sales that generate the world’s most spectacular art auction results whereas 89% of the art auction lots sold in France fetch less than $10,000. Nevertheless, from time to time some impressionist, modern and contemporary works offered at French sales generate results on a par with Anglo-American results.

During their lifetimes, several New Realists gained considerable recognition in the United States. Their participation in the artistic maelstrom of New York during the 1960-80s partly explains their success at American and British auctions. Pierre Restany, a travelling art critic and polyglot involved in the emergence of the movement, worked towards their promotion in the USA; artist Niki de Saint Phalle, a French-Americain, frequently crossed the Atlantic; Jean Tinguely gained notoriety with his Homage to New-York, a cacaphonic happening at the MOMA in 1960 whose apotheosis was its intended self-destruction. The following year, Arman exposed for the first time in New-York, while Leo Castelli, a dealer of Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rauschenberg, opened his gallery to Yves Klein.

The artist, according to Wassily Kandinsky’s time-honored expression, is ‘the child of his time’. So what could be more normal than to appropriate contemporary technologies, in addition to the images and ideas of one’s era. The boom of television during the 1960s awakened artists, in the United States as in Europe, to the possibilities of a ‘video art’. For nearly fifty years, artists have been exploring the many qualities video has to offer in terms of manipulating the image, narrative power and the temporal dimension.

New Realism is in favour this year: following the tribute to Yves Klein at the Georges Pompidou centre which closed last February, the whole movement is the subject of an exhibition in the Paris Grand Palais, running until 2 July, 2007. Prices for the New Realists have risen by more than 120% since 2000. However, these artists’s works are still valued some 30% below the price levels achieved in 1989-1990.

On 19 April, the auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr well be the venue for a major auction of contemporary art dedicated to the New Realists and entitled « The ‘New Realists’, Contemporary Art, Banque Worms Collection ». This is not the first time.

Updated on 24 Mar 2019: Jacques VILLEGLÉ (1926) (France) is an artist born in 1926 The oldest auction result ever registered on the website for an artwork by this artist is a painting sold in 1986, at Charbonneaux, and the most recent auction result is a painting sold in 2019. Artprice.com's price levels for this artist are based on 1,250 auction results. Especially: painting, print-multiple, sculpture-volume, photography, drawing-watercolor, ceramic, furniture, lightings, objects. 3 art works by artist Jacques VILLEGLÉ (1926) will soon be available in auction rooms. You can also discover 11 artwork(s) currently for sale on Artprice's Marketplace. , sold by 10 Artprice store(s).

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