What the Art Market has to say about Thomas RUFF (1958)

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Flash News: From light on László Moholy-Nagy…to light shapes at the Tate [15 Jun 2018]

From light on László Moholy-Nagy… Nearly $570,000 paid for a photogram measuring 12.5 cm x 17.6 cm… An auction record for a photograph in Germany, hammered on May 30 last at Villa Grisebach in Berlin for a photo by László MOHOLY-NAGY (1895-1946) dating from the early 1920s. Designer, thinker, major figure of the avant-garde and […]

Phillips: eclectic taste [21 Feb 2017]

As the major auction firms get ready for their early-March sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art in London, Phillips has published a particularly dense and diverse catalogue for its sale on 10 March 2017. The 180 works in the Phillips catalogue suggest a three-hour session (at least) and include lots of major signatures like […]

Tribute to the Bechers [20 Oct 2015]

The Bechers, as we now call them, were a couple of photographers who immortalized industrial architecture in pictures that treated each edifice as if it were an “anonymous sculpture”.

GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY – From reality to fiction [10 May 2006]

Bernd and Hilla Becher are the leading lights of « objective » photography in Germany. Their approach refutes the anecdotal and focuses on inventorying anonymous « industrial sculptures » that appear throughout our environment. The radicalism of their documentary work had a strong impact on their students including Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas STRUTH and Candida HÖFER. This later generation of photographers assimilated much of the Becher’s approach, although sometimes freeing itself from the « objective » view of reality by altering their images. From an auction and museum preference point of view, the later generation seems to have become more popular than the objective purism of the Becher period.

Contemporary photography: +35% in 2004 [21 Mar 2005]

In the mid-1990s, paintings were the only medium in the art market that investors considered of any speculative interest. But recently, with growing demand and a wave of artistic renewal, other creative formats have proved as, or more, lucrative than paintings. The photography market has been expanding rapidly for the past five years and is today one of the art world’s fastest-growth segments.

Contemporary photographers rise in the east [03 Aug 2003]

A wave of enthusiasm among younger generation collectors has driven contemporary photography prices up by 92% in less than six years, an annual growth rate of more than 12.7%. This kind of speculative rally used to be the preserve of big name German and US photographers, but in the last few months the market seems to have been led by less renowned artists of other nationalities.

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