What the Art Market has to say about Marcel DUCHAMP (1887-1968)

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Takis the magician – The Eileen and I.M. Pei collection – Bouguereau for sale in Lyon [06 Sep 2019]

Takis the magician (1925-2019) The art world lost two of its most illustrious representatives this summer: Carlos CRUZ-DIEZ (1923-2019) and then Vassilakis TAKIS (1925-2019)  who died at the age of 93. A nail floating motionless in space; a cylinder and a ball that seem to dance to the sound of a dreamlike music… works that seem to […]

Focus on Francis Picabia [27 Nov 2018]

Enigmatic, paradoxical, unclassifiable, the work of Picabia was a key element in the strong wind of change that emerged in the early 20th century, especially through the Dada movement. A mainstay of the Western art market, Picabia’s work has never been subject to any major price hikes, but his prices have been progressing at a […]

The FIAC… and its competitors [17 Oct 2017]

The FIAC (Paris International Contemporary Art Fair) opens this week with some 70,000 visitors expected. The event attracts art buyers to the French capital from all over the world… and the auction companies have learnt to take full advantage of their presence. Hundreds of artworks will auctioned between 19 and 22 October, i.e., exactly the […]

China’s art market is opening… example in Shanghai [02 Nov 2016]

As the years go by, China’s art market is gradually opening up to Western art, driven partly by the initiatives of Western auction houses who inform and advise Chinese collectors and partly by an increasingly energetic museum policy aimed at promoting the best Western art to the Chinese public. Although cultural diversity is, a priori, […]

Flash News: Herb Ritts – David Bowie / Collector – William Kentridge exhibition in London [22 Sep 2016]

Herb Ritts under the spotlight… Work by one of fashion photography’s major figures, the Californian Herb RITTS (1952-2002), is on show in a retrospective exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la photographie in Paris until 30 October 2016. A master in exalting body lines and skin textures, Herb Ritts brought sensuality and finely composed sophistication […]

Flash News: Olafur Eliasson – Dada – Egon Schiele [12 Feb 2016]

Every fortnight, Artprice provides a short round up of art market news: Olafur Eliasson – Dada – Egon Schiele.

Man Ray. Unconcerned, but not indifferent [08 Sep 2015]

‘Unconcerned, but not indifferent’ (so reads his epitaph)… irreverent, poetic and inventive, Man Ray was the most “multi-media” artist of the international avant-garde. Living on both sides of the Atlantic, he revolutionised art in France and made a strong impression in American.

Top 10 Hard-to-Find Artists III – Modern Art [07 Aug 2015]

Fridays are the best! Every other Friday, Artprice offers you a themed auction ranking. This week’s ranking reveals the 10 best hard-to-find modern artists of the year at auction.

The Section d’Or… the “other” cubism [16 Sep 2014]

Considered an offshoot of Cubism, Section d’Or (Golden Section) artists are not as expensive as the hardcore Cubists like Picasso. While their prices have continued to climb (new record for Juan Gris this year), many works by the major avant-garde artists are still very cheap by comparison.

Contemporary Art in New York: the star lots [06 May 2014]

For Christie’s and Sotheby’s, the May sales represent one of the high points of the calendar year. The two market giants generate at least $500 million in two days of sales and usually post increasingly spectacular auction records. In May 2012, their prestige Contemporary Art sales generated $578.3 million from 102 adjudications – a new record at the time – but quickly buried the following year when the two companies’ combined turnover from the same sales reached $691.7 million, with the

Flash News : Joseph Cornell – Francis Bacon – Gerrit van Honthorst [24 Jan 2014]

Every fortnight, Artprice provides a short round up of art market news: Joseph Cornell – Francis Bacon – Gerrit van Honthorst

Top ten prints in 2013 [06 Dec 2013]

Friday is Top day! Every other Friday, Artprice publishes a theme-based auction ranking. This week: the Top Ten prints sold in 2013.

The Top Ten of Nouveau Réalisme: Yves Klein [21 Nov 2013]

Friday is Top day! Every other Friday, Artprice publishes a theme-based auction ranking. This week we look at the top ten of Nouveau Réalisme, which is dominated by just one name: Yves Klein.

The dynamism of kinetic art [19 Apr 2010]

Kinetic art goes back a long way. Its origins – from a multitude of groups and movements – go back to the 1910s and 1920s, an era highly impregnated by the cult of progress and the myth of the machine. Europe, the United States and Latin America were the main cradles for the development of an abstract language that eschewed static art and sought to emulate or trigger movement, whether real or virtual.

Maurizio Cattelan – The art of deception [07 Sep 2009]

Maurizio CATTELAN has made a fortune from displaying his cynicism about art and the art world and attacking its mechanics: he has opened a gallery in New York (the Wrong Gallery) that is always closed and never sells anything; he has set up a foundation allowing an artist to live for one year on condition that he/she exhibits nothing (Oblomov Foundation);

Sale of the Bergé – YSL collection: Paris moves up the global art market ladder [01 Mar 2009]

The Bergé -YSL sale was a historical sale in more than one sense: the €373.5m total for the three-day auction is the world record for a private collection and the European record for an art sale of any sort.

Pierre Bergé sale – the big event of the year [08 Feb 2009]

For at least six months, the sale of the Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent collection has been the focus of much media attention, described as the « sale of the century ». At a time when The Art Market Confidence Index (AMCI) is firmly in the red, the means allocated to the sale of some 691 lots are commensurate with the works being presented: exceptional.

MARCEL DUCHAMP – The art of provoking the art world [21 Aug 2006]

With just a handful of “ready-made” works, Marcel Duchamp turned a new page in Art History. These rare and emblematic pieces occasionally surface in UK and American auction rooms.

The most buoyant art movements of 2005 [12 Dec 2005]

Artprice has established a ranking of art movements based on price progressions in 2005.

Propelled by a major exhibition since 5 October at the Pompidou Centre, Dada takes the lead with a 137% rise in its price index since the beginning of the year. However, the Dadism movement lasted only eight years from 1916 to 1924 and supply remains very limited. Not a single work by Duchamp, Sophie TAEUBER-ARP or Hans ARP produced during this short period appeared at auction in 2005.

Surrealist photography market [30 Mar 2005]

« Begierde im Blick » (the Gaze of Desire) is the main theme of the major exhibition on surrealist photography held at the Kunsthalle, Hamburg running until 29 May 2005.An element of the surrealism movement since its beginnings in 1924, photography allowed to capture images and sensations taken from « real » life. For MAN RAY, Jacques-André BOIFFARD, Hans BELLMER, Manuel ÁLVAREZ BRAVO, Raoul UBAC, André KERTÉSZ, Herbert BAYER and Claude CAHUN, photography provided a way to present a surrealist vision of the world: an impossible reality.

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