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Afro-British artists… brief history of their market emergence [31 Mar 2020]

In 1980s London, “Black art” moved from the margins to the center of British culture thanks to personalities like Eddie Chambers, Lubaina Himid and Keith Piper, whose campaign for a greater representation of black art in Great Britain culminated with the historical exhibition The Other Story organized at the Hayward Gallery in 1989. At the […]

Drawing… the Guerlain prize… a growing market [27 Mar 2020]

The Guerlain prize… an important award The coronavirus hasn’t stopped everything. The 13th edition of the prestigious Guerlain prize for drawing has been awarded as planned, albeit subject to the safety restriction measures currently in place in France. The jurors voted from their individual places of confinement to elect the artist whose work they most […]

Our favorites of the week [26 Mar 2020]

During this period of confinement, Artmarket’s teams have decided to share with you, every week, their “favorites” among the works promoted by our partner galleries. Bring art into your home by discovering a canvas by Auguste HERBIN, a watercolor by Mel RAMOS, an engraving by Piero DORAZIO and an acrylic by Vladimir SEMENSKIY. Want more? […]

Contemporary art in Chile… [23 Mar 2020]

Elodie Fulton, Director of the Ch.ACO art fair – announced as postponed on March 12 to counter the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic – explains how evolved the Contemporary art in Chile. The idea of organizing an art fair in Chile was born in 2007. A small group of people from the art world, familiar with […]

The art market reacts to Covid-19 [19 Mar 2020]

Although confinement measures are clearly a curse for an entire ecosystem dependent on the circulation of art fans and collectors, art market professionals intend to keep themselves active by adapting to the new situation, or even by reinventing themselves. In most cases this will involve some degree of federation as well as a significant expansion […]

5 views of Tefaf [13 Mar 2020]

The gallery owners below were interviewed on March 10, 2020. The next day, Tefaf Maastricht announced the premature closure of the fair, five days before the scheduled date.  » In close consultation with the city of Maastricht, the health authorities, and MECC Maastricht, TEFAF has decided to shorten the fair and to close by the […]

Cancellation of Art fair Tokyo and the Japanese market [10 Mar 2020]

As part of the effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Art Tokyo association has been forced to cancel its 14th edition of Art fair Tokyo – the oldest trade fair in the country – as well as World Art Tokyo 2020. The announcement was posted unexpectedly on March 9, just ten days before […]

Top results during Armory week [10 Mar 2020]

New York’s Armory week attracted large crowds last week, generating a satisfactory start to 2020’s global calendar of ‘arty’ events. In the framework of New York’s much anticipated Armory Week, all the fairs, exhibitions, auctions, conferences and private tours attracted good audiences. The enthusiasm was generally reassuring for the global Art Market after the cancellation […]

Artprice at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York: the Art Market might have reached a turning point [04 Mar 2020]

Art history has traditionally analysed the evolution of artistic trends by reference to precise criteria such as dates, places, movements and techniques. Nowadays, however, a far more flexible and interconnective approach seems to prevail, most likely driven by the dynamic links between ideas, exhibitions, artists and works resulting from the proliferation of the Internet and […]

Hans Arp – market data [03 Mar 2020]

Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstraction… Jean (Hans) Arp was closely involved with some of the most famous developments in fine art during the first half of the 20th century. Ahead of an exceptional sale of works previously belonging to Greta Stroeh, Artprice takes a close look at the market for creations by this pioneer. From the birth […]

Coronavirus… impact on the art market [28 Feb 2020]

Cancelled fairs, postponed or relocated sales… the measures taken in response to the possibility of a coronavirus pandemic are causing severe turbulence on the Art Market. Hong Kong and Art Basel under strain Hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic, Hong Kong has closed almost all its borders with mainland China. This decision has dealt a […]

Dorothea Lange… making images speak [25 Feb 2020]

New York’s Museum of Modern Art developed strong links with photographer Dorothea LANGE (1895-1965) at a very early stage. She contributed to the Museum’s very first photography exhibition in 1940 and participated in the preparation of her first retrospective, which opened in 1966, three months after her death. Today, her work still looks extremely modern and […]

David Hockney makes the biggest splash in London… [17 Feb 2020]

On 11 February David Hockney’s The Splash sold for £23 million ($31.2 million) in London – at more than eight times its 2006 price – taking Sotheby’s total revenue from its prestige Contemporary Art sale to $120 million, substantially ahead of Christie’s $72.7 million total from its equivalent session the following day (12 February). Before […]

Opening now… Art Karlsruhe 2020 [13 Feb 2020]

Kicking off the season of German art fairs, Art Karlsruhe (13-16 February 2020) will be opening the doors of the city’s vast exhibition center for the 17th time since 2004. The fair, which focuses on artistic creation from the 20th century, has stabilized its position in Europe, with over 50,000 visitors to each of the […]

London, weaker performances [10 Feb 2020]

London’s prestige art sales last week opened the 2020 auction season with less impressive results than in previous years. The turnover figures were clearly down on 2019 and together Christie’s and Sotheby’s Imp/Mod + Surrealist sales on 4 and 5 February last week took $202.4 million versus $326 million a year earlier (more than $124 […]

Surrealist mood… [07 Feb 2020]

The market data is clear: René MAGRITTE (1898-1967)  is currently the top-selling painter of the Surrealist movement. In the last three years, demand for works by the Belgian artist has been unprecedented with record after record in the auction rooms, and 2019 was a historic year for his market with more than $128 million hammered […]

London kicks off the 2020 calendar [04 Feb 2020]

With the UK’s divorce from the EU having just been formalised, the Art Market is in full swing in London with the first prestige sales of the year. This Tuesday (4 Feb) and tomorrow (5 Feb), Sotheby’s and Christie’s will be hosting the first major Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist sales of 2020, proposing works by […]

What records might we expect? [31 Jan 2020]

As 2020’s first major art auction sales loom into sight, we have taken a look at what Christie’s and Sotheby’s will be offering on 4 and 5 February in London: a total of 58 Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist works. Combining some of the best signatures from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, […]

Dora Maar at the Tate Modern [28 Jan 2020]

A committed artist and intellectual, Dora Maar was recognized during her lifetime, signing commission contracts, publishing in numerous magazines, and exhibiting works alongside the 1930s avant-garde. After her relationship with Picasso ended, her distress and deep depression cut her off from others. She voluntarily isolated herself, but her activity remained intense and she devoted over […]

How to objectively define Contemporary Art in 2020? [24 Jan 2020]

For the sake of coherence, clarity and transparency, Artprice’s editorial team has always divided Art History into five main periods with artworks being classified according to a simple and indisputable criterion… the birth year of their creators: Old Masters’ … artists born up until 1760 ‘19th century’ … artists born from 1760 to 1860 ‘Modern’ […]

Artgenève, interview with Thomas Hug [21 Jan 2020]

Although Artgenève has continued to grow over the decade, it is still a fair on a human scale compared with the Basel juggernaut. Created in 2012 by Thomas Hug, this event opens its ninth edition on 30 January with just under 90 exhibitors. The return of major galleries (including Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Tornabuoni) and […]

Inside Outsider Art [17 Jan 2020]

It’s almost a textbook case: when a movement, disconnected from any existing networks, begins to gain visibility – often via self-funded exhibitions – and brings together a small community of artists, connoisseurs and collectors, it already has a reasonable chance of sticking. Then galleries get involved… public recognition starts to pick up… the artists’ works […]

Kiki Smith in Paris… last chance! [14 Jan 2020]

Curator Camille Morineau organised the vast retrospective of Kiki Smith’s work that is currently showing in the 10,600 ft² of the Monnaie de Paris until 9 February 2020. It’s the first solo show by this American artist in a French institution and it represents a unique opportunity to discover her singular, poetic and powerful universe, […]

Bonhams and Sotheby’s, two auction houses determined to support African art [10 Jan 2020]

The auction houses have not found it an easy task to bring Modern and Contemporary African art to the eyes of international collectors, but some of them have shown remarkable tenacity, giving the works time to find their audience. After several years of disappointment, demand is clearly on the ascent with their turnover from African […]

Taipei Dangdai Art Fair, interview with Magnus Renfrew [07 Jan 2020]

With over 20 years experience in the international art world and recognised expertise in its Asian sphere, Magnus Renfrew launched a new art fair in Taiwan last year: TAIPEI DANGDAI. After a successful first edition, Renfrew explained to Artprice the logic of offering a quality fair in Taiwan, alongside Hong Kong’s highly successful event. Magnus […]

Sanyu… China’s Matisse [31 Dec 2019]

Sanyu… China’s Matisse After Zao Wou Ki, Sanyu has become yet another highly appreciated signature on the global art market’s Sino-French segment, with the prices of his best works now approaching those of Matisse. According to the Dutch art critic Jan D. Voskuil – writing in 1932 when SAN Yu was just 31 – The […]

Our “blue chip” artists index outperforms the S&P 500 [27 Dec 2019]

over the long term and posts a 3.3% increase for 2019 American stock markets have been super buoyant this year: the S&P 500 started the year at 2,510 points and reached 3,190 points this Tuesday, 17 December 2019. That’s a 26.2% increase over 12 months… adding more than a quarter to this fundamental index’s historical […]

The relationship between Chinese artists and Western culture [24 Dec 2019]

After World War I, China implemented a major program of sending young talents to the other end of the world… and, very often, to the other end of the silk road, with the objective of ‘acquiring new knowledge’. The arts were just one of the many disciplines that these talented young Chinese students came to […]

Top 10 of the most expensive artworks in 2019 [20 Dec 2019]

Artprice regularly reviews the top 10 ranking of artworks that have fetched the highest prices on the global art auction market… works that have excited and moved global buyers more than any others. As the year-end is an appropriate moment for tallies and totals, here is an update of the most spectacular Fine Art auction […]

Zao Wou-ki and Zhang Daquian, the two giants of the Chinese market [17 Dec 2019]

In our 2019 global ranking of artists by auction turnover, China’s two top-selling artists are posting totals on a par with those of Western artists like Claude Monet and Andy Warhol. With a combined total of over $385 million this year, Zao Wou-ki and Zhang Daqian’s results have driven the market. Zhang Daqian, Strange Pines […]

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