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Unseen Amsterdam : an interview with Emilia van Lynden (Artistic Director) [19 Sep 2017]

Unseen Amsterdam is returning for its sixth edition this year. What kind of evolutions did you notice for this event throughout the 5 past years? Unseen was founded in 2012 with the purpose to create a fair that was focused on emerging talent and the newest works by established artists. A fair that would show […]

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The Italian Top 10 [15 Sep 2017]

It’s Top 10 Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, we take a look at the best sales of the year in Italy. In Italy as well as in the art market as a whole, the top-end segment is based on 20th century works of art, especially the Post-War period. […]

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The buyer’s premium at auction : key figures and evolution [12 Sep 2017]

Auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s have both announced they will restructure their buyer’s premium scale in September. The fees add on to the hammer price and undergo regular adjustments in prominent auction houses – they depend on the hammer price and the country of sale, and their increasingly complex structure is meant to achieve growing […]

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Flash News: Positions Berlin – Calder at the Soulages Museum – France: vitality of regional markets [08 Sep 2017]

Positions Berlin: 4th edition, from 13 to 17 September Not only is the Positions Berlin Art Fair establishing itself but it is growing, with 84 galleries this year, 10 more than in the previous edition. The first international art fair of the autumn opens its fourth edition from 14 to 17 September, just before Frieze […]

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Japan: intense activity [05 Sep 2017]

The Japanese Contemporary Art Market has made a substantial and unexpected leap in recent months. The annual volume of turnover from Contemporary artworks on the country’s secondary market increased 48% from $6.7 million to $ 9.98 million between June 2016 and June 2017. Of course $9.98 million is a relatively small total compared with the […]

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The Belgian Top 10 [01 Sep 2017]

Fridays are great! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, Artprice analyses the best auction results of the year recorded in Belgium. Rank Artist Hammer Price ($) Artwork Sale 1 James ENSOR (1860-1949) 845 972 Les ballerines 03/11/2017 De Vuyst, Lokeren 2 René DANIELS (1950) 598 688 La maison 03/11/2017 De Vuyst, Lokeren […]

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​France: upcoming exhibitions [29 Aug 2017]

The major cultural event of the French ‘back-to-work’ season is the Lyon Biennale (20 September 2017 – 7 January 2018) this year titled “Les Mondes flottants” (at the Sucrière, the Dôme and Lyon’s Museum of Contemporary Art, as previously announced). Here are some of the other exhibitions that should not to be missed. Hansen’s secret […]

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Flash News: Cézanne at Gianadda – Petiet Collection – Man Ray [25 Aug 2017]

Cézanne at the Gianadda Foundation Paul CÉZANNE (1839-1906) seems to be a popular figure in the current exhibitions of European museums. No fewer than three exhibitions are examining different facets of his work: his portraits are on show at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, a collection of his drawings at the Kunstmuseum in Basel and […]

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​Get ready for a lot of photographs… [22 Aug 2017]

The art market may still be in its summer break, but its big players are busy preparing next season’s sales. Of those already planned, some look set to attract strong interest this coming fall, particularly at Christie’s, which has announced it will be offering part of the world’s most prestigious collection of photographs… The Museum […]

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The Australian art Top 10 [18 Aug 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, Artprice analyses the best auction results of the year recorded down under. This week’s ranking highlights the most famous Australian artists, whose reputation has spread far beyond its borders, but whose market remains deeply entrenched in Australia. Over […]

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Flash News: Fred Forest at Beaubourg – Biennale of Contemporary Art in Lyon – Max Ernst [11 Aug 2017]

Fred Forest at Beaubourg Known for his critical multimedia works as well as his performances and honoured with the Grand Prize in Communication at the 12th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo, Fred FOREST has so far deliberately kept away from the art market and maintained tense relations with Beaubourg. But it is here […]

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​ Another year in the spotlight for Foujita… [08 Aug 2017]

Having generated strong results in the auction market in recent years, the oeuvre of Tsuguhara-Leonard Foujita will be highly visible over the coming months, particularly in France, where the Musée Maillol is preparing an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death (March-July 2018). Tsuguharu FOUJITA’s market already made a spectacular jump in […]

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The bi-annual Top 10 [04 Aug 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, the best 2017 auctions show the major role played by the high-end market, with 10 works sold for over $44 million in six months. Six of the Top 10 auctions of the year took place in New York, […]

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​French market appeal… [01 Aug 2017]

Although the French art market is recognised as offering exceptional overall quality, when it comes to fetching the best (highest) prices, France is still unable to stop historical masterpieces by its national artists from crossing the Channel or the Atlantic to be sold in London or New York. However, since the beginning of the 2017, […]

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Flash News: Baselitz in Bilbao – Rencontres d’Arles [28 Jul 2017]

Baselitz and his Heroes in Bilbao On the 1st of July, the « Descente » exhibition with about 80 works by Georg BASELITZ ended at the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery. On the walls of the magnificent gallery in Pantin, visitors could see the artist’s large upside-down nudes that were first shown at the 2015 Venice Biennale. After Frankfurt, […]

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Yves Tanguy’s dream landscapes… [25 Jul 2017]

There has been substantial growth in demand for Yves Tanguy’s work in recent years and his price index is up +346% since 2000. The rarity of his paintings on the secondary market has no doubt contributed to a revaluation that still has upside potential. Born in Paris to Breton parents, Yves TANGUY (1900-1955) met Jacques […]

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The top Latin American artists at auction [21 Jul 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Let’s take a look at the best sales of the last twelve months for South American contemporary artists. The South American artists’ market remains concentrated in New York, thanks to the specialised sales organised annually by Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips. […]

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Latest from London’s Contemporary art market… [18 Jul 2017]

A year after the Brexit vote (during London’s major art sales in June 2016), Christie’s traditional June Contemporary Art sale was absent from its 2017 programme. In fact this year, Christie’s is focusing most of its energy on the development of exclusively online sales, including the very first online sales of Post-War & Contemporary Art […]

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​ Drawing… a separate market in its own right [11 Jul 2017]

Long considered the preparatory, preliminary or initial stages of research for a creation in some other medium (usually painting or sculpture), drawing has been viewed as a secondary art category for centuries… except among a relatively small community of specialists for whom it represents not just the roots of creativity, but also a distinct and […]

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The 2017 French Top Ten [07 Jul 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Let’s have a look this week at the results in the French art market since the beginning of 2017… In a ranking clearly dominated by Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Pierre Bergé & Associés and Artcurial are doing well and also take […]

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Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art sale: up +485% yoy [04 Jul 2017]

One week after Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art sale in London, it was Christie’s turn to test the same market at its 27 June sale in King Street. And like its rival, the event produced a resoundingly positive result… The latest auction results from London are very encouraging after the sharp falls in turnover last […]

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Flash News: Rockefeller Collection – Comic Book sale in Paris [30 Jun 2017]

Rockefeller Collection, ‘the sale of the century’ Christie’s will be the clear winner in what is already being called the sale of the century. In the spring of 2018, the auction house is selling one of the world’s most prestigious art collections, that of David Rockefeller, grandson of industrialist John D. Rockefeller, who died on […]

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​ London posts healthier totals [27 Jun 2017]

After a dramatic fall in revenue at their London sales in June 2016 (-47% at Sotheby’s and -39% at Christie’s), Sotheby’s 2017 figures are somewhat better and include a couple of major new auction records… On the supply side, the trend we saw last year at London’s prestige Impressionist & Modern Art sales was confirmed […]

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The African art Top 10 [23 Jun 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. At a time when African contemporary art is making its mark internationally, our Top 10 focuses on African artists and notably on a young female artist who has achieved top sales in just a few months… Rank Artist Hammer Price […]

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Claudel statue fetches over a million in France… [20 Jun 2017]

A couple dancing close and naked… that was the original inspiration for one of the most famous and passionate sculptures in art history. However, in 1901 the Fine Arts Academy in Paris considered the work far too sensual for Parisian society and Camille CLAUDEL was obliged to produce another more modest version incorporating drapes. Without […]

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Flash News: Van Gogh at Christie’s – Basquiat and Warhol in the spotlight [16 Jun 2017]

Van Gogh at Christie’s There are artists whose name alone creates a stir in the whole art market. Vincent VAN GOGH is one of those rare iconic artists, even more so as his Portrait du Docteur Gachet has been for many years the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. On May 5th, 1990, the Japanese […]

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​Sotheby’s… in Paris [13 Jun 2017]

In a hyper-competitive globalised art market, Paris stands out as a highly qualified marketplace for the sale of artworks. In fact, the French capital has been doing rather well recently with a number of important 20th century masterpieces generating impressive results last week at Sotheby’s. Collectors searching for powerful, blue-chip or prestige works were present […]

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Top 10 sales at Christie’s Hong Kong [09 Jun 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, let’s look at the results of the recent sales at Christie’s Hong Kong, which set a new record for the prestigious auction company. At the end of May, Christie’s made several major sales in Hong Kong, generating a […]

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Derain, Balthus, Giacometti… an artistic friendship [06 Jun 2017]

A first! The City of Paris Modern Art Museum has mounted an exhibition tracing the fruitful friendship between three major figures of 20th century art. A unique opportunity to rediscover the work of Derain, Balthus and Giacometti through their strong mutual affection and admiration. Never before united, the new exhibition clearly highlights the aesthetic commonalities […]

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Flash News: A masterpiece by Max Beckmann – Art / Afrique in Paris [02 Jun 2017]

A masterpiece by Max Beckmann Bird’s Hell is a rare work, considered as one of the most beautiful and powerful paintings Max BECKMANN (1884-1950) created during his exile. This masterpiece, begun in Amsterdam and completed in Paris, offers a heart-rending vision, a real descent into hell, where monstrous birds of ill omen torture humans and […]

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