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Ulla Von Brandenburg occupies the Palais de Tokyo [04 Aug 2020]

The spectator’s fantasy: to cross the curtain that separates the pit from the stage and become an actor! The photographer’s fantasy: to cross the lens and find himself in the scene being captured. Via a succession of large swathes of colored fabrics, pierced by large circles, evoking both the heavy theatre curtain and the focal […]

Pop Art is still popular! [31 Jul 2020]

.. . . Yes indeed… On 10 July last, Christie’s organized its first ever major ‘worldwide’ auction, baptised ONE. Thanks to streaming technology, ONE took place via 4 consecutive sessions in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York, and it grossed nearly $421 million in just four hours. Although none of the works sold above […]

The New Art Fairs Calendar for August 2020 [28 Jul 2020]

Although some events have managed to maintain themselves for years at the heart of the summer season, it’s not generally considered the best time for art fairs. So – given the current pandemic and resulting economic context – one could be forgiven for imagining that none of the summer ‘art’ activities would be running this […]

Chinese female artists [21 Jul 2020]

Women artists are very much in the minority in China and few manage to make a real career in art. According to an analysis of the country’s auction results, it is even more difficult to break into China’s art market for a Chinese woman than for an American artist. Only two Chinese women figure among […]

How galleries promote artists… Henry Taylor and Hauser & Wirth [17 Jul 2020]

African-American artist Henry TAYLOR is today, at 62, one of the most high-profile painters of our time and his best works fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars. Until quite recently the market didn’t seem very interested in his work. Today his prices are rocketing and, since obtaining the Robert De Niro price in 2018 for […]

Christie’s and Sotheby’s move up a gear… [16 Jul 2020]

The major auction houses have done everything within their imaginative power to end the first season of 2020 with some kind of a relaunch of the high-end market. Encouraged by the success of its “super live sale” on 29 June, Patrick Drahi’s company focused on the Hong Kong market place. Meanwhile, its rival, owned by […]

Red square on an almost red background [10 Jul 2020]

Ode to the square! Selected from our online marketplace, our favorites this week focus on a shape that is both simple and fundamental. This selection is of course a nod and a wink to Kazimir Malevich’s revolutionary White on White (1918) measuring 79.4 x 79.4 cm and visible at the MoMA in New York… a […]

Günther Förg. Painting should be sexy [07 Jul 2020]

Günther Förg  – Untitled, 2007. Acrylic/oil on canvas. (Courtesy Estate Günther Förg, Suisse, and Hauser & Wirth) “What others take for granted is a problem for us”… this rough translation from the title of a 1998 exhibition of Förg’s work (Was andern selbstverständlich, ist uns Problem) at Mönchengladbach’s Abteiberg Museum could serve as a ‘motto’ […]

The New Art Fairs Calendar for July 2020 [30 Jun 2020]

It looks like art fans and buyers used to travelling around the world to the rhythm of major international art fairs are going to have to wait quite some time before that kind of lifestyle becomes available again. In any case, it won’t be this summer. Among the 21 art fairs that were programmed for […]

Abstracts favorites [26 Jun 2020]

Gerhard Richter, Jean Miotte, Paul Jenkins, Zao Wou-Ki, Serge Poliakoff … these artists contributed to the renewal of Contemporary Abstraction and are among the most sought-after signatures on the art market. We offer a selection of works from Artprice’s online marketplace, available at the galleries Vogtle Contemporary, Serventi, Gilden’s Art and Hélène Bailly. Five works […]

Upcoming masterpieces: Picasso, Lichtenstein, Bacon… and many more [23 Jun 2020]

After months of lethargy, the high-end market is bouncing back into action with Christie’s and Sotheby’s both organising live online sales. We take a look at the offering, including several museum-worthy pieces that could well jump start a prestige market that has been almost dormant for three months. An unprecedented “global” event on 10 July […]

How to buy a work by Omar Victor Diop? [19 Jun 2020]

Omar Victor DIOP is an African artist who is attracting a lot of attention. A brilliant portrait photographer, just 40 years old, he has enjoyed remarkable success since his work was discovered at the Rencontres de Bamako art fair in 2011. Exhibited all over the world, his work seduced a wide range of collectors before […]

An exceptional Rembrandt expected to fetch $20 million [16 Jun 2020]

It’s time to break with old customs and innovate! The disruption to the global art market’s calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic has prompted Sotheby’s to adapt the format of its summer sales. Apart from the decision to organise a live Evening Sale open to “telephone, online, in the room, and in advance bidding”, Sotheby’s […]

A selection of Spanish artists from our marketplace [12 Jun 2020]

Artprice’s online marketplace is bristling with works by some of the best signatures of 20th century Spanish art. For example, look at this selection of works by Jaume Plensa, Miquel Barcelo, Antoni Tapies and Manolo Valdès, all key artists who have long been included in the permanent collections of the world’s most prestigious museums, including […]

The best art auction results during lockdown [09 Jun 2020]

Like a lot of sectors, the global art market has been seriously impacted by the Covid 19 crisis, forcing auction companies to cancel or postpone sales. However, thanks to online sales, its activity did not grind to a complete halt. In this article Artprice focuses on the best results hammered during the lockdown, when a […]

Flash News: Susan Rothenberg has left us – works by Judy Chicago acquired by museums – and, where are the masterpieces we usually see in May? [05 Jun 2020]

Tribute to Susan Rothenberg Susan ROTHENBERG passed away on 18 May 18 at the age of 75. She substantially contributed to a revival of American figurative painting as far back as the 1970s, freeing it from the rules of composition, focusing on the essential while maintaining a subtle emotional quality. Her work was well received […]

Christo… larger than life [04 Jun 2020]

The immense Bulgarian-American artist CHRISTO left us on May 31. Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born in Gabrovo, an industrial city from which he apparently escaped, hidden in a freight train, in 1957. Once in Paris, he met the woman who would become his companion and accomplice for the rest of his life, Jeanne Claude, born […]

The New Art Fairs Calendar for June 2020 [02 Jun 2020]

The Covid 19 health crisis has completely upset the global art fair calendar. Since the beginning of the year, cancellations and postponements have followed one another from Asia to Latin America. Dozens of fairs around the world and thousands of exhibitors have been affected. To help you plan ahead, here is a calendar specifying all […]

Focus on Liu Ye [26 May 2020]

From children’s literature to historical figures, from the Dutch Modernists to well-known literary characters, few Chinese artists have referenced as much Western culture as LIU Ye. From baby-faced children to comic book heroes, his art reworks internationally recognised icons of contemporary culture. Born two years before the start of the Cultural Revolution, he grew up […]

Taking the air… with our favorites of the week [22 May 2020]

We could not resist mirroring our restored liberty (lockdown relaxed) by picking four decidedly outdoor works for our favorites of the week from Artprice’s online marketplace! Four paintings that offer a quick tour of France. After basking in the warm sunshine of the South with Armand Guillaumin, we return to Paris for a stroll through […]

An artist, a gallery: Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Larry Gagosian [19 May 2020]

Nowadays the major galleries dictate who shines on the art market. They are the new trendsetters of our time and their choices generally lead the market. How do they do it? Their numerous strengths include their powerful networks, their international reach and their knowledge of the inner workings of the market. They are extremely effective […]

The switch to online – part 3. Christie’s moves up a gear [15 May 2020]

As we explained in our Switch to online – part 2: Sotheby’s has a head start article – published on 5 May – Sotheby’s appears to have acquired a considerable lead in the online competition, with a good pace of online sales offering relatively high-quality works. These included a painting by George Condo that fetched […]

Focus on Lynette Yiadom-Boakye [12 May 2020]

Lynette YIADOM-BOAKYE (1977) creates portraits, but rather than posed portraits they are imaginary portraits which she usually tries to finish in a single day. As a result, her paintings express a high level of intensity, created with short and expressive brush strokes. Her palette usually contains dark tones, which lend a certain drama to her […]

Our favorites of the week #7 [08 May 2020]

Focus on Contemporary Photography Here’s our 7th set of favorites from the online offer on Artprice.com since the French lockdown began! This week’s selection has four works by four established Contemporary photographers. Three of them, Robert Gligorov, Huang Yan and Liu Bolin decided to turn the camera on themselves, each in their own way using […]

Switch to online – part 2: Sotheby’s has a head start [05 May 2020]

An online“Hong Kong” sale that generated much better results than expected… a good level of transaction fluidity… new buyers… and online bids on the up – the switch to ‘online only’ is bearing its first fruits. Forging ahead of their competitors in the online sphere, Sotheby’s strategy and (good) results deserve a closer look.   […]

Our favorites of the week #6: focus on Asia [01 May 2020]

During the lockdown, Artmarket’s teams are posting selections of their favorites selected from Artprice’s online marketplace. For our 6th selection this week we decided to focus on Asia! The first two artists are rising stars in Japanese art: Chiho Aoshima and Ayako Rokkaku, both linked to the Kaikai Kiki collective that formed around Takashi Murakami. […]

Tribute to Peter Beard [29 Apr 2020]

Peter BEARD – a great American photographer with a strong passion for wildlife – was found dead on 19 April 2020 in Camp Hero National Park, Montauk, at the tip of Long Island. Suffering from senile dementia, he had disappeared three weeks earlier. He was 82 years old. “He died where he lived: in the […]

The New Art Fairs Calendar for May 2020 [28 Apr 2020]

The Covid 19 health crisis has completely upset the global art fair calendar. Since the beginning of the year, cancellations and postponements have followed one another from Asia to Latin America. Dozens of fairs around the world and thousands of exhibitors have been affected. To help you plan ahead, here is a calendar specifying all […]

Our favorites of the week #5 [24 Apr 2020]

During the lockdown Artmarket’s teams have decided to select their favorites on Artprice’s online marketplace and share them with you. For this fifth weekly rendezvous we have picked out a selection of conceptual and minimalist works that could even be – why not – part of the same collection! The first is a ‘Theospacial Sphere […]

The switch to online – no.1: Focus on French results [21 Apr 2020]

The art market has never experienced such a sharp crisis. Within a matter of days, auctioneers around the world have been forced to postpone or even cancel their physical sales in order to comply with the health emergency restrictions. However, the art auction market is not at a complete standstill. Although very slow, activity continues […]

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