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Yves Klein. Top whack for ethereal art [17 Jul 2018]

Yves Klein – who would have been 90 in 2018 – is one of the most sought-after French artists of all time. Yves KLEIN (1928-1962) is in fact the most expensive French artist from the second half of the 20th century. In many respects he owes his exceptional market success to his adventurous and open […]

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Flash News: Danh Vo – Ghada Amer [13 Jul 2018]

Danh Vo. After New York… Bordeaux Danh VO escaped from Vietnam by boat with his parents, leaving everything behind, and ended up in Denmark. He was just 4 years old. Today he is 42 and his work is admired around the world. After a recent exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (which ended […]

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Egon Schiele’s superstar status [10 Jul 2018]

For better or for worse, Egon Schiele enjoys an almost rock-star reputation in the art world. Scandalous subjects…models from the Vienna slums… a Bohemian lifestyle frowned upon by bourgeois morality… time spent in jail… and an early death. A hundred years later, Egon Schiele is still a controversial artist. This year the death of Egon […]

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Top results in Contemporary drawing [06 Jul 2018]

Following our ranking of best results for prints a fortnight ago, this Friday Top article takes another look at the best auction results for Contemporary artworks on paper, ranking the 10 best results over the last 12 months. Rank Artist Artwork Price ($) Sale 1 QIU Hanqiao (1958) Mountain rhyme $5,751,438 07/22/2017, Hangzhou Jiashi Auction Hangzhou […]

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Paris / Giacometti [03 Jul 2018]

As the Giacometti Institute opens in Paris, Artprice takes a look at the artist’s market in France, as compared with the breathtaking results his works have fetched in New York. The new Giacometti Institute in Paris The venue is perfect … a private Art Déco mansion in the heart of Paris’s Montparnasse district, only a […]

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Flash News: Rubens at Victoria Beckham – Laure Prouvost [29 Jun 2018]

Rubens at Victoria Beckham… The collaboration might seem surprising… but in a quest to revive the image of “Old Master Art” and promote a number of works before their upcoming sale, Sotheby’s joined forces with one of the world’s leading names in fashion, Victoria Beckham. In fact, Sotheby’s chose Victoria Beckham’s Dover Street boutique in […]

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London sales: international buyers… but mixed results [26 Jun 2018]

Sotheby’s prestige London sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on 19 June found new owners for 26 (72%) of the high quality lots on offer, versus 10 unsold, producing a total of $115.7 million. That’s a sharp drop (-30%) compared to last year’s total for the same session which managed to take in $163.8 million. […]

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The best-selling Contemporary art prints [22 Jun 2018]

In our fortnightly series of theme-based auction rankings, this week’s Friday Top article looks at the prints segment of the art market, a particularly fruitful segment for works by the hottest signatures in Contemporary creation.   Rank Artist Hammer Price ($) Artwork Sale 1 Keith HARING (1958-1990) 964 400 Andy Mouse 27/03/2018 Sotheby’s Londres 2 […]

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After Basel… London [19 Jun 2018]

The high-end art market’s last major rendez-vous before the summer has begun: London’s Impressionist & Modern Art sales. Artprice takes a look at the catalogues and the prices. Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s are hoping to finish the first half of 2018 in style… and both have prepared large selections of high quality works. Between June […]

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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 […]

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Robert Indiana. LOVE [12 Jun 2018]

« I am one of those young painters who turned to trivial sources: Coca-Cola, sodas, supermarkets, highway signs. They attract the eye… they pop” (Indiana, 1963). HOPE, LOVE, ART, EAT …. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 …. Robert Indiana, who died in May at the age of 89, is sometimes described as a lexical and […]

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A stunning top 10 in the first half of 2018 [08 Jun 2018]

Artprice’s fortnightly series of Fine Art auction rankings gives you a theme-based TOP article every other Friday. Today’s TOP article looks back at the best auction results during the first five months of the year. The top 10 best results in the first half of 2018 generated a total of $816 million. Of course, this […]

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A major Zao Wou Ki exhibition in Paris [05 Jun 2018]

Just opened, the exhibition dedicated to Zao Wou Ki at the Paris Museum of Modern Art is called “Space is Silence” and is an invitation to meditation through a selection of large format paintings.   Paris had not hosted a major exhibition honouring Zao Wou Ki for 15 years. The new show (1 June through […]

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Flash News: Art Basel… 49th edition – Art Basel’s Offs [01 Jun 2018]

Art Basel… 49th edition Four thousand artists… 291 of the world’s top galleries… collectors from all over the world… crowded aisles, daily debates and lectures… a special section for editions and multiple works… a programme of films by and about artists (including Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Nancy Holt / Robert Smithson) and lots to see […]

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Claude Viallat. Radical Abstraction [29 May 2018]

For over 50 years Claude VIALLAT has pursued a very specific and singular artistic practice, that of printing a systematically repeated shape onto a wide variety of materials such as sheets (cotton, canvas, hessian, silk, velvet) and fabrics (sometimes glittered) as well as curtains, blankets, umbrellas and various other materials. These frameless paintings are made […]

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Top French artists sold in the United States [25 May 2018]

In today’s Top ranking (every other Friday) Artprice looks at the top-selling Contemporary French artists on the other side of the Atlantic.   Art history tells us that France was the primary geographical locus for what we now classify as ‘Modern’ and ‘Avant-garde’ art. It also tells us that this incredibly creative period lasted roughly […]

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New York reveals the art market’s latest trends [22 May 2018]

Francis BACON’s Study for a Portrait (1977) dominated New York’s May sales of Contemporary & Post-War Art with a result of $49.8 million at Christie’s. Although big, it was significantly below the results posted a few days earlier at the Impressionist & Modern Art sales where three works fetched above $70 million. These included of […]

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Flash News: Nu couché – Rockefeller collection – ​ Dakar Biennale [18 May 2018]

Modigliani’s Reclining Nude fetches 4th highest bid of all time Sotheby’s had given Amedeo MODIGLIANI (1884-1920)’s Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) an extremely bold estimate… in fact the highest estimate in Fine Art auction history: $150 million. But its sale on Monday 14 May 2018 in New York only slightly exceeded that amount and […]

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Riopelle… dedicated to Abstraction [15 May 2018]

A life spent between France and Quebec… an œuvre intimately related to the history of the 20th century avant-garde in Europe and the United States, Jean-Paul Riopelle was one of the first Canadian artists to attain widespread international recognition. Born in Montreal in 1923, Jean-Paul Riopelle started drawing in early childhood, a passion that intensified […]

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Top of Surrealism in 2018 [11 May 2018]

  This week’s Friday Top ranks the best results in 2018 of one of the major founding artistic movements in the 20th century, Surrealism, a movement that both Christie’s and Sotheby’s devote specialised sales to each year. Rank Artist Artwork Price ($) Date Auctioneer 1 René MAGRITTE (1898-1967) Le groupe silencieux (1926) $10,031,386 27/02/2018 Christie’s London 2 […]

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New York’s ’s upcoming trophies [08 May 2018]

A Matisse “Odalisque” and a Fernand Léger “Grand déjeuner” both expected to fetch over $15 million, a Van Gogh likely to exceed $50 million, a museum-worthy Malevitch Suprematist composition – major works by some of history’s most sought-after artists. This year, New York’s May sales are taking the prestige factor to an impressive new level. […]

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Flash News: Milan – ​Subodh Gupta – ​ Albert Oehlen [04 May 2018]

Milan.… unavoidable After recovering from Fashion Week last February, Milan was still bubbling in April. Over two-weeks three events with international reach animated the Lombardi capital attracting collectors, art enthusiasts, artists and art professionals: the Miart (Modern and Contemporary art fair), held during the Milano Art week in mid-April, and the Milan Design Fair, emphatically […]

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Another Modigliani Nu Couché sets the market on fire… [02 May 2018]

In 2015, a Reclining Nude by Modigliani became the second most expensive artwork in auction history. Three years later, another nude by the same iconic artist has appeared on the market. With this spectacular canvas, shown in Hong Kong its sale in New York, Sotheby’s is probably hoping for another major auction record for the […]

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Top results so far in 2018 [27 Apr 2018]

In today’s “Top” article from our fortnightly series of Art Market rankings, Artprice rounds up the world’s best Fine Art auction results since the beginning of 2018… results that bode well for the rest of the year. Traditionally, the most important and prestigious Fine Art auction sales during the early months of each year are […]

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What records might we expect from the sale of the century? [24 Apr 2018]

Make no mistake… this has to be the sale of the century. Generously relayed by the media and masterfully orchestrated by Christie’s for months (world tour of the sale’s principal masterpieces with 14,000 visitors in in Hong Kong), the David and Peggy Rockefeller collection is expected to generate over $600 million. Promoted in no less […]

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Flash News: Paper Positions – The Fondation Carmignac [20 Apr 2018]

Paper Positions kicks off in Berlin Paper Positions – focusing on all forms of creativity on (or in) paper – opens April 26-29 in the superb atrium of the Deutsche Telekom Hauptstadtrepräsentanz. This year the fair will present drawings, collages, cutouts, paper-folding, art books, written works and 3-D creations. Of modest dimensions – just 46 […]

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Kasimir Malevich, an emblematic work returns to auction [17 Apr 2018]

Emblematic works by Malevich are sought after by major collectors and museums worldwide. Christie’s is offering a Suprematist painting from 1916 at its Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on 15 May. This is not the work’s first appearance at a public sale… A Russian artist of Polish origin, Kasimir Sevrinovitch MALEVICH […]

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Flash News: Urban art – Charles Meynier in France – Cranach [13 Apr 2018]

Urban art in the spotlight The 3rd edition of the Paris Urban Art Fair runs from 12 to 15 April 2018 at the Carreau du Temple in Paris. Dozens of French and international galleries will gather around the theme “Why live in town?”. Each will highlight one or two artists from the Urban Art movement […]

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The future of Expressionism [10 Apr 2018]

Expressionism does not seek to reveal or prove anything… it just expresses! Its birth in early-20th century Germany reflected the atmosphere that prevailed before WWI. Its visionary artists were sensitive to the brutality of changes affecting society and the hostility of a world they had no choice but to live in. Their ‘expression’ reflects the […]

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Hong Kong’s Top results [06 Apr 2018]

Today’s Friday Top looks at the best art auction results hammered in Hong Kong since January 2017, including the recent sales in March. The results confirms trends observed in recent years: in short… prices are soaring for the major Chinese signatures of the 20th and 21st centuries. With a price of over $13 million at […]

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