Artprice: Annual Art Market Report for 2009

[18 Mar 2010]


According to thierry Ehrmann, founder and CEO of Artprice: « 2009 will go down in history as a year when the art market shed its excesses and narrowly avoided a complete meltdown ». A drastic purge of the Contemporary art segment, slashed revenue figures and renewed interest in Old Masters and Modern art…

“but also a strong signal that the art market has reached a stage of maturity that allows its to fluctuate at the same speed as economic indicators and financial assets »; « the key point to remember about 2009 is this historical and sociological change in the art market”.

Artprice publishes its exclusive art market report distributed to over 6,300 media organisations and international institutions every year. Based on roughly 5.4 million auction results from approximately 3,600 auctioneers, the annual report « Art Market Trends in 2009 » contains 44-pages micro- and macro-economic analyses focusing on individual sales and general price evolutions in all segments of the market. Edited by ArtMarketInsight (Artprice’s press agency) in collaboration with Artprice’s Econometrics team, the report also contains a number of original rankings such as the TOP 500 artists by sales revenue and the year’s 100 highest hammer prices.

We are light-years away from the 1991 crisis when the art market was incapable of implementing crisis strategies. Artprice’s annual art market report analyses the major dislocations generated by the bursting of the speculative bubble in the art market and provides an insight into how the market’s key players individually and collectively worked to prevent a worst-case scenario.
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Crisis… and reaction
Purge in Contemporary Art
Records during the crisis
Autumn 2009: the market shows tentative signs of recovery
United States / UK / China / France: the fight for market supremacy
Art Market Confidence Index – a vital tool during 2009
2000-2009: summary of the decade’s key figures
Top 10 artists
Top 100 auction performances in 2009
Top 500 artists by auction revenue in 2009

Art Market Trends 2008
Art Market Trends 2007
Art Market Trends 2006
Art Market Trends 2005
Art Market Trends 2004
Art Market Trends 2003
Art Market Trends 2002


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