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Artprice’s 2016 Global Art Market Annual Report [28 Feb 2017]

Artprice’s 2016 Global Art Market Annual Report: a Genuine Alternative to Financial Markets, with China in First Place Our 16th Global Art Market Annual Report is once again the fruit of an alliance between Artprice, the world leader in Art Market information, founded and directed by thierry Ehrmann, and Artron, its powerful Chinese institutional partner, […]

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Jannis Kounellis [28 Feb 2017]

Pioneer of Arte Povera, Jannis Kounellis died on 16 February 2017 in Rome, aged 80. He leaves behind a strong and radical oeuvre that still elicits passionate bidding from certain quarters. Arriving in Rome at the age of twenty to study at the city’s Fine Arts Academy, the young Jannis KOUNELLIS was disappointed by the […]

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Top Prints [24 Feb 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, our rankings reveal the best print sales at auction recorded in just over a year. Picasso dominates First insight: Picasso prints account for half of our world ranking! Not surprising for the most sought after and most emblematic […]

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Phillips: eclectic taste [21 Feb 2017]

As the major auction firms get ready for their early-March sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art in London, Phillips has published a particularly dense and diverse catalogue for its sale on 10 March 2017. The 180 works in the Phillips catalogue suggest a three-hour session (at least) and include lots of major signatures like […]

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Flash News : The Kann Collection – Art Basel Hong Kong – Art KARLSRUHE [17 Feb 2017]

The Kann Collection A watercolour in light tones. On one side, Georges BRAQUE (1882-1963) drew a still life with grapes and, on the other, a beautiful nude woman lying down. This artwork bears the Kann inventory number 1116: seized in October 1940 by the intervention team of the Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), it was stored at the […]

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The Alicia Koplowitz Collection [14 Feb 2017]

A superb exhibition is about to open at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris from 3 March to 10 July 2017. The exhibition is not exceptional for the volume of work presented but rather for its exquisite quality and particularly for the artistic dialogue over four centuries of art history that it highlights. Few collections (except […]

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Let’s take a look at the best sales by Chinese artists [10 Feb 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, our rankings reveal the highest sales recorded last year by Chinese artists. A very high level ranking… China is the world’s leading art market in terms of economic impact and its artists are now selling for top prices […]

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The top-selling photographs… not necessarily by photographers [07 Feb 2017]

The past 20 years has seen a profound change in the art photography market, particularly in economic terms with the segment’s total auction turnover rising from $16 million for just over 3,000 photos to about $130 million in 2016 (in the West). Although photography represents a fraction of global Fine Art auction turnover (roughly 2%) […]

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Flash News: Zona Maco – London banks on America – Drawings – BRAFA [03 Feb 2017]

Zona Maco 2017 Mexico is still poorly represented in the international art market with only two artists in the Artprice 2016 Contemporary Art Top 500 (Gabriel Orozco and Bosco Sodi) and auction proceeds of less than $6m. But the situation is changing quickly and the Mexican art market is becoming more and more dynamic. The […]

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​India Art Fair and the Indian market [31 Jan 2017]

For its 9th edition, the India Art Fair in New Delhi (2-5 February 2017) has linked up with an important new investor, the Swiss firm MCH Group, owner of the Art Basel franchise, the most powerful Modern and Contemporary art fair in the world with annual editions in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami. This powerful […]

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Best new sculpture sales! [27 Jan 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, let’s focus on the 10 new records for 2016 for three-dimensional works. Rank Artist Hammer Price Artwork Sale 1 Henry MOORE (1898-1986) $33 125 678 Reclining Figure: Festival 2016-06-30 Christie’s Londres 2 Auguste RODIN (1840-1917) $20 410 000 L’éternel printemps 2016-05-09 Sotheby’s […]

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​ Contemporary artists and auction prices… [24 Jan 2017]

Auction consecration is no longer an age-related phenomenon… Today’s auction prices reflect a veritable market metamorphosis with accelerating demand for young and emerging signatures. Impressed by the originality of an artist’s work or a spell of intense media attention, buyers of Contemporary art often succumb to trends that are by definition short-lived. Last year, over […]

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Flash News: Carl Andre in Paris – The Czartoryski collection – Artaud’s archives [20 Jan 2017]

Only a few weeks left to see the Carl Andre exhibition in Paris. It is the first time that such a large selection of Carl ANDRE‘s work has left the United States to be exhibited in France: the Museum of Modern Art in Paris is hosting a major retrospective of the American artist until 12 […]

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The art market awakens from its slumber…. [17 Jan 2017]

Sotheby’s is kicking off this year’s calendar of major sales on 20 January with a themed auction in Hong Kong entitled Boundless: Contemporary Art. The sale will be a curated mix of design, art and photography from East and West. Works by Claude Lalanne, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Ufan, Georges Mathieu, Sam Francis, T’ang Haywen, Zao […]

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Top of the Pop Art [13 Jan 2017]

It’s Top Ten Friday! Every other Friday Artprice brings you an auction top ten on a particular theme. This week we ask, do the best results in 2016 from the two stars of the Pop Art world, Warhol and Lichtenstein, reflect a strong market downturn? Although Pop Art isn’t historically and creatively encapsulated by Warhol […]

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​ Singapore … [10 Jan 2017]

The seventh edition of Art Stage Singapore (12-15 January 2017) at San Marina Bay Convention Center will take place in a context of strong local market contraction. The truth is that despite very significant investment in the cultural domain in this region of the globe, the last three years have seen a decline in its […]

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Flash News: Focus on Guggenheim Bilbao – Richard Serra – Hermann and Margrit Rupf – Francis Bacon [06 Jan 2017]

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, one of the five museums of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, located in the Spanish Basque Country. Famous for its flexible architecture in glass and titanium designed by Frank Gehry, the museum attracts visitors both for the quality of its monumental […]

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​ 2016: French art market in better shape… [27 Dec 2016]

France’s top three auctioneers, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Artcurial have all posted annual turnover growth for 2016 suggesting that the country’s art market has resisted the international turmoil relatively well. Historic year for Sotheby’s With a total of €220 million (all sales combined), Sotheby’s France has posted its best annual turnover since it opened in France. […]

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Annual ranking for Japanese artists [23 Dec 2016]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Discover the most expensive works of Japanese artists, whose prices went through the roof in 2016. Rank Artist Hammer Price Artwork Sale 1 Tsuguharu FOUJITA (1886-1968) $5 082 600 Nu Au Chat 2016-04-03 Sotheby’s Hong Kong 2 Yoshitomo NARA (1959) $3 103 911 « The […]

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David Hockney in fine form… [20 Dec 2016]

Although David Hockney has been one of the world’s most famous and most museum-present Contemporary artists for several decades, his auction results have been relatively modest with only a handful of 7-digit results in the 1990s. However the situation is now changing and Hockney’s recent new record at Sotheby’s is a good reason to review […]

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Flash News: Henri Matisse in Lyon – James Ensor, Paris-London – London hits back [16 Dec 2016]

Henri Matisse in Lyon 250 works by Henri MATISSE (1869-1954) are exhibited at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon until 6 March 2017. As part of its 40th anniversary, the Pompidou Centre has lent some thirty works to the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon in order to add to this major retrospective, also complemented by […]

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An exceptional year for Agnes Martin [13 Dec 2016]

Exhibited at London’s Tate Modern in 2015 and subsequently at the LACMA and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, the Agnes MARTIN (1912-2004) retrospective is currently on the long spiral ramp of New York’s Guggenheim Museum in a much visited and still highly topical exhibition (7 October 2016 – 11 January 2017). And, in parallel to Martin’s […]

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The best auctions throughout the world in 2016 [09 Dec 2016]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Let’s have a look at the 10 best auction sales in the world during an eventful 2016.   Year 2016: World auctions top 10 most expensive Rank Artist Hammer Price Artwork Sale 1 Claude MONET (1840-1926) $81 447 500 Meule 2016-11-16 Christie’s […]

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​Picasso – Giacometti… from Paris to Qatar [06 Dec 2016]

Open since 4 October 2016 at the National Picasso Museum in Paris, the duo-exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti will run until 5 February 2017 and then be shipped to Doha (Qatar). This “dialogue” between Modern Art’s most prominent masters is the first of its kind and has been made possible thanks […]

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Flash News: Art Basel Miami Beach – Fringe Events [02 Dec 2016]

Art Basel Miami Beach – The Official Art Fair The ephemeral migration of the art world is about to begin! More than 70,000 lovers of contemporary art and of the warm climate of Florida are currently in Miami Beach for the cultural event of the year: The Art Basel Miami Beach Fair, which brings together […]

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Buoyant Latin American art Sales [29 Nov 2016]

Just a few weeks back Phillips in New York celebrated two new records at $970,000 for Carmen Herrera and Mira Schendel reflecting a Latin American art market that seems to have the wind in its sails. This positive signal came just a few days before the major Latin American Art sales in New York on […]

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Top Auctions in France: first sales this year [25 Nov 2016]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. We can see this week which artists have been a success in the French auction rooms through the ranking of 10 contemporary artists who have made their first sales this year. Rank Artist Hammer Price Artwork Sale 1 Kay QUATTROCCHI […]

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Buoyant results at New York’s high-end… [22 Nov 2016]

In the month of November, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips all have a lot at stake with prestige sales of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art. This year, with the big New York sales programmed for what turned out to be an extremely tense post-election week, the art market was in need of serious reassurance… The […]

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Flash news: The Sphinx of Delft at the Louvre – Photographs. The Claude Berri Collection – Art and climate in the spotlight in Marrakesh [18 Nov 2016]

The Sphinx of Delft arrives at the Louvre One of the masterpieces in the Louvre Museum is a Dutch painting,The Lacemaker by Jan VERMEER VAN DELFT (1632-1675), which Renoir considered as the most beautiful painting in the world along with thePilgrimage to the Island of Cythera by Watteau. Another Vermeer, among his most famous, is […]

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Sale of erotic artworks in Paris [15 Nov 2016]

Opened in 1997 in the heart of Paris’s Pigalle district by Jo Khalifa and Alain Plumey, the Museum of Eroticism has sadly just closed after the owner of the building refused to renew its lease. Every year the museum attracted tens of thousands of visitors intrigued by its explicit sculptures from India, Mexico, Indonesia, Africa, […]

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