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The most successful women artists of the market [25 Apr 2017]

Women artists are starting to emerge in a world dominated by male artists for centuries. A number of recent auction results confirm this trend. Women’s relative under-representation and under-valuation in the art market has been the subject of a recurrent public debate for at least 30 years. In 1985 a group of New York-based radical […]

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Orientalist art… [18 Apr 2017]

Orientalism has returned to favour and now occupies a key date in London’s art sales calendar. Artprice looks ahead to Sotheby’s sale on 25 April 2017. After a golden age in the 19th century, the taste for all-things Oriental lost much of its momentum, and the circle of Western enthusiasts and collectors of Orientalist art […]

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Flash News! dOCUMENTA 14 – Brussels’ art fairs – James Rosenquist [14 Apr 2017]

dOCUMENTA 14. Between North and South Every five years, Kassel becomes the centre of the contemporary art world. 100 days of retrospectives and avant-garde art, scandals and surprises, existential lightheartedness and heated artistic debates. For this 14th edition, Kassel once again surprises and even creates controversy locally, as, for the first time since its creation […]

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Walker Evans at the Centre Pompidou [11 Apr 2017]

Empathy and discretion characterise the work of Walker Evans who accumulated thousands of photographs of 20th century America. In his own personal search for truth he rejected subjectivity, focusing on lonely souls, although not without a certain lyricism. From 26 April to 14 August 2017, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is organising his first ever […]

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The best sales of the first quarter [07 Apr 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Our weekly ranking unveils the world’s 10 best auction sales in the first quarter of 2017. In the Top 10 of the first quarter, two auction houses obtain results ranging between $17 and $59m: Christie’s and Sotheby’s, for sales in […]

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​Focus on James Ensor [04 Apr 2017]

After a foundation course at his local arts academy, James Ensor pursued his studies at the Brussels Royal Academy of Fine Arts from 1877 to 1880 and then returned to Ostend where he spent practically all of his life with his family. At the time, Ostend’s provincial population was ill-prepared to accept such an audacious […]

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Auguste Rodin – Art Paris Art Fair – Murakami [31 Mar 2017]

Auguste Rodin, a centenary tribute A century after his death, Paris pays Auguste RODIN (1840-1917) a tribute worthy of his genius. The Musée Rodin and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux have joined forces to organise an exhibition at the Grand Palais bringing together nearly 200 works. The exhibition not only gathers together Rodin’s greatest masterpieces but […]

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Art Paris: why another Contemporary Art fair at the Grand Palais? [28 Mar 2017]

As the month of March draws to a close, the Parisian art market has been particularly busy this year. After an intense week dedicated to drawing, the Grand Palais is hosting Art Paris, (the FIAC’s little sister, but nonetheless interesting). Also specialized in Contemporary art, Art Paris targets a much broader spectrum of collectors; so […]

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The Hong Kong Top 10 [24 Mar 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking This week, our ranking reveals the 10 most expensive works of art ever sold in Hong Kong. Hong Kong – Year 2016 – Top 10 Rank Artist Hammer Price ($) Artwork Sale 1 CUI Ruzhuo (1944-) $39 577 200 The Grand Snowing […]

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Paris… world capital of the drawing segment [21 Mar 2017]

With no less than three fairs dedicated to drawing in Paris, the French capital becomes the drawing market’s capital this week, attracting major collectors, museum curators and of course a large public of drawing aficionados. The fairs represent an important fixture in the global art calendar with two taking place in the Bourse district (Salon […]

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Flash News: Paris is overflowing with drawings – Homage to Howard Hodgkin – The Barjeel collection at IMA [17 Mar 2017]

Paris is overflowing with drawings Drawing tops the bill at the Parisian spring show: old masters, modern and contemporary drawings rub shoulders with emerging artists at the three exhibitions that transform Paris for a week into the international capital of drawing. A thousand selected works are on show at the 26th edition of the Salon […]

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Contemporary art in London [14 Mar 2017]

After an excellent start to London’s season with Christie’s and Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art sales at the end of February/beginning of March, the overall climate for the Contemporary Art sales last week was substantially less foreboding than it was back in March 2016. To maintain the suspense and keep the adrenaline flowing, the relatively […]

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The top Surrealist sales [10 Mar 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week’s ranking reveals the 10 most expensive Surrealist works in auction history. Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, André Masson, Man Ray, Joan Miro, Giorgio De Chirico, Jean Arp, Yves Tanguy, Victor Brauner, Oscar Dominguez, Wifredo Lam, […]

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​ Christie’s and Sotheby’s hammer excellent results in London… [06 Mar 2017]

London’s 2017 season of prestige sales got off to a superb start for Christie’s on 28 February with two successive sales, Impressionist & Modern Art followed by another dedicated to Surrealism. The two sales attracted intense interest from collectors from all over the world (with 39 nationalities represented among the registered bidders) who acquired no […]

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Flash News: MoMA puts a Dubuffet and a Mathieu up for sale – Klimt – Works to exceed the 10 million mark – Karel Appel [03 Mar 2017]

MoMA puts a Dubuffet and a Mathieu up for sale In November, MoMA asked the Parisian Applicat-Prazan Gallery to sell two post-war works from its collections: Topographie châtaine (1959) by Jean DUBUFFET and Théorème d’Alexandroff (1955) by Georges MATHIEU. In March 2017, these works will go on sale at major international fairs (Tefaf Maastricht and Art […]

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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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