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The artists in the spotlight in 2002 [27 Mar 2003]

The top 500 artists by turnover in 2002

Each artist makes their own, large or small, contribution to the total market. And ranking them by auction turnover gives a good indication of market conditions, preferences and trends. Every year Artprice ranks artists by this criterion.

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Do Italian futurists have a future at auction? [26 Mar 2003]

The masterpieces of this landmark movement in Italian modern art are locked up in Italy. While the Artprice Index shows that futurist price levels have risen sharply since 1997, few collectors can expect to profit from this.

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André Derain (1880-1954) [24 Mar 2003]

Despite an upsurge in interest in his later paintings and sculptures, Derain the fauve still far outsells the later Derain. His market was revived by the sale of the studio in March 2002.

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Prices stable ahead of the spring auctions [20 Mar 2003]

Despite the geopolitical upheaval centring on the Gulf, art prices since the start of the year are little changed from 2002. Things were very different in 1991, when the first Gulf war combined with Japan’s economic slump to plunge the art world into a crisis that lasted half a decade.

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Modern prints dominate the prints market [17 Mar 2003]

Prints and multiples are making democratising the art market. In 2002, half of all prints sold for less than EUR 1,000. Prints represents no less than 18% of the lots sold in 2002 versus 15% in 2001. But all these lots only brought in 2.6% of total turnover.

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Marc Chagall [17 Mar 2003]

Marc Chagall was one of the most prolofic artists of the 20th Century. Prices are still under those recorded in 1990 but started rising 3 years ago. The major 2003 retrospectives are very likely to boost the market.

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Raoul Dufy [13 Mar 2003]

Visitors can admire the wide range of Raoul Dufy’s work at the Musée Maillol in Paris until June 16 2003. Dufy was one of the most prolific and varied painters of the last century. Most prized at auction are his light and colourful canvases.

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New York/London: partners or rivals? [10 Mar 2003]

Fine art sales fell by 13% in the USA in 2002, compared to just 7.3% globally, while sales in the UK market remained stable. The UK was the main beneficiary of the US decline and now has 27.5% of the world market against the USA’s 42%.

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Nicolas de Staël [23 Feb 2003]

The prices for Nicolas de Stael’s works are now back to their 1997 level. Nevertheless potential increase for the artworks of this major French modern artist remains fairly interesting.

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The Forbes collection: Victorian paintings to stage a comeback in February [17 Feb 2003]

Christie’s is to sell the Forbes collection of Victorian pictures and works of art in what promises to be one of the key artmarket events of early 2003 art market. More than 360 lots will go up for sale on 19-20 February and estimates point to a turnover of nearly USD35 million.

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René Magritte [10 Feb 2003]

Prices for René Magritte’s works have been on an unbroken uptrend for the last thirty years. On the back of this rally, L’Empire des Lumières took the market by storm last year

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Amedeo Modigliani [05 Feb 2003]

Amedeo Modigliani had a keen instinct for public taste. Most of the Modigliani pieces that come onto the market are post-1910 drawings and paintings.

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TOP 1000 artists who beat their own records in 2002 [04 Feb 2003]

14 000 artists hit their price records in 2002 An Artprice exclusive survey:the TOP 1,000 artists that hit their records out of a total of 14,000.

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Picasso: ceramics [02 Feb 2003]

Picasso is one of the 20th century’s leading ceramic artists, with almost 2,000 originals and over 600 limited-edition ceramic series by Madoura. His ceramics usually exceed his global price indices and are climbing all the time!

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Record for Andrea Mantegna and bought-ins for Peter Paul Rubens [30 Jan 2003]

Andrea Mantegna: USD25.5 million! Two Peter Paul Rubens bought in. This was how the year started at Sotheby’s New York.

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Miquel Barceló (1957) [29 Jan 2003]

The precocious Miquel Barceló has already conquered the auction market with his taste for mixing materials

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2003 will be Surreal [22 Jan 2003]

After breathtaking price rises at the end of the nineties, can Surrealism still inspire dreams? With another outstanding auction at Christie’s due to take place on 3 February and André Breton’s personal collection coming up for sale in April, Artprice brings you an update of the latest market trends.

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German expressionism back under the spotlight. [21 Jan 2003]

Works by the Die Brücke and Der Blau Reiter groups have been spiralling in price since 1999 (up 25% over the year). After four years of steady increase, from a base of 100 in 1997 the price index for Expressionist works is now 28 points higher than the Artprice Global Index.. In these hard-to-better market conditions, Christie’s is now organising its tenth auction of German and Austrian Art.

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Gustav Klimt: Austrian landscapes celebrated [07 Jan 2003]

The Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere’s “Gustav Klimt — landscape” is the first exhibition exclusively devoted to this aspect of Klimt’s work. These light-filled and peaceful canvases come up for auction very rarely, and they command the highest prices of all Klimt’s work.

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Roberto Matta: prices up 165% in five years [18 Dec 2002]

Roberto Matta, one of the last of the Surrealists, has just died in Italy. The top surrealist painters have long been stars on the auction floor, but enthusiasm for the Chilean artist took a while to materialise.

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Bidding frenzy grips the Paris scene [15 Dec 2002]

The Carré auction gets down to business: 85% of lots sold exceed their high estimates

Paris hosted an auction festival on 9-10 December. New auction house Dassault held its inaugural sale — breaking up the legacy of Olga Carré, widow of gallery owner Louis Carré — and confounded even the most optimistic forecasts. Piasa and Artcurial-Briest should be well satisfied.

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Latest trends on the art market [12 Dec 2002]

After several months of near-constant decline, the stock markets are now beginning to recover. And the wave of optimism has fed through to the art market. October’s prices were not far off last October’s. The third-quarter collapse now looks more like a warning shot, reminding investors of the tensions that can rock the art market at times of economic and geopolitical uncertainties.

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La Transavanguardia: Italian figurists no longer set the market on fire [08 Dec 2002]

The 1980s saw a resurgence of figurative painting in Europe with the German New Fauves, the French Figuration Libre movement and the Italian Transavanguardia that was quickly taken up by the art market at the time. But with Christie’s Rome holding its “Arte Moderna e Contemporanea” auction on 18 December 2002, how do collectors rate these recent Italian figurists today?

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New York’s Latin American Art auctions are short on spice [01 Dec 2002]

Although more lucrative than in 2001, November’s auctions of Latin American art nevertheless produced mixed results. The price index for the Latin American movement had looked promising, rising by 5% between January and June 2002.

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Is Paris really the top market place for photography? [26 Nov 2002]

For nearly a year now, the reformed French auction houses have been trading in an open market and France has been winning market share in several segments, most notably in photography. But now, after a marathon week of auctions, timed to match with the city’s photography month, have the gains really been that impressive?New York’s turnover is still more than double that of Paris, thanks to its sales of contemporary prints, while Germany still dominates the market in volume terms.

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The rise and rise of old master drawings [25 Nov 2002]


New York starts the party but Europe gets the girlBeyond the signature, only high-quality drawings find a buyer Record sales in 2000 and 2001Prices soared in 1999 and 2000 Italian drawings yield more than the Northern school in 2002

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Contemporary art auctions in New York reassure the market with 34 records in three days [24 Nov 2002]

In a tense economic climate, contemporary art auctions in New York are proving stronger than modern art and impressionist art sales. The evening auctions may have been unexceptional. But Sotheby’s and Christie’s still managed some reassuring surprises, generally in the less prestigious later sessions, when prices for some artists showed real growth and some of them turned out to be impressive records.

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New faces on the auction scene: Bill Viola is number one [17 Nov 2002]

Bill Viola is one of this year’s revelations. His storming entrance onto the auction scene on 27 June 2002, when his Incrementation sold for GBP40,000, has been followed by an exhibition at the Guggenheim. He tops our ranking of new contemporary artists at auction

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The art market — on the brink of the abyss? [11 Nov 2002]

Artprice Index: down 15% between June and September 2002

For the first time in ten years, all the indicators for fine art auctions find themselves in the red. The unsold rate has never been so high (44% in September), while the number of lots is also in freefall (-46.7%). With prices also tumbling after the summer lull, the signs look bad for the remainder of the season.

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Henri CARTIER-BRESSON: photo-journalism gets its foot in the door of the auction world [06 Nov 2002]

Some of the great photojournalists were able to transform their pictures into works of art. One such pioneer was Henri Cartier Bresson founder of the Magnum Photos press agency. Today, documentary photography is capturing market share in public auctions. Photojournalism at Auction 2002 takes place at the Drouot Hotel on 15 November, in the middle of Paris’s Photography Month and the Paris Photo 2002 fair. 700 prints will be up for auction. But the first steps of documentary photography at auction have not been free of pitfalls.

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