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The FIAC… and its competitors [17 Oct 2017]

The FIAC (Paris International Contemporary Art Fair) opens this week with some 70,000 visitors expected. The event attracts art buyers to the French capital from all over the world… and the auction companies have learnt to take full advantage of their presence. Hundreds of artworks will auctioned between 19 and 22 October, i.e., exactly the […]

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Artprice analyzes the FIAC’s strategy (44th edition) in its competition with Frieze… and public sales. [13 Oct 2017]

thierry Ehrmann: “October sees two of the world’s biggest art fairs almost back-to-back: the Frieze in London and the FIAC in Paris. But they’re not just close in time and space – with just two-weeks between them and 2 hours on the Eurostar – they also have to contend with competition from simultaneous prestige sales […]

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French Top 10 [13 Oct 2017]

It’s Top 10 Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Today, we return to the strong results obtained by the French art market since the beginning of 2017. Due to a hyper-competitive market and a globalized demand, France remains in a superb position in the art auction segment. Its art heritage, which […]

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​Mixed results from London… [10 Oct 2017]

Christie’s managed to sell 83% of the works in its October 6 sale in London, but not the season’s most anticipated canvas, Francis Bacon’s second version of Study of Red Pope. Carefully scheduled to benefit from the excitement of London’s Frieze week, Christie’s worked hard to make a success of its sale of Post-War & […]

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Artprice celebrates its 20th birthday, editorial by thierry Ehrmann, founder and CEO of Artprice. [07 Oct 2017]

Artprice is 20 today. That might sound young to some, but in terms of the digital economy, that’s very old indeed. A legendary organisation in many respects, Artprice experienced the most extraordinary IPO in the history of the Paris stock exchange, reaching a capitalization in excess of EUR 400 million within hours. It has suffered […]

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Flash News! Far too big for a house – A focus on POP ART – Frieze art fair [06 Oct 2017]

Far too big for a house! It’s his birthday and it’s him who is giving us a gift. And what a gift! For David HOCKNEY’s 80th birthday, the Pompidou Centre, in collaboration with the Tate Britain and the MET, presents the most complete retrospective devoted to his work. The Paris exhibition, open until 23 October, […]

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Contemporary African Art… a growing segment [03 Oct 2017]

Evidence of the ‘emergence’ of African-origin artists is currently palpable, particularly in France where several major dedicated exhibitions have been organised in recent years. Beauty Congo at the Cartier Foundation (2015) and Art / Africa at the Vuitton Foundation (2017) both managed to show the extraordinary diversity of African art and expand its audience. Carried […]

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The best sales in Germany [29 Sep 2017]

Long live Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, Artprice analyses the best results recorded in Germany. The highest German auction results are far behind those of the United States, China and the United Kingdom, where some works sell for more than ten million dollars. However, Germany remains a stronghold […]

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Artprice: Contemporary Art Market Annual Report: turnover up 1,400% in 17 years with an average annual return of +7.6%. [27 Sep 2017]

Contemporary Art leads the Art Market with Frieze Art Fair in London and the FIAC in Paris On the whole, the Contemporary Art Market is substantially profitable over the medium and long terms. Despite several corrections, our price index shows that the segment has retained its early-2000s vitality. Turnover growth of +1,400% in 17 years […]

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A strong start to the new season in New York and Hong Kong [26 Sep 2017]

Hundreds of top-bracket artworks are up for sale in New York during this last week of September, and the sales catalogues already suggest some of the major trends for the coming year. Meanwhile Hong Kong is testing a number of “new” signatures. Christie’s is hosting its first Post-War & Contemporary Art sale of the new […]

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Flash News: Irving Penn in Paris – Jacques Truphémus [22 Sep 2017]

Irving Penn in Paris There is a true American flavour to the Parisian art scene this autumn, with no less than five exhibitions travelling from the other side of the Atlantic. Major New York museums have decided to export part of their collections to Paris. MoMA will present a selection of masterpieces at the Vuitton […]

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Unseen Amsterdam : an interview with Emilia van Lynden (Artistic Director) [19 Sep 2017]

Unseen Amsterdam is returning for its sixth edition this year. What kind of evolutions did you notice for this event throughout the 5 past years? Unseen was founded in 2012 with the purpose to create a fair that was focused on emerging talent and the newest works by established artists. A fair that would show […]

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The Italian Top 10 [15 Sep 2017]

It’s Top 10 Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, we take a look at the best sales of the year in Italy. In Italy as well as in the art market as a whole, the top-end segment is based on 20th century works of art, especially the Post-War period. […]

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The buyer’s premium at auction : key figures and evolution [12 Sep 2017]

Auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s have both announced they will restructure their buyer’s premium scale in September. The fees add on to the hammer price and undergo regular adjustments in prominent auction houses – they depend on the hammer price and the country of sale, and their increasingly complex structure is meant to achieve growing […]

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Flash News: Positions Berlin – Calder at the Soulages Museum – France: vitality of regional markets [08 Sep 2017]

Positions Berlin: 4th edition, from 13 to 17 September Not only is the Positions Berlin Art Fair establishing itself but it is growing, with 84 galleries this year, 10 more than in the previous edition. The first international art fair of the autumn opens its fourth edition from 14 to 17 September, just before Frieze […]

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Japan: intense activity [05 Sep 2017]

The Japanese Contemporary Art Market has made a substantial and unexpected leap in recent months. The annual volume of turnover from Contemporary artworks on the country’s secondary market increased 48% from $6.7 million to $ 9.98 million between June 2016 and June 2017. Of course $9.98 million is a relatively small total compared with the […]

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The Belgian Top 10 [01 Sep 2017]

Fridays are great! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, Artprice analyses the best auction results of the year recorded in Belgium. Rank Artist Hammer Price ($) Artwork Sale 1 James ENSOR (1860-1949) 845 972 Les ballerines 03/11/2017 De Vuyst, Lokeren 2 René DANIELS (1950) 598 688 La maison 03/11/2017 De Vuyst, Lokeren […]

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​France: upcoming exhibitions [29 Aug 2017]

The major cultural event of the French ‘back-to-work’ season is the Lyon Biennale (20 September 2017 – 7 January 2018) this year titled “Les Mondes flottants” (at the Sucrière, the Dôme and Lyon’s Museum of Contemporary Art, as previously announced). Here are some of the other exhibitions that should not to be missed. Hansen’s secret […]

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Flash News: Cézanne at Gianadda – Petiet Collection – Man Ray [25 Aug 2017]

Cézanne at the Gianadda Foundation Paul CÉZANNE (1839-1906) seems to be a popular figure in the current exhibitions of European museums. No fewer than three exhibitions are examining different facets of his work: his portraits are on show at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, a collection of his drawings at the Kunstmuseum in Basel and […]

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​Get ready for a lot of photographs… [22 Aug 2017]

The art market may still be in its summer break, but its big players are busy preparing next season’s sales. Of those already planned, some look set to attract strong interest this coming fall, particularly at Christie’s, which has announced it will be offering part of the world’s most prestigious collection of photographs… The Museum […]

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The Australian art Top 10 [18 Aug 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, Artprice analyses the best auction results of the year recorded down under. This week’s ranking highlights the most famous Australian artists, whose reputation has spread far beyond its borders, but whose market remains deeply entrenched in Australia. Over […]

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Flash News: Fred Forest at Beaubourg – Biennale of Contemporary Art in Lyon – Max Ernst [11 Aug 2017]

Fred Forest at Beaubourg Known for his critical multimedia works as well as his performances and honoured with the Grand Prize in Communication at the 12th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo, Fred FOREST has so far deliberately kept away from the art market and maintained tense relations with Beaubourg. But it is here […]

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​ Another year in the spotlight for Foujita… [08 Aug 2017]

Having generated strong results in the auction market in recent years, the oeuvre of Tsuguhara-Leonard Foujita will be highly visible over the coming months, particularly in France, where the Musée Maillol is preparing an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death (March-July 2018). Tsuguharu FOUJITA’s market already made a spectacular jump in […]

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The bi-annual Top 10 [04 Aug 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. This week, the best 2017 auctions show the major role played by the high-end market, with 10 works sold for over $44 million in six months. Six of the Top 10 auctions of the year took place in New York, […]

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​French market appeal… [01 Aug 2017]

Although the French art market is recognised as offering exceptional overall quality, when it comes to fetching the best (highest) prices, France is still unable to stop historical masterpieces by its national artists from crossing the Channel or the Atlantic to be sold in London or New York. However, since the beginning of the 2017, […]

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Flash News: Baselitz in Bilbao – Rencontres d’Arles [28 Jul 2017]

Baselitz and his Heroes in Bilbao On the 1st of July, the « Descente » exhibition with about 80 works by Georg BASELITZ ended at the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery. On the walls of the magnificent gallery in Pantin, visitors could see the artist’s large upside-down nudes that were first shown at the 2015 Venice Biennale. After Frankfurt, […]

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Yves Tanguy’s dream landscapes… [25 Jul 2017]

There has been substantial growth in demand for Yves Tanguy’s work in recent years and his price index is up +346% since 2000. The rarity of his paintings on the secondary market has no doubt contributed to a revaluation that still has upside potential. Born in Paris to Breton parents, Yves TANGUY (1900-1955) met Jacques […]

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The top Latin American artists at auction [21 Jul 2017]

Discover the best sales every Friday! Every other Friday, Artprice posts a theme-based auction ranking. Let’s take a look at the best sales of the last twelve months for South American contemporary artists. The South American artists’ market remains concentrated in New York, thanks to the specialised sales organised annually by Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips. […]

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Latest from London’s Contemporary art market… [18 Jul 2017]

A year after the Brexit vote (during London’s major art sales in June 2016), Christie’s traditional June Contemporary Art sale was absent from its 2017 programme. In fact this year, Christie’s is focusing most of its energy on the development of exclusively online sales, including the very first online sales of Post-War & Contemporary Art […]

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​ Drawing… a separate market in its own right [11 Jul 2017]

Long considered the preparatory, preliminary or initial stages of research for a creation in some other medium (usually painting or sculpture), drawing has been viewed as a secondary art category for centuries… except among a relatively small community of specialists for whom it represents not just the roots of creativity, but also a distinct and […]

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