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Focus on Faith Ringgold [24.11.2020]

She couldn’t found a gallery for years… but now the major American museums are all looking for a chance to adding the work of this pioneering artist to their collections. Why is Faith Ringgold essential? And what is the best way to buy one of her works?   Artist, activist and author, Faith RINGGOLD (90 […]

Chu Teh-Chun, born 100 years ago, reaches new auction high [20.11.2020]

“The inspiration I have followed finds its only source in nature… and its preferred mode of expression is lyricism.” Chu Teh-Chun The poet of pictorial abstraction Chu Teh-Chun would have been 100 years old this year and current tributes are – like his work – grandiose! To mark the occasion, a new documentary film retracing […]

Painting vs sculpture, which category is the most competitive ? [17.11.2020]

The most highly regarded living artist on the planet, Jeff Koons has taken contemporary sculpture to the peak of prices, but Contemporary painting has progressed faster than any other Art Market segment. Here is an excerpt from our latest report on 20 years of contemporary art at auction.   Painting… above all The most expensive […]

Focus on Zanele Muholi [13.11.2020]

Aged 48, South African artist Zanele Muholi has already had lots of public exposure, received numerous honours and is regularly invited to speak at conferences. In terms of sexual identity, Muholi claims to be ‘non-binary’ and therefore uses they/them pronouns. With an upcoming retrospective at the Tate Modern, Muholi’s photographs are currently in strong demand. […]

Luxembourg Art Week / The Fair … online only! [10.11.2020]

Unfortunately, the worrying growth of covid-19 infections across Europe and the latest anti-covid restrictions have put an end to Luxembourg’s plans to host a physical Art Fair. However, Alex Reding, founder of Luxembourg Art Week, has worked hard over the summer in anticipation of the current scenario. Scaled back to a purely digital format, the […]

The Vollard Suite… a case study [06.11.2020]

Although Pablo Picasso taught himself the engraving techniques that he mastered, he actually produced more than 2,500 engravings of various kinds. In the 1930s he produced what has come to be known as the Vollard Suite, a series of 100 prints whose themes and styles provide an unparalleled insight into the life of the Spanish […]

A look back over the major October art sales [03.11.2020]

Works by Old Masters, Impressionists, Modern artists and Contemporary artists were all on offer in prestige sales that ended a few days ago most of which defiantly ignored traditional  classifications. Christie’s had a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and a painting by Monet, while Sotheby’s offered three sculptural Alfa-Romeos by Franco Scaglione alongside a work by Richard […]

David Chau for ART 021 in Shanghai [30.10.2020]

Founded in 2013 by the avant-gardist trio Kelly Ying, David Chau and Bao Yifeng, Shanghai’s ART 021 fair is preparing to open its 8th edition in the Chinese metropolis from 12 to 15 November 2020. No less than 114 galleries have confirmed their participation at the fair, which has emerged as one of the most […]

Updated Art Fairs Calendar for November 2020 [27.10.2020]

With the Coronavirus pandemic gaining new ground, the governments of certain countries have introduced tighter health protection measures, including measures limiting the possibilities for travel and social and/or business gatherings. As November approaches, it is clear that the art world is more than ever adopting online solutions rather than physical meetings, and this applies equally […]

Basquiat and Koons account for 12% of the contemporary art turnover [23.10.2020]

Over 30,000 artists sell publicly, but the market essentially turns on the top 100. The big names in Contemporary Art attract crowds to museums and lend credibility and prestige to collections, whether public or private. With works valued at tens of millions of dollars, much of the market’s interest is focused on these high-end signatures. […]

A couple of Parisian art fairs resist: Galeristes and ASIA NOW! [20.10.2020]

Although all the major Parisian art events have been hastily cancelled (the Fiac, Paris photo and even Art & Museum) other fairs such as Galeristes and Asia Now have confirmed they will be taking place, highlighting the rarity of such events in this very difficult period. Galeristes 2020 The 5th edition of the Galeristes art […]

ART TAIPEI: opening soon [16.10.2020]

While many art fairs have been cancelled or postponed around the world, Art Taipei will take place in October (23-26) and will be all the more eagerly awaited for its rarity in the current context. We interviewed its director – CHUNG Ching Hsin – to get a better understanding of Art Taipei’s developments, challenges and […]

Contemporary Art, the primary growth driver of the global Art Market [13.10.2020]

Does today’s art auction universe bear any resemblance to what it was 20 years ago? This is the question we asked ourselves through this report. In this year 2020, severely shaken by the coronavirus pandemic, we felt it necessary to take a step back in order to broaden our vision beyond the « lost year » by […]

Victor Brauner… a seer at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris [09.10.2020]

Grand Master of the Order of the Platypus, First Class Commander of the Legion of Saturn, an eccentric painter close to the Dada and Surrealist movements… Victor Brauner’s work is being shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM in Paris until 10 January 2021. We take this opportunity to recall some of the salient […]

Sanyu’s nudes have become a pillar of Hong Kong Sales [07.10.2020]

With four results above the $20 million line over the past two years, Sanyu’s signature is once again at the top of the bill in the Hong Kong’s autumn sales. . An outstanding SAN Yu Nude was the star lot in Sotheby’s Hong Kong sale earlier this week. Described in the catalogue as a “grandiose […]

Focus on Lee Ufan. A minimalist and universal œuvre [02.10.2020]

The artist Lee Ufan is a paradox disguised as an artist. At the crossroads of several civilizations, he very much rows against the world’s currents and pushes art into new territories…. as we will soon be able to discover at his new foundation in Arles. . “Contemporary art needs time”. Lee Ufan Born in 1936 […]

The New Art Fairs Calendar for October 2020 [29.09.2020]

The Covid pandemic has prevented numerous fairs, biennials and art festivals from opening their doors. Further cancellations have been announced during September for important events. In total, no less than 25 events have been wiped off the initially planned calendar for October 2020, that’s almost 30% of the scheduled artistic events. In New York, the […]

American museums preparing to sell certain masterpieces [25.09.2020]

Brooklyn Museum to Sell 12 Works as Pandemic Changes the Rules… the title of Robin Pogrebin’ article in the New York Times on 16 September after the announcement of the Brooklyn Museum’s decision to sell twelve works from its permanent collections. Faced with the crisis and despite reopening a few days earlier, the Brooklyn Museum […]

Five Covid-proof artists [22.09.2020]

Unsurprisingly, the Art Market posted a significant contraction in H1 2020, although less severe than in 2009. The number of lots sold at auction fell by -21% and auction turnover dropped -49%. However, the blow was definitely softened by the solutions implemented by the major auction houses to continue trading and maintain at least some […]

Flash News: Keith Haring’s collection coming up for auction – Resistance of Parisian fairs… and cancellations [18.09.2020]

Keith Haring’s collection coming up for auction What’s in the collection of one of the most committed New York artivists of the 1980s? Quite simply the most popular artists on the today’s market: Andy WARHOL and Jean-Michel BASQUIAT, of course, but also Roy Lichtenstein, Kenny Scharf, Futura 2000, Jenny Holzer and George Condo, all friends of […]

Nicolas Party helps resuscitate art market [15.09.2020]

Ludic and colourful, the work of this Swiss artist is attracting the attention of international collectors.   Nicolas PARTY was born in Lausanne in 1980 and now lives between Brussels and New York. Exhibited by several major international galleries and museums, last year he became one of the youngest recruits at Hauser & Wirth, a highly […]

Flash News: Wayne Thiebaud, 100 years old… and a new record – Phillips and Poly Auction become partners – Paris, an artistic showcase [11.09.2020]

. Wayne Thiebaud, 100 years old… and a new record Associated with Pop Art via his paintings of pastries, boots, toys or lipstick tubes, the American artist Morton Wayne THIEBAUD will celebrate his 100th birthday on 15 November 2020. Born into a French family, his surname is still pronounced à la française. In New York, […]

Nicolas de Largilliere soon above a million? [08.09.2020]

“La Belle Strasbourgeoise is an emblem, a symbol, both aristocratic and popular at the same time. It is a perfect French image, almost solemn, of the nascent 18th century… free, elegant and feminine”. (Christie’s), …So ends the somewhat rapturous essay concerning the portrait by Nicolas DE LARGILLIERE (1656-1746) in the catalogue for the upcoming sale […]

Interview with Guillaume Piens, Art Paris Art Fair’s director [01.09.2020]

You are in close touch with the galleries… What was your reaction to the beginning of the crisis in the spring of 2020? Well, everyone, myself included, was shocked… a terrible impression of being faced with emptiness and the unknown… and of course, in our case, a deep disappointment about not being able to host […]

The New Art Fairs Calendar for September 2020 [25.08.2020]

In June, the prestigious Swiss Art fair Art Basel announced the outright cancellation of its 2020 edition after initially rescheduling from June to September. The news fell shortly before the summer in a press release in which the fair’s Director,Marc Spiegler, explained: “We really wanted to support the art market with a successful fair in […]

The Huge Success of Jonas Wood [18.08.2020]

One of the most influential and exciting artists of our time. (Dallas Museum of Art) . There’s no respite for Jonas WOOD’s market. Even in the middle of summer his work remains highly visible and in substantial demand. In the United States, England, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong… the artist’s works are included […]

Sotheby’s and Christie’s successful damage limitation [11.08.2020]

In early August, Sotheby’s announced it had sold $2.5 billion worth of art and collectibles since January 2020, compared to $3.3 billion over the same period in 2019, partly thanks to the development of online sales. So far this year, Sotheby’s has hosted over 180 online sales, a figure that includes collectibles in addition to […]

Ulla Von Brandenburg occupies the Palais de Tokyo [04.08.2020]

The spectator’s fantasy: to cross the curtain that separates the pit from the stage and become an actor! The photographer’s fantasy: to cross the lens and find himself in the scene being captured. Via a succession of large swathes of colored fabrics, pierced by large circles, evoking both the heavy theatre curtain and the focal […]

Pop Art is still popular! [31.07.2020]

.. . . Yes indeed… On 10 July last, Christie’s organized its first ever major ‘worldwide’ auction, baptised ONE. Thanks to streaming technology, ONE took place via 4 consecutive sessions in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York, and it grossed nearly $421 million in just four hours. Although none of the works sold above […]

The New Art Fairs Calendar for August 2020 [28.07.2020]

Although some events have managed to maintain themselves for years at the heart of the summer season, it’s not generally considered the best time for art fairs. So – given the current pandemic and resulting economic context – one could be forgiven for imagining that none of the summer ‘art’ activities would be running this […]

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