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David Hockney makes the biggest splash in London… [17.02.2020]

On 11 February David Hockney’s The Splash sold for £23 million ($31.2 million) in London – at more than eight times its 2006 price – taking Sotheby’s total revenue from its prestige Contemporary Art sale to $120 million, substantially ahead of Christie’s $72.7 million total from its equivalent session the following day (12 February). Before […]

Opening now… Art Karlsruhe 2020 [13.02.2020]

Kicking off the season of German art fairs, Art Karlsruhe (13-16 February 2020) will be opening the doors of the city’s vast exhibition center for the 17th time since 2004. The fair, which focuses on artistic creation from the 20th century, has stabilized its position in Europe, with over 50,000 visitors to each of the […]

London, weaker performances [10.02.2020]

London’s prestige art sales last week opened the 2020 auction season with less impressive results than in previous years. The turnover figures were clearly down on 2019 and together Christie’s and Sotheby’s Imp/Mod + Surrealist sales on 4 and 5 February last week took $202.4 million versus $326 million a year earlier (more than $124 […]

Surrealist mood… [07.02.2020]

The market data is clear: René MAGRITTE (1898-1967)  is currently the top-selling painter of the Surrealist movement. In the last three years, demand for works by the Belgian artist has been unprecedented with record after record in the auction rooms, and 2019 was a historic year for his market with more than $128 million hammered […]

London kicks off the 2020 calendar [04.02.2020]

With the UK’s divorce from the EU having just been formalised, the Art Market is in full swing in London with the first prestige sales of the year. This Tuesday (4 Feb) and tomorrow (5 Feb), Sotheby’s and Christie’s will be hosting the first major Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist sales of 2020, proposing works by […]

What records might we expect? [31.01.2020]

As 2020’s first major art auction sales loom into sight, we have taken a look at what Christie’s and Sotheby’s will be offering on 4 and 5 February in London: a total of 58 Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist works. Combining some of the best signatures from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, […]

Dora Maar at the Tate Modern [28.01.2020]

A committed artist and intellectual, Dora Maar was recognized during her lifetime, signing commission contracts, publishing in numerous magazines, and exhibiting works alongside the 1930s avant-garde. After her relationship with Picasso ended, her distress and deep depression cut her off from others. She voluntarily isolated herself, but her activity remained intense and she devoted over […]

How to objectively define Contemporary Art in 2020? [24.01.2020]

For the sake of coherence, clarity and transparency, Artprice’s editorial team has always divided Art History into five main periods with artworks being classified according to a simple and indisputable criterion… the birth year of their creators: Old Masters’ … artists born up until 1760 ‘19th century’ … artists born from 1760 to 1860 ‘Modern’ […]

Artgenève, interview with Thomas Hug [21.01.2020]

Although Artgenève has continued to grow over the decade, it is still a fair on a human scale compared with the Basel juggernaut. Created in 2012 by Thomas Hug, this event opens its ninth edition on 30 January with just under 90 exhibitors. The return of major galleries (including Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Tornabuoni) and […]

Inside Outsider Art [17.01.2020]

It’s almost a textbook case: when a movement, disconnected from any existing networks, begins to gain visibility – often via self-funded exhibitions – and brings together a small community of artists, connoisseurs and collectors, it already has a reasonable chance of sticking. Then galleries get involved… public recognition starts to pick up… the artists’ works […]

Kiki Smith in Paris… last chance! [14.01.2020]

Curator Camille Morineau organised the vast retrospective of Kiki Smith’s work that is currently showing in the 10,600 ft² of the Monnaie de Paris until 9 February 2020. It’s the first solo show by this American artist in a French institution and it represents a unique opportunity to discover her singular, poetic and powerful universe, […]

Bonhams and Sotheby’s, two auction houses determined to support African art [10.01.2020]

The auction houses have not found it an easy task to bring Modern and Contemporary African art to the eyes of international collectors, but some of them have shown remarkable tenacity, giving the works time to find their audience. After several years of disappointment, demand is clearly on the ascent with their turnover from African […]

Taipei Dangdai Art Fair, interview with Magnus Renfrew [07.01.2020]

With over 20 years experience in the international art world and recognised expertise in its Asian sphere, Magnus Renfrew launched a new art fair in Taiwan last year: TAIPEI DANGDAI. After a successful first edition, Renfrew explained to Artprice the logic of offering a quality fair in Taiwan, alongside Hong Kong’s highly successful event. Magnus […]

Sanyu… China’s Matisse [31.12.2019]

Sanyu… China’s Matisse After Zao Wou Ki, Sanyu has become yet another highly appreciated signature on the global art market’s Sino-French segment, with the prices of his best works now approaching those of Matisse. According to the Dutch art critic Jan D. Voskuil – writing in 1932 when SAN Yu was just 31 – The […]

Our “blue chip” artists index outperforms the S&P 500 [27.12.2019]

over the long term and posts a 3.3% increase for 2019 American stock markets have been super buoyant this year: the S&P 500 started the year at 2,510 points and reached 3,190 points this Tuesday, 17 December 2019. That’s a 26.2% increase over 12 months… adding more than a quarter to this fundamental index’s historical […]

The relationship between Chinese artists and Western culture [24.12.2019]

After World War I, China implemented a major program of sending young talents to the other end of the world… and, very often, to the other end of the silk road, with the objective of ‘acquiring new knowledge’. The arts were just one of the many disciplines that these talented young Chinese students came to […]

Top 10 of the most expensive artworks in 2019 [20.12.2019]

Artprice regularly reviews the top 10 ranking of artworks that have fetched the highest prices on the global art auction market… works that have excited and moved global buyers more than any others. As the year-end is an appropriate moment for tallies and totals, here is an update of the most spectacular Fine Art auction […]

Zao Wou-ki and Zhang Daquian, the two giants of the Chinese market [17.12.2019]

In our 2019 global ranking of artists by auction turnover, China’s two top-selling artists are posting totals on a par with those of Western artists like Claude Monet and Andy Warhol. With a combined total of over $385 million this year, Zao Wou-ki and Zhang Daqian’s results have driven the market. Zhang Daqian, Strange Pines […]

The Paris art market gains in quality [10.12.2019]

Sotheby’s stands out from its competitors in Paris. A month after the records hammered at its Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne sale – 100% of the lots sold and the highest total for a Sotheby’s sale in Paris (€91.3 million versus an estimated high total of just 23 million!) – the company has ended the year […]

Bamako Encounters has evolved… [06.12.2019]

For the 12th year running the Malian capital, Bamako, is hosting this major event dedicated to photography, become the largest of its kind in Africa. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the project, Encounters is expected to attract some 5,000 visitors between 30 November 2019 and 31 January 2020, and is likely to send ripples […]

An exceptional season for Christie’s in Hong Kong [03.12.2019]

“In spite of the current geopolitical challenges, the market is confident” said Francis Belin, Head of Christie’s Asia-Pacific zone, after their programme of Hong Kong sales in November. In five days, Christie’s HK sales generated a total turnover of $337 million which included $159.7 million from its sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art of […]

Art Basel Miami Beach and Cie 2019 [28.11.2019]

Art Basel Miami Beach, Convention Center Art Basel has managed to stretch the Contemporary Art Fair concept to its limits, turning its Floridan incarnation into a veritable marathon! The central event of the 18th edition in Miami will host no less than 269 major international galleries from 32 countries, showing work by more than 4,000 […]

Five very important painters over 99 years old [26.11.2019]

Pablo Picasso was 56 when he painted Guernica in 1937, and some say it was the pinnacle of his career, with his best works already behind him… It was sometimes suggested that during his 35 remaining active years, Picasso – the most imaginative of the artists of the 20th century – never reached the same […]

The photography market’s top sales… from Paris to New York [22.11.2019]

Every November Paris hosts a multitude of special events dedicated to photography. This year the core fair, Paris Photo, was accompanied by numerous “off” fairs and auction sales, as well as a whole series of special exhibitions at Parisian cultural institutions. The result was a rich and highly diverse program attracting a record number of […]

Stability: the new market standard? [18.11.2019]

Following their Impressionist & Modern Art sales last week, Christie’s and Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sessions generated a combined total of $595.8 million, down 11% on last year’s total, but still reflecting a remarkably buoyant market. After New York’s latest round of major Contemporary Art sales, an article in the New York Times suggests that stability […]

New York’s Impressionist & Modern sales post turnover down 32% on 2018 [15.11.2019]

Impressionist & Modern masterpieces are still fetching high prices with a new record for Umberto Boccioni and a strong result at nearly $20 million for a work by Gustave Caillebotte… but there weren’t any really big-ticket trophies. Christie’s and Sotheby’s prestige sales kicked off on 11 November with, as usual, two Imp/Mod catalogues containing roughly […]

Walter Gehlen über die Art Düsseldorf [12.11.2019]

Zur Eröffnung der Art Düsseldorf am 15. November verrät uns Direktor Walter Gehlen das Erfolgsrezept der jungen deutschen Messe. Walter Gehlen, Director of the Art Düsseldorf. Copyright: Oliver Tjaden Was waren – grob – die Etappen auf Ihrem Werdegang zum Leiter der Art Düsseldorf? Im Jahr 2003 habe ich die Art.fair in Köln gegründet und […]

Lucian Freud by Lucian Freud [08.11.2019]

When asked if he thought he was a good model for his own work, Freud replied “No, I don’t accept the information that I get when I look at myself, that’s where the trouble starts.” Lucian FREUD (1922-2011) – one of the world’s greatest Post-War portrait painters – changed the way we look at anatomy… […]

Excitement when the market discovers old treasures… [05.11.2019]

On 27 October an auction house in the Oise region north of Paris hosted an event that sent ripples throughout the art world: the offer of a rare and newly-discovered Cimabue painting. The result represents a new world auction record for a ‘Primitive Christian’ painting. Behind the public sale of this small wood panel depicting […]

Shanghai brimming with art… [01.11.2019]

Shanghai is a superb artistic destination this November with – among other events– the inauguration of the Shanghai branch of the Pompidou Center… a Pierre Soulages exhibition at the city’s Perrotin Gallery… Zhou Chunya at the Long Museum… and the prestigious West Bund Art & Design Fair (7-10 November). Image Courtesy of West Bund Art […]

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