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Sol Lewitt’s first result above $1 million [02.05.2023]

In February 2023 a work by Sol Lewitt fetched over a million dollars at auction, a threshold never before reached by the American artist who died in 2007 after half a century of demanding conceptual creation. A minimalist sculpture in large dimensions (more than 3×3 meters), the piece was offered by Sotheby’s as part of […]

Prints: The Sale of the Century… one of the most important collections of prints ever put up for auction [28.04.2023]

Christie’s had already started the season well: its sales of Contemporary prints were marked by BANKSY’s NOLA (Green Rain) which fetched $184,000 in London and David HOCKNEY’s Walking Past Two Chairs which sold for $57,600 in New York. Then there were the good results in its Prints and Multiples online sale that generated a total […]

Works co-signed by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol are currently showing at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris [25.04.2023]

While a canvas by Andy Warhol generated the art auction market’s second best-ever result last year (at $195 million) and a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat fetched over $110 million in 2017, the prices of works jointly produced by the two artists peaked at $11 million almost nine years ago. But that value differential hasn’t discouraged […]

News bites: Picasso commemorations – Chagall sales – Kusama results [21.04.2023]

  Picasso commemorations Pablo Picasso died half a century ago, on April 8, 1973 at his home in Mougins, in the south of France. To commemorate his passing, more than 50 exhibitions have been organized around the world and the auction market can expect a very substantial offer this year. Already, since the start of […]

Review of Q1 art market through the prism of three rankings [18.04.2023]

In the first three months of 2023, more than 147,000 artworks changed hands at auctions around the world, but only 13 generated results above the $10 million threshold. If we lower the bar to 7-digit results (<10 million, but > 1 million), there were just under 300 results in this price range, representing less than […]

The top 10 drawings at auction in Q1: China leads [14.04.2023]

In view of Chinese auction results hammered during the first quarter of this year, the Chinese art market is recovering from its covid-related trough. And if we look specifically at global auction results for artworks that are classified as drawings, the top 10 results in Q1 reward nine Chinese artists and only one Western artist, […]

Ceramic creations on the Contemporary art auction market [11.04.2023]

Artists who produce artworks in ceramics – either as their primary activity or as a sideline to work in other mediums – are more numerous than one might expect. Indeed, the outer limits of this art form are being pushed further and further back. Historically associated with the great art of sculpting statues, then relegated […]

Contemporary African art: two artists to follow [07.04.2023]

The first is Moroccan, the second Beninese: M’barek Bouhchichi and Moufouli Bello have both generated international interest, but still have very modest auction profiles. We take a closer look at the work of these two artists who both paint figurative portraits, a genre that has been very popular at auctions for a couple of years. […]

Hokusai’s Great Wave reaches a new milestone [04.04.2023]

A few days before the opening of the exhibition Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (March 26-July 16, 2023), one of the finest known proofs of Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa revised the artist’s auction record by fetching $2.76 million at Christie’s during Asian Week (vs. an estimate of $500,000 […]

Contemporary African Art: another record year at auction [31.03.2023]

Contemporary African art has become a staple element of the global art market with auctioneers like Piasa, Artcurial, Bonhams and Sotheby’s regularly hosting dedicated sessions, and Christie’s and Phillips constantly looking for works by African artists to supply their generalist sales of Contemporary art. And, as their interest in the segment has grown, so too […]

Germaine Richier: major retrospective [28.03.2023]

Richier was the first female sculptor exhibited at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris in 1956. Nearly 70 years later, the Center Pompidou in Paris is – at last – hosting an unmissable retrospective of her work, bringing together 200 works.   Born in 1904 in France’s Provence region, Germaine RICHIER was not […]

Man Ray and his muses [24.03.2023]

A few months after a new auction record was hammered at over 12 million dollars for a work by Man Ray, we take a selective look back at the artist’s female muses and the genesis of some of the most famous shots in photographic history. Emmanuel Radnitzky, aka MAN RAY, was born in 1890 in […]

Paris celebrates drawing [21.03.2023]

This week the French capital hosts its traditional week of fairs and exhibitions dedicated to the art of drawing and all forms of artistic creation on paper. The events include the Salon du Dessin at the Palais Brongniart and the Drawing Now Art Fair and several auction sales.   The action will start at the […]

The Art Market in 2022 [14.03.2023]

The 2022 Global Art Market Report by Artprice by & ARAA (Artron Research Academy of Arts) This year, which marks its 25th anniversary – the equivalent of a century on the Internet – Artprice is particularly proud to publish the Global Art Market Report with its long-standing partner, Artron. In 2022, the art market […]

Focus on Yun Hyong-keun 윤형근 : Calligraphied matter [10.03.2023]

“What is painting? I still don’t really know the answer. Is it a mere trace from combustion of life?” – Yun Hyong-keun, 1976 At the height of his fame in Korea and around the world, the young singer RM – leader of the K-Pop phenomenon known as BTS – recently released a solo album titled […]

Christie’s London: the first results [07.03.2023]

On the evening of February 28, a session dedicated to Surrealist Art concluded Christie’s first series of 20th and 21st century art sales of the year in London. The “20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale” session generated $155.38 million and was immediately followed by the 22nd edition of “The Art of the Surreal Evening Sale”, which […]

Outsider art soon to be celebrated in New York [28.02.2023]

The 31st annual Outsider Art Fair – the only fair championing self-taught artists from around the world – will be hosted from 2 March to 5 March 2023 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. By bringing together some sixty exhibitors from eight countries this year, the fair promises a wide variety of unusual creations, by […]

Lucian Freud still rising [24.02.2023]

Lucian Freud is the most expensive painter of German origin. His latest record, hammered last November, happens to be twice that of Gerhard Richter. Lucian FREUD (grandson of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud) was born in 1922 in Berlin and died in July 2011 at the age of 88. Today he is one of the most […]

Andy Warhol… still hugely successful at auction [21.02.2023]

In 2022, Andy Warhol was once again the top-selling artist in the auction world with a turnover total of $590 million. Thirty-six years after his death, creations by the figurehead of American Pop Art are still gaining in value, and Warhol is still one of the most popular artists of our time. Last year, no […]

Alex Katz: last chance! [17.02.2023]

Only three days left to discover the major Alex Katz retrospective currently showing at the Guggenheim in New York (ends 20 February) and which has substantially accelerated the nonagenarian’s auction market. Gathering The exhibition Alex Katz: Gathering occupies the rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and an adjacent gallery. The entire […]

Will Richter reach $50 million in March? [14.02.2023]

With spectacular proportions, spanning four meters in width, Abstraktes Bild, 1986, is one of Gerhard RICHTER’s first large-scale abstractions. The work will be headlining Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London on 1 March 2023. As its estimate has not been disclosed on Sotheby’s website, we ask: how much could this masterpiece of […]

Flash news: van Dyck, Bronzino, Goya [10.02.2023]

A van Dyck painting acquired for $600 and sold for $3 million A painting by Anthonius VAN DYCK (1599-1641), rediscovered in an American barn in 2002 and authenticated in 2019 by American art historian Susan Barnes (co-author of the catalog raisonné of Van Dyck’s paintings), sold for $3 million on January 26 at Sotheby’s in […]

Focus on Hervé Télémaque [07.02.2023]

Against the overall backdrop of American museums rewriting their ‘art history’, two exhibitions are currently being devoted to Hervé TELEMAQUE, a mixed-race French artist with a keen and critical mind (1937 – 2022). Disenchanted by racial oppression in the United States in the 1950s, and constantly reminded of his status as an exile, in 1961 […]

The Rubens work in the Fisch Davidson Collection, star of Sotheby’s 2023 Masters Week in New York [01.02.2023]

  What distinguishes the Fisch Davidson Collection is the sustained level of quality of the paintings, combined with a willingness to embrace powerful subjects that lesser collectors might find ‘difficult’. Keith Christiansen of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York In January, auctions of Modern and Contemporary art traditionally give way to sales of […]

The Artprice100© index of Blue-chip artists up 3% over 2022 [30.01.2023]

As a sales-based indicator, our Artprice100© index reflects a purely financial approach to art that in no way replaces the non-financial relationships between art collectors and artists. In essence, our index reveals the hypothetical financial result you would obtain if you were to invest in the world’s top-selling artists to benefit financially from their success. […]

Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002): Focus [27.01.2023]

    Jean-Paul Riopelle would have been 100 years old today. A citizen of Quebec, Riopelle was a painter, sculptor and printmaker and is Canada’s most important and famous 20th century artist. His career spanned more than 60 years and his work has been the subject of many major exhibitions. Today, the value of his […] must-know results in 2022, according to Artprice [24.01.2023]

In 2022 the Art Market may have given the impression once again of having broken all records, but the total global volume of transactions and art auction turnover actually stabilized,” says Thierry Ehrmann, CEO of and Founder of Artprice.  The companies and are currently compiling their 2022 Art Market Report, the world’s most […]

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Lynne Drexler, Two Remarkable Women Set to Shake the Market in 2023 [20.01.2023]

Female artists are fetching more remarkable prices at auction today than they have in the past. We are currently witnessing a very marked uptake of their works among collectors as well as a clear reorientation of the value spectrum towards the female gender. But we are also seeing a movement to revise prices in such […]

Artists who would have been 100 years old in 2023: Part 2 [17.01.2023]

After our last article dedicated to Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, Larry Rivers, Artmarket by Artprice continues its exploration of major artists who would have been 100 years old in 2023 with a focus on Richard Artschwager, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Roy Lichtenstein, all born in 1923. . Roy Lichtenstein A meticulous painter with a discreet temperament, […]

Artists who would have been 100 years old in 2023… [13.01.2023]

Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly and Larry Rivers, among others, were born just over a century ago, and are today considered to be the founding artists of Contemporary American art. Artmarket by Artprice pays tribute to them, briefly summarizing their careers and reviewing their market prices as well as current acquisition possibilities. Larry Rivers Larry Rivers […]

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