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Frank Stella… beyond the frame [16/07/2024]

Frank Stella passed away on May 4 last. A pioneer of Minimalist art, his signature is today among the twenty top-selling names on the global art auction market. We take a look back at the unique career of this major figure of the latter half of the 20th century. During his long artistic career Frank […]

Yinka Shonibare, post-colonial hybridity [09/07/2024]

Yinka Shonibare revisits the classics of Western art history by ‘Africanizing’ them, mixing parody and satire with history and our duty of remembrance. Currently on show in London and Venice, his work is enjoying growing exposure. At first, we see sculptures of decapitated men and women in vibrant colors in settings that are rich with […]

Sheila Hicks, on the outskirts of Contemporary art [02/07/2024]

At 90, Sheila Hicks is a true pioneer who broke through prejudices surrounding textile art, bringing it to the heart of Contemporary art and giving it deserved recognition. Born 90 years ago in Hastings, Nebraska, Sheila HICKS has led a life of substantial mobility. Her nomadic childhood, marked by her father’s professional traveling, set the […]

CIHA Lyon 2024 – France [25/06/2024]

Artprice is an active sponsor of the International Congress of Art History (CIHA) which this year will be attended by well over a thousand researchers from over 70 countries (June 23 to 28) The 36th edition of the International Congress of Art History (CIHA) is now open at the Lyon Convention Center (June 23 to […]

A part of the Renault Collection fetches double its collective low estimate, despite some controversy [18/06/2024]

On 6 June, Christie’s auctioned works from the prestigious art collection of the Renault group: 33 lots by renowned artists such as Victor Vasarely, Jean Dubuffet, Robert Rauschenberg, Sam Francis, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Jean Fautrier, Tapiès, Pierre Alechinsky, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Jesús Rafael Soto and Julio Le Parc, as well as […]

Tribute to Ben… aphorisms and total art [14/06/2024]

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” Oscar Wilde, quoted by Ben For more than 60 years, Ben celebrated life by signing both objects and ideas. He passed away on 5 June at the age of 88 in his home in Nice. His famous painting-writings – often aphorisms painted in white on black […]

Chardin, Ingres, Taddeo, Corot: The Most Beautiful Parisian Lots of June [11/06/2024]

This June in Paris, Christie’s and Sotheby’s are organizing sales covering six centuries of European art history. Among the highlight pieces to discover or acquire this week are the masterpiece by Jean Siméon Chardin, Le Melon entamé, from the Marcille and Rothschild collections, and a rediscovered Odalisque by Anne-Louis Girodet Trioson, appearing on the market […]

Artists aged 30 or under at auction: 2021 vs 2024 [07/06/2024]

Three years ago, just after the Covid pandemic, artworks by a whole new generation of artists suddenly became very valuable on the art market. Today, although the market is contracting, it is still continuing to honor promising young artists. Artmarket looks back at the three most notable results of 2024, comparing them to the peaks […]

Results at the latest Hong Kong sales [04/06/2024]

At the beginning of April, Sotheby’s secured several satisfactory results during its Hong Kong sales, notably $12 million for I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight by Yoshitomo NARA, and $10 million for a self-portrait by Pablo PICASSO wearing his famous sailor’s shirt and a straw hat. In the Contemporary segment, a large drawing […]

Well over a billion dollars hammered at New York’s sales [31/05/2024]

Against the backdrop of somewhat low key art auction results since the start of the year, New York’s sales of Modern and Contemporary art in May managed to reassure both sellers and collectors: together, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips generated $1.3 billion. The market has clearly been more selective over the past year and a half, […]

André Masson at the Centre Pompidou-Metz for the centenary of Surrealism [28/05/2024]

André Masson was one of the greatest painters of the 20th century recalls Chiara Parisi, curator of the current exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, of which she is the director. On the occasion of the centenary of the first Surrealist Manifesto, Chiara Parisi revives the memory of a versatile artist who was creative with sculpture, […]

A quiet period on the auction market [21/05/2024]

During the first quarter of 2024, the mood in auction rooms around the world remained distinctly flat and major works were rare. Nevertheless, the results obtained have been solid enough to stop the market from going into panic mode and, as we approach the major sales in May, the market appears to be relatively buoyant. […]

Interview with the artist 1donknows, creator of the NFT “Chaos under the pure light” presented on the cover of Artprice’s 2023 Art Market Report [17/05/2024]

1DONTKNOWS (1996) sees his work as a fusion between classicism and surrealism. The collage technique – invented by Picasso and Braque at the start of the 20th century – finds a new dimension with digital creation tools, and a new anachronistic form of «art pompier»: 1dontknows mixes biblical figures, drapery and crypto symbols, taking us […]

Jean Hélion… against the current [14/05/2024]

Completely rejecting the dominant trends during his career, Jean Hélion’s work is currently the subject of a superb exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, twenty years after his last retrospective at the Center Pompidou in 2004. It’s a major opportunity to highlight the impact of this precursor whose work is little known […]

With New York’s prestige art sales fast approaching, we take a quick look at the catalogs [10/05/2024]

The month of May, with New York’s prestige spring sales, is always a key moment for the international art market. Last year, the city generated no less than 1.9 billion dollars in just one week, of which 49% was hammered by Christie’s, 41% by Sotheby’s and 6% by Phillips. This year, the art auction market […]

Chardin and Bugatti: Two Iconic Works Expected in Paris [07/05/2024]

New Record in the Making for Rembrandt Bugatti Three bronze panthers stand proudly on a terrace, confidently advancing towards Rembrandt BUGATTI‘s new auction record. The artwork is exceptional in many ways. It is the only piece by the Italian artist depicting three panthers and it has never been mass-produced. With unparalleled rarity, this unique and […]

“In Brief: Klimt Sale Between Record and Disappointment; Max Pechstein in Global Top 100” [03/05/2024]

Between record and disappointment, Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Miss Lieser All eyes converged on Vienna on April 24th, eager to attend an exceptional auction, that of the “Portrait of Miss Lieser” (Bildnis Fräulein Lieser), one of the most magnificent testimonies of Gustav KLIMT‘s last creative period. After a century of mysterious absence, this enigmatic work […]

Abdoulaye Konaté, using textiles to create art [30/04/2024]

The African country Mali is a major source of artistic talent, and, as a founding member of an African fund for culture aimed at financing projects by young artists, Abdoulaye KONATÉ is one of its major representatives and supporters. Born in 1953 in Diré, Abdoulaye Konaté found his expression in textiles in the early 1990s, […]

Francis Newton Souza: exceptional record for his centenary [26/04/2024]

Souza is often considered India’s most radical artist. In 1947, the year of Indian independence, he was one of the founding members of the Progressive Artists’ Group. Alongside artists like Sayed Haider Raza and M. F. Husain, he sought to introduce a new Modern artistic language to his country. By combining classical Indian themes with […]

France celebrates 150 years since the birth of Impressionism in museums… and in auction rooms [23/04/2024]

Impressionism was born 150 years ago – on 15 April 1874 to be precise – when a group of artists rebelled against the standards of the official Salon. Thirty-one artists, including Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Sisley and Cézanne, gathered at 35, boulevard des Capucines, in the former studios of photographer Nadar. Together, they presented […]

Key figures and best auction results in the first quarter of 2024 [19/04/2024]

The art market began 2024 with unusual calm. The auction stats for the first quarter show a high-end market operating at an even slower pace than in the last quarter of last year. Artprice’s latest Annual Art Market Report discusses the causes and effects of this trend. Today, as we move into spring, we can […]

Gustav Klimt: Portrait of Miss Lieser [12/04/2024]

A magnificent rediscovery On 24 April, Vienna’s Kinsky auction house will be offering a rediscovered painting by Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Miss Lieser (1917). Kept secretly by some private Austrian owners, the painting was thought to have been lost for almost a century. The rediscovery of this large female portrait, one of Klimt’s best portraits […]

Art Paris 2024: How did it go? [12/04/2024]

The 26th edition of Art Paris closed its doors on Sunday April 7 after welcoming nearly 70,000 visitors to the ‘ephemeral’ Grand Palais. Next year (spring 2025) this major Modern & Contemporary art fair will return to the renovated Grand Palais. Despite a lower attendance compared with the 2023 edition (notably due to the Paris […]

Barbara Hepworth: one of the world’s top selling women artists [09/04/2024]

By becoming the second most valuable woman sculptor after Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Hepworth also establishes that more than 10 female artists now exceed $10 million at auction. At 17, Barbara HEPWORTH was already determined to become a sculptor and she went to study at the College of Art and Design in Leeds on a scholarship. […]

The Artprice100© index was up 1.55% in 2023 [08/04/2024]

The simulated portfolio put together by Artprice to evaluate the annual performance of a weighted investment in the world’s 100 top-selling blue-chip artists on the global art auction market continued to grow with an overall return on investment of 1.55 % between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023. The portfolio’s yield in 2023 was […]

Warhol+Basquiat: perhaps a new record for a joint work… [05/04/2024]

Currently on display at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, a collaborative masterpiece between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat is attracting a lot of attention. Dating from 1984, the painting will be presented in London on April 11 & 12 before returning to New York to be auctioned in May. Measuring 295 x 420 cm, this imposing […]

Rise of Indian artists: the case of Sayed Haider Raza and the latest New York results [02/04/2024]

The Indian art market is flourishing! After an unusually high level of art auction turnover in India during 2023, the country’s artists are fetching exceptional results in France and the United States, where Sayed Haider Raza has just renewed his auction record. Artprice’s latest global art market report identifies India as the “surprise of the […]

Richard Serra, a master of the gigantic [29/03/2024]

Richard Serra, a leading figure in Contemporary sculpture, passed away on 26 March 2024 on Long Island, near New York, just two months after the death of Carl André, another emblematic figure of American 1960s minimalism. Recognized as one of the most famous living sculptors in the United States, Richard Serra was honored with the […]

Saving Banksy works slated for destruction: does it make sense? [26/03/2024]

Sponsored Article An international superstar, BANKSY is one of the most politically engaged and popular artists of our time with over 12 million followers on his Instagram account. His works, both humanist and satirical, are visible to passers-by around the world, on walls and facades, and for several months, on ruins around Kyiv. Banksy – […]

Paris: a unique marketplace for drawings [22/03/2024]

The French art market is one of the largest in the world for artworks on paper, not only at auction, but also via the unique drawing fairs and exhibitions that are hosted in Paris every spring, accompanied by a string of specialized auction sales. At auction and on a global scale, the drawing market generates […]

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