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Christie’s: memorable results in 2022 [06/01/2023]

In 2022 Christie’s handled a remarkable quantity of exceptional masterpieces and generated lots of new records. Artmarket by Artprice focuses on some of the results that made 2022 such an extraordinary year. At the end of 2022, Christie’s announced it had just achieved a record year with a total turnover of 8.4 billion dollars, including […]

Ernest Pignon Ernest: an engaged and modest pioneer [03/01/2023]

Despite being considered a pioneer of Street Art, Ernest Pignon Ernest’s work is less popular than that of many young artists in vogue. We take a look at his unorthodox artistic career and the still affordable market for his work. At eighty years old, freshly elected to the Academy of Fine Arts (2021), Ernest Pignon […]

Our end-of-year favorites [30/12/2022]

As the Western calendar year draws to a close, Artmarket’s teams have scoured the offers proposed by our partner galleries on Artprice marketplace for another selection of favorites. Among the thousands of works currently offered for sale, this selection highlights the diversity and quality of the offer that can be found on the Artprice marketplace. […]

Germany’s Top 3 art auction results in 2022 [27/12/2022]

Germany’s art market has just concluded its best-ever 12-month period after two consecutive years of growth! In total, more than 43,000 works of art have been auctioned in 2022 generating revenue above 357 million dollars. In 20 years the German art market has grown 315% in value terms and by 65% in volume terms, essentially […]

Space Invaders: the invasion continues! [23/12/2022]

Until 22 January, the Over The Influence gallery is hosting Space Invader’s first Parisian solo show in 11 years. Over The Influence, which opened this summer in the French capital, was founded in Hong Kong in 2015, expanded to Los Angeles in 2018 and then to Bangkok in 2022. In Paris, the gallery is presenting […]

Hong Kong: Top 3 art auction results in 2022 [20/12/2022]

In 2021, Hong Kong’s art auctions generated a record total turnover of $1.7 billion from over 6,900 artworks sold. This year, the provisional total is over $1.2 billion from approximately 6,200 lots sold up to mid-December. Although lower, this is still an impressive performance. Artprice by Artmarket looks at the three most remarkable HK results […]

France’s Top-3 auction results in 2022 [13/12/2022]

Despite an ultra-competitive global context, France’s art auction market appears to be thriving and has even shown new impetus since last year’s first total above the billion dollar threshold. Indeed, with 2022 shaping up to be the second best year in its history, it could be argued that the French market is at an important […]

Max Beckmann, at the core of Germany’s art market [09/12/2022]

On December 1 at the Grisebach auction house in Berlin, Max Beckmann’s Selbstbildnis gelb-rosa fetched over $24 million. We take a look at a major artist who accounts for a substantial share of Germany’s art auction market. Selbstbildnis gelb-rosa (Yellow-pink Self-portrait) is an extraordinary work for what it relates about our common history, but also […]

Christie’s: the latest price surges from Hong Kong [06/12/2022]

Christie’s major autumn sales season in Hong Kong ended last week with a string of prestige sessions. We look back at the evening sale of 20th and 21st Century Art on 30 November, which presented a fine range of both Eastern and Western art, including important works by Joan Mitchell, Zao Wou-ki, Georg Baselitz, George […]

Iranian artists: heads up and hair in the wind… [02/12/2022]

“When I set out to write my story, I also could not have imagined that its message would be so universal” Marjane Satrapi interview Sotheby’s 2022 In Iran, demonstrator anger is not waning. Indeed, beyond protests regarding the obligation for women to wear a veil, the daily weight of religion and the police violence which […]

Ismail Isshaq… and new faces from Ghana [29/11/2022]

The Ghanaian art scene is attracting ever-stronger and ever-more pressing interest. The recent successes of Ghanaian artists like El Anatsui, Ibrahim Mahama and Amoako Boafo have prompted an acute international focus on the country’s art scene. Indeed, the work of those three artists would appear to have contributed to a significant erosion of the barriers […]

New York’s recent Contemporary Art sales [25/11/2022]

Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips each hosted major Contemporary Art sessions in New York last week. Artprice looks back at the highlights. Sotheby’s: an exceptional result of $856 million The overall tally from Sotheby’s New York sales between November 14 and 18 was exceptional: Patrick Drahi’s company took a total $856 million from six sessions of […]

With ART SG, Singapore considerably strengthens its position on the global art market [22/11/2022]

The eagerly anticipated edition of ART SG will soon be happening and the art world will turn its attention and appetite to the city-state between 12 and 15 January, when the  world’s biggest art galleries will converge to present their selections of works at Southeast Asia’s largest ever art fair. Among the 150 galleries present, […]

Contemporary African Art: establishing a secondary market [18/11/2022]

Within just a decade, the number of works by Contemporary African and African-born artists in fine art auctions has tripled, as has the turnover they generate. Today, with a long period of emergence behind them, it is more a question of anchoring on the global market. Creations by Contemporary African and African-born artists are no […]

The Paul Allen Collection fetches well over a billion dollars! [15/11/2022]

A new page in the history of auctions has just been turned: the much anticipated dispersal of the Paul Allen Collection (co-founder with Bill Gates of Microsoft in 1975) became the first-ever private collection to take over $1 billion at auction. This latest record has come shortly after another American collection (the Macklowe Collection) totaled […]

Mondrian: D-3 [11/11/2022]

In a few days, on November 14, Sotheby’s will be offering an important painting by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, a pioneer of European abstraction. Titled Composition n°II, it dates from 1930 when the artist was living in Paris to ‘refine his style’. Considered pivotal canvases in the canons of Modern art, each appearance of […]

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, new star of figurative painting [08/11/2022]

  “I learned to paint by looking at painting and I still learn by looking at painting. In this sense, history serves as a resource. But the biggest attraction for me is the power that paint can exert over time”. (interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist in Futura section of Kaleidoscope).   Born into a family […]

Fisch-Davidson’s sublime Baroque collection [04/11/2022]

One of the world’s largest private collections of Baroque art is about to hit the market. Sotheby’s has been chosen to disperse this unique collection, presented as the largest private collection of Baroque masterpieces assembled in the modern era. A museum-quality ensemble featuring paintings of dramatic scenes, passionate outbursts, contradictory movements, exacerbated contrasts and elaborate […]

Pierre Soulages: an artist who defied time [01/11/2022]

Pierre Soulages, one of France’s most respected 20th century artist, died on 26 October at the age of 102. A major figure in the Abstract art, in recent years he had acquired the status of France’s most sought-after (and most expensive) living artist. Dedication to an essential artistic project Originally from Rodez in the south […]

Our selection: abstract matter [28/10/2022]

Spanish, Italian, Belgian, French and Canadian artists who all – in their own ways – reconciled dense artistic transformations of matter with strong inclinations towards abstraction. Miquel Barcelo, Antoni Tapies, Lucio Fontana, Bram Bogart, Pierre Alechinsky, Agostino Bonalumi and Jean-Paul Riopelle are among the most important names in the field of Abstract art from the […]

Hyper-inflation on African artists: e.g. Aboudia [25/10/2022]

The young African scene has become one of the art market’s strongest growth levers. Aboudia Diarrassouba is one of the latest signatures to attract a rush of international collectors. In the past five years, the global art auction market has flung its doors open to African artists, and, after a particularly ‘urgent’ inflation, works by […]

Artprice by Artmarket congratulates Mimosa Echard, winner of the 2022 Marcel Duchamp Prize [21/10/2022]

Against the backdrop of the French capital’s growing appeal for the international art market (a number of major international galleries have opened branches, Bonhams has taken over the Parisian auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr, the first edition Paris+ art by Art Basel is about to open…), the Marcel Duchamp Prize is gaining in prestige. […]

Gérard Garouste at the Pompidou Center [18/10/2022]

“It’s not so important that people know the stories my paintings evoke. They must feel free… allow themselves to be surprised or even shocked. On the other hand, I personally need these subjects, I question them, I work them like the words of an unknown language until they allow me to paint…” – Gérard Garouste, […]

A special Francis Bacon sale in Paris [14/10/2022]

On 24 October Sotheby’s Paris will be offering an exceptional set of works by Francis Bacon from the Majid Boustany Collection, patron and president of the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation in Monaco, a non-profit institution dedicated to the British artist. Ahead of this event Artprice takes a quick look at the French auction market […]

Joan Mitchell next to Monet [11/10/2022]

The new exhibition at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris juxtaposes the works of two giants of Modern and Contemporary painting: Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Joan Mitchell (1925-1992). The sixty or so works brought together by curator Suzanne Pagé (Artistic Director of the Louis Vuitton Foundation) reveal a number of remarkable visual and thematic similarities. […]

The Ultra-Contemporary Art Market Annual report [06/10/2022]

Every autumn, Artprice publishes the conclusions of its constant monitoring of the global Contemporary Art market. This year, our annual report – published simultaneously with Frieze London and Paris+ by Art Basel – focuses specifically on Ultra-Contemporary art (works by artists under 40). In addition to this brand new report, Artprice continues to analyze all […]

The late William Klein; a visionary [30/09/2022]

Fashion photographer, painter, graphic designer, abstract photographer, writer, director, bookmaker: few have transformed as many areas of art and culture as William KLEIN. His particular graphic dynamism and his deep affection for the struggles of humanity always dominated the chaos of modern life… and with an energy that was constant, if not growing, for over […]

Fast money on the art auction market: from Picasso and Basquiat… to flipping Ultra-Contemporaries [27/09/2022]

Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat represent two of the most important figures in 20th century Art History, but in auction market terms their works generate more turnover than any other artists living or dead. While Picasso regularly takes top position in our annual auction turnover ranking (with over $550 million in 2021), Basquiat reached second […]

The Paley and de Kooning collections at Sotheby’s [23/09/2022]

The American auction company Sotheby’s has recently announced important news for the art market this autumn, having won the consignment of two leading collections, that of William S. Paley, former president of MoMA, and that of the family of the great American Abstract Expressionist, Willem de Kooning. The two consignments include a number of major […]

London & New York: star lots announced [20/09/2022]

The next major prestige art auctions will be held in October. In recent days, the auction houses have been revealing their star lots to whet collectors’ appetites. The complete catalogs are not yet available online, but, as usual, the auction houses are giving some clues about the forthcoming Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales in […]

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