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The Observatoire de l’art contemporain, an agency that aims to decipher the contemporary art scene, specializes in the analysis of market tendencies and creative trends. The observatory, which was launched in 2006, is based on a grid that allows to decode ongoing transformations in the creative scene, the art market and art in the business world.

Contemporary Fiber Art, a thread that weaves different worlds
Maria Lai, Geografia (Geography, 1986)Analysis out of the boxContemporary Art | Thread is made of fiber - textile, paper or other - and bears witness to an ancestral process. From fiber to thread, from spinning to weaving, tools are born, a knowledge base, forms, architecture, culture, networks’ up to the present day, where the […]
Read more » | 22/07/17
Damien Hirst à la fondation Pinault, réactivation de marché
Damien Hirst, The Void (2000) vendue 5,85 millions de dollars chez Phillips New York le 18/05/2017Art Market | (Being Translated) Après une période de forte baisse des prix et une augmentation du taux d’invendus entre 2008 et 2014, les résultats des ventes aux enchères depuis le 1er janvier 2016 par Christie’s et Sotheby’s à Hong Kong, New York, Londres […]
Read more » 28/06/17
L'effet Damien Hirst à la fondation Pinault en 2017
Damien Hirst, with “Demon with Bowl (Exhibition Enlargement)” from his new show, “Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” at the Palazzo Grassi in VeniceArt & Business | (Being translated) Damien Hirst investit les espaces du Palazzo Grassi et de la Punta della Dogana de la Fondation Pinault avec l’exposition Treasure From the Wreck of the Unbelievable. Même si l’artiste raréfie volontairement sa parole, on […]
Read more » 27/06/17
À Art Basel #17, reconfiguration du marché autour des fondamentaux
Franz Erhard Walther, Der Genauigkeit wegen nur lose angelehnt, 1980-83Art Market | (Being Translated) Dans un contexte de développement de nouvelles foires alternatives, hyper-spécialisées ou dédiées à une culture, Art Basel #17 confirme la tendance à la réactivation des fondamentaux occidentaux observée à Art Cologne et en […]
Read more » | 27/06/17
Seen at the 2017 Venice Biennale: art that perceives, anticipates and reflects on the complex world
View of the exhibition “The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied.” Fondazione Prada, Venice / From left to right: Thomas Demand, Regen (Rain), 2008 - Alexander Kluge, “…Kommt ein Schiff gefahren” (“…A Ship Sails this Way”), 2017Contemporary Art | Complex thought, a contemporary philosophical current created by scientist Henri Laborit and conceptualized by Edgar Morin in 1982 (Science with conscience), is expanding in the context of our globalized world. Complexity has gradually infiltrated […]
Read more » | 08/06/17
Psychoanalysis of the garden
Miguel Chevalier, Magic Carpets, Castel del Monte, Italie, 2014Analysis out of the boxContemporary Art | In his text Of other spaces, Heterotopias (1967) Foucault wrote : “ (…) the garden is a rug onto which the whole world comes to enact its symbolic perfection, and the rug is a sort of garden that can move across space. The garden is the smallest […]
Read more » | 26/05/17
Mondialité
Exposition Mondialité, Manthia Diawara, Edouard Glissant, One World in RelationContemporary Art | Curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza have conceived Mondialité, an exhibition that differentiates itself from the current effervescence around contemporary African art at the Boghossian Foundation’s Villa Empain. Through the concept of […]
Read more » 23/05/17
The online art market, a sector in development
Courtesy of NYPostArt Market | The 5th edition of the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report, which was published by Hiscox in collaboration with ArtTactic, reveals a 2-digit growth in the online sales market, as it did last year. The report is based on the responses of 758 art buyers (up […]
Read more » | 21/05/17
Koons/Vuitton bag: a new co-branding scheme
Masters les grands maîtres, 2017, Jeff Koons X Louis VuittonArt & Business | Vuitton’s new line of bags Masters was designed by artist Jeff Koons, who appropriated the principle of museum-derived products and amplified it through four levels of co-branding in an unprecedented collaboration proposal. […]
Read more » 14/05/17
Hôtel Grand Amour : ''in bed with Claude Rutault''
Vue de la Chambre 105 par Claude Rutault à l’Hôtel Grand Amour, 2017 ʺà vous de jouerʺArt & Business | Following the trend set by hotels that are searching for synergies with the art world, regardless of their rating, the Grand Amour Hotel asked Claude Rutault to conceive an art installation in one of its rooms, offering a whole new experience : the […]
Read more » 26/04/17
Oscar Murillo, a market trend
Oscar MurilloArt Market | During the second half of 2013, the prices of Colombian artist Oscar Murillo’s pieces rocketed in the secondary market. However, the auction high seemed to be caused by a sudden speculative phenomenon, since a year later the value of his artworks […]
Read more » | 25/04/17
Auctionata, a leading online market, shuts its doors
Le studio de ventes aux enchères de AuctionataArt Market | The closure of the online start-up Auctionata, which was confirmed on 1 March 2017, questions the current situation of the online art market. Although nowadays this sector is known for reaching higher annual growth rates than expected, it has not yet […]
Read more » 17/04/17
Carol Rama, a market revelation
Carol Rama, Bricolage, 1967, vendue 213.480,65 euros chez Christie’s Londres le 07/03/2017Art Market | Italian painter Carol Rama, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 97, has recently captured the international market’s attention. In march 2017, two of the artist’s pieces achieved sales records at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, while her work has […]
Read more » 29/03/17
Manifesto: a present-day call to action
Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto, Park Avenue Armory, New York, Décembre 2016 – Janvier 2017Contemporary Art | Manifesto, a multi-screen work by german artist Julian Rosefeldt, revives various historical manifestos from the 20th century Western avant-garde; revealing their invigorating relevance in the 21st century. […]
Read more » 28/03/17
Art Paris Art Fair in a “Whole-World” context
Namsa Leuba - Thumbs Up, from the series Zulu Kids, 2014 / Représenté par la galerie Art Twenty One (detail)Art Market | Parisian springtime fair, Art Paris Art Fair, differentiates itself from the FIAC, held in autumn, by exploring art scenes around the world through a local-global approach. Having focused on the discovery of the Asian continent in previous editions, this […]
Read more » 27/03/17
Art from across the ages at TEFAF CURATED Maastricht
TEFAF 2017 Curated La Grande Horizontale, David Tremlett and Michel VerjuxArt Market | In its third edition, TEFAF Maastricht consolidates the development of TEFAF curated, a contemporary project committed to building a bridge between different artistic periods and to stimulate the markets. […]
Read more » 17/03/17
The rising development of the contemporary art market in Africa
LagosPhoto 2016Analysis out of the boxArt Market | According to the United Nations’ projections, the African population will reach 1.5 billion inhabitants in 2025; among them 60% will live in urban areas (2015 DESA report). Although it is often qualified as a “rentier continent”, stuck in the […]
Read more » | 24/02/17
The Trésor d’Angoulême, Jean-Michel Othoniel’s integral work of art
Jean-Michel Othoniel, Le Trésor de la cathédrale d’Angoulême, vue de la salle dédiée au Merveilleux, 2016.
Une commande publique de la DRAC Nouvelle- AquitaineContemporary Art | Jean-Michel Othoniel has occupied a central position in the contemporary art scene since the 2000s, due to his famous installation in the entrance of the Parisian subway station Palais-Royal ; which was built with Murano glass (his preferred material)  […]
Read more » 14/02/17
Julie Mehretu and El Anatsui’s in the art market’s speculative sphere
Julie Mehretu, Retopistics: A Renegade Excavation (2001), vendue 4.603.750 USD par Christie's New York en 2013 (estimations: 1.400.000 - 1.800.000 USD)Art Market | Both eminent figures of the contemporary art scene in Africa, coming from different generations, Julie Mehretu and El Anatsui have incorporated the art market’s speculative sphere by fetching top prices at auction sales. This trend, observed by the […]
Read more » 13/02/17
Reflecting on creation - Reflecting on contemporary Africa
Appartement, exposition de Caroline TruccoContemporary Art | The continent’s economic development prospects have triggered a process of reflection around its current potentialities and its future. The dynamic has taken place in a continual back and forth between the African continent and France. […]
Read more » 07/02/17
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