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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.

Artdelivery: a start-up approach developed at the school of Beaux-Arts in Nantes Saint-Nazaire
Amélie Labourdette, WARNER BROS, Naissance des fantômes/Cold Cases 11 Diptyque, 2010-2012
Tirage photographique sur dibonArt Market | The Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Nantes has created a new model which intends to make the school’s art circulate while increasing the artists’ visibility. Artdelivery’s service favors the pollination of art through digital platforms, reversing the local […]
Read more » 12/04/18
The Meurice Prize, an award in line with French creation
Hans Ulrich Obrist - Jc de Castelbajac - Franka HoltmannContemporary Art | At the heart of the French artistic eco-system, several actors among auction houses, galleries and fairs - e.g. Art Paris Art Fair- put the spotlight on the “French spirit” by promoting artists that are on the margin of the mainstream market and […]
Read more » 04/04/18
Lafayette Anticipations, an innovative foundation
Vue de la verrière et toiture du bâtiment du 9 rue du PlâtreContemporary Art | The new foundation is a laboratory that combines spaces for exhibition and production workshops, mixing disciplines and conveying a horizontal concept from its vertical structure. Open to all, the space was dreamt by Guillaume Houzé, conceived by Rem […]
Read more » 24/03/18
Art Paris Art Fairs 2018: a cartography of cultural scenes
Art Paris Art FairArt Market | The latest Art Paris Art Fair edition encapsulates the global geopolitical and geo-cultural development through a cartography of contemporary artistic scenes. In 2018, the fair has centered around the Swiss scene’s new generation and the rediscovery of […]
Read more » | 15/03/18
Olfaction, an alternative to the visual sense
Wolfgang Georgsdorf - Osmodrama 2017Analysis out of the boxContemporary Art | The olfactory sense has been a key component in the history of artistic creation. Long neglected in favor of the visual approach, it is nowadays widely explored by artists who incorporate the olfactory dimension in their creative processes. […]
Read more » | 27/02/18
Christie’s, leader sur le marché des enchères en 2017
Jussi Pylkkänen durant la vente du Salvator Mundi de Leonardo da Vinci à Christie's New York en novembre 2017Art Market | (Being translated) Après une année 2016 marquée par des résultats mitigés, Christie’s réalise en 2017 un chiffre d’affaire de 6.6 milliards de dollars, soit une hausse de 21% par rapport à 2016 (5.4 milliards de dollars). Portée par des […]
Read more » | 13/02/18
Japan, a geocultural hub in the making
Vue de la foire Art Tokyo 2017Art Market | At a time when the global art market is built around several local and regional centers, Japan is developing its cultural policy with measures that aim at positioning its domestic market against the main powers; the United States, Great Britain and China. […]
Read more » 10/02/18
Human Global Flow
Director Ai Weiwei in HUMAN FLOW, an Amazon Studios releaseContemporary Art | With his documentary “Human Flow”, Ai Weiwei delves further into his reflection on the refugee crisis, a subject he has been working on since 2015. By expanding his exploration ground to a global level, he has seized and displayed one of human […]
Read more » 07/02/18
Floating world(s)
David Tudor, Rainforest V - Variation 1, 2015Contemporary Art | The term “floating world” refers to a central concept in Japanese culture that has progressively transcended its religious and pictorial origins, influencing the Western art world. The concept carries an interpretation of post-modern societies […]
Read more » 30/01/18
Exposition 'Sous Le Ciel', Leandro Erlich au Bon Marché Rive GaucheArt & Business | Entertainment or the art of amusement, was born from the consumer society. Nowadays, it is associated with an “egocentric” experience through which emotions lead to the fields of pleasure and desire. Le Bon Marché plays with this concept […]
Read more » | 16/01/18
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 » | 15/01/18
Trump’s tax reform bill and its domino effect on the international market
Le président des États-Unis Donald Trump lors de la signature de la réforme fiscale américaineArt Market | Signed on 22 December 2017, Trump’s tax legislation reform implies numerous micro- and macrœconomic effects. Although the general repercussions are still difficult to predict, they should also affect the art world. […]
Read more » 10/01/18
The scent, an artistic medium
Helga Griffiths, Migratory Sense, 2017 - Stadtgalerie SaarbrückenContemporary Art | German artist Helga Griffiths presents Crossing, an exhibition that gathers a retrospective set of works at the frontier between art and science, exploring our perception of olfactory experiences. […]
Read more » 05/01/18
Les biennales d’art contemporain, terrains d’observation prospective
Mingwei Lee, The Mending Project 2009/2017 (mixed media interactive installation, table, chairs, thread, fabric items)Analysis out of the boxContemporary Art | (being Translated) Les biennales et les grandes manifestations d’art contemporain se multiplient à travers le monde. Aujourd’hui, elles représentent un enjeu économique majeur; à la fois levier du rayonnement culturel et catalyseur du tourisme […]
Read more » | 28/12/17
Market rediscovery: Pierre Klossowski
Pierre Klossowski, La possession invisible, 1973-1974 adjugée le 10/10/17 par Artcurial pour 156.000 € (est. 18.000 - 25.000 €)Art Market | On October 10th, 2017, during the sale of Paul Lombard’s collection organized by Artcurial, Pierre Klossowski’s work The invisible possession (1973 - 1974) was sold for 156,000 €, seven times higher than its estimates, set between 18,000 and 25,000 […]
Read more » 16/12/17
Art X Lagos: cultural “africapitalism”
Olalekan Jeyifous - Makoko Canal LagosArt Market | The contemporary art market is gaining ground in Africa. The success of the second edition of ART X confirms the growing interest in African visual arts and the presence of a burgeoning community of buyers. […]
Read more » 05/12/17
AKAA: Africa as a field of observation for mondialité
Malala Andrialavidrazana, Figures 1889, Planisferio, 2015Contemporary Art | To think about contemporary Africa is to reflect on the extensive continent’s plurality through common values, apprehending it as a field of observation for mondialité or worldliness. AKAA (Also Known as Africa), a young fair dedicated to the African […]
Read more » 30/11/17
Paris photo: an ecosystem based on inspiration and open to the market
Juana Gomez, Sistema Central, 2015Art Market | The field of photography embraces diverse worlds and markets : from historical and technical photography to documentaries and photo-reportage; also interacting with the fields of fashion, cinema, publishing and art. Twenty years after the pioneering fair […]
Read more » | 29/11/17
Salvator Mundi: Christie’s develops its marketing for the exceptional
Déroulement de la vente Post-War & Contemporary Art de Christie's le 15 novembre 2017Art Market | During its Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, which took place on 15 November 2017, Christie’s obtained one of its best historical results with the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, among other contemporary and historical Western […]
Read more » 25/11/17
Profiling the young generation of Chinese collectors
Grand Opening Celebration at Shanghai K11Art Market | China harbors more than 600 billionaires, every week new economic powers emerge, mainly in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Among them, some young people are standing out by investing in the art market. […]
Read more » | 15/11/17

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