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Art Think Tank

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.

The banana and the "duct tape"
Maurizio Cattelan, Comedian, 2019Contemporary Art | As soon as it appeared, a yellow banana taped to the wall with silver adhesive tape, it caused a stir on social media and in the press given its $ 120,000 price tag. The work signed by Maurizio Cattelan, an edition of three copies entitled Comedian, was […]
Read more » | 17/01/20
Le marché des enchères en Chine
La salle de vente de China Guardian Beijing, 2017Analysis out of the boxArt Market | D’une influence mineure jusqu’au début des années 2000, la Chine s’est rapidement transformée en une puissance incontournable du monde de l’art. Depuis 15 ans, le pays figure dans le top 3 des marchés les plus attractifs au niveau mondial […]
Read more » | 04/11/19
Mirabaud, une banque suisse, un mécénat "out of the box"
Emilie Ding, How High You Can Count, Geneva Lux 2017Art & Business | (Being Translated) Le mécénat des grandes banques et des Fonds d’investissement se généralise très largement à travers la constitution de collections d’art contemporain, de fondations ou de prix : Société Générale, Neuflize, HSBC, UBS […]
Read more » 04/11/19
Semaine de la FIAC : Paris ose les artistes français
Maurice Blaussyld (2002), Espace inaccessible (2010)
Vue de l’exposition « Futur, ancien, fugitif », Palais de TokyoArt Market | (Being Translated) Dans l’effervescence de la semaine de la FIAC 2019, au sein du Grand Palais et sur FIAC Projects, au Palais de Tokyo ou au Salon Galeristes, on peut observer un mouvement autour de la scène française peu connue des scènes […]
Read more » | 29/10/19
Virtual reality and engagement
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Carne Y Arena (VIrtually Present, Physically Invisible), 2017, Virtual Reality Content, Run time: 6.5 minutesVIRTUAL•TIMEAnalysis out of the boxContemporary Art | Invented in the end of the 1960s, virtual reality and augmented reality gradually developed between the 1970s and 1980s and were first used mainly in the aeronautics industry in the 1990s. It is only in recent years that they have grown exponentially in […]
Read more » | 08/10/19
Designers Activists
Kengo Kuma, Bamboo Ring, 2019Contemporary Art | Last Friday, young people across the globe marched to declare Climate Emergency; thousands of colorful banners filled the streets of London. Echoing Greta Thunberg’s speech, this year’s Brompton Design District theme is Nature/Nurture […]
Read more » 27/09/19
Art and the underlying worlds of ArtificiaI Intelligence
Hito Steyerl, This is the Future, 2019VIRTUAL•TIMEAnalysis out of the boxContemporary Art | Since its inception, artificial intelligence (AI) has been both fascinating and frightening : fascinating because of the prowess it allows, frightening because it could destroy us. Artists question the upheavals that this technology implies at all levels […]
Read more » | 14/08/19
Corporate residencies, towards a "productive" patronage model
Emmanuel Régent, Le naufrage de l’Espérance (La mer de glace), détail, 2019Art & Business | The PACT (e) program, initiated and designed in 2018 by Sandrina Martins, director of the Carreau du Temple, renews the practice of artist residencies hosted by businesses. In 2019, it translated into the first dedicated biennale, formalized an active […]
Read more » | 22/07/19
3D printing at the museum
The V&A Presents ‘‘A World of Fragile Parts‘‘ at the Venice Biennale’s Applied Arts Pavilion - Pauline Borghese, Biennale di Venezia, 2016VIRTUAL•TIMEAnalysis out of the boxContemporary Art | As it entered museums, 3D printing quickly proved to be an extraordinary tool for conservation, archival and research activities. With it today, museum institutions also set up new ways of experiencing works of art by actively involving visitors, thus […]
Read more » | 16/07/19
Leonardo da Vinci and transgenderism
Atelier de Léonard de Vinci, La Joconde nue (détails)
Chantilly, musée Condé, DE-32Contemporary Art | In the context of Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th birthday, the exhibition La Joconde nue at the Condé de Chantilly Museum presents the public with the emblematic life-size bust portrait of a stripped woman in the same posture as Mona Lisa, sporting the same […]
Read more » 04/07/19
Paradigm shift at Sotheby’s
Patrick DrahiArt Market | Patrick Drahi’s acquisition of Sotheby’s in June 2019 marks a new era in the history of the auction house founded in 1744, in London. In a globalized context, with markets that increasingly respond to geopolitical lines, Sotheby’s joins a […]
Read more » 27/06/19
Venice Biennale and 2019 Basel Fair: variations on the same theme
Tomás Saraceno, Aero(s)cene, 2019Art Market | International biennials, which traditionally define prospective lines of creation and societal evolutions, are becoming increasingly similar to market places. Conversely, the major fairs, whose primary vocation is trading, navigate cultural waves.
In […]

Read more » | 25/06/19
3D printing: towards a new industry, towards a new world
Joris Laarman & MX3D, MX3D Bridge, 2018VIRTUAL•TIMEAnalysis out of the boxContemporary Art | For the past fifteen years, 3D printing, also known as stereolithography, has revolutionized our relationship to materials and objects. With it creators set up new work processes with old materials (notably ceramics) and design innovative materials from […]
Read more » | 13/06/19
Damien Hirst: To be or not to be an artist
Damien Hirst avec l’une de ses nouvelles oeuvres ‘‘Veil Paintings‘‘ à la Galerie Gagosian à Beverly HillsArt Market | Damien Hirst’s current strategy contrasts with the one that earned him a reputation for being the “terrible child” of British art when he started out. From being over exposed in the media during the 2000s through a series of memorable appearances […]
Read more » 30/04/19
Biotechnologies through the prism of creation
Vue d’exposition ‘‘Mutations/créations III - La fabrique du vivant‘‘ au Centre PompidouVIRTUAL•TIMEAnalysis out of the boxContemporary Art | Today, artists, architects and designers collaborate with biology laboratories to develop furniture and living spaces made of biotechnological materials. These materials are evolving and biodegradable. They shatter the boundaries between organic and […]
Read more » | 15/04/19
(RED) Auctions - a charity sale that gathers the market’s powerful
Larry Gagosian, Theaster Gates, Bono, et David Adjaye lors de The (RED) Auction en collaboration avec Sotheby’s et Gagosian au Moore Building le 5 Decembre 2018 à Miami, FlorideArt Market | Since 2008, Sotheby’s organizes (RED) Auctions, a series of charity sales aimed at raising funds to support HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. The same guideline is followed in each edition, internationally renowned personalities (artists, designers […]
Read more » | 11/04/19
Art Paris, The tendencies
Esther Ferrer, ‘‘Mains féministes‘‘ #01, série Le livre des mains, 1977Art Market | In line with current societal mutations, Art Paris has sharpened its local-global identity by following a specific process that allows the encounter of international artistic realities within French and European contexts. The 2019 edition deepens the […]
Read more » | 27/03/19
The House of Ruinart tells its story through art
Collaboration Vik Muniz & Ruinart, 2019Art & Business | Ruinart, the first established House of Champagne, invests almost its entire communication budget in art commissions - giving artists carte blanche - and in the patronage of major art fairs. The House’s story-telling is drawn by masters’ hands […]
Read more » | 26/03/19
“Young art critics” organize themselves into a confederation
YACI - Young Art Critic InternationalContemporary Art | The art scene’s globalization, the market’s pressure and the development of the internet, have profoundly marked art criticism and weakened its scope. The “Young art critics” collective, constituted in 2015 and composed of around fifteen members […]
Read more » 25/03/19
Le Havre, art, architecture and economy
Karel Martens (Pays-Bas), Couleurs sur la plage, 2017/2018Analysis out of the boxContemporary Art | In order to face the new stakes of metropolization and the economic mutations affecting French cities, Le Havre has been building the framework of an ambitious cultural policy since 2010. In 2017, “Un été au Havre” (A summer in Le Havre) was […]
Read more » | 19/03/19

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Karel Martens (Pays-Bas), Couleurs sur la plage, 2017/2018