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.

Rôle des artistes, sociologie des amateurs, réputation médiatique, smartphones et obsolescence.
Sans titreContemporary Art | Dans ce tour d’horizon de la presse, généraliste et spécialisée, nous proposons un échantillon des meilleurs articles que nous avons détecté comme indicateurs prospectifs, tendances à suivre ou analyses en profondeur. Chacun d’entre eux propose […]
Read more » 11/09/20
Units par Units
PortraitContemporary Art | Collection d’autoportraits d’artistes sans hiérarchie de notoriété, de génération, cette rubrique ouvre un espace d’expression où la parole s’affranchit des discours standardisés, des communications ou commentaires. Nous publions sans retouche […]
Read more » 07/09/20
L'Effet Matthieu
Sans titreConcept | Quand les visibles obtiennent davantage et que les invisibles disparaissent de la carte médiatique. […]
Read more » 27/08/20
Que révèle l'explosion des ventes caritatives en ligne en période de Coronavirus ?
Claire Tabouret, ‘‘Les Débutantes (bleu de minuit)‘‘, 2014, adjugé 207 000 euros (est. €100.000 - 150.000)Art Market | (Being Translated) Pendant que le phénomène inédit de la pandémie COVID19 se propage dans le monde et bouleverse les rendez-vous internationaux de foires majeures et de ventes aux enchères, les ventes caritatives en ligne prennent le relais du […]
Read more » | 21/04/20
Les ventes online de Banksy font carton plein
(À gauche) Girl with Balloon - Colour AP (DARK PINK), 2004 vendue 375.000£ (est. 300 - 500.000£)
(À droite) Girl with Balloon, 2004 adjugée 106.250£ (est. 40 – 60.000£)Art Market | (Being Translated) Dans un contexte pandémique, Banksy ne connait pas la crise. En l’espace de sept mois, trois ventes aux enchères online organisées chez Christie’s et Sotheby’s sont exclusivement consacrées à la star du street-art ; les deux […]
Read more » 21/04/20
When artists invent new concepts of virtual exhibitions
Zoe Walsh, PeriscopeVIRTUAL•TIMEAnalysis out of the boxContemporary Art | The perceptual issues raised by virtual reality are a tremendous stimulus to the research of artists, these experts in sensory perception who anticipate ongoing transformations. 1 New forms of work are emerging, but also new types of exhibition […]
Read more » | 23/02/20
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, a Swiss bank, an "out of the box" sponsorship
Emilie Ding, How High You Can Count, Geneva Lux 2017Art & Business | The patronage of large banks and investment funds is widely spreading through the creation of contemporary art collections, foundations and prizes : Société Générale, Neuflize, HSBC, UBS, Carmignac... The Geneva-based Swiss banking group Mirabaud […]
Read more » 04/11/19
FIAC Week: Paris dares with French artists
Maurice Blaussyld (2002), Espace inaccessible (2010)
Vue de l’exposition « Futur, ancien, fugitif », Palais de TokyoArt Market | In the excitement of the FIAC 2019 week at the Grand Palais and on FIAC Projects, at the Palais de Tokyo and at the Salon Galeristes, a stir is being witnessed around French artists little known on the international scenes. […]
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
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Damien Hirst avec l'une de ses nouvelles oeuvres "Veil Paintings" à la Galerie Gagosian à Beverly Hills
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