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Signs of change

Signs of change appearing in global Contemporary art news, the art market, Art & Business.

When artists encounter the olfactory sense
Chambres à part 13 - Marc Quinn, The Vortex of Desire, 2011, Ed. 4_5Contemporary Art | Some artists have appropriated the structure of the immaterial medium that is the olfactory system. […]
Read more » 20/10/17
Market and Mondiality at the Galleria Continua
Premier plan : Kader Attia - Le grand miroir du monde, 2017
Second plan : Leila Alaoui - Les Marocains, 2010-2014Art Market | Since 2008, Galleria Continua hosts an event/fair that brings together galleries from around the world in its site Les Moulins, one hour from Paris. The Galleria’s 2017 edition took place at the same time as the FIAC; it was presented at CENTQUATRE’s […]
Read more » 27/09/17
Documenta #14: a focus on militant activism
Cecilia Vicuña, Quipu Mapocho (2016), performance, Llolleo, ChiliContemporary Art | Five years after Documenta’s 13th edition Collapse and Recovery, which was directed by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev; Adam Szymczyk prolongs the former director’s vision while adding a militant orientation. Under his direction, Documenta 14 (2017)  […]
Read more » 26/09/17
FRIEZE and FIAC: What is new?
Michael Craig-Martin, Wheelbarrow (red) (2013), New Art Centre / Gagosian 
Frieze Sculpture 2017Art Market | While alternative and specialized fairs are rapidly gaining influence, FRIEZE and FIAC inaugurate a tight schedule of international art fairs in October. Both fairs provide cultural programs with a relevant presence of emerging young contemporary artists […]
Read more » 13/09/17
Damien Hirst at the Pinault Foundation: a market revitalization
Damien Hirst, The Void (2000) vendue 5,85 millions de dollars chez Phillips New York le 18/05/2017Art Market | Following a severe decline in Hirst’s prices and an increase of unsold works between 2008 and 2014, since 1 January 2016 Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction results in Hong Kong, New York, London and Paris have improved. This can be interpreted as a […]
Read more » 28/06/17
The Damien Hirst effect at the Pinault Foundation in 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 | Damien Hirst has taken over the Pinault Foundation’s Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana with his exhibition Treasures From The Wreck of the Unbelievable. Although the artist has deliberately reduced his presence on the international scene, the event […]
Read more » 27/06/17
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
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
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 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
The Sharjah Biennial broadens its influence
Amal Kenawy Non stop conversation, 2007 Padded satin covers, installation and performance Installation View  Commissioned and Produced by Sharjah Biennial 8Contemporary Art | The Sharjah Biennial, which was created in the United Arab Emirates in 1993, will expand in time and space throughout its 2017 edition. Its curator, Lebanese Christine Tohme, reassesses the biennial’s role with a multidisciplinary program that unfolds […]
Read more » 31/01/17
Web trends : Kader Attia’s notoriety rises
Sans titreArt Market | Since he was awarded the Prix Marcel-Duchamp 2016, Kader Attia has become the most visible artist on the web. Of 130.8K mentions recorded from July 1, 2016 to January 20, 2017, 32% refer to the decoration which honors « a French artist or artist residing […]
Read more » 20/01/17
Artcurial’s sale of Michel Fedoroff’s collection boosts the French art market
Daniel Deward & Grégory Gicquel, Mason Massacre, 2008 / estimation: 40.000 - 60.000€ vendu 149.500€, prix record pour une œuvre du duo d’artistesArt Market | On 28th November 2016, the auction house Artcurial sold the collection belonging to Michel Fedoroff – a Monaco-based, French collector- revealing an upward trend in the relevance of the French art market. Former CEO of a music production and editing […]
Read more » 15/12/16

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Daniel Deward & Grégory Gicquel, Mason Massacre, 2008 / estimation: 40.000 - 60.000€ vendu 149.500€, prix record pour une œuvre du duo d’artistes