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Trends in sight

Significant trends in Contemporary Art, Art Market, Art & Business are identified and described.

"Alien" : projection d’un futur possible à la biennale de Moss
Bui Adalsteinsson, Fly Factory, 2014Contemporary Art | (Being Translated) La 9e édition de la biennale de Moss en Norvège intitulée  Alienation explore les mutations biologiques, écologiques, sociétales découlant de l’ère numérique hyperconnectée. Si Alienus en latin désigne ce qui est […]
Read more » | 11/09/17
Art Basel #17, reconfiguring the market around essentials
Franz Erhard Walther, Der Genauigkeit wegen nur lose angelehnt, 1980-83Art Market | The art scene´s recent tendency has been to develop hyper-specialized alternative fairs, often devoted to one specific culture. In this context, Art Basel #17 confirms a new trend observed in 2016 in Art Cologne, the Frieze Art Fair and the FIAC : the […]
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
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
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
The African case, an art market in the making
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nwantinti, 2012Art Market | In 1989, not only did the exhibition “Magiciens de la Terre” reverse prejudice but it also predicted an emerging art market. From 2004 to 2007, Africa remix, an itinerant exhibition led by curator Simon Njami, presented the continent’s plurality as […]
Read more » | 31/01/17
The birth of a Contemporary African art market
Chéri Samba, La Destruction du monde par l'hommeContemporary Art | In 1989, Les Magiciens de la terre was presented at the Grandes Halles de la Villette and the Centre Pompidou, triggering a strong polemic in the art world; it was the first time an exhibition welcomed unknown artists from all continents while trying to […]
Read more » | 14/12/16
Urban hacking, when art reveals the city
Mark JenkinsContemporary Art | From counter-power to counter-culture; when the notion of “hacking” is transposed to the city’s public space, the streets become a field of experimentation and potentialities. From an artistic perspective, urban hacking interventions consist of […]
Read more » | 26/11/16
The Gutai movement, through the global market’s perspective
Vue de l'exposition Art Market | In December 1954, in a country still shaken by the trauma of the Second World War, Jiro Yoshihara (1905-1972) founded the Gutai movement around a gathering of roughly fifteen young artists. The movement’s longevity and its members’ plastic proposals […]
Read more » | 12/11/16
Artviatic, online art broker
Portrait Antoine Van de BeuqueArt Market | The expansion of the online market in the last three years is testament to a profound change in purchasing mindsets and behaviors. The principal online distribution channels are through auctions and the first market sites. The Artviatic website sets […]
Read more » | 27/10/16
FIAC 2016 ramps up its cultural influence
Présenté par Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, New-York & Alfonso Artiaco, Naples. Courtesy of the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery & Alfonso ArtiacoContemporary Art | Under the impetus of director Jennifer Flay, the 2016 FIAC is increasing its cultural influence in Paris through engaging with major contemporary trends, bringing together the marketplace and a “biennial spirit” - creating a space for reflecting on […]
Read more » | 29/09/16
The Switch House twists world cultures
Switch HouseContemporary Art | An old brick power station renovated and redesigned by Herzog & De Meuron on a modest budget, the 2000 opening of Tate Modern was part of a wider political campaign to rehabilitate London’s southern districts. Conceived by the same Bale-based firm on a […]
Read more » | 05/09/16
Ai Weiwei, costly artist-activist
Ai WeiweiArt Market | Influential art world figure Ai Weiwei has maintained an ecosystem built around both his artist and media alter-ego identities for years. A study of his works put up for auction between 2006 and 2016 reveals his market value is intimately linked to the […]
Read more » | 15/07/16
Art Basel 2016, market performance results
Art Basel 2016Art Market | Despite 2015’s art market slow-down and a disappointing first semester for London and New York auctions, Art Basel turned its nose up at the current context and once again confirmed its position as world leader. Highly international, the 47th edition […]
Read more » | 28/06/16
Hirst after Hirst
Damien Hirst devant l'une de ses Spot PaintingsArt Market | For a period of time the most expensive artist on the market, the last several years have seen a decline in YBA leader Damien Hirst’s prices while the number of unsold works in auction has risen. A study dividing the 422 Sotheby’s New York, Hong Kong […]
Read more » | 03/06/16
The online market: a double-digit growth
Artsy sur macbook, iPad et iPhoneArt Market | Published every year by Hiscox in collaboration with ArtTactic, the Online Art Market Report is one of the most in-depth studies of the online art market. The 2016 edition confirms the sector’s two-figure growth in 2015 and evaluates the legitimacy of […]
Read more » | 25/05/16
The esthetics of excrement
Paul McCarthy, Complex Pile, 2007Contemporary Art | When the artist sticks his nose in poop, he shows us what we don’t want to see, what our body and mind evacuate at least once a day : a humid, hot, odoriferous mass, with a chromatic range spanning yellow to dark brown, reddish to greenish, and of […]
Read more » | 17/05/16
Drawing now, sketching up a brand
Bâche Richelieu - B. Collet - 07.04.2015Art Market | The challenge for a contemporary art fair is to take an event and turn it into a brand, to create continuity, build a network and wield influence within the fair ecosystem. […]
Read more » | 12/05/16
ToiletPaper: from magazine to show-window
Vue de l’exposition Pop-Up SELETTI WEARS TOILETPAPER RUGS COLLECTION, Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari à la Galerie Perrotin, ParisArt & Business | The original picture-based publication created by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari in 2010 continues its move toward a mass audience, exploring new formats and proliferating collaborations. […]
Read more » | 25/04/16
Independent Art Fair, an alternative model
View of Independent NYC 2015Art Market | Created in 2010, the Independent Art Fair has spread its alternative take on the standard global art fair from New York to Brussels. Conceived as a hybrid, the fair is as much a space for negotiating as exhibiting. Shirking established codes, the fair […]
Read more » | 15/04/16

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