Dada and Surrealism: The largest collection of documents in the world goes on sale in Paris

André Breton, Paul Bonet. 284 André Breton, Théodrore Fraenkel André Breton 140 André Breton 140. André Breton 140 Alberto Giacometti 359 Matisse 345   Surrealism and Dada Surrealism and Dada were movements that radically revolutionized not just the art world but also our general ways of thinking, dreaming and writing. Intellectual revolutions If you want […]

Modern and contemporary art auctions in New York: why so many records?

© Thomas Lélu Jeff Koons Paul Cézanne Claude MonetHyperFocal: 0 Robert Rauschenberg Balthus William Bouguereau   Death Who wants to part with their masterpieces? No one. That’s why the biggest art market records, generally obtained for absolutely outstanding works, are the fruit of forced and unhappy circumstances: death and divorce. This is primarily the way […]

New York sales: where the art market collides the art history

William Bouguereau Claude MonetHyperFocal: 0 Sotheby’s catalogue Vincent Van Gogh Jeff Koons Amedeo Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani (detail) Balthus   Specialized in nudity Young boys and girls disrobe to dance a graceful saraband in a composition over six metres long. In 1884, the then famous French painter William Bouguereau (1825-1905), who specialized in nudity under mythological […]

Ed Dolman: 6 answers in 1 minute from the charismatic chief executive of Phillips.How to hold one’s own against the duopoly during the week of auctions in New York

Ed Dolman Phillips Miro Alexander Calder Alexander Calder Kerry James Marshall Kerry James Marshall Bruce Nauman Bruce Nauman Andy Warhol Alberto Burry Sean Scully Jackson Pollock David Hammons The position of outsider is an uncomfortable one. You’re neither the best nor the worst. Phillips auction house, owned by the Russian luxury-goods company Mercury Group, finds […]

Art history and the art market: the dealer who made replicas for Duchamp in 1964 recounts the experience and David Nahmad talks about the Picasso he just bought for 120 million dollars

William N Copley (detail) William N Copley Clovis Trouille Victor Brauner Leonora Carrington Dorothea Tanning Pierre Roy Max Ernst Matta Jacques Herold Leonora Carrington Harry Carlsson Jean-Jacques Lebel On Friday 8 June, Christie’s is auctioning a group of 62 artworks estimated at 800,000 euros owned by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. They all share the […]

Le Consortium: The under-the-radar French museum that predicts art’s next big thing is organizing an auction in Paris, from Rondinone to Christopher Wool

Brian Calvin Alex Israel Xavier Veilhan Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster Rodney Graham Roe Ethridge “I don’t want to dishearten you, but there will inevitably be a serious and lengthy crash caused by the large number of exhibitions and the weariness the public will feel towards contemporary painting. The crash may take place tomorrow or in ten years’ […]

Erotic auction at Sotheby’s: Does sex make art more commercial?

Andy Warhol Robert Mapplethorpe Andy Warhol Marlene Dumas Gustav Klimt Tracey Emin At a time when Facebook’s algorithms are blocking users who post Courbet’s “L’origine du monde” on their wall, despite it being visible to all at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; at a time when visitors to the Metropolitan Museum in New York are […]

Magritte: How a painting reproduced 18 times was to become an icon for twentieth-century art and the art market

René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte René Magritte On 13 November, Christie’s is set to auction an artwork that perfectly encapsulates the fascination wielded by René Magritte (1898-1967) over the twentieth century. Made in 1949, it is called “L’empire des lumières” (“The Dominion of Light”). In the painting, which […]


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