The weekend is jam-packed with art fairs all around the Metro. Make sure to pass by BGC Art Mart at the Alveo Central Plaza and support your local art scene.
Lots of goodies will be up for grabs for your early Christmas shopping. Don't forget to bring you re-usable bags!
I really enjoyed how the Michelangelo exhibition @metmuseum partially highlights the master’s friendships and collaborations. This is a drawing #Michelangelo gave to his dear friend, the poet Vittoria Colonna. #MetMichelangelo#themet#drawings
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It has been thirty years since van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” sold for $39.9 million, a world auction record at the time. Who would’ve guessed that it became the watershed moment after which Old Master paintings no longer dominate the highest prices at public auction? The da Vinci sale last week has certainly challenged our perception about the art world mechanics, leaving us contemplating its long term implications. We jotted down some thoughts on the subject, follow link in bio to read.
Image: Van Gogh’s Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers goes to auction at Christie’s on 30 March 1987. Copyright: christies.com
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Quien no se ha hecho alguna vez un viaje 🛸🚀Madrid-Galicia pasando por Barcelona?🙋🏻♀️✨
Gents de Barcelona! Ens veiem el dijous 30!🛸💥
El día 30 espero veros en la inauguración del Hipermerc’art!! En la antigua fábrica de la cerveza #Moritz 💖
Allí encontraréis mis #laralars rodeados de las obras de otros 31 artistas geniales👯✨
Mil gracias a la galería Safia Art Contemporani por contar conmigo para la ocasión💖
Ens veiems allà!🙋🏻♀️✨
(Link in profile) In this week’s episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, Katya Kazakina, art market reporter for Bloomberg News, joins us to recap last week’s major auctions in New York. First, Katya dissects the sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, which sold for $450 million at Christie’s, including expectations leading up to the sale and certain critics calling into question the authenticity of the artwork, and then what it was like to be in the auction room during the sale of the work as well as art market insiders’ initial responses to the sale. Then, Katya identifies several reasons why the market is feeling optimistic after the buoyant auctions, including the increased presence of Asian collectors participating in the sales. Also, she discusses that while abstract art created by emerging artists performed very well over the past few years at auction, we are seeing an increasing number of figurative artworks by emerging artists doing well at auction, including #SharaHughes , #KonTrubkovich , #KatherineBernhardt , #LesleyVance and #NicoleEisenman . #arttactic#arttacticpodcast#artmarket#contemporaryart#modernart#impressionistart
Christie’s pulled off its second-highest total for an Impressionist and Modern evening sale last night, 13 November, in New York. The $479.3m total (with fees) was double that of last year's sale. The evening’s top lot was van Gogh’s "Laboureur dans un champ," painted in early September 1889. The dazzling landscape sold -without a guarantee- at $72 million, coming to $81 million with fees, one million shy of the artist’s record. Another highlight of the night was Léger’s canvas which sold for $70 million with fees, and smashed the record for the artist. 1/5
Slated to be the most expensive sculpture of the night at between $7 million and $10 million, Henry Moore’s "Reclining Figure" (1982) did not disappointed, fetching $11 million with fees. A mysterious Magritte painting, "L’empire des lumières" (1949), broke the artist’s record, hammered down at its high estimate of $20.5 million with fees. 2/5
Sotheby's Evening 64-lot sale made $269.7 million, almost $25 million shy of its high estimate of $294.5 million. The total sleepy but solid sale represented a 71 percent increase over last year’s sale. The atmosphere was far from electric, but the sale had some highs—including a record of Chagall empowered by Asian and Russian buyers. 3/5
Half of the auction’s top 10 works were sold Asian collectors, but a Russian private collector’s premium-inclusive $28.5m purchase of Marc Chagall's "Les Amoureux" was the top lot of the night and brought the saleroom to life. Estimated at $12-18 million, the winning bid smashed the long-held auction record for Chagall. Although the overall auction could be described as somewhat subdued, the $269.6m premium-inclusive total was 71% ahead of the previous year’s sale and a spectacularly low BI rate of 8%. 4/5
Bonhams Impressionist & Modern Art Sale realised $3,335,000, with the top lot, Max Ernst's spectacular Sedona landscape, achieving $588,500. The auction sold 74% by lot and 83% by value, led by works by Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, and Diego Rivera. These fresh-to-the-market pieces highlighted a 55-lot sale which included a notable Latin American section. Still far from its competitors, we should highlight that six of the top ten lots beat their high estimates. 5/5
The Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening sale at Christie’s New York yesterday, realized a mammoth sale $786 Million and the blockbuster "Salvator Mundi" accounted for a disproportionately large share (57%) of the total sales About 42.9% (21) artworks sold above the high estimate and a significant number of artworks (39 %) sold above the high estimate The rest, 18.4 % artworks sold below the low estimate. 1/5