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Artprice: Big Is Beautiful! Expected Record at New York Auction for Louise Bourgeois

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One of Louise Bourgeois’s six Spider sculptures, measuring more than 7 meters across and 3 meters tall, will be offered for sale at Christie’s on 15 May 2019 in New York. Numbered 3/6 in the series, the work already fetched $28.2 million in 2015 and Louise Bourgeois’s prices have stayed steady since then.

It could become the most expensive artwork by a female artist ever sold at auction.

Like it or not, when it comes to art, size is very important. Giant works fascinate us because they transcend our own scale. Who isn’t impressed by huge paintings like Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid) or Veronese’s Les Noces de Cana (at the Louvre Museum in Paris)?” says thierry Ehrmann, Artprice’s Founder/CEO.

In general, an artist’s largest works attract the strongest demand. For equivalent quality, the larger works will almost always be worth more than the smaller works.

This week, Artprice picks out a selection of 10 monumental works auctioned in 2018 in each of the major artistic mediums.

PAINTINGS

Zao Wou-Ki – Juin-Octobre 1985 
10 x 2.8 meters

On 30 September 2018Zao Wou-Ki’s Juin-Octobre 1985 triptych – his largest work still in circulation – caused a major sensation when it was re-offered for sale at Sotheby’s. In May 2005, Christie’s sold the same work in Hong Kong for $2.3 million. Thirteen and a half years later, its value exceeded $65 million, i.e. no less than 28 times its previous value.

Mark Bradford – Helter Skelter I (2007)
10 x 3.65 meters

American painter Mark Bradford had a particularly good year in 2018. In 2017, he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. But it wasn’t until the first half of the following year that his prices began to inflate rapidly, generating three new auction records.

On 8 March 2018, his Helter Skelter I (2007) came close to $12 million at Phillips in London. This huge piece was a key element in the exhibition Collage: The Unmonumental Picture organized by the New York Museum in New York in 2008.

Osgemeos – It is Supposed to be Raining But… (2008)
2.5 x 2.5 metres

This large format canvas allowed the Brazilian duo of graphic artists to express their art in superb style. Accustomed to large facades, the two street artists have produced a large number of reasonably dimensioned paintings for the market. However, their very large canvases capture all the power of their street art. On 26 June 2018, the painting fetched $132,000 at Phillips in London.

DRAWINGS

Takashi Murakami – Dragon in Clouds-Red Mutation (2010)
18 x 3.6 meters

Takashi Murakami’s imaginary world stands at the crossroads of manga culture and Sino-Japanese mythology. In April 2018, the auction house Council sold one of his three large-scale interpretations of Asia’s most popular mythical creature, the dragon. His colossal drawing – red ink on paper – titled Dragon in Clouds-Red Mutation seduced Chinese collectors in Shanghai, fetching more than $8.8 million.

Giuseppe Bezzuloli – Folly driving the cart of Love 
481 x 344 cm

Commissioned in 1848 to paint the ceiling of the Palazzo Gerini in Florence, Giuseppe Bezzuloli executed this study on the theme of Love and Madness. The final fresco still adorns the ceiling of the famous Tuscan Palace.

Estimated between $50,000 and $80,000, the drawing was purchased for $275,000 at Christie’s in New York on 30 January 2018. Nowadays, very large-scale historical works are extremely rare on the market and this post-Renaissance drawing – which still retains all its power – was a superb acquisition.

SCULPTURE

KAWS – Clean Slate (2014)
5.5 x 5.5 x 7.5 meters

Kaws is currently an in vogue artist par excellence… from New York… to Hong Kong. The American street artist has conquered the international art market with his colorful paintings, his large-scale figurines and his monumental sculptures. Clean Slate (2014) was shown all around the world (Shanghai, Ibiza, Hong Kong and Fort Worth) before being put on sale by Phillips in New York, where it was acquired for nearly $2 million.

Philippe de Buyster (Attrib.) – Vierge de pitié (c.1650-60)
1.6 x 0.5 x 1.3 meters

This 17th century Pietà was one of the very few large-scale Old Master works sold last year. In perfect condition, the terracotta sculpture came from the Chapel of Château d’Autricourt in Burgundy (France). Christie’s sold the piece for $58,000 (including costs) in Paris on 19 June 2018.

Joana Vasconcelos – Betty Boop (2010)
4.1 x 1.5 x 3 meters

This huge high-heeled shoe made of stainless steel pots and concrete is a perfect example of Joana Vasconcelos’s taste for oversize. The Franco-Portuguese artist has never been afraid to invest large places like the Bon Marché department store in Paris or the Palace of Versailles where Betty Boop (2010) was presented in the Hall of Mirrors in 2012.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Gilbert & George – Thirty-Five Locations (2003)
422 x 361 cm

The British duo Gilbert & George is not doing as well on the secondary market as in 2008, but their unique large-format photos continue to fetch very good prices. Consisting of 24 rectangular sections, Thirty-Five Locations resembles a huge stained glass window in black, white and red. It was the largest photographic work sold during 2018 and fetched $150,000 at Sotheby’s in New York (17 May).

MIXED MEDIA

Tracey Emin – Dark Dark Dark (2007)
3.6 x 1.6 x 1.5 metres

In 2007 Artwise commissioned Tracey Emin to customise four Fiat 500s (each unique) for a charity sale. On 5 December 2018 at Phillips’ New Now sale, one of them fetched $8,000. In the catalogue Phillips warned Please note this lot is offered as an art work, and not a motor vehicle…

The use of motor vehicles as an artistic medium may seem bizarre, but several major artists have lent themselves to the exercise in the past. The BMW Art Car project, for example, allowed Andy WarholDavid Hockney and Jeff Koons to completely transform the exteriors of cars.

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Artprice100©: The Art Market’s Blue-chip Artists Yield Nearly as Much as the Top Performing Companies in the American Economy

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thierry Ehrmann, Artprice’s founder/CEO, highlights the art market’s excellent performance in H1 2019: “A collector who, at the start of this year, invested in the 100 most successful artists of the last five years (2014-2018), would already be looking at a value accretion of almost a sixth in the value of his/her portfolio.”

The Artprice100 © index gained +16% over the first half of 2019 while the S&P 500 added +18% over the same period. The similarity in the performances between the American financial markets and a portfolio of works by the world’s top performing artists (defined in a purely objective manner) proves the undeniable attractiveness of the Art Market as an alternative investment.

Fewer transactions

The performance of the Artprice100© over the first half of 2019 was driven by exceptionally strong demand, barely satisfied by supply. The supply/demand imbalance, generated a rapid increase in value, particularly on works by the 100 top performing artists on the global secondary art market.

The turnover slowdown recorded in H1 2019 by major auction houses, including Sotheby’s (-9%) and Christie’s (-28%), reflects a less dynamic high-end market than in previous years. However, prices have shown no signs of fatigue and the contraction in the volume of sales is a reminder that the art market is directly dependent on the number of works in circulation.

In a financial context of sustained negative or near-zero refinancing rates, some collectors are probably preferring to hold certain artworks and not cash in on investments that remain highly competitive. Moreover, the persistence of extremely high transaction costs, both in galleries and in auction rooms, is discouraging short holding periods (under five years), and tempting some collectors to consider private transactions as an alternative.

The Artprice100© index driven by Warhol, Zao Wou-Ki and Wu Guanzhong

Heavily weighted in our Artprice100© index with 9.1% of the portfolio, Pablo Picasso has not contributed to its value accretion for several years. As we have seen over the last four years, his prices contracted -2% in the first half of 2019.

However, Andy Warhol, Fu Baoshi, Zao Wou-Ki and particularly Wu Guanzhong have all clearly enjoyed value accretion, providing the main thrust for the progression of our Artprice100© index in H1 2019. Without setting any new auction records, these artists have all enjoyed strong price inflation. The sale of major works by these artists will no doubt confirm the trend.

On 2 June last, a large drawing by Wu Guanzhong entitled Lion grove garden (1988) fetched $20.8 million at China Guardian. It was previously acquired for $17.8 million on 3 June 2011 at Poly Beijing. Adding 17% over the last eight years, the drawing generated, in financial terms, an average annual return of +1.9%. However, another Guanzhong resale suggests that the bulk of the value accretion on his works has occurred in the last 6 months: an important Guanzhong work entitled Two Swallows was purchased for $7.1 million on 3 June 2011 (at the same sale as Lion grove garden) and fetched $7.8 million in December 2018, an increase of just +9.8%.

Paul Cézanne and George Condo

Investments in Modern artists carry the least risk and demand for their work is continuing to grow steadily offering attractive returns over the long term. Claude Monet and Paul Signac have both signed new auction records this year. Similarly, 2019 is already proving to be a superb year (the best since 2000) for Paul Cézanne. His painting Bouilloire et fruits (c. 1888-90), acquired for $29.5 million in 1999, fetched $59.3 million on 13 May 2019 at Christie’s New York, generating an average annual ROI of 3.6% over 20 years.

At the other end of the spectrum, Contemporary artists offer striking returns in the medium and short term. The most spectacular entry into the composition of the Artprice100© index this year is undoubtedly George Condo. The American artist enjoyed a massive secondary market success in 2018with 78 paintings and 34 drawings selling for more than $63 million, and on three continents (America, Europe and Asia)! The Condo phenomenon has been clearly illustrated by a number of rapid resales of small works including Soft Green Abstraction (1983), which was purchased for $17,000 in April 2017 in Munich and resold a year later in New York for $46,000.

In total, there were seven changes this year in the composition of the Artprice 100© index.

In

Out

George Condo

Huang Binhong

Giorgio Morandi

Huang Zhou

Robert Motherwell

Anish Kapoor

Jean Paul Riopelle

Li Keran

Rufino Tamayo

Xu Beihong

Frank Auerbach

Pieter Brueghel II

Hans Arp

Giorgio de Chirico

Four women… and two Old Masters

Unfortunately, we see no change regarding female artists. This year again, only four of the artists in the Artprice100© are women: Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Joan Mitchell (US), Louise Bourgeois (France) and Barbara Hepworth (UK). Yayoi Kusamanow represents 1.3% of the index compared with 0.9% last year. Her price index rose 20% in H1 2019.

The relegation of Pieter Brueghel II for reasons relating to market liquidity has exacerbated the rarity of Old Masters in the index. Numerically, the composition of the index is dominated by Modern artists, numbering 49, followed by Post-War artists (29), Contemporary artists (12), 19th century artists (8) and lastly… Old Masters (only 2).

Composition of Artprice100© index for H1 2019

Artist – Share – Period

  1. Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973) – 9.1% – Modern
  2. Andy WARHOL (1928-1987) – 6.4% – Post-War
  3. Claude MONET (1840-1926) – 4.5% – 19th Century
  4. QI Baishi (1864-1957) – 3.9% – Modern
  5. Jean-Michel BASQUIAT (1960-1988) – 3.7% – Contemporary
  6. Gerhard RICHTER (b. 1932) – 3.3% – Post-War
  7. ZAO Wou-Ki (1921-2013) – 2.9% – Post-War
  8. FU Baoshi (1904-1965) – 2.5% – Modern
  9. Alberto GIACOMETTI (1901-1966) – 2.4% – Modern
  10. Amedeo MODIGLIANI (1884-1920) – 2.2% – Modern
  11. Cy TWOMBLY (1928-2011) – 2.2% – Post-War
  12. WU Guanzhong (1919-2010) – 2.1% – Modern
  13. Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997) – 2.0% – Post-War
  14. Lucio FONTANA (1899-1968) – 1.9% – Modern
  15. Alexander CALDER (1898-1976) – 1.8% – Modern
  16. Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985) – 1.8% – Modern
  17. Joan MIRO (1893-1983) – 1.7% – Modern
  18. Willem DE KOONING (1904-1997) – 1.7% – Modern
  19. Henri MATISSE (1869-1954) – 1.5% – Modern
  20. Fernand LÉGER (1881-1955) – 1.4% – Modern
  21. Christopher WOOL (b. 1955) 1.4% – Contemporary
  22. Yayoi KUSAMA (b. 1929) – 1.3% – Post-War
  23. Jean DUBUFFET (1901-1985) – 1.3% – Modern
  24. René MAGRITTE (1898-1967) – 1.2% – Modern
  25. Peter DOIG (b. 1959) – 1.2% – Contemporary
  26. Wassily KANDINSKY (1866-1944) – 1.2% – Modern
  27. Jeff KOONS (b. 1955) – 1.2% – Contemporary
  28. David HOCKNEY (b. 1937) – 1.1% – Post-War
  29. Henry MOORE (1898-1986) – 1.0% – Modern
  30. LIN Fengmian (1900-1991) – 0.9% – Modern
  31. CHU Teh-Chun (1920-2014) – 0.9% – Post-War
  32. Paul GAUGUIN (1848-1903) – 0.9% – 19th Century
  33. Pierre-Auguste RENOIR (1841-1919) – 0.8% – 19th Century
  34. SAN Yu (1895-1966) – 0.8% – Modern
  35. Richard PRINCE (b. 1949) – 0.8% – Contemporary
  36. Sigmar POLKE (1941-2010) – 0.7% – Post-War
  37. Joan MITCHELL (1926-1992) – 0.7% – Post-War
  38. PU Ru (1896-1963) – 0.7% – Modern
  39. Auguste RODIN (1840-1917) – 0.7% – 19th Century
  40. Edgar DEGAS (1834-1917) – 0.7% – 19th Century
  41. Paul CÉZANNE (1839-1906) – 0.7% – 19th Century
  42. Yves KLEIN (1928-1962) – 0.6% – Post-War
  43. Camille PISSARRO (1830-1903) – 0.6% – 19th Century
  44. Richard DIEBENKORN (1922-1993) –  0.6% – Post-War
  45. Ed RUSCHA (b. 1937) – 0.6% – Post-War
  46. Keith HARING (1958-1990) – 0.5% – Contemporary
  47. Martin KIPPENBERGER (1953-1997) – 0.5% – Contemporary
  48. Louise BOURGEOIS (1911-2010) – 0.5% – Modern
  49. Alberto BURRI (1915-1995) – 0.5% – Modern
  50. Frank STELLA (b. 1936) – 0.5% – Post-War
  51. Damien HIRST (b. 1965) – 0.4% – Contemporary
  52. Egon SCHIELE (1890-1918) – 0.4% – Modern
  53. Ernst Ludwig KIRCHNER (1880-1938) – 0.4% – Modern
  54. Georges BRAQUE (1882-1963) – 0.4% – Modern
  55. Georg BASELITZ (b. 1938) – 0.4% – Post-War
  56. Pierre SOULAGES (b. 1919) – 0.4% – Modern
  57. Juan GRIS (1887-1927) – 0.4% – Modern
  58. Salvador DALI (1904-1989) – 0.4% – Modern
  59. Edvard MUNCH (1863-1944) – 0.4% – Modern
  60. Paul SIGNAC (1863-1935) – 0.4% – Modern
  61. DONG Qichang (1555-1636) – 0.4% – Old Master
  62. Fernando BOTERO (b. 1932) – 0.4% – Post-War
  63. WEN Zhengming (1470-1559) – 0.4% – Old Master
  64. George CONDO (b. 1957) –  0.4% – Contemporary
  65. Sam FRANCIS (1923-1994) – 0.4% – Post-War
  66. Alighiero BOETTI (1940-1994) – 0.4% – Post-War
  67. Bernard BUFFET (1928-1999) – 0.4% – Post-War
  68. Max ERNST (1891-1976) – 0.4% – Modern
  69. Robert RAUSCHENBERG (1925-2008) – 0.4% – Post-War
  70. CHEN Yifei (1946-2005) – 0.3% – Contemporary
  71. Maurice DE VLAMINCK (1876-1958) – 0.3% – Modern
  72. Barbara HEPWORTH (1903-1975) – 0.3% – Modern
  73. Pierre BONNARD (1867-1947) – 0.3% – Modern
  74. Donald JUDD (1928-1994) – 0.3% – Post-War
  75. Max BECKMANN (1884-1950) – 0.3% – Modern
  76. Tsuguharu FOUJITA (1886-1968) – 0.3% – Modern
  77. Alfred SISLEY (1839-1899) – 0.3% – 19th Century
  78. Laurence Stephen LOWRY (1887-1976) – 0.3% – Modern
  79. Morton Wayne THIEBAUD (b. 1920) – 0.3% – Post-War
  80. Nicolas de STAËL (1914-1955) – 0.3% – Modern
  81. Enrico CASTELLANI (1930-2017) – 0.3% – Post-War
  82. Anselm KIEFER (b. 1945) – 0.3% – Contemporary
  83. Michelangelo PISTOLETTO (b. 1933)  – 0.3% – Post-War
  84. GUAN Liang (1900-1986) –  0.3% – Modern
  85. Kees VAN DONGEN (1877-1968) – 0.3% – Modern
  86. Francis PICABIA (1879-1953) – 0.3% – Modern
  87. Piero MANZONI (1933-1963) – 0.3% – Post-War
  88. Tom WESSELMANN (1931-2004) – 0.3% – Post-War
  89. Giorgio MORANDI (1890-1964) – 0.3% – Modern
  90. Günther UECKER (b. 1930) – 0.2% – Post-War
  91. Josef ALBERS (1888-1976) – 0.2% – Modern
  92. Robert MOTHERWELL (1915-1991) – 0.2% – Modern
  93. Rufino TAMAYO (1899-1991) – 0.2% – Modern
  94. Hans ARP (1886-1966) – 0.2% – Modern
  95. Emil NOLDE (1867-1956) – 0.2% – Modern
  96. Paul KLEE (1879-1940) – 0.2% – Modern
  97. Jean-Paul RIOPELLE (1923-2002) – 0.2% – Post-War
  98. Alexej VON JAWLENSKY (1864-1941) – 0.2% – Modern
  99. Albert OEHLEN (b. 1954) – 0.2% – Contemporary
  100. Frank AUERBACH (b. 1931) – 0.2% – Post-War

 

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Artprice: The “Toulouse Caravaggio” Acquired Privately

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The public sale was scheduled for Thursday, 27 June at 18:00, Toulouse time. According to the Sale Conditions, anyone interested in acquiring the painting had to “register as a bidder at least 15 days before the sale.” As thierry Ehrmann explains, that meant that since 13 June at the very least, all the potential bidders were known to the sellers. And, as Julius Caesar would have said… the die is now thrown. 

Because… no less than 48 hours before the public sale was due to take place, the sale has been cancelled! A private transaction has been concluded. “An offer that we had no choice but to communicate to the owners of the painting,” says the official statement which provides a very concise explanation: “The fact that the offer comes from a collector with close connections to a major museum convinced the sellers to accept it.

This is undoubtedly a very happy ending for everyone involved, not to mention the sellers the art expert who discovered the work, Eric Turquin, and auctioneer Marc Labarbe. The undisclosed amount apparently readily confirms that the work is indeed an authentic Caravaggio, and the buyer, anonymous, but close enough to the world’s most prestigious museums, is apparently committed to ensuring painting will very soon be exhibited in one of the planet’s top museums. It could be any museum in the world… except the Louvre, which turned its back on the painting… “An attitude that, for me personally, was difficult to digest,” confessed Eric Turquin to the French magazine Le Point. The official statement says: “Purchased by a foreign collector, [the painting] will leave France.” Its ultimate destination was the sellers’ second biggest concern, after its sale price of course… Otherwise a deal would certainly have been struck directly with a major museum.

From the sellers’ point of view, this is the best possible outcome. In terms of transparency, it’s a total and singular reversal of the situation. The sellers promised a “authentic” public sale, i.e. a sale that was 100% public, with no reserve price and broadcast live on internet so that everyone and anyone could participate in the auction. The final price was going to allow the Market to decide on the painting’s authenticity… but the curtain has fallen even before it went up… and the amount of the transaction will remain forever confidential.

Last Monday, on 17 June, Sotheby’s announced its withdrawal from the public sphere. A week later, the most anticipated work of the year has suddenly done more or less the same. For Artprice, the two cases strongly suggest that the Art Market is seeking a certain discretion. In the sales catalogue, Eric Turquin thanked his collaborators: “I wish to thank my expert colleagues, the restorers, the framers, the bankers, the insurers, the photographers and the transporters, etc. who have scrupulously respected their professional confidentiality obligations and allowed us to work in a calm and collected manner.”

After five years of work, research and determination, “this painting will go to one of the best museums in the world. And for me that was essential,” concludes Eric Turquin.

Given the importance of this work in art historical terms, Artprice promises to track the reappearance of this painting – a painting that, as of today, no longer needs to be referred to as the “The Toulouse Caravaggio” –  and to shed as much light as possible on this private sale, concluded just hours before an auction that had all the makings of a truly historic event. Artprice’s consistent and long-standing efforts to bring transparency to the Art Market are more than ever justified.

 

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NUO Hotel Beijing Launches Theme Desert During the “Picasso – Birth of a Genius” Exhibition in Beijing

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As the strategic partner of UCCA, NUO Hotel Beijing is launching the jointly-created theme dessert during the exhibition period of “Picasso – Birth of a Genius” in Beijing.

Jasmine Peach Cake

Inspired by Picasso’s artistic genius, the main dessert has a rich fruit flavour and white chocolate mousse filling, together with edible homemade cookie brushes and jam paint on the palette, giving you a warm and fun-filled colourful afternoon.

The dessert is available from 15 June to 1 September 2019 at Lobby Lounge.

Art is part of NUO’s DNA. Upon entering the hotel, you can immediately feel the artistic ambience and discover bespoke and exquisite art works of different styles created by many of China’s prominent and upcoming artists. Be ready to be inspired by art at every turn!

To coincide with the 55th anniversary of the establishment of ChinaFrance diplomatic relations, “Picasso  Birth of a Genius”the most significant exhibition of work by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) ever to take place in China-will be presented at UCCA between 15 June and 1 September 2019. The exhibition, which offers a comprehensive overview of the first three decades of Picasso’s career, is drawn from the collection of the Musee national Picasso-Paris. There are 103 works in total, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper, etc.

Taken together, these works realised between 1893 and 1921, tell the story of the creative formation and evolution of the most daring, original, and prolific talent in the history of modern art. The exhibition, curated by Emilia Philippot, curator of the Musee national Picasso-Paris, has been conceived and organised specifically for this presentation at UCCA and in China.

The three decades under consideration here were a period of artistic discovery and ferment for the young Picasso, whose style underwent numerous changes, from the academic realism of his student days to this post-war return to classical style after the great Cubist adventure; from the alternately somber and carnivalesque motifs of the Blue and Rose periods to the primitivist-explorations which ultimately led to the multiple phases of Cubism. Accordingly, while reaffirming the coexistence of several seemingly contradictory languages in Picasso’s works, the exhibition will put some artworks from the artist’s personal collection into dialogue with his own productions, thereby highlighting the painter’s affinities with the works of his predecessors or contemporaries.

“For UCCA, this exhibition marks the realisation of a dream we have held since our opening in 2007, to present not only recent developments in contemporary art but to examine the very underpinnings of the contemporary by showing modern masters,” remarked Philip Tinari, UCCA Director and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that the story of Picasso is relevant to our audience in China, as individuals here continue to answer the challenges of creativity, originality, and innovation.”

For the Musee national Picasso-Paris, the exhibition marks the most substantive presentation of its collection in China to date, and the first since Laurent Le Bon assumed the directorship in 2014. He “is pleased with this new stage in the international cooperation policy led by the Musee national Picasso-Paris.”

Located close to the 798 Art District and as the strategic partner of UCCA, NUO Hotel Beijing is appointed to provide exclusive accommodation for distinguished VIP guests and the opening VIP dinner of the exhibition, and a dedicated theme dessert has been created jointly with UCCA to commemorate the grand occasion.

 

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