The Auctions Database of Ancient Arts from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
Berlin, 8 April 2016
On 8 March 2016, the online sales platform Auctionata announced a Gross Merchandise Value of $90 million (€81 million) in 2015, in other words a 165 % leap marking its strengthened leadership in the online auction sector. The company envisages developing new sales formats and increasing broadcasting times for its auctions in 2016.
Auctionata, set up in Berlin in 2012, is based in Berlin, New York and London. The bulk of its turnover comes from Berlin (80%) while New York and London represent 20 % — the house is however strengthening its position in the United States. It ran 249 auctions in 2015. Its progress is attributed to the launch of new processes, allowing sales to be held from two or three different locations. Auctionata holds the online sale record for a 17th century porcelain vase sold for €875,000 ($951,000).
According to Alexander Zacke, chairman and founder of Auctionata: “With 200,000 customers from 199 countries and several distinct yet complementary livestream formats, [.../...]See more
Since the market crash in 2008, the term “bubble”, applied in an economic context, has become part of everyday vocabulary. The analogy of a market growing so big, like a bubble, filled with air only waiting to burst, is almost irresistibly charming. Economic bubbles happen all the time, all over the world.
The most discussed possible bubble in recent years has been the art market. Critics, ranging from economists, journalists to opinionated folk, claim that the art market is a bubble and that when it bursts, it will be ugly. Maybe this talk started exactly the same day the biggest bubble in almost a century started bursting: 15 September 2008. On this day, one of the biggest Wall Street firms, Lehmann Brothers, went bankrupt, signalling the real depth of the crisis the world was about to face. On the other side of the Atlantic, Sotheby’s held a one-man auction, with works from Damien Hirst only commissioned directly from the artist, raising £111 million. This is an almost unbelievable coincidence: one of the most controversial artists [.../...]See more
Paris, 18 March 2016
Christie’s has entrusted its African and Oceanic Art department in Europe to Bruno Claessens.
After growing up in Antwerp, Belgium, Bruno Claessens worked as a researcher into African art at Yale University’s Van Rijn Archives. Having published widely in the domain, he is preparing a new book, Baule Monkeys, to be published this year by Fonds Mercator. The work of Bruno Claessens is notably publicised by his blog on African arts.
Working between Paris and Brussels, Bruno Claessens will be collaborating with Susan Kloman, the department’s global director, and consultant Pierre Amrouche. His appointment is expected to inject new dynamism into the department while keeping up the fine sales results established in Paris. On the occasion of the TEFAF, the department is putting together an upper-end selection, to be placed on sale in New York on 12 May.
Maastricht, 1st March 2016
The five exhibitors selected for the Showcase section of TEFAF 2016, in Maastricht, have been revealed.
For this section intending to reveal new galleries on the big international fair in Maastricht, five exhibitors from France, the UK and the Netherlands have been kept. This selection consists of the Galerie Laurent Dodier, based in Val Saint-Père, in France, specializing in tribal art, the Oscar Graf Gallery, based in Paris, specialized in furnishings and works of French, British and American art dating from 1870-1910, Kunstconsult, based in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, specializes in Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism and twentieth century design, Onno van Seggelen Fine Arts, in Rotterdam, which sells a large selection of master drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century and finally Benjamin Proust Fine Art Limited, in London, specializing in sculpture from antiquity to the twentieth century, especially from the Renaissance and the Baroque period.
Created in 2008, the Showcase [.../...]See more
New York, 6 February 2016
The collection of Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm will be offered in a two-part sale series organised by Sotheby’s: first in New York, on 7 May 2016, then in Paris, on 22 June 2016. The entire collection comprises 24 works worth an estimated $10 million.
Gathered over almost fifty years since 1966, some works in the collection have been loaned to major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum for African Art (formerly the Center for African Art), the National Museum for African Art, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The Malcolms also supported the acquisition funds of major institutions.
Jean Fritts, Sotheby’s worldwide head for African and Oceanic art, makes the following statement about the collection: “The collection of Daniel and Marian Malcolm represents a lifetime of true connoisseurship in the finest tradition of our field. They assembled a wide collection of the highest quality as [.../...]See more
Besanceuil, 26 January 2016
From 26 to 29 May 2016, the first edition of the Bourgogne Tribal Show (Besanceuil, Saône and Loire) will be held.
The event is being organized by four French dealers specialized in tribal arts: Laurent Dodier, Bruno Frey, Jacques Lebrat and Anthony JP Meyer. The objective of the show? “To escape from the established events on tribal arts and to return to the pleasure of sharing, conviviality and exchange over art.”
Some twenty dealers are expected to attend the event. Among them, the Galerie Didier Claes (Brussels), Ben Hunter Tribal Art (London), the Galerie Ratton (Paris) and Galerie Alexis Renard (Paris).
Brussels, 22 January 2016
From 23 to 31 January 2016, the BRAFA- Brussels Art Fair- will welcome 137 galleries, including 20 new exhibitors.
Founded in 1956, BRAFA is one of the most prestigious art and antique fairs in Europe. The exhibition is installed in the enormous space of Tour & Taxis, and offers a variety of both antiquities and twenty-first century works including archeology, Primitive and pre-Columbian Art, Asian art, jewellery, ancient and modern paintings, contemporary art, sculpture, tapestries, comics and photography etc. With the support of the floral festival, Floralies of Ghent, Guest of Honour of this 61st edition, the canopies of Tour & Taxis will resemble a greenhouse, in which all the different artistic styles and eras will be mingled together.
At the BRAFA ART TALKS conference, museum curators, collectors, restorers and experts from the art market will share their knowledge and expertise. “The Brafa wants more than ever to maintain its eclecticism, mix its treasures, and demonstrate the richness of its blends. [.../...]See more
Paris, 7 January 2016
In 1990, the American professor Joseph Nye developed, in his book Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, the idea of “soft power”. Used in the field of international relations, this concept describes the ability of a political actor to influence indirectly – by means of structural, cultural or ideological – and without coercion, the behaviour of other actors.
Twenty-five years later, Gail Dexter Lord -co-founder and co-president of Lord Cultural Resources– and Ngaire Blankenberg – senior consultant at Lord Cultural Resources -proposed an update of the concept of soft power, by operating in particular a displacement of its scope (Cities, Museums and Soft Power, The AAM Press, 2015). Art Media Agency met Gail Dexter Lord for more information.
Soft power means the will and ability to influence people and cause behaviour through peaceful and cultural means. It is opposed to hard power, more coercive.
Today, we think that it is [.../...]See more
Paris, 5 January 2016
Fraud, money laundering, trafficking in cultural property, tax optimization, artificial increases of prices, confidentiality and anonymity… many dangerous hurdles, attributed to the art market, that for many elude to rules that have become an imperative necessity. Among the scandals involving diverse spheres of personalities and perplexed records in auction sales, we can equally cite a loss in standardisation and harmonization in the legal international disposals and especially the specificities of a lost market by subjectivity – justifying an irregularity and exaggeration of prices. The whole thing is encircled by an opaqueness and rigour silence. So which solutions are implemented today, for more clarity on the market that condenses as many singular facts?
The unexplored darkness of the tired and shaking art market
The USA Today, after the success of the autumn sales in New York, headlined: “Has art become a criminal enterprise?” Soaring prices, sometimes verging on irrational, leaves some [.../...]See more
Oostende, 15 December 2015
Mu.ZEE, in Oostende, has collaborated with the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, both in Belgium, to present “European Ghosts”, until 3 January 2016.
“European Ghosts” examines the Western perception of African art in the twentieth century by exploring documents, texts and, particularly, the first photographs and publications of objects and masks from Africa. More than 45 works have been selected from the collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren. The museums based their decisions on early reproductions, descriptions and observations made by photographers, writers and ethnographers, as well as upon previous exhibitions about African art.
The exhibition also examines various presentation models and methods of design; from the ‘universal exhibition’ in Brussels in 1897 to the present day. Patrick Wokmeni has photographed masks and objects from the Tervuren collection for European Ghosts. Curator Phillip Van den Bossche, and visual artist Koenraad Dedobbeleer, say [.../...]See more