Online sales platform Auctionata confirms its leadership

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Berlin, 8 April 2016

Online

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, [.../...]

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Tags: Pre-Columbian Art, Asian Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Art Market


Are we in an art market bubble?

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency
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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 [.../...]

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Tags: Asian Art, Native American Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Art Market


Christie’s announces the arrival of Bruno Claessens as European head of African and Oceanic Art

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 18 March 2016

Christie's

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.

Tags: Oceanic Art, African Art, Events, Art Market


Revelation of exhibitors at TEFAF Showcase 2016

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Maastricht, 1st March 2016

Révélation

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 [.../...]

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Tags: Asian Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Fairs & Shows


Sotheby's announces two sales for the Sub-Saharan statue collection of Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

New York, 6 February 2016

Sotheby's

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 [.../...]

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Tags: African Art, Art Market


First edition of the Bourgogne Tribal Show

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Besanceuil, 26 January 2016

Première

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).

Tags: Aboriginal Art, Native American Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Asian Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Fairs & Shows


61st Edition of the Brussels Art Fair

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Brussels, 22 January 2016

61st

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. [.../...]

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Tags: African Art, Oceanic Art, Asian Art, Native American Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Fairs & Shows


Museum of the future: tool of soft power?

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 7 January 2016

Museum

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.

  • To start with, how do you define the notion of soft power?

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 [.../...]

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Tags: African Art, Oceanic Art, Asian Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Aboriginal Art, Exhibitions, Events


The Desire of Transparency in the Art Market

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 5 January 2016

The

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 [.../...]

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Tags: Native American Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Asian Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Events


Mu.ZEE explores twentieth century African art

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Oostende, 15 December 2015

Mu.ZEE

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 [.../...]

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Tags: African Art, Exhibitions