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Maastricht, 12 April 2016
This year, TEFAF welcomed 270 dealers and 70,000 visitors — a slight drop compared to the 75,000 who flocked to the fair’s alleys in 2015. Among these visitors, 254 museums are said to have been represented.
Tribal art was also well represented. Lucas Ratton, taking part for the third time, was “impressed by the concentration, both quantitative and qualitative, of important and institutional clients.” The young dealer also appreciated one innovation: “This year, the four tribal art stands gathered together. It’s a wonderful idea. And we weren’t the only ones affected: the distribution of stands was reconsidered and this brought new life to the fair.” The gallery namely presented a spectacular rambaramp figure from the end of the 19th century to the start of the 20th century: an ancestral statue obtained in situ by a French collector from the Malekula Islands in Papua New Guinea. “There are three at the Quai Branly. I wanted to recreate the scenography of the space.” The dealer expressed [.../...]See more
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
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
Paris, 30 November 2015
Surveying the tribal art market from 2000 to 2015, a recently released Artkhade and Art Analytics report revealed exceptionally positive results for the category, documenting a growing trend towards multi-million-dollar auction sales and the increasing domination of the market by high-end works.
The study amassed a wide range of data to document tribal art’s growth as a sale category—though it still lags far behind the dominant Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary art segments of the market. Here, we have selected seven key figures from the report’s pages to explore what they tell us about the future of this “niche” market.
The tribal art market witnessed record sales in 2014, achieving €92.1 million from works sold at auction. Demonstrating the upward trajectory of the market, this result well surpassed the €52.8 million sold just one year previous, in 2013, never mind the €13.7 million of tribal art sold in 2001.
The year 2006 stands out [.../...]See more