The world of art does not exist separated or excluded from other events taking place around the world. Some tragic developments in November proved that political and social events have a huge impact on art and art market. Unfortunately, we witnessed several tragic happenings during the month of November – a horrible terrorist attacks in Paris, attack in Beirut, shutting down a Russian civilian plane, and so on. Apart from affecting all societies hit by this horrible attacks, they also influenced the developments in the world of art. The famous Paris Photo art fair was closed down early due to attacks in Paris. However, as it was mentioned in the announcement for the SupaKitch and Damien Vignaux exhibition at Kolly Gallery: life has to go on, as well as art.
One of the most interesting art events in November was an exciting New York auction week. When you say that $828 million worth of art was sold in span of just few days and at just five sales in New York, your jaw is in danger of falling to the floor (this is ArtTactic’s data, based on sales at the Post-War & Contemporary Evening sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips, as well as sales of contemporary art from Sotheby’s The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman: Masterworks and Christie’s The Artist’s Muse: A Curated Evening Sale). But, it’s not all black and white; as you will see if you read our analysis of the auction week. Our art news department was busy as always – a big museum robbery in Italy, art pieces looted by the Nazis found in a German museum, secret words found bellow the famous Malevich’s Black Square, and so on; but what marked November as well were preparations for the Miami art week.
November was truly exiting month! Scroll down and take a look at its highlights!
November New York Auction Week
The most exciting and interesting auctions took place between November 4 and November 12, 2015 at Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
he time has come to sum things up, concerning big auctions that happened in November. This time, we have a very special occasion, since Mr. Domenico Filipponi, chief for art advisory services of UniCredit bank, has joined us with the analysis of what has happened during Post-War and Contemporary sales in New York at three biggest auction houses in the world – Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips.
Ok, when you say that $828 million worth of art was sold in span of just few days and at just five sales in New York, your jaw is in danger of falling to the floor (this is ArtTactic’s data, based on sales at the Post-War & Contemporary Evening sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips, as well as sales of contemporary art from Sotheby’s The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman: Masterworks and Christie’s The Artist’s Muse: A Curated Evening Sale). Yet, when we put things in perspective, they start to look differently. This total amount of money was actually almost 25 percent lower than the amount of money gathered at the same three auction houses one year ago, in November 2014, and almost 30 percent lower than the result from May 2015. “This shows that the market will not necessarily go up all the time. It is the market’s way of ‘saying’ that it is time to stop pushing high estimates. My opinion is that the results were not too bad, but the expectations were exaggerated”, says Mr. Filipponi.
A Symbol of Piece for Paris after Deadly Attacks
Deadly terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 people.
A simple, yet powerful illustration by young French artist Jean Jullien became a symbol of solidarity after the deadly terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13th. A drawing of the Eiffel tower circled and turned into a peace sign took over the Internet world, accompanied by the Peace For Paris message, as an emblem of support for the people in France who are undergoing what turned out to be the deadliest attack since World War Two. Jean Jullien’s Pray For Paris drawing has already had more than 39,000 retweets and 105,000 likes on Instagram, and many celebrities and political figures have re-posted it on their own social network profiles to express their condolences.
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10 Miami Art Fairs You Have to Visit in December
A dozen of amazing art fairs will take place in Miami in December.
For world’s top gallerists, artists, curators, collectors and enthusiasts, Miami is the place to be in the first week of December. For the occasion of Miami Art Week, led by the biggest art fair out there that is Art Basel, the city of Miami, but also Miami Beach, become two enormous art venues, offering programming so rich it requires some serious planning. It is a time which puts a crown on an entire year of artistic production, and a time when the cities’ own museums and galleries put on view their very best artwork. Filled with content, parties involving many celebrities, unexpected happenings and pop-up exhibitions, more than twenty events will take place during Art Basel and Miami Art Week 2015, scattered from South Beach over to Wynwood and Design District. Here, we picked out ten of them you definitely should not miss, if you’re interested in best-quality contemporary art.
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Pop Art Movement
Pop Art Movement again very popular.
Soon after its emergence, Pop Art became really popular, and one of the leading art movements of the era. During the first years of the 1960s, first major exhibitions of the Pop Art Movement took place. In 1960, Martha Jackson showed installations and assemblages, New Media – New Forms featured Hans Arp, Kurt Schwitters, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine and May Wilson. 1961 was the year of Martha Jackson’s spring show, Environments, Situations, Spaces. Andy Warhol held his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in July 1962 at Irving Blum’s Ferus Gallery, where he showed 32 paintings of Campell’s soup cans, one for every flavor. Finally, Roy Lichtenstein’s work and its use of parody, probably defines the basic premise of Pop Art better than any other.
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The World of Alternative Erotica
Amazing Erotic Art of Tasya van Ree.
Compared to Annie Hall and Georgia O’Keeffe for her particular fashion choices and described as “the child of Helmut Newton and Ellen von Unwerth” when it comes to her photography style. From this, one thing’s for sure – Tasya van Ree lacks no talent, so whether she is reviewed as an artist, a vogue icon or even a former surfer, she’s enough of an interesting character. She is someone with particular taste in everything she does, la bohème of the West Coast, a big hat lover, mysterious and elegant, just like her work. Tasya van Ree is sometimes described as a celebrity photographer, mainly because sometimes her subjects were, indeed, some famous faces (like Michelle Rodriguez and Kate Moennig), but the truth is that her visions strip them entirely from their Hollywood status and turns them into simple, honest models, set in raw, carefree environments that ooze with imagination and passion. Perhaps the best way to get inside the creative mind of this talented photographer is through her works, but first let’s take a look at what we do know about her.
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Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland
The exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 will be on view until March, At Brooklyn Museum.
Coney Island, famous borough of Brooklyn, New York, has always been an important part of American culture – culture in the broadest sense of that word. From its first residential buildings, to the well-known theme park – both New Yorkers and tourists always visit this magical neighborhood, like they want to feel what America used to be, what America is today, and what America might be in the future. Coney Island is an area with an indelible impact on American Culture. Of course, the unique spirit of Coney Island has inspired artists for decades. And that spirit will come alive when Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008opens at the Brooklyn Museum. From painting to photography – Brooklyn Museum will be a place to visit in the coming period to feel the unique Coney Island spirit.
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The Electric Breeze Exhibition in Rome
The imaginative works by Nosego in his Electric Breeze solo show will be on view until January 2016, at Galleria Varsi in Rome.
Is there a better way to conclude a full year of successful exhibition programming and enter the next than with a true celebration of artistic freedom and vivid imagination? The surreal imagery of the illustrious young artist Nosego seems like a perfect choice and you’ll be happy to know that the impressive line of Nosego’s recent works is coming to Italy. The Electric Breeze exhibition scheduled for the last week of November is the first Italian solo show for Nosego, the artist from Philadelphia recognized internationally for his colorful phantasmagoric representation of animals. The exhibition will be hosted by the renowned Galleria Varsi in Rome.
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