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Hopi Sacred Masks Auctioned In Paris Despite Protests

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion

PARIS, June 11 (Reuters) - A collection of sacred masks and statues belonging to the Native American Hopi tribe have gone under the hammer at a Pari...

To All News Agencies: Obscene Auction Results Are Not Art News

John Seed | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
John Seed

This morning's news is full of reports about the sale of a Picasso painting for $179 million dollars. These reports are dominating the "Arts" pages of the world's newspapers and the "Arts" verticals of many websites. However, this is not an "Arts" story: it is a Business story.

This Picasso Painting Sold For A Record-Breaking $179 Million

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA and ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million on Monday, a...

Top 5 Auctions This May in New York

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
ARTPHAIRE

After a record year for sales in 2014 -- artnet reported that the global fine art auction reached $16.1 billion -- expectations are high for the upcoming modern and contemporary sales in New York. This May, the auctions will bring an influx of art buyers from around the world to the city.

Art and e-Commerce; Sales Are Booming

Richard Finger | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Richard Finger

The online auction arena is rapidly growing. For Christie's it offers opportunity to be a more full-service well-rounded company. The numbers of players competing in this space seemingly expands, like our universe.

Behold, The 50 Most Expensive Chinese Artists On The Market

artnet | artnet News | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts

This post originally appeared on artnet News. by Elizabeth Manus With help from artnet's Analytics team and the artnet Fine Art & Desi...

The Art Money 20: Which Artists Have Performed Best At Auction Since 1995?

artnet | artnet News | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. by Eileen Kinsella and Jonathan Yee Source: artnet Analytics. Which blue chip artists hav...

Midcentury in Paris: A Visual Map of Modern Artists

Hannah McWilliams | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Hannah McWilliams

Much like the 1970s punk rock scene belonged to New York and Los Angeles was the birthplace of 1950s film noir, no locale is more synonymous with Modernism than Paris. Aspiring and established artists alike flocked from around the world to access the creative energy.

Why Is Art So Expensive?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts

This article originally appeared on Slate. This question originally appeared on Quora, the best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a grea...

Top 5 Contemporary Art Auctions This Fall

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts
ARTPHAIRE

Contemporary art auctions have caused quite a stir in recent years with buyers bidding record-breaking numbers. For those who want in on the action, these five fall auctions are not to be missed.

What Makes Art Sell? 10 Questions That Establish the Value of a Painting

Philip Hook | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Philip Hook

Two years ago a version of Edvard Munch's The Scream fetched $120 million at auction. Last year a Francis Bacon portrait reached $143 million. To the outside world, the pricing of art is a mystery.

Collecting Art: Philanthropy or Self-Glorification?

Olivier Berggruen | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Olivier Berggruen

The last few years have ushered in a new era in the craze for contemporary art, with prices reaching such dizzying heights that many feel inclined to predict its collapse. Yet, the bubble shows no sign of bursting. Art buying has become the favorite playground of a super-rich elite isolated from the economic realities that shape the lives of most humans.

Recommended Reading No. 1

Matthew Israel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Matthew Israel

Akin to sources listed on syllabi below the required reading lists that are usually more interesting than the required readings. Usually five suggestions. Subjects covered: art, art history, art education, and art and technology.

Bull Market: Today's Billionaire Egomaniacs Have Turned the Art World Into a High-Stakes Poker Game -- But the Loss Is Ours

Jay Fielden | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Jay Fielden

What is clear is that against the elegant backdrop of such noblesse oblige is a growing breed of money changers whose idea of cultural enrichment involves buying and selling works of art as if they were trading them on the New York Stock Exchange.

18 Unbelievably Expensive Artworks That Sold For Millions This Year

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

This year was a year of art sale records. Records for individual artists, records for living artists, records for American artists and records for ite...

The Story of Doris

Oliver Barker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Oliver Barker

On our visit to the hospital we met a woman with an extraordinary story named Doris. Undiagnosed for many years, Doris had lost two of her children to HIV. Through Global Fund programs, Doris now receives the medication she needs to lead a healthy, normal life.

Ballooning Art Prices Become 'Competitions Over Whose Penis Is Larger'

Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts

A massive three-part painting by Francis Bacon sold for $142 million this week, prompting a deluge of art market speculation. Is the art market headin...

8 Steps To Collecting Contemporary Art

Paddle8 | Posted 12.07.2013 | Arts
Paddle8

At once celebratory and elegiac, McEwen's art is sometimes an imitator of his life. He's now a key presence in the art world, as is his work at contemporary art auctions. Here are eight steps to collecting Adam McEwen.

LongHouse Reserve White Night 2013 Summer Benefit

Liz Markus | Posted 09.24.2013 | Arts
Liz Markus

LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit museum and garden founded by legendary textile designer, Jack Lenor Larsen.

'Iranian Society Has Shown That Art Can Be An Investment'

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 07.12.2013 | Arts

TEHRAN, Iran -- Some arrived in Porsches or BMWs, which were whisked away by valet parking attendants. The hotel lobby was awash with the celebrated a...

You Won't Believe What This Is Worth!

Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts

If your heart pounds for the dark perils of Gotham City, this upcoming auction is right up your alley. Two hugely influential Batman issues are headin...

In South Asia, a Twist on Picasso's Legacy

Austin Considine | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Austin Considine

In 1907, Pablo Picasso painted what many consider to be the most important painting of the 20th century, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. It depicted the female nude in a way it had never been done before.

CEO Buys Historic Document For Record Price

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2013 | Business

(Corrects day to Tuesday, not Monday) By Daniel Trotta NEW YORK, June 25 (Reuters) - The chief executive of U.S. privat...

Andy Warhol, Master Ad Man

Austin Considine | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
Austin Considine

It's been 26 years since Andy Warhol died, but the Pop Art innovator's imprimatur still moves product like none other. Here are a few Christie's favorites from recent years, accompanied by quotes from the master illustrator himself.

The Warholian Questionnaire: Jackie Beat

Austin Considine | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Austin Considine

Roseanne Barr called her "the greatest drag queen on earth." The New York Times warned that "small children may be frightened" of her ribald live performances. Both were probably right. Naturally, she was a perfect fit to answer one of our questionnaires