Art Basel Hong Kong
“I can assure you that the first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong promises many discoveries and delights” - Art Basel director Marc Spiegler
The inaugural edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, which celebrated its champagne-fuelled VIP opening yesterday, boasts a fabulous array of international art, highlighting the city’s new role as a global arts hub.
Check out our first impressions from the four-day art extravaganza that is Art Basel Hong Kong!
Art Basel Hong Kong
Hong Kong is taking center stage on the global art circuit this week as art-loving billionaires descend on the city for Art Basel Hong Kong.
The fair is offering an impressive roster of over 250 established to emerging galleries hailing from over 35 different countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Modern Art Desserts
We sat down with Caitlin Freeman, pastry chef and author of Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art.
New York Auctions
Sotheby’s New York evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art marked the start of this year’s big spring auctions. Artworks by Cézanne, Braque, and Léger beat expectations, with the sale totaling an impressive US$230 million. The top lot last night was Paul Cezanne’s 1889 work, Les Pommes, which, estimated at US$25 to $35 million, was then sold to a telephone bidder for US$37 million.
Rapper LL Cool J, Donald L. Bryant Jr., and a few members of the Nahmad family (David Nahmad was absent) were among the crowd.
Rival Christie’s New York Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale is happening today.
Spanish artist Joan Miró’s powerful 1969 work, Le Matador.
Impressionist & Modern Art
It’s a very important week for Impressionist and Modern Art lovers, with Sotheby’s and Christie’s hosting their Spring Auctions in New York. Soutine’s Le Petit Patissier, (The Little Pastry Chef) carries the highest estimate at Christie’s evening sale on Wednesday, at US$16–22 million. The auction house hopes it will set a record for the Russian-born French artist.
However, Andre Derain’s 1905 Portrait de Madame Matisse au kimono, estimated at US$15–20 million, will probably be one of the main attractions. Derain’s painting of Matisse’s wife is “the most important portrait” ever auctioned by the artist and “an unparalleled collecting opportunity for fine art connoisseurs worldwide,” according to Christie’s.
Get a sneak peek at the entire Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Auction.
Top 300 Artists
Check out the top 300 most popular Modern and Contemporary artists around the world right now.
Pictured: Banksy’s Because I’m Worthless
We are thrilled to be partnering with Art13 London, London’s newest art fair for Modern and Contemporary Art.
Art13 London will bring together 129 galleries from 30 countries around the world, many of whom will be exhibiting in London for the first time. This Modern and Contemporary art fair promises to be London’s premier event of the season.
Also, Fortnum & Mason will be creating a bar and restaurant especially for the fair, in case you fancy a glass of champagne, some lunch, or their world famous afternoon tea!
Take a look at some of the galleries we’re looking forward to seeing at Art13 London!
Main de Rodin
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) is one of the foremost French sculptors of the 19th century, celebrated for his expressive and modern depictions of the human form in bronze and other materials. In the pictured work, he has created a hand holding up a miniature figure bent over in repose.
Modigliani’s Doomed Lover
A Modigliani painting of his lover sold Tuesday night for 26.9 million pounds (US $42.1 million), the most highly valued of 74 lots at Christie’s International in London.
The painting is of Amadeo Modigliani’s common-law wife. When the Italian painter died destitute, at the age of 35, in 1920, a grief-stricken Hebuterne committed suicide the following day, killing their unborn child.
The work was bought by a Christie’s Russian-speaking client services representative, bidding on the telephone on behalf of a client, against opposition from at least three others, according to Bloomberg.
Browse all of the results from Christie’s record-breaking Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale.
Wassily Kandinsky was an early 20th-century Russian painter whose work is most closely characterized by pure Abstraction. Both of the artist’s parents were musicians, and Kandinsky himself played both the piano and cello from a young age.
Ohne Titel (pictured) emphasizes the interplay of shapes and colors to express the emotional tenor of a musical score, highlighting the influence this upbringing had on his art. According to Nina Kandinsky, this work is also a study for the embroidery on a dress designed by Nadezhad Petrovna Lamanova, a famous Russian avant-garde dress designer.
Wassily Kandinsky’s Ohne Titel is part of our Modern Art Sale on artnet Auctions.
Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week, the first week of December when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators, and artists descend upon Miami.
Famous for its stylish gallery-like decor and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases some of the best in Modern and Contemporary Art from more than 125 international art galleries.
In an adjacent pavilion, the fair will present CONTEXT, a curated group of 50 galleries focused on the promotion of emerging and mid-career artists.
Preview what Art Miami has to offer.
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
Some weekend reading:
In The $12 Million Stuffed Shark, Don Thompson explores the money, lust, and, status of the art world in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work valuable while others are ignored.
Drawing on interviews with past and present executives of auction houses and galleries, artists, and the buyers who move the market, Thompson takes the reader on a journey of discovery through the peculiar world of Modern Art.
Find it on Amazon.
Yet another very compelling reason to hit Art Basel Miami Beach:
The inaugural UR1 Music & Art Festival featuring Kanye West, The Offspring, and Lou Reed will launch during the most influential art week in the country, blending music with world-class artists Russell Young, Ultra Violet, and Isaiah Seret!
Set to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, 34 established and emerging Contemporary and Modern artists will explore performance, film, new media, sculpture, street art, painting, and more with 30 site-specific installations.
Record for Kandinsky
Christie’s kicked off New York’s major fall auction season Wednesday by selling its top lot, Claude Monet’s Nymphéas, to an anonymous American collector for US$43.8 million.
Wassily Kandinsky’s 1909 Study for Improvisation 8 was sold to a European collector for US$23 million, a new record for Kandinsky.
Check out more results from Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.