Trends in sight

Significant trends in Contemporary Art, Art Market, Art & Business are identified and described.

Et si l’artiste devenait lui aussi un commanditaire ?
Alberto Burri, Ex Seccatoi TabaccoContemporary Art | (Being Translated) Le marché de l’art a évolué vers un écosystème complexe en perpétuel mouvement, terriblement anxiogène pour les artistes qui mettent en place les moyens pour s’affranchir des systèmes de marché influencés par les […]
Read more » | 08/10/20
Que révèle l'explosion des ventes caritatives en ligne en période de Coronavirus ?
Claire Tabouret, ‘‘Les Débutantes (bleu de minuit)‘‘, 2014, adjugé 207 000 euros (est. €100.000 - 150.000)Art Market | (Being Translated) Pendant que le phénomène inédit de la pandémie COVID19 se propage dans le monde et bouleverse les rendez-vous internationaux de foires majeures et de ventes aux enchères, les ventes caritatives en ligne prennent le relais du […]
Read more » | 21/04/20
The banana and the "duct tape"
Maurizio Cattelan, Comedian, 2019Contemporary Art | As soon as it appeared, a yellow banana taped to the wall with silver adhesive tape, it caused a stir on social media and in the press given its $ 120,000 price tag. The work signed by Maurizio Cattelan, an edition of three copies entitled Comedian, was […]
Read more » | 17/01/20
FIAC Week: Paris dares with French artists
Maurice Blaussyld (2002), Espace inaccessible (2010)
Vue de l’exposition « Futur, ancien, fugitif », Palais de TokyoArt Market | In the excitement of the FIAC 2019 week at the Grand Palais and on FIAC Projects, at the Palais de Tokyo and at the Salon Galeristes, a stir is being witnessed around French artists little known on the international scenes. […]
Read more » | 29/10/19
Corporate residencies, towards a "productive" patronage model
Emmanuel Régent, Le naufrage de l’Espérance (La mer de glace), détail, 2019Art & Business | The PACT (e) program, initiated and designed in 2018 by Sandrina Martins, director of the Carreau du Temple, renews the practice of artist residencies hosted by businesses. In 2019, it translated into the first dedicated biennale, formalized an active […]
Read more » | 22/07/19
Venice Biennale and 2019 Basel Fair: variations on the same theme
Tomás Saraceno, Aero(s)cene, 2019Art Market | International biennials, which traditionally define prospective lines of creation and societal evolutions, are becoming increasingly similar to market places. Conversely, the major fairs, whose primary vocation is trading, navigate cultural waves.
In […]

Read more » | 25/06/19
(RED) Auctions - a charity sale that gathers the market’s powerful
Larry Gagosian, Theaster Gates, Bono, et David Adjaye lors de The (RED) Auction en collaboration avec Sotheby’s et Gagosian au Moore Building le 5 Decembre 2018 à Miami, FlorideArt Market | Since 2008, Sotheby’s organizes (RED) Auctions, a series of charity sales aimed at raising funds to support HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. The same guideline is followed in each edition, internationally renowned personalities (artists, designers […]
Read more » | 11/04/19
Art Paris, The tendencies
Esther Ferrer, ‘‘Mains féministes‘‘ #01, série Le livre des mains, 1977Art Market | In line with current societal mutations, Art Paris has sharpened its local-global identity by following a specific process that allows the encounter of international artistic realities within French and European contexts. The 2019 edition deepens the […]
Read more » | 27/03/19
The House of Ruinart tells its story through art
Collaboration Vik Muniz & Ruinart, 2019Art & Business | Ruinart, the first established House of Champagne, invests almost its entire communication budget in art commissions - giving artists carte blanche - and in the patronage of major art fairs. The House’s story-telling is drawn by masters’ hands […]
Read more » | 26/03/19
Forensic Architecture: extension of the field of architecture
The Architecture of Hellfire Romeo: Drone strike in Miranshah, Pakistan, 2012VIRTUAL•TIMEContemporary Art | Forensic Architecture is an atypical research agency founded in 2011 and based at Goldsmiths College in London. Its founder Eyal Weizman explains that the term forensic is to be understood by getting back to the Latin forensis, « what pertains […]
Read more » | 14/02/19
The Sao Paulo Biennial intertwines cultural visions and generations
Vue générale du Pavillon de la 33e Biennale de Sao PauloContemporary Art | Created in 1951, the 33rd Sao Paulo Biennial, the largest one in South-America, went beyond conventional codes by focusing mainly on the work of seven artists-curators. The edition entitled Afinidades Afetivas (Affective affinities), was curated by […]
Read more » | 28/01/19
What is digital drawing ?
David Hockney, untitled 918 & untitled 922, 2011
iPad drawingVIRTUAL•TIMEContemporary Art | « I was amazed that it was the telephone which can bring back drawing. I thought that was very funny ! » notes David Hockney, who took hold of the iphone and then the ipad for drawing almost as early as they appeared (2007 and 2010), and recovered with […]
Read more » | 12/01/19
How dœs an artist work in virtual reality?
Jeff Koons, Phryne avec Acute Art, œuvre en réalité virtuelle•TIMEContemporary Art | The technological transformations specific to virtual reality open the way for the first artistic experiments. Collaborations between artists and specialized service providers are developing, although the cost of production remains very high. From a […]
Read more » | 14/12/18
Paris Photo 2018 embraces the scope of Fine Arts
David Hockney - Focus Moving, 2018Contemporary Art | Since it established itself at the Grand Palais, Paris Photo has focused on developing every aspect of the photographic medium, assuming its extent with exigency. This vision is bearing fruits nowadays, the “Fine arts” quality of the fair seems to […]
Read more » | 27/11/18
When an event’s marketing manipulates the market and information
L’oeuvre ‘‘Girl with Balloon‘‘ adjugée 1.185.000 € lors de la vente Sotheby’s Londres du 5 octobre 2018Art Market | While Christie’s advertised the “first” artificial intelligence artwork produced by the Obvious collective, Sotheby’s presented a “guaranteed event” with the sale of an artwork by Banksy that “self-destroyed in public”. The issue : the […]
Read more » | 31/10/18
How dœs an artist work with artificial intelligence ?
Vera Molnar, Square Structures,1989VIRTUAL•TIMEContemporary Art | As Christie’s auctioned for the first time (October 2018) a painting created using artificial intelligence by a French collective called Obvious, the magic expression is on every mouth. What is art by artificial intelligence?
Art by artificial […]

Read more » | 15/10/18
Frieze, FIAC, Paris Photo: the trends to know
Sanja Iveković, REČENICA (The Sentence), 1979Contemporary Art | The three major fairs inaugurating the international season feature a cultural program that joins a vast movement of rewriting art history in line with societal changes in the West. We offer an overview of these trends. […]
Read more » | 28/09/18
Data Design, making the invisible intelligible
L’application Architecture of RadioVIRTUAL•TIMEContemporary Art | « Data » - today the term refers to any digitally recorded activity, composed of the computer flows generated by everyone on the Internet. This active memory is invisible. For the past twenty years, data design has been working to make data visible, to […]
Read more » | 13/09/18
Luxury, Art, Charity - a perfect synergy
Vente aux enchères menée par Alexandre Millon lors de la première édition de recto/verso en 2015Art & Business | Concomitantly with their commercial activities, there is a multiplication of philanthropic actions associating luxury brands with art and charity sales. These initiatives, whether they be punctual or regular, are part of real strategies. The reasons for […]
Read more » | 09/09/18
Will virtual reality museums transform the experience of the work of art?
Musée virtuel dslcollectionVIRTUAL•TIMEContemporary Art | The recent years have seen the emergence of virtual reality museums. Private collections are pioneers in this field, seeking a presentation mode that responds to the changes in contemporary society by making them accessible to a wider public. These […]
Read more » | 21/08/18
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