For a number of years now, the Post-War and Contemporary Department, under the direction of Hugues Sébilleau, has been returning outstanding results with its sales of works from 1945 to today.
With 15 years experience Hugues Sébilleau, who had been providing his expertise and knowledge of the contemporary art market to Artcurial since 2004, after having spent several years with Briest Auctioneers as well as working in the finance sector.
The department benefits not only from their respective experience but also from their dedication and focus on customer service; buyers and sellers of works of art today demand ever more knowledge and information and Karim and Hugues intend to provide this to the widest range of clients possible.
The department’s aim is to promote and develop the market for French artists from different artistic movements (Abstraction, Narrative Figuration and the New Realists) alongside sales of works by significant international artists. Client focus, expertise and knowledge have meant many clients come to count on the invaluable advice the department can provide, a fact underlined by the various collections entrusted to the team - whether they be classic, such as the Jean Pollak, Claude and Micheline Renard, Jean Ferrero, Jacques and Madeleine Matarasso, Pierre Hebey or Jean Leymarie collections or those much more contemporary, such as Projet Minimal, Vincent Wapler or Michel Fedoroff.
Highlighting the qualities of a piece of art, the meticulous work undertaken before each sale and the successful attracting of new buyers have all led to an increase in the results of the department, through its 4 auctions per year. These figures have made a major a contribution to Artcurial’s position today as one of the major players on the European art market
After several years at the Étude Briest, from 1988 to 1992, during which he played an active part in the art market and then in finance, in 2003 Hugues Sébilleau again joined Francis Briest at Artcurial’s Post-War & Contemporary department.
For 15 years, Hugues Sébilleau has developed several periods and movements, including Abstraction and the 70s, also expanding new markets and helping the department achieve remarkable results with artworks from 1945 to the present.
It is also worth noting that the oil on canvas painting 1.6.88 by Zao Wou-Ki sold for 3,518,600 € including buyer’s premium, and the acrylic on canvas painting Tabula, done in 1980 by Simon Hantaï, which was acquired for 753,000 € last June.
His analysis of the contemporary art market and its participants has also allowed Artcurial to offer renowned collections such as that of the Paris art merchant Jean Pollak in October 2011, and more recently the Michel Fedoroff collection in 2017, which allowed Artcurial to obtain the world’s record for a work by Martin Barré.
On 25th October, Artcurial will be auctioning the unpublished collection of Robert William Burke (1948-2020), an American collector and gallery owner who was closely associated with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Gilbert & George. His friendships and his taste for art gave rise to a collection of close to 300 works spanning several centuries of art history.
For its legendary Monaco Auction Week in Monte Carlo, which took place from 15th to 21st July, Artcurial brought the week's sales at the Hôtel Hermitage to a magnificent close, dedicated to Jewellery, Watches, Hermès & Luxury Bags, Comic Strips and Monaco Sculptures. Numerous records were set and attracting international collectors.
Discover the artworks of the Monaco Sculptures sale, exhibited through the most beautiful places in the Principality. At the Hotel de Paris, the Hotel Hermitage, in the gardens of la Petite Afrique, the Saint-James or at the Monte-Carlo Beach, the auction featured a selection of sculptures by iconic 20th and 21st century artists such as Marino Marini, Baltasar Lobo, Wang Keping or Bernar Venet.
During the first half of 2022, Artcurial invited collectors from all over the world to attend its Modern & Contemporary Art sales. Under the hammer of Francis Briest, the sales totalled over €20M.
On June 27th, the Artcurial Post-War & Contemporary Art department featured an exceptional oil on canvas by Pierre Soulages dating from 1959 at the sale of the Schwarz-Sterngold Collection.
On June 8th & 9th, Artcurial held its prestigious Modern & Contemporary Art sales, which brought together a selection of over 400 artworks. These sales featured the artworks of emblematic 20th and 21st century painters and sculptors such as Richard Serra, Joan Mitchell, Berto Lardera, Camille Pissarro, Maurice Denis and Rembrandt Bugatti.
On June 9th, the Post-War & Contemporary Art department sold an exceptional set of works by Berto Lardera, an artist considered as one of the masters of sculpture from the second half of the 20th century. This collection gathered 16 sculptures and 14 large-scale collages by the artist.
The Impressionist & Modern Art and Post-War & Contemporary Art auctions in December were highlighted by the dispersion of five private collections of artworks by the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Serges Poliakoff, Balthus and Emile Gilioli.
On 17th November, Artcurial organised a sale to benefit the Écoles du Monde organisation. For this third edition, more than 80 internationally renowned artists and gallerists, including Philippe Geluck, Jean-Paul Goude and Enki Bilal, offered a work of art for auction with an opening bid of €1,000.
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