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 27th June, the Artcurial Post-War & Contemporary Art department will feature an exceptional oil on canvas by Pierre Soulages dating from 1959 at the sale of the Schwarz-Sterngold Collection.
Following the first two sales in 2019 and 2021, Monaco Sculptures returns this summer for a third session. This year, the sale will comprise an exclusive selection of sculptures by leading artists from the 20th and 21st centuries such as Wang Keping, Bernar Venet, Christian Lapie, Philippe Hiquily, Baltasar Lobo, César, Arman and Marino Marini.
On 8th and 9th June, Artcurial will hold its prestigious Modern & Contemporary Art sales, which will bring together a selection of over 400 artworks. These sales will feature the artwork 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 9th June, the Post-War & Contemporary Art department will sell 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 will gather 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.
Once again this year, Artcurial has step up to the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, in the heart of Monaco. During these few days, the Principality lived to the rhythm of the prestigious sales of the Monaco Auction Week, a highlight of the Monegasque life.
“Judgment on a sheet” by Richard Serra, one of his earliest works on paper. Artcurial shares the choice of Hugues Sébilleau, Head of the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department.
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