Under the direction of Hugues Sébilleau, the Post-War & Contemporary Art department has for many years been achieving remarkable results for artworks dating from 1945 to the present day at a rate of four sales per year, including two prestige sessions.
The department seeks to promote and develop the market for French artists within the various artistic movements – abstraction, narrative figuration and the New Realists – but also to contribute fully to the achievement of significant results for international artists.
The numerous collections auctioned in this speciality underline this work, both through classic ensembles such as those of Jean Pollak, Claude and Micheline Renard, Jean Ferrero, Jacques and Madeleine Matarasso, Pierre Hebey, Jean Leymarie, Eva Schwartz and Édouard Sterngold and Berto Lardera, and through much more contemporary ensembles such as Minimal Project, Vincent Wapler or Michel Fedoroff.
By highlighting the qualities of an artwork, the work carried out prior to the sale and the prospecting of new buyers, the department has been able to achieve extremely impressive results. In 2019, Chu Teh-Chun’s Synthèse hivernale C was sold for over €5m, while in 2020, a stabile by Alexander Calder fetched €4.9m. More recently, in 2022, the department sold two paintings by Joan Mitchell and Pierre Soulages for over €2.5m each.
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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 5th and 6th December, Artcurial will be holding its major Impressionist & Modern Art, Post-War & Contemporary and Twenty One Contemporary auctions. The Modern Art section will highlight some truly outstanding works by Kees Van Dongen, René Magritte and Fernando Botero, as well as an exquisite bronze by Edgar Degas. The Post-War & Contemporary auction will present “Piazza San Marco al sole”, a work by Lucio Fontana from his Venice series, as well as works by Anna-Eva Bergmann, Antoni Tàpies and Jean-Paul Riopelle. The Twenty One Contemporary sale will feature works by artists such as Dran, Claire Tabouret, Tadashi Kawamata, Kaws, Xavier Veilhan, Zanele Muholi and Godwin Champs Namuyimba.
On 5th December, Artcurial’s Post-War & Contemporary department will present an exceptional painting by Lucio Fontana entitled Concetto spaziale, Piazza San Marco al sole, painted in 1961, in its prestige sale.
On 20th October, in parallel with Paris+ par Art Basel, Artcurial will be auctionning the Eclectic Eye collection from a London apartment. Assembled over the space of 20 years by discerning collectors, this is a rare, cutting-edge collection that brings together objects and periods. From the great modern artists Berthe Morisot and Pierre Bonnard, to contemporaries Peter Doig and Olafur Eliasson, as well as rare 18th-century furniture and exceptional Chinese and Sèvres porcelain. This collection of nearly 160 lots will invite you on a unique journey into the free and intuitive spirit of collectors.
The Post-War & Contemporary Art department at Artcurial presents from 5th to 26th October 2023 an exhibition spotlighting the remarkable sculptor Yves Dana, the Egyptian-born Swiss artist. In collaboration with the renowned London gallery Waddington Custotand spanning 25 years of his career, this first major exhibition in France includes 16 artworks, in stone and bronze, offering the opportunity to discover the work of this highly regarded sculptor much appreciated by collectors across the world. All the sculptures presented will be available for purchase.
The Monaco Auction Week sales, which was held from 16th to 19th July 2023 at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo, were a resounding success with Artcurial’s Jewellery, Watches, Fashion & Luxury Accessories, Post-War & Contemporary Art and, for the first time, Design departments all shined on the French Riviera, totaling over €14 M.
On Monday 11th September, Artcurial will open its second half-year with a charity sale dedicated to supporting contemporary art. Benefiting the Fondation des Artistes, the sale will feature works by 90 emerging artists exhibited by the Premier Regard association over its 20 years of activity. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Fondation des Artistes in support of its work with artists.
On the occasion of the Monaco Auction Week from 14th to 19th July, the Principality opens once again the Société des Bains de Mer’s gardens and establishments to the Monaco Sculptures sale. Designed around the leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, this 4th edition features a unique monumental artwork signed by César. This welded iron plaque, measuring more than 3 meters, was assembledfrom the Iron Lady's old staircases and beams, dismantled in the early 1980s . Its sale on 18th July at the Hôtel Hermitage in Monte-Carlo is the ultimate tribute to Gustave Eiffel, whose centenary is being celebrated this year.
Artcurial is back on the Riviera for the summer, at the Hôtel Hermitage, from 16th to 19th July. The Important Watches, Jewellery, Hermès & Luxury Bags and Monaco Sculptures departments and, for the very first time, the Design department, preceded by public exhibitions, will hold auctions with lots selected to appeal to collectors and enthusiast.
In 2023, Artcurial has expanded into Switzerland: the auction house Beurret Bailly Widmer Auktionen became Artcurial Beurret Bailly Widmer. Following this acquisition, the Swiss auction house returns this year with its traditional sale of modern and contemporary art on 21st June in Basel, which will be broadcast live at Artcurial in Paris. More than 330 lots will be auctioned, including artworks by Eduardo Chillida, Maurice Denis, Diego Giacometti, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Günther Uecker and Andy Warhol.
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