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Artprice: the 2010 art market annual report – China winner of the past decade

Artprice: the 2010 art market annual report – China winner of the past decade

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During the past decade, two strong trends have emerged: firstly, as per the words of Thierry Ehrmann, the Ceo and founder of Artprice, the world leader in art market information, “we have seen a veritable revolution in the geopolitics of the global art market… Over the last 10 years, China jumped from ninth place to first place in 2010, becoming the world’s largest auction marketplace for Fine Art and overtaking the United States and the UK, the grand masters of the market since the 1950s.” France, constantly loosing competitiveness year after year, comes out the big looser of the past decade, as shown by delay in implementing the auction reform required for 28 Dec. 2009 by the European Directive, and by the Drouot scandal, which is an ongoing judicial saga.

The second strong trend in the year 2010 is the unanimous statement by art market players that an unprecedented mutation has affected the commerce of art. The market’s very structure has changed, with the evolution of Internet and its 2 billion and a half users who have triggered the dramatic acceleration of online art sales. The competition generated by the more than 260 art fairs organised each year around the world and the importance of investors and investment funds in the market. The example they set and the media attention they received was sufficiently strong to make investment in art a new socio-cultural phenomenon. The assimilation of art to a financial asset by a minority of investors clearly gave birth to a new model: that of an “art exchange”. China seems to have been a pioneer in this field as the Chinese government launched in 2009 the Shenzen Cultural Assets and Equity Exchange (SZCAEE).

The year 2010 was rich in events: after the strong price inflation between 2004 and 2008 and the severe market contraction from October 2008 to the summer of 2009, a rapid recovery followed, taking the market to unprecedented highs. In short… the decade saw a very substantial acceleration of the market and a considerable shift of its polarity towards Asia.
After the previous art market meltdown in 1991, it took 4 years of patience before prices began to recover. This time round it took only 18 months.

In 2008, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, China became the motor of global economic recovery. At the same time, the Chinese government showed the importance it attributes to art and culture at events such as the Olympic Games in 2008, the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010 and with the groundwork performed by the Ministry of Culture and Finance to make museums free in China. The pride of Chinese culture has also been clearly expressed by its valuation on world markets. Chinese collectors are regarded as role models, working for the good of the nation. Indeed, on the back of the sponsorship and investment patronage of these collectors, Chinese artists have closed the price gap on Western artists incredibly quickly.

This year, Artprice’s annual art market report – based on 5.4 million auction results from 3,600 auction houses around the world and distributed to over 6,300 media organisations and international institutions every year in 7 languages – will focus particularly on China’s successful conquest of the global art market. Our 2010 Art Market Trends contain macro- and micro-economic analyses providing the keys to understanding the annual evolution of the global auction market. It discusses the major trends in the market, analysed throughout the year on the ArtMarketInsight page of our website, by the Artprice press agency and by our Econometrics Department. To complement this objective appreciation of the art market based on a year of global auction results, Artprice also offers numerous original rankings such as the Top 500 artists by auction revenue and the Top 100 auction results of the year.

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Content

Editorial
Roller coaster
Post-War and Contemporary Art in the global market
2010: Renewed competition
A mixed return for Contemporary signatures: the “successes” of Hirst, Murakami and Koons
China: the new global leader
New York vs Beijing
Catching up on Old Masters and imposing their Contemporary artists
France’s place in the art world
Art Market Confidence Index – 2010, a positive year
Twitter: 2010 in 140 characters
Top 10 Artists
Top 100 auction performances in 2010
Top 500 artists by auction revenue in 2010

Source: http://www.artprice.com (c)1987-2011 thierry Ehrmann

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Shock wave through the art market… China now ranks first, ahead of the USA and the UK

Shock wave through the art market…
China now ranks first, ahead of the USA and the UK

According to Thierry Ehrmann, founder and CEO of Artprice, world leader in art market information, “this unprecedented news represents a turning point in the history of the global art market: China is now the number 1 in terms of Fine art auction revenue”. It took just three years for China to jump from third place (previously occupied by France) in 2007 to first place in 2010, ahead of the UK and the USA, the grand masters of the market since the 1950s.

To reverse the polarity of the global art market from West to East, China has done without artifices such as hypothetical figures from art galleries ( an opaque market compared to public auctions) or even that of furniture or traditional Chinese art objects (the prices of which are shooting up worldwide). Since the 1950s, the reference ranking for the art market has been that of Fine Art at Public Auctions.
In 2010, China accounted for 33% of global Fine Art sales (paintings, installations, sculptures, drawings, photography, prints), versus 30% in the USA, 19 %in the UK and 5% in France *.

Moreover, there were 4 Chinese artists in the Top-10 ranking of global artists by auction revenue for 2010 (vs. 1 in 2009), the lowest of whom generated $112 million dollars during the year. Qi Baishi was in 2nd place ahead Andy Warhol and ahead of his compatriot Zhang Daqian; Xu Beihong took 6th place with a total of $176m and Fu Baoshi was 9th. The younger generation of Chinese artists is now imposing itself even more forcefully that their older counterparts: More than half of the 2010 global Top 10 of Contemporary artists are Chinese (Zeng Fanzhi, Chen Yifei, Wang Yidong, Zhang Xiaogang, Liu Xiaodong and Liu Ye) compared with just three Americans (Basquiat, Koons, and Prince)*.

The heart of the market now beats in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, the new driving hubs of the global art market. In 2010 Sotheby’s Hong Kong revenue amounted for 2%. At the same time, Christie’s 2010 Hong Kong total was 2,5% and China’s big 4 annual revenues were: Poly International (7,4%), China Guardian (5,32%), Beijing Council (2,07%), Hanhai Art Auction in Beijing (2,74%)*.

Not only has China’s economic strength (second global power in 2010) boosted its art market and projected its culture around the world, but China’s art sector has benefited from the support of its government and of Chinese collectors who are as patriotic as they are prompt to invest. China has understood the Power of Art in the history of nations. In addition, the number of auction records for Chinese artworks is bound to increase as the number of Chinese billionaires rises by 20% per year through 2014 vs. 5.6% p.a. for the rest of the planet.

* Extracts from Artprice art market report 2010, freely downloadable starting 5th April 2011 at www.artprice.com in English, French, Chinese, German, Spanish, Italian

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Onde de choc sur le marché de l’art. La Chine désormais N° 1 devant les USA et la Grande-Bretagne

Onde de choc sur le marché de l’art. La Chine désormais N° 1 devant les USA et la Grande-Bretagne.

Onde de choc sur le marché de l’art.
La Chine désormais N° 1 devant les USA et la Grande-Bretagne

Selon Thierry Ehrmann, fondateur et président d’Artprice, leader mondial de l’’information du marché de l’art, « c’est un électrochoc dans l’histoire du marché de l’art mondial : la Chine est désormais numéro 1 des ventes aux enchères Fine art ». Il lui a fallu trois petites années pour passer d’une troisième marche d’un podium ravie à la France en 2007 à une première place devant le Royaume-Uni et les Etats-Unis, grands maîtres du marché depuis les années 50.

Pour inverser d’Ouest en Est la polarité du marché de l’art mondial, la Chine n’a pas besoin d’artifices comme les chiffres hypothétiques des galeries d’art (marché privé opaque comparé à celui, public, des enchères) ou ceux du mobilier et des objets d’art traditionnel chinois (dont les cotes flambent dans le monde entier). Depuis les années 50, le classement de référence pour le marché de l’art est celui du Fine Art en ventes publiques (peinture, installation, sculpture, dessin, photographie, estampe).
A l’issue des ventes aux enchères 2010, la Chine représente 33% du produit mondial des ventes de Fine Art, les Etats-Unis 30%, le Royaume-Uni 19 %, la France 5 %.

Le classement des artistes mondiaux en 2010 (Top10 Artprice par produit de ventes annuel) récompense quatre artistes chinois (contre un en 2009) avec un ticket d’entrée minimum de 112 m$. Qi Baishi arrive en seconde position devant Andy Warhol et devant son compatriote Zhang Daqian , Xu Beihong prend la huitième place avec 176 m$ de produit de ventes et Fu Baoshi arrive à la neuvième place. La jeune génération d’artistes chinois s’impose avec plus de force encore que ses aînés : elle a pris d’assaut plus de la moitié des sièges du Top 10 des artistes contemporains en 2010 et se trouve mieux représentée que les Américains (trois américains Basquiat, Koons, et Prince contre six chinois Zeng Fanzhi, Chen Yifei, Wang Yidong, Zhang Xiaogang, Liu Xiaodong et Liu Ye)*.

Le pouls du marché se prend désormais à Pékin, Hongkong et Shanghai, nouveaux relais de croissance du marché mondial où œuvrent Sotheby’s (2% du produit des ventes réalisé à Hongkong), Christie’s (2,5% à Hongkong), Poly International (7,4%), China Guardian (5,32%), Beiing Council (2,07%), Hanhai Art Auction a Pékin (2,74%).

Non seulement la puissance économique de la Chine, deuxième puissance mondiale en 2010, a eu un effet levier sur l’économie de l’art et sur son rayonnement culturel, mais l’art bénéficie aussi du soutien du gouvernement et de collectionneurs chinois aussi patriotes que prompts à l’investissement. La Chine a compris le Pouvoir de l’Art dans l’histoire des nations. Par ailleurs, les records d’enchères pour des oeuvres d’art chinoises sont encore à attendre puisque le nombre de milliardaires chinois devrait progresser d’environ 20% par an jusqu’en 2014 contre 5,6% pour le reste de la planète.

*Extraits du rapport du marché de l’art Artprice 2010 téléchargeable gratuitement dès le 5 avril 2011 sur le site http://www.artprice.com en anglais, français, chinois, allemand, italien et espagnol.
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