Image: ABDOULAYE KONATÉ'S Blue with red and yellow circle (1939) featured in the Piasa sale October 2020
AFRICAN ART AUCTIONS IN EUROPE
What are the most recent sales in Europe revealing about the state of the African art market?
1 December - Online
Major art auctions take place in Africa but they tend to reflect the state and tastes of domestic markets. The auctions staged in Europe, by Piasa (in Paris), Sotheby's and Bonhams, both London based houses, offer insight into how collectors around the world are responding to modern and contemporary art produced by Africans.
Given most African-based galleries, dealers and artists rely on European collectors information pertaining to them is vital. As such sales on this continent (and New York by Bonhams) are watched closely by those with vested interests in art from Africa.
Perceptions of African artists and confidence in their art, and this market at large, are shaped by the sales produced by these European auction houses.
In this masterclass, Mary Corrigall will take an in depth look at the results of the sales conducted by the European houses over last two years. This will reveal how they are differentiated from each other and how these characteristics might influence sellers and buyers.
Drawing from African Art Auctions, October 2020, the masterclass will present the most interesting facts from the sales in London and Paris last month and how they offer insight into future patterns.
PDF Combo: There is a special price for those who wish to also purchase a PDF copy of this snap report. It presents graphs and infographics drawing attention to the most significant realities. Commentary from the auctioneers is also included.