Art Market : The Week in numbers The Venice Biennale – Data Artprice

The Venice Biennale, one of the world’s hotspots for art and maybe one of the most influential events for an artist’s carreer, kicks off this Saturday 9 May 2015. The 2015 edition is very likely to be outstanding, as a host of renowned artists have been brought together by the talented Okwui Enwezor, the Nigerian-born curator who is now the director of Munich’s prestigious museum of contemporary art –the Haus der Kunst.

With the much anticipated 56th edition of the Biennale opening in the next few days and set to last until 22 November 2015, Artprice takes a look at the market of a few interesting artists.


The hammer price commanded by the only artwork by Céleste BOURSIER-MOUGENOT –the artist representing France at the 2015 Biennale– ever to be auctioned. The untitled artwork had been produced for Tajan’s 24 April 2013 sale in Paris, a charity auction to support people living with autism.

US$1.5 million

The 2014 auction revenue for artworks by artist Sarah LUCAS, in residence at the British pavilion all through the summer. With the 12 lots auctioned of at an average EUR123,000 (excluding buyer’s premium), the British artist’s reputation is clearly on the rise.


The number of paintings by Adrian GHENIE that sold at public auctions in 2014. The artist, who represents Romania at this 56th Biennale and is represented by New York’s high-end PACE gallery, did not have much of a market in 2012 – in 2014, his auction revenue exceeded US$3.7 million. His market might only be further boosted by his Venetian episode.

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