Art Market : The Week in numbers Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Data Artprice


With its upcoming exhibition Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko, the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain will celebrate the art of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From 11 July to 15 November, Jean Nouvel’s buidling will take you on a journey through the colors of Africain painting, still quite underrated in western countries.
With the exhibition opening in Paris in the next few days, Artprice presents three key figures that puts into perspective Congolese art on the global market.

US$326,000

The 2014 auction total for artworks by Congolese artists. A drop in the ocean – the global art market totaled US$15.2 billion.

US$80,000

The all-time auction record for a Congolese artist, when one of Chéri Samba‘s J’aime la couleur – a great many versions of which exist – sold at Phillips New York, on 15 May 2010.

US$134,000

The 2014 auction proceeds for artworks by Albert Lubaki, the best performing Congolese artist at auctions, after Chéri Samba. His works, which mainly date back to the 1920’s and are particularly sough-after by Belgian and French collectors, only made their debut on the secondary market in 2013.

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