The contemporary art market is also benefiting from an increasingly diversified offer: 20,335 artists born after 1945 have registered at least one bid over the last 12 months.
It is nearly five times more than in 2000/01 (4,100 contemporary artists) and 18% more than in the 2013/14 exercise.
The majority of artists (53%) only one transaction; This is the case for example of the Indonesian Saputra HANDIWIRMAN, represented by the Galerie ARNDT, which sold only one canvas this year at auction, but this one reached $318,600.
On the other hand, several contemporary artists have experienced particularly numerous exchanges in auction rooms over the last 12 months:
92 paintings by Robert COMBAS
187 sculptures by KAWS
158 drawings by Peter HOWSON
106 photographs by Robert MAPPLETHORPE
626 Shepard FAIREY prints
The most traded artists generally have a large number of affordable works. Small paintings by Robert Combas are awarded each year for less than $5,000 and the Polaroids of Nobuyoshi ARAKI continue to be sold for less than $1,000.
On the whole, the price structure of contemporary art is increasingly layered on that of the rest of the market. 90% of contemporary works do not exceed $22,400 (including buyer fees) and works above $100,000 represent just 3% of the transactions.