The Art Market

How did the art auctions business become a multi-billion-dollar industry? The first film in a series about the art market explores this question, leading viewers through the complex history of auctions, with specific attention to the last 20 years. The film unpacks record-breaking sales, like last week’s epic Jean-Michel Basquiat painting Untitled (1982), hammering in at $51 million, and anomalies such as Ai Weiwei’s Kui Hua Zi (Sunflower Seeds) (2010), which pop up at auction in countless different quantities, making the connection between the auction price and market value of art. Interviews with auction-house specialists, financial analysts, and art-world influencers like Adam Lindemann, Xin Li, Sarah Thornton, Josh Baer, and Don Thompson add personal insight and shape the narrative.

Auctions launches a four-part documentary series, followed by Galleries, Patrons, and Art Fairs, released weekly through mid-June. Together, the four segments will tell a comprehensive story about the art market’s history and cultural influence, providing an approachable yet nuanced introduction to a extraordinary subject. Visit to watch all the films.

The series is produced in collaboration with UBS and directed by Oscar Boyson.

Director: Oscar Boyson
Editor: Nate DeYoung
Producer: Sean Barth
Produced By: Neighborhood Watch Films
Assistant Editor: Erin DeWitt
Sound: Colin Alexander
Music: Jay Wadley of Found Objects Music Production
Color: Irving Harvey

The Art Market (in Four Parts): Galleries

The Art Market (in Four Parts): Patrons

The Art Market (in Four Parts): Art Fairs

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Cases for Political Art [12:54]

This video by The Art Assignment of PBS Digital Studios outlines some key political artworks.

This week we explore some of the most powerful artworks ever made, making the case for political art one work at a time. Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, Kathe Kollwitz’s prints, Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, Iri and Toshi Maruki’s Hiroshima Panels, and Martha Rosler’s House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home photomontages. What do you think of as political art? And what are the artworks you’ve encountered that have had the greatest impact on the way you view the world?

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The Artist Project by The Met

A series of videos focused on contemporary artists provided by the YouTube channel of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Artist Project is a 2015 online series in which we give artists an opportunity to respond to our encyclopedic collection.

Beginning March 2015, for one year, we will invite 100 artists—local, national, and global—to choose individual works of art and galleries that spark their imaginations. In this online series, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum and The Met. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.

Over the course of five seasons, The Artist Project will share the perspectives of 100 artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met. Sign up for email announcements so you never miss an episode.

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The Artist Project is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.



Is Chinese modern art the greatest movement since Cubism? [27:00]

Since the end of Mao’’s reign, art works emerging from China have taken the world by storm. We hear from some of China’’s most exciting artists.

Artists who lived in rural poverty only a decade ago now shake their heads in wonder as their works fetch millions of dollars in London and New York. ‘”This period of history has been as exciting as Paris would have been in the early 1900s’”, gushes art historian Karen Smith. ‘”Out of this kind of incredible period of innovation people will emerge who will be remembered as Picasso and Matisse were’.” Lui Xioadong is one of these talented artists. Xioadong has become a revered cynical realist painter and has recently sold at a record US$9.3 million. ‘It is a remarkable phenomenon when you think that within our lifetime, a single artist’s life has changed so dramatically in every way.’

This documentary is by Journeyman Pictures. Find out more on their youtube channel or their website,