JJ Charlesworth

writing on art, culture, politics

Tag: art market

  • 2021: the Year the Artwork Finally Dematerialised

    2021: the Year the Artwork Finally Dematerialised

    This was the year that the art object was finally dematerialised. It’s not that eye-melting amounts weren’t still being paid for physical things, of course. After COVID-19 and lockdowns, the art auction market has come roaring back; at the Sotheby’s sale of the collection of Harry and Linda Macklowe in November, a painting by Mark Rothko went for $82.5m, a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti for $68m. Physical artworks continue to attract financial value to them, in which money is captured and congealed, in vast amounts…

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