Thursday, September 03, 2015

By the numbers: International edition

.5  the percentage of sales that made up 48 percent of the global art market in 2014

1   the number of days it took to dismantle Mark di Suvero’s public sculpture Proverb. You can watch it on time lapse here

8    the number of individual works of modern art that have been sold at auction for more than $100 million since 2010

15   the number of minutes for which artists participating in the Istanbul Biennale plan to suspend presentation of their work ‘in recognition of the violent breakdown in peace talks between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish government’

21   the area in thousands of square metres occupied by a mural in Norway painted by French artists Ella & Pitr

27   the number of women included in the latest edition of H W Janson’s classic History of Art

282  the dollars in millions paid this year for Picasso’s 1955 painting Les Femmes d'Algers (Version ‘O’)

472    the number in thousands of dollars the Rodin bust is worth that was popped into a paper bag and stolen from the Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum in Copenhagen

123.9 the number of art objects in thousands in the MoMA collection (let's face it that's everything) that are now available online

4635  the number of square metres available for exhibiting contemporary art in LA’s new contemporary art museum The Broad