Colin Gleadell offers a potential lesson in how art history affects the prices of some historical artists. Taking his cue from Christie’s who connected the current craze for the so-called process painters like Lucien Smith, Parker Ito, Oscar Murillo and more with the record price achieved by a Antoni Tapies work in London suggesting that collectors were revaluing Tapies work in the light of the emergence of the current crop:
The craze for young “process” painters is having a knock-on effect on the market for older-generation works. At Christie’s, a record was set for the Spanish artist Antoni Tapies, when his mixed-media painting Large Ochre Incisions (1961), resembling rough wall graffiti, sold for a record £1.65 million.
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