Film still from <em>The Price of Everything</em>

Film still from The Price of Everything

NZIFF 2018 - The Price of Everything

  • Fri 31 Aug 2018
  • 3:30—5:10PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General: $13.50
  • Student (with ID): $12.50
  • Child (14-) / Seniors (60+): $10
  • No phone bookings, ticket sales only in-store or online

How did the contemporary art market become so lucrative? In this hilarious and unnerving documentary filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) elicits revealing answers from buyers, sellers, critics and the artists themselves.

An eye-opening and highly entertaining ride through the excesses of the contemporary art market, The Price of Everything loosely tracks the lead-up to a major Sotheby's auction in New York City. This is a world in which visual art “has become a luxury brand,” an acceptable, if not essential part of any self-respecting super-wealthy investor’s portfolio. Works are traded like stocks. There is even a futures market.

Oscar-nominated director Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) has won extraordinary access to this strange and at times intoxicating bazaar. Conceptual artist Jeff Koons guides us through the workshop where, under his instructions, technicians knock out artefacts that will sell for tens of millions despite his barely having touched them. As Zen as a comic-book supervillain, Koons has mastered the marketplace. Some artists, not so much; they watch their works being onsold between collectors without getting so much as a sliver of kickback.

United States, in English, 2018, Colour, 99 min., Rated Exempt Dir. Nathaniel Kahn

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