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"Geopolitics of Contemporary Art" with Nathalie Obadia and Benjamin Sutton

On May 20 at 6:30 pm, French gallerist Nathalie Obadia will present her new book Géopolitique de l'art contemporain at Albertine, in discussion with Benjamin Sutton, lead editor of art market and news at Artsy.

Le Louvre in Abu Dhabi, Art Basel in Miami, and Jeff Koons' tulips in Paris are all manifestations of contemporary art as a tool for influence.

Art is not only a marker of power, it also measures a country's degree of autonomy, its attractiveness as a nation, and its place in the world.

The artistic scene is largely dominated by the United States and by the Western world more broadly. However, since the middle of the 20th century, it has gradually been opening up to new powers with declared global ambitions, most notably China.

Studying the role of the various stakeholders, artists, collectors, and museums, Nathalie Obadia analyses the evolution of the links between visual arts and geopolitics, with a particular focus on questioning the domination of American and Western soft powers.


Nathalie Obadia is a gallery owner specializing in contemporary art. She has two galleries, one in Paris and the other in Brussels, and also teaches at Sciences Po Paris.

Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator. His articles have appeared in The L Magazine, Modern Painters, Art+Auction, artnet News, BKLYNR, and Brooklyn Magazine. He has also curated various exhibitions in New York City.

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