Art Lovers' Films: The Price of Everything


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Art Lovers’ Film presents The Price of Everything (2018), a funny, insightful and at times jaw-dropping documentary about the current contemporary art market, from artists to art dealers and collectors to critics. This film will be introduced by Auckland Art Fair co-director Stephanie Post, and tickets include a glass of wine. Art Lovers’ Film is a partnership between Auckland Art Gallery Membership and Rialto Cinemas.

About the film

‘There are a lot of people that know the price of everything and the value of nothing.’ – philanthropist and art collector Stefan Edlis

Exploring the labyrinth of the contemporary art world, The Price of Everything examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, to one-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.

‘Brilliant and captivating documentary about how the art world got converted into a money market.’ – Variety

‘While this colorful and inquisitive cinematic essay on the state of the art world is occasionally sceptical and consistently thoughtful, cynicism isn’t really on its agenda.’ – NY Times

Watch the trailer here.

About the speaker

Stephanie Post has been co-director of Auckland Art Fair, alongside Hayley White, since 2015. Auckland Art Fair is the biggest contemporary art event in New Zealand, where you can see and buy works from over 150 artists from the Pacific Rim. Stephanie previously worked in the London contemporary art world, developing and implementing programmes for high-level Patrons and leading art programmes for collectors during the Frieze Art Fair in London. She was a Trustee of the Govett Brewster Foundation from 2014 to 2018. Stephanie has worked with the Jan Warburton Charitable Trust to launch NZ Friends of Gasworks, which enables an NZ artist to undertake a three-month research residency at the London studio space Gasworks every year.


Talk: 6pm
Film screening: 6.15pm

Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Members $26, General admission $28
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